American Academy of Family (Medical) Physicians and the University of Bridgeport, College of Chiropractic Hold a Historic Meeting on Patient Collaboration
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Thursday, 25 July 2013 15:55
n May 15, 2013, the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic, under the direction of adjunct professors Dr. Mark Studin and Dr. Bill Owens, and a group of highly credentialed chiropractors presented an overview of chiropractic and chiropractic evidence-based research to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) New York Chapter in Buffalo, New York. The focus of the presentation was to show family practice MDs when, how, and why to refer for chiropractic care as a “first-line” referral choice based upon the evidence for musculoskeletal issues. They discussed chiropractic’s role in diagnosis and advanced imaging, pain management, and disability prevention. The primary care medical doctors in attendance were inquisitive, supportive of the process, and welcomed a collaborative arrangement with doctors of chiropractic. 
medicalandchiroThe meeting ended with a formal request for names of the chiropractors present and their locations to spur referrals and collaboration. The meeting was so well received that a subsequent invitation was discussed among three different chapters of the organization meeting in Syracuse, New York. The highlight of the evening was when the vice president of the AAFP said, “I wonder why chiropractors and family physicians don’t work more together. We are both focused on the conservative treatment of our patients without the use of drugs or surgery unless absolutely necessary.” According to Dr. Owens, “In the end, we were all more alike than we were different and we discovered that we can work together in the best interests of patients without any of us changing our philosophy. We don’t have to become like each other to work together.” 
This meeting was historic on many fronts and the physicians in the room were more than surprised to hear that this was the first such meeting in the country between chiropractors and an organization for family medicine primary care physicians. This meeting paved the way for a second seminar in New York and we will continue with the third, fourth, fifth, etc., until we meet with every chapter of this organization and educate every family medical practitioner on how to collaborate and refer to chiropractors in his or her community. We are already setting the groundwork for the same type of collaborative environment in multiple states, as our goal is to engage with every primary care provider in the world. This might sound “Pollyannaish.” However, as difficult as it was to create the first meeting, which took five years, the second meeting took five minutes to create. 
When we consider chiropractic education, we realize the importance at the doctoral level to train potential chiropractors and at the post-doctoral level to help keep our treating doctors on the cutting edge of new technology and applications. In addition, an incredible amount of positive research is being published at this time on the efficacy of chiropractic care. As a result, we are seeing an organizational shift from the top down, starting with chiropractic educational institutions, with a focus on both furthering chiropractic research and increasing the utilization of chiropractic based upon the research outcomes. In support of continuing this collaborative process between medicine and chiropractic, Dr. David Wickes, dean of the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic, has committed the resources of the college to further this process and to help ensure the future success of this collaboration.

For the first time, medical academia is spurring the research to prove chiropractic works and this paradigm shift in chiropractic research will potentially open doors to future research dollars previously unavailable to the chiropractic profession.

Chiropractic is part of the solution to the opioid epidemic in the United States, and organized medicine, starting with the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Family Practice Program has already realized that we are a “first line option/referral” for the solution. As a result, two things have occurred. 
First, Dr. Bill Owens has been conferred as an adjunct assistant professor of clinical sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine, Family Medical Practice Department and has been training family medical practice residents on how to integrate (refer) chiropractic care within a primary care setting. Second, as a result of the success of the program, Dr. Owens, Dr. Studin, and the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic have been invited by the medical school to collaborate in research to help verify what the chiropractic profession already knows: chiropractic care helps people get well without the use of opiates. For the first time, medical academia is spurring the research to prove chiropractic works and this paradigm shift in chiropractic research will potentially open doors to future research dollars previously unavailable to the chiropractic profession. 
According to Dr. Studin, “The future holds much promise including the continuation of family practice medical residents rotating through Dr. Owens’s office to see firsthand the benefits of chiropractic care, and after our first successful meeting with medical primary care providers, we are accelerating the program. The next step is to escalate the process to teach chiropractors across the country to create these types of relationships and present chiropractic to the medical community as a ‘first line option for referral’ for conservative spine care and take a huge step in eradicating the opioid epidemic.”
ACA House of Delegates Approves 10-Year Vision Statement
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Thursday, 25 April 2013 18:48
acaArlington, Va.--The American Chiropractic Association's (ACA) House of Delegates (HOD) approved a new statement outlining what the association hopes to achieve over the next 10 years on behalf of the chiropractic profession and its patients. With an eye toward the future, delegates, who met March 8-9 in Washington, D.C., also passed resolutions to advance education and leadership development in their ranks.
"As ACA members, we commit ourselves to the highest clinical and ethical standards, freedom of choice of health care provider and the pursuit of optimal health for the health care consumer," ACA's new 10-year vision statement begins. What follows are five specific outcomes the association hopes to achieve by the year 2023:
  • Collaboration with other healthcare disciplines and integration into all health care delivery models that enhance individual health, public health, wellness and safety  
  • Change in public policy, legislative, and regulatory arenas, which result in a more effective U.S. healthcare system 
  • Improved health care access and freedom of choice of health care providers for the American people, without discriminatory obstacles  
  • Increased value of healthcare for patients, policymakers, and the public through the high professional and educational standards of the chiropractic profession  
  • Healthier and more productive lives for the American people
Among the important policies approved by the HOD, most support ACA's efforts to enhance patient care by bolstering education of chiropractic physicians. They include:
"Integrated Practice Council," which establishes the American Chiropractic Association Council of Integrated Practices to improve patient health and patient care by advancing the quality and availability of chiropractic physicians and their services through full integration into mainstream, evidence-based health care systems. 
"Delegate Apprentice Program,"which authorizes the Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA) to develop a program that would allow new practitioners to become Delegate Apprentices and learn leadership skills and ACA policy from HOD members.
"Both the chiropractic profession, and the American health care system are at important crossroads. Chiropractic physicians who continue to grow their skill sets and work with other health care providers can play an important role in improving the health of ailing Americans and an ailing health delivery system," said ACA President Keith Overland, DC. "The important work done by the HOD in Washington helped set the stage for progress toward those goals in the year ahead."
Nevada and California Taking a Closer Look at Professional Boundaries for the Use of Adjusting and Manipulation
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Monday, 25 March 2013 20:34
Nevada and California are considering professional boundaries associated with the use of manipulation, or adjusting of the spine or extremities this year, and it looks like there is a basis for further investigation.
officialdocumentEarlier this year, David Rovetti, D.C., president of the Chiropractic Physicians Board of Nevada requested an opinion on behalf of the office of the Attorney General of Nevada, concerning whether a licensed physical therapist may lawfully perform manipulation or adjusting of the spine, or any articulation. 
After a summary of the laws, and the various chapters, the answer, dated February 7, 2013, which The American Chiropractor Magazine has received a copy of summarizes, that by the interpretation of the Attorney General licensed physical therapists, in the state of Nevada may not manually adjust the articulations of the spine or other joints of the human body.
With this in the mind, the California Chiropractic Association is now sponsoring a Manipulation Protection bill this legislative session. The bill, SB 381, authored by Senator Leland Yee would prohibit a health care practitioner from performing joint manipulation or joint adjustments unless he or she is a licensed chiropractor, physician/surgeon or osteopathic physician/surgeon. Consult the California Chiropractic Association at for more information on how you may support Senator Yee in this important bill.
Professional boundaries have been an important issue over the last couple of years across the various healthcare fields. Manipulation, or chiropractic adjustments, have not been the source of aggressive action accross the various news agencies, however considering these two developments one can expect more discussion on the topic in the future.
Logan College of Chiropractic/University: Programs Names Dr. Clay McDonald as President
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Monday, 25 March 2013 20:28
Logan College of Chiropractic/University Programs today announced the selection of Dr. Clay McDonald as the college’s next President. McDonald, a Logan alumnus, brings extensive experience in chiropractic education, university administration and clinical practice. He presently serves as the Provost for Texas Chiropractic College, where he leads the institution’s academic, business and administrative operations.  
mcdonaldclay“We are delighted Dr. McDonald has accepted our invitation to join Logan College as President,” said Steven Roberts, Chair of the Logan Board of Trustees. “Our board, with input from students, faculty, administrators and alumni, conducted a thorough search and reviewed many outstanding candidates for the position. Dr. McDonald is uniquely suited to continue Logan’s outstanding leadership position in the field of chiropractic education.” 
Prior to his current role, Dr. McDonald served as Dean of Academic Affairs and Executive Vice President at New York Chiropractic College and in multiple leadership roles at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Iowa. Dr. McDonald also brings Logan nearly a decade of clinical experience, having founded and managed a Montana-based private practice and rehabilitation clinic for eight years. Dr. McDonald holds a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Logan College of Chiropractic, a master’s degree in business administration from St. Ambrose University and a law degree from Valparaiso University.  
“I am humbled by the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Logan's past leaders,” said Dr. McDonald. “As an educator and Logan alumnus, I look forward to returning to the University as it prepares new generations of chiropractors to serve the communities and build on Logan’s outstanding legacy."  
McDonald will replace Dr. George Goodman, who is retiring after serving as Logan’s President for more than 20 years. During his tenure, Dr. Goodman played a significant role in increasing university enrollment and program offerings, as well as establishing an endowment of more than $25 million. 
“We are deeply thankful for Dr. Goodman’s exceptional service and contributions to the University,” said Roberts. “He successfully led Logan for two decades as it has grown into the leading chiropractic institution in the United States.”
Dr. Carl W. Saubert, Vice President of Academic Affairs, will serve as interim President until McDonald formally joins the university on March 1, 2013. 
Source: Logan College of Chiropractic/University Programs
Chiropractic Trip to India
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Sunday, 24 February 2013 21:53
chiroindiatripDr. Clint Dorn, D.C., is planning on promoting chiropractic in a big way next year.  Dr. Dorn is leading a delegation of chiropractors to India next summer. The group will tour medical facilities in Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, India, from August 25-September 2, 2013.  Dorn became involved in a citizen ambassador program in 2009, through a government agency called People to People.  He traveled to China as part of a mixed medical delegation to meet medical professionals of that country, exchange information and take some time to enjoy the country’s rich cultural history.  
“My first trip as a delegate made me think more globally. I started thinking about the benefit chiropractic can have worldwide,” Dorn said.  In 2009 China had already begun to integrate chiropractic into its healthcare, but the physicians he met were still seeking information. 
“The medical doctors I met in Beijing had many questions, and were asking me to send chiropractic journals for them to read.” After his trip to China, Dorn continued thinking about how exciting it was discussing healthcare and chiropractic with international counterparts.  He began making contacts at People to People to see if forming a chiropractic delegation would be possible in the future. 
chiroindiatrip2“The response I received in 2009 as the delegation’s only chiropractor was pretty exciting. I remember thinking what a bigger impact we could make if we had more chiropractors on the trip,” Dorn said.    

This past September, the government contacted Dr. Dorn and asked if he would be willing to lead a delegation of chiropractors to India in the summer of 2013. 
“I immediately started looking for ways to get the word out.  Having been a part of a previous delegation, I know how life changing this trip will be.” Dorn said. 
Dorn is looking for 20 delegates to fill the program.  Currently the delegation is open to all chiropractors.  Qualified delegates are accepted first come, first serve.  A number of unique opportunities are planned, including meetings with chiropractic and Ayurvedic (Indian holistic healing) medicine professionals in India, and the opportunity to share techniques, training and chiropractic principles. Delegates will enjoy insider views of the chiropractic profession in India and experience the culture in ways that most travelers never do, from exploring small, local neighborhoods and the Taj Mahal, to observing professional counterparts in their element. Cultural activities will highlight the sights and sounds of the country. 
You can find more information on the trip cost, itinerary details, and enroll online at or contact Dr. Dorn at:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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