Professional Development - American Chiropractic Association

Just Getting Started: Researcher Dr. Katherine Pohlman Credits Her Success to Hard Work and Good Fortune

Representing a new generation of researchers is no easy feat, but as the current research director at Parker University, Katherine Pohlman, DC, MS, PhD, is doing just that. Since joining Parker’s team in 2015, Dr. Pohlman has designed two entrepreneurial programs aimed at increasing the college’s research productivity. As a result, faculty participation in research activities increased from 10 percent to 65 percent. Earlier this year at ACA's annual meeting, Dr. Pohlman’s efforts were recognized by her peers when she received the association's prestigious Dr. George B. McClelland Researcher of the Year Award. In this Q&A, ACA Blogs finds out how hard work and good fortune contributed to her success. 

 

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Faculty ACA Symposium Goes Virtual as Faculty Adjust to Online Learning

The first Faculty ACA Symposium takes place virtually on June 13, bringing together chiropractic college faculty members from around the country to learn and engage with their peers. The event – originally planned to take place at Keiser University in Florida – was transitioned to an online meeting to keep participants safe during the coronavirus outbreak. Organizers hope this will encourage more faculty to register and attend. ACA Blogs takes a moment to connect with Faculty ACA’s (FACA’s) president and vice president, Drs. Jennifer Illes and William Lauretti, respectively, to learn how the past few weeks have impacted chiropractic education, faculty members and students.

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ACA Is Working to Expand Your CE Options

During the past few weeks, the American Chiropractic Association has been working to bring doctors of chiropractic information and resources that are crucial to navigating practice and business challenges presented by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Another area of our work is to expand access to CE credits on Learn ACA, our online learning platform, which offers a safe and affordable option for continuing education. 

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Use Time at Home to Earn Free CEs, Explore New Clinical Topics

Learn ACA offers 25% Spring Discount

Even before the era of social distancing, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) committed to making education at home more accessible through a new online learning platform, Learn ACA. Now through Memorial Day, both ACA members and non-members can take advantage of a 25% spring discount on any course in the platform. In addition, members have access to several free courses that offer CE credits. 

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Building Therapeutic Relationships Through Communication

Effective communication is a known factor in creating a strong therapeutic relationship. Therapeutic relationships can facilitate patient adherence to therapy, satisfaction with care and improved outcomes; they have also been associated with reduced malpractice claims. This article addresses aspects of communication which are key to building therapeutic relationships in chiropractic practic

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Case Reviews: 7 Tips for Solving Unresponsive Problems

While the majority of musculoskeletal cases respond quickly and favorably to conservative care, some conditions are less cooperative. When a patient is not meeting outcome goals, evidence-based chiropractors must be willing to abandon their familiar recipe, and “do something different.” In a value-based healthcare model, there’s a vast difference between merely treating someone vs. delivering best practices. The essential step for improving clinical outcomes is to provide the most effective care for every patient on every visit—including those cases that challenge us.

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Sensitization (Part 2): Management Strategies

Chronic pain symptoms can be quite different from acute pain symptoms.1 One possible reason is sensitization, a process whereby neurons become more responsive to pain signals and/or translate non-painful stimuli into pain. Part 1 of this series described general neuro-adaptive processes leading to sensitization and clinical diagnostic criteria. Here in Part 2, management strategies for persons with sensitization are described.

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Sensitization (Part 1): Characteristics and Implications

Practitioners use symptoms to guide clinical evaluation and treatment. For example, chest pain on exertion suggests possible need for cardiac evaluation. Pain is a symptom we are trained to explore by asking questions such as, “How severe is your pain?” and “Where is the pain located?” We ask these questions because the answers help point us in the direction of a diagnosis. However, pain symptoms are sometimes unreliable. For people experiencing chronic pain, symptom characteristics may not match patterns found in acute cases. The physiological basis for this alternate pain experience can be the result of peripheral or central sensitization. 

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Top 10 ACA Blog Posts of 2019

Our review of the top 10 blog posts on ACA Blogs in 2019 provides plenty of evidence that readers are most interested in topics that will help them better care for their patients as well as information on new developments in health care policy. Thanks to all who engaged with ACA Blogs over the past year. If you missed any of our top 10 posts of the year, here we provide a list so you can catch up! 

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Postdoctoral Training Programs

Chiropractors Pursue Advanced Training Through Innovative New Programs

Postdoctoral training programs are very common in the sciences and healthcare disciplines. They typically focus on developing skills and experience in areas outside the realm of patient care, such as research, health policy, health administration and teaching, among others. Expanding the number of early-career chiropractors engaging in various postdoctoral training programs is an important underpinning for the continued development of the profession. Meet five doctors of chiropractic who have completed or are currently in one of four different, but related postdoctoral programs conducted by a Yale School of Medicine/VA Connecticut partnership

Author: Vivian Ly
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