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Chiropractic Fellowship at Dartmouth

The Chiropractic Fellowship at Dartmouth was developed in association with SCU and Palmer College of Chiropractic.
The fellowship is made possible by a grant from the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations’ Strategic Plan for the Future of Chiropractic.

Application deadline extended!

  • This is a fantastic opportunity for any Doctor of Chiropractic interested in pursuing a research career!
    Sponsored 3-year fellowship:
  • Full-time salary for 3 years (NIH Fellowship stipend level), with health insurance
    Master’s degree program at Dartmouth – tuition and fees paid
  • Travel allowance for attendance at scientific meetings
  • Research training from renowned Dartmouth faculty with extensive experience in Chiropractic research
  • Conduct your own mentored chiropractic research project
  • Care for patients at Dartmouth clinics, with training in Primary Spine Care
  • Apply by Jan 15, 2023, online, at: https://www.chiropracticfuture.org/dartmouthfellowship


The Chiropractic Fellowship at Dartmouth aims to advance chiropractic clinical skills and research on spinal pain through cultivating and mentoring an exceptional candidate in a 3-year postdoctoral program focused on research career development. The Dartmouth Institute trains leaders and researchers in healthcare delivery, quality improvement, and policy. Through challenging coursework and research projects, the student will develop expertise in the quantitative techniques used to assess healthcare outcomes. Along the way, the student will be guided and mentored by world-renowned faculty who are the innovators behind many of the most disruptive ideas in health care today.  

In the first year the fellow will work with faculty mentors on current research projects. By the second year, the fellow will initiate their own research project, and will be expected to present plans and findings to peers and mentors, and at appropriate regional and national meetings. Following successful completion of formal coursework at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, the fellow will earn a Master of Science degree in Healthcare Research. The fellow will receive a salary in accordance with the NIH Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship stipend levels, as well as health insurance coverage. Tuition and fees at the Dartmouth Institute and a travel allowance for attendance at scientific meetings will also be paid by the fellowship.

The fellow will spend at least 20% time caring for patients in the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Primary Care Clinic at Heater Rd, Lebanon, NH, and/or the Center for Pain and Spine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The volume of patients seen with spinal pain conditions is substantial and will provide ample opportunity for the fellow to advance their skills in this academic medical setting with a well-established Primary Care Spine Program. The fellow will receive clinical mentoring from both a chiropractor and a primary care physician.


Eligibility and Qualifications

  • DC degree from a CCE accredited chiropractic college or university. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Applications from women and minorities are encouraged.
  • Successful completion of Parts I-IV of the NBCE National Boards and licensed or eligible to apply for a license to practice chiropractic at the associated clinic location.
  • Curriculum Vitae, with two letters of recommendation by college faculty and/or residency directors who are familiar with the applicant’s qualifications
  • Evidence of a commitment to becoming an independent researcher. Prior experience in clinical musculoskeletal health, pain management, or health services research is favorable, but not required. Prior completion of a chiropractic residency preferred.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH;
The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Hanover, NH



Louis A Kazal Jr, MD (Director: Chiropractic Fellowship, Primary Spine Care; Integrative Medicine Program): Dr. Kazal is a Professor of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School and an Associated Faculty member at SCU.  He is a medical acupuncturist and is certified in Functional Medicine by the Institute for Functional Medicine. Dr. Kazal has collaborated on numerous research projects related to chiropractic care, focused on the primary spine care model and the association between chiropractic and lower use of opioids. A former Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, Kazal received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.

Justin GoehlJustin Goehl, DC, MS: Dr. Goehl is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School and holds an Associated Faculty appointment at SCU. He has co-authored several peer-reviewed publications on Chiropractic and Primary Spine Care. Prior to coming to Dartmouth, Dr. Goehl completed a residency at Veteran’s Administration Hospital West Los Angeles, and a clinical fellowship in Primary Spine Care at SCU. He is certified as a Primary Spine Practitioner by the University of Pittsburgh. Goehl received his DC and MS degrees from Logan University in St. Louis, MO.

John LurieJon Lurie, MD, MS: Dr. Lurie is a professor of medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He is a principal investigator of the IMPACt-LBP study, an evaluation of a multidisciplinary conservative care model that utilizes chiropractors as a first point of contact for patients with LBP.  He has authored more than 175 peer reviewed publications, including many reports on the value of chiropractic care and spinal manipulation. Lurie earned his medical degree from Stanford University and an MS from The Dartmouth Institute.

Todd MacKenzieTodd A MacKenzie, PhD: Todd MacKenzie is a biostatistician and professor of Biomedical Data Science at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Dr Mackenzie has trained chiropractic researchers and collaborated on numerous research projects related to the quality and safety of chiropractic care. Overall, his work has been reported in over 290 publications. He teaches biostatistics and advanced methods in healthcare research at the Dartmouth Institute. MacKenzie earned his MSc and PhD degrees from McGill University.

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