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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: 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.

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VA Chiropractic Resident: My Month with Neurosurgery

Since this is the first year for VA Puget Sound to have a chiropractic resident, we have been doing a lot of trailblazing. My VA is split into two locations: Seattle and Tacoma. The Tacoma location has two well-established chiropractors, while the main hospital in Seattle has none. So, when I’m on rotation in Seattle, I am frequently met with curiosity and a lot of questions; commonly I am told that I am the only chiropractor many providers have ever met. I knew that Neurosurgery had been hesitant to even open the door for communication between our departments, let alone take me on rotation for an entire month, but after some reassurance from my attending, it was decided.

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VA Chiropractic Residency Adapts to Global COVID-19 Pandemic

The global COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the healthcare system and has changed how we provide care to patients; the VA Chiropractic Residency is no exception. While the annual residency cycle started as scheduled on July 1, 2020, with the 2021 class of chiropractic residents, our resident class will surely have a unique experience with unique challenges and opportunities

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Reflecting on 125 Years of Chiropractic History

Chiropractic celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, a milestone that warrants reflection. With that, ACA Blogs caught up with ACA member Patrick Montgomery, DC, MS, FASA, FICC, a professor of chiropractic history who is also the immediate past president of the Association for the History of Chiropractic, to ask what he believes some of the profession’s most significant achievements have been and what today’s doctors of chiropractic should know about their past so they can continue building a foundation for future success.

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Response to Pain in a Global Pandemic

How the Miami VA Medical Center Chiropractic Department implemented policies to provide essential services to veterans in need.

Over the past several months healthcare professionals, public health workers, and citizens have been working (mostly) together to implement new policies and changes to healthcare delivery that will create a safe environment for patient populations and healthcare employees alike. These limitations have prevented many with musculoskeletal pain, a condition affecting millions, from receiving treatment services. The suspension, delay, or discontinuation of these services can, unfortunately, produce undesirable consequences including increased pain, depression, and disability. Auspiciously, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has implemented policies to help mitigate these unfavorable consequences and provide safe, effective, and essential chiropractic services throughout this global pandemic.

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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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