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Q&A with NCLC 2019 Presenters: Dr. James Lehman

Author: Annette Bernat/Friday, November 09, 2018/Categories: Professional Development

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ACA’s annual meeting, the National Chiropractic Leadership Conference, brings you cutting-edge, evidence-based education sessions featuring some of the chiropractic profession’s most respected thought leaders and content experts. Many sessions also offer continuing education credits. Here we pose questions to one of the presenters: James J. Lehman, DC, MBA, whose program is titled, “A Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Residency: An Example of Interprofessional Collaboration.”


Q: How is the topic that you are presenting relevant to modern chiropractic practice? How will it help chiropractors be successful now, and into the future?

Currently, chiropractic students graduate with a tremendous debt load and are offered low-paying associate positions.  Chiropractic graduates deserve a career pathway, which includes advanced clinical training, forgiveness of student loan debts, board certification as a chiropractic specialist and a reasonable salary with benefits.

Q: Are there any new developments in your specialty/topic area that make your presentation at NCLC 2019 especially relevant or timely?

Yes, student loans debts are increasingly burdensome for new graduates.

Q: Who should attend your presentation and why?

Any chiropractic student or recent graduate interested in a resident training program.

Q: What practical knowledge or skills can attendees expect to take away from your presentation?

Chiropractic students and recent graduates will realize that a residency in neuromusculoskeletal medicine within a primary care site offers a wonderful professional career path.

Q: What was the best career advice you ever received?

To become a board-certified chiropractic orthopedist and pursue life-long learning.

Dr. Lehman’s presentation: “A Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Residency: An Example of Interprofessional Collaboration” takes place at NCLC on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, at 3 p.m. ET. For complete conference information and schedules, click here.
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4 comments on article "Q&A with NCLC 2019 Presenters: Dr. James Lehman"

Rebecca Warnecke

11/10/2018 2:31 PM

Looking forward to this presentation! Thank you for seeing such a huge problem within our profession and being a part of the solution.


James Lehman

12/3/2018 10:04 AM

Dear Rebecca:

The University of Bridgeport and the School of Chiropractic believes there is a responsibility to create career pathways for our chiropractic graduates.UB is part of the solution to student loan debts and improved clinical training that leads to excellent professional opportunities.


Ryan Cahall

11/15/2018 3:13 PM

So we are suppose to spend even more money towards a specialty to obtain a better pay and success rate? Believe me, I totally would do a program like this if the money was there to spend on this certification. Most diplomate programs cost around $10,000 and takes more than a year or two to complete. I am barely comfortable with my salary paying back my undergrad and chiro school loans.

Currently my view on the investment I made in chiro school is not good, especially for someone who chooses not to own my own practice due to my distaste for the business side of things. I'm waiting for the day that I don't have to be stressed out about my income all the time and having to work more than one job to support my loans.

I hope this presentation discusses the open job opportunities waiting for chiropractors who become certified. Hospitals and other top places are very hard to get into especially when HR keeps referring you to their website instead of listening to what you can offer.


James Lehman

12/3/2018 10:01 AM

Dear Mr. Cahall:

The University of Bridgeport (UB) and its School of Chiropractic share your concerns. Hence, the reason that UB offers the three-year, full-time residency in "Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine." Residents are paid an annual salary plus benefits by UB. Residents are full-time employees and do not pay for the Diplomate training. UB pays the costs for the 300 hours of postdoctoral training, which leads to board certification by the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists. In addition, UB offers a two-year Fellow position, which is followed by a clinician educator position. If the resident completes the three-year residency, the two-year fellowship, and an additional five years as a clinician educator, the student loans may be forgiven without tax consequences. I hope you attend my presentation. It would be great to meet you and answer further questions in DC at the ACA/NCLC meeting.

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