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As a chiropractor, you can change the profession: 7 years 6 months ago #22

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Here is a post I put on Chiropractic Mentors on Facebook that Arno requested I post here:

the only way to completely change and reduce this movement toward allopathic medicine is to educate the student before they go to Chiropractic school.
I think the fastest way to change the landscape of doctors in this profession is to change the student. You may ask how we go about this. You may not like my suggestions below, but it's time to serve and give back. I'm asking for you to sacrifice some of your free time if you feel this profession is worth fighting for.
#1) We need to form circles of doctors that communicate with all major undergraduate universities in each of the 50 states. These select doctors will form chiropractic clubs of students interested in chiropractic and hold philosophy nights and free mini-seminars. This could start out as a grass-roots movement that may eventually need an organizing body to run this program. Doctors would have to communicate with academic advisers and counselors to find selected students interested in the field. These events would expose students to chiropractic as it should be and establish a foundation of philosophy before entering schools that teach you to be diagnosticians.
#2) We need principled doctors that are near these institutions to give free philosophy nights for them. Become personal mentors and let these students shadow or do a preceptorship in your office.
#3) Be willing to mentor a new doc for the first couple years they are in practice. Some of you have PMCs and marketing ideas to sell, maybe some of you can offer free advice. Yes, I suggested free.
#4) Form relationships with admissions in the chiropractic schools that we find closest to chiropractic as we see fit, and help out with recruiting events.
#5) Help screen students that don't fit our profession and guide them to one that would fit their belief systems and ideal scope of practice.

I'm sure some of these suggestions need a lot of work and some may be flawed, however, the student in my generation is choosing the profession for potential earnings, and many come to school having never been adjusted. If you want chiropracTIC to remain relevant, targeting the student will be the primary battlefield.
I will not give you the details of a contract that is being formed between Life University and the Ohio State Chiropractic Association, but myself and one other person put together a proposal and both parties are seriously interested and have the documentation to be signed any day now. This position includes some of what is mentioned above, the outcomes will be measured and if successful, this program will be formed in other states.
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Re: As a chiropractor, you can change the profession: 6 years 5 months ago #41

I agree with this suggestion. I have been focused on this reality for several years now and am surprised at how infrequently I see it discussed - I think Spizz magazine is the only place I've seen it mentioned let alone discussed.

Is this still in development between OCA and Life? Can we help or contribute? I try to do this at Penn State where I teach and where my practice is, but it's hard to find students from all relevant undergrad majors who might be pre-chirp.

Another positive step I've suggested to ICA - without response thus far - would be to form a network of perhaps 50 straight DCs to task all internet forums and articles via Google alerts, and whose job it would be to comment with relevant, accurate and mature feedback sharing chiro research and concepts. Many people form opinions based on these reports and articles and we have a "response resource" in the internet that we never had with newspapers.
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