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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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The Empowerment of a VA Residency

As doctors of chiropractic, we graduate “practice-ready,” meaning that based on our rigorous training we are qualified to immediately enter the workforce. While this designation accurately reflects our training, is this the most beneficial approach for both individual practice and as a collective unit within the evolving modern-day healthcare system? While conceptually I understood the value of a residency before I started my VA experience, I needed to immerse myself fully to recognize the advantages that a program like this offers, not only personally but collectivistically to the entire profession.

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Q&A with Engage 2020 Presenters: Dr. James Cox

Engage 2020 education program presenter James Cox, DC, DACBR, the developer of Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction Manipulation discusses his upcoming talk, “Translational Research on Cervical Spine Treatment Using Cox® Distraction Protocols: Basic Science to Clinical Science,” which features important findings of a National Institutes of Health federally funded study.

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Raising Students’ Awareness of Research Activities and Opportunities

A recent survey gives NUHS food for thought regarding how to generate more student interest and participation in on-campus research.

Chiropractic educational research is a long-standing, important practice for improving the quality of education in our degree programs. Additionally, chiropractic research related to techniques and patient outcomes can have meaningful contributions. This has been demonstrated through the development of student research in many other healthcare professions.  However, not much is known about how much prospective and current students are aware of this body of research, including how it informs their choice of a career in chiropractic and a specific program, or how it impacts their education and influences their career paths. 

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Q&A with Engage 2020 Presenters: Dr. Gerald Stevens

Being sensitive to cultural differences in your patient population not only can enhance patient care but also help expand your practice, according to ACA Engage 2020 presenter Gerald Stevens, DC, an associate professor at New York Chiropractic College. Dr. Stevens discusses the value of such an approach in this Q&A with ACA Blogs. ACA’s annual meeting becomes ACA Engage in 2020: The new name is part of the association’s ongoing efforts to engage a new generation of chiropractors and position all members for success by bringing them advocacy and leadership-development opportunities, networking events and cutting-edge education programs.

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Serving Those Who Served: Preparation for Veteran-centered Care

As an institution that serves more than 9 million veterans nationwide, the Veterans Health Administration provides a unique environment for patient care with both the patient and provider experience being quite distinct when compared to other healthcare settings. However, one constant no matter what the setting may be is that the patient, and in this case the veteran, should remain at the center of clinical decision making. In my short time as a VA resident, I have discovered that the first step in maintaining a veteran-centered approach to care is preparation.

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Introducing the 2019-2020 VA Chiropractic Residents

A new cohort of residents has joined the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system’s Chiropractic Residency Program this fall. Several chiropractors participating in the program will continue ACA’s blog series on the residencies over the next year, sharing their experiences and lessons learned working as part of an integrated hospital team. The residencies were launched in 2014 to provide participants with advanced clinical training in complex case management. 

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ICSC Spotlight: An Osteopathic Physician Unpacks the Evidence for Manual Therapy

The Interprofessional Collaborative Spine Conference (ICSC) will bring together members of the chiropractic, osteopathic medicine and physical therapy professions to tackle topics related to manual therapy and its use—amid the opioid epidemic—in treating low back pain and other conditions. In his presentation, “Implementation Science/Knowledge Translation Session: Osteopathic Perspective,” Michael Seffinger, DO, a professor at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Western University of Health Sciences, unpacks the sometimes conflicting and sometimes incomplete evidence using his osteopathic lens.

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