Professional Development - American Chiropractic Association

Diversity and Chiropractic: A Conversation

ACA’s first diversity forum touches on potential strategies to increase cultural competency among chiropractors.

Enhancing diversity in the chiropractic profession will be a vital and ongoing process to meet the needs of the nation’s ever-changing population, according to chiropractors gathered at a leadership roundtable in December to explore issues related to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). The EDI Forum’s Leadership Roundtable, which took place via Zoom, is the first of its kind organized by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

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Virtually No Excuse Not to 'Engage' This Year

Live and Recorded Education Options Offer Flexibility to Engage 2021 Attendees

Annual meetings are much anticipated in the association world, as members gather from across the country for professional development, advocacy and networking opportunities. However, with COVID-19 preventing large, in-person events, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) embarked on a plan to reinvent its annual meeting, ACA Engage, in a virtual format this year that not only enables the chiropractic community to connect, but also affords greater access to education programming and continuing education credits.

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Engage 2021: Creating an Effective Pre-habilitation Program for ACL Injury

Q&A with Program Presenter Dr. Davis McAlister

Davis McAlister, DC, MEd, BS, BSA, is a clinic faculty doctor and lead doctor in the clinical sports performance program at Parker University. He is currently the team chiropractor for the WNBA Dallas Wings and was also the chiropractor of the XFL Dallas Renegades prior to the pandemic. Dr. McAlister will present "Creating an Effective Pre-habilitation Program for ACL Injury” at this year’s virtual Engage 2021 conference. In this ACA Blogs post, Dr. McAlister explains what doctors of chiropractic can expect.

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Engage 2021: Treating Concussion Beyond the Chiropractic Adjustment

Cindy M. Howard, DC, DABCI, DACBN, the owner of Innovative Health and Wellness Center in Orland Park, Ill., is past president of the ACA Council on Diagnosis and Internal Disorders and vice president of the ACA College of Pharmacology and Toxicology. Dr. Howard will present "Treating Concussion Beyond the Chiropractic Adjustment” at this year’s virtual Engage 2021 conference. Registrants can participate in this live session on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET to ask questions. In this ACA Blogs posts, Dr. Howard offers a preview of what doctors can expect.

Author: Cindy Howard
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Engage 2021: Mechanics and Management of Acute Recurrent Low Back Pain

Q&A with Program Presenter Dr. Linda Wheatland Smith

Linda Wheatland Smith, DC, who has practiced for 38 years and owns an integrated clinic, has managed very severe cases of low back pain, leg pain, disc ruptures, and radiculopathy over her career. She has studied how the medical model has failed the low back pain patient, and what chiropractic has to offer this patient, including acupuncture, massage therapy, chiropractic care, and rehabilitation. She will present "Mechanics and Management of Acute Recurrent Low Back Pain” at this year’s virtual Engage 2021 conference on Saturday, Feb. 6 (1 CE available). ACA Blogs asks Dr. Smith what doctors can expect. 

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Engage 2021: Using Data to Drive ALL Aspects of a Chiropractic Practice

Q&A with Program Presenter Dr. Lee Matthis

Lee R. Matthis, DC, vice president of clinic development and professional outreach with Tuck Chiropractic Clinic, which operates multiple locations across Virginia, will present "Using Data to Drive ALL Aspects of a Chiropractic Practice" at this year’s all-virtual Engage 2021 conference. In this post, ACA Blogs asks Dr. Matthis about what doctors can expect from his program and how he has adapted professionally during the pandemic.

Author: Lee Matthis
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USBJI Raising Profile of Musculoskeletal Health Through Research, Programs

Applications Being Accepted for Young Investigator Initiative Through Jan. 15, 2021

The United States Bone and Joint Initiative is an “organization of organizations” whose mission is to raise the priority of musculoskeletal (MSK) health through the collective action of all stakeholders. The intention of this mission is to improve the quality of life for people with musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions and improve the understanding, prevention and treatment of these conditions through research, education and advocacy. Its Young Investigator Initiative has mentored over 400 participants with grant funding achieved of more than $522 million.

Author: John Ventura
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Telehealth: What I’ve Learned in 7 Months as a Virtual Doctor

We are living through historic times right now; however, every disaster is an opportunity for us to become better doctors by adapting and improving our efficiency at delivering high-quality care. Over the past seven months, I’ve discovered that chiropractic telehealth can be an invaluable asset for our patients during the worst of times, as well as a much-appreciated service for patients who are stuck at home or live too far away to visit in person.

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10 Survival Skills for Recent Chiropractic Graduates

Lessons I Learned from Dr. Bobby Maybee

When I was a chiropractic student, I interviewed 100 chiropractors for my YouTube channel and podcast. This post is about the insights I gained from talking to Bobby Maybee, DC, creator of the Forward Thinking Chiropractic Alliance.

Author: Noah Volz
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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. 

 

Author: Sienna Shoup
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