Imagine some of the greatest clinical faculty in chiropractic sharing their knowledge with you in a hands-on environment. This is something that Doctor of Chiropractic students at the Seneca Falls Health Center (SFHC) experience every day.
One of the most sure-fire ways to gain clinical experience is through a hands-on approach and the experiences offered by the Seneca Falls Health Center. Students have the opportunity to treat athletes, present lectures within the community, be part of a pediatric workshop, and provide care to the local community members who enter the health center every day.
Dr. Robert Ruddy, one of the clinical faculty members at the Seneca Falls Health Center, has been in chiropractic practice for over 20 years and sees approximately 100 patients per week. Dr. Ruddy believes in total quality, patient-centered healthcare, where the patient comes first.
According to ninth-trimester student Amber Latza (class of November 2016), “Since starting my clinical year at the Seneca Falls Health Center, I have been able to participate in a number of different events from treating Division I baseball players at games to helping with scoliosis screenings at local elementary schools. Each experience is unique and has helped develop my clinical skills as well as open my eyes to the vast career opportunities chiropractic has to offer.”
Every year the Seneca Falls Health Center participates in a variety of local sporting events, such as the It’s a Wonderful Run 5K, Ironman Syracuse, Irongirl Syracuse, Tour de Cure, and local Mixed Martial Arts events. Students also assist Dr. Ruddy with lectures to the local community at ITT Goulds Pumps, Generations Bank, and the Section V coaches’ injury prevention seminar, to name a few.
In addition to the Seneca Falls Health Center, chiropractic students treat patients at numerous Veterans Administration hospitals, the Sisters of St. Joseph’s Outreach Center, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Monroe Community Hospital, and Ithaca Healthcare Alliance.
Dr. Ruddy states, “The value that students receive from the SFHC and their experiences can be used immediately after graduation in building their successful practices across the country and throughout the world.”