At this time World Spine Care has developed clinical protocols that have been implemented in the pilot programs in Shoshong and Mahalapye, Botswana and Ranthambhore, India. We are in the development phase for clinics in Moca, Dominican Republic and Mwanza, Tanzania.
Treatment provided in all clinics will follow uniform evidence based protocols as established by the clinical team. Each clinic will be involved in a research program to determine outcomes.
Students and volunteers are welcome to submit their names and contact information if they are interested in participating in a world spine care program in the future.
For further information, or to apply for a position please contact the clinical director, Geoff Outerbridge (firstname.lastname@example.org).
World Spine Care has currently established the following volunteer and educational programs:
Primary Spine Clinician – Management of a WSC center
- Qualified and licensed chiropractor, medical doctor, osteopathic physician, or physiotherapist with advanced training.
- Clinicians follow the defined evidence based protocols established by the WSC clinical team.
- Clinicians are responsible for: Patient care and managing the WSC clinic; hosting, training and supervising volunteers; managing the WSC residence; regular reporting to WSC; documenting (writing, photography and video) events at the clinic; communication with local health care authorities and Ministry of Health officials; collaboration with local health care workers; management of WSC databases and files.
Volunteer Associate clinician – working with a Primary Spine Care Clinician
- Qualified and licensed chiropractor, medical doctor, osteopathic physician, or physiotherapist who wishes to gain further experience.
- The interested clinician must be prepared to spend at least a month at a WSC clinic.
- Clinicians will work under the supervision of the primary spine practitioner.
- Volunteers are responsible for all expenses.
Volunteer medical or surgical consultant specialist
- Orthopedic spine surgeon, neurosurgeon, rheumatologist, physiatrist, neurologist, or psychiatrist.
- Other details and requirements for this position are being developed.
- Chiropractic, physical therapy, medical, or osteopathic students who are enrolled in a recognized institution and have completed at least 2 years of professional training.
- At this time, student intern programs are not available at any of the WSC clinics. These programs are currently in development. Please check again in the future to see when these programs are available.
Establishing a World Spine Care Clinic
World Spine Care is interested in hearing from individuals who would like to establish a Spine Care Center in other communities and countries. If interested contact WSC administration at (email@example.com) for further information.
The following steps should be considered:
- Identify a community or village where there are no resources or expertise available for the treatment of people with spinal disorders.
- Contact the community leaders or government to determine whether there is a desire to have a World Spine Care program in their community.
- Explore the availability of clinic or hospital facilities where a center could be established.
- Explore any financial resources available to establish the center.
- Contact World Spine Care to organize an onsite visit to negotiate and establish a memorandum of understanding with the government or community.