When it comes to suitability as a healthcare practitioner, six traits will tell you this type of career is a great fit:
These criteria are common among students earning a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, and for a career as a health professional for the diagnosis, care, and prevention of functional disorders of the spine and other parts of the musculoskeletal system. Considering the increasing public interest in a noninvasive approach to spinal and related joint function, there’s never been a better time to become a chiropractor.
Facts about the chiropractic profession do seem to bear this out. For example, doctors of chiropractic are designated as physician-level providers in most U.S. states and the federal Medicare program. That means they are “portal-of-care” direct access healthcare practitioners: no need for a medical referral for a patient to receive chiropractic care.
Plus, up to 80% of today’s healthcare plans cover chiropractic care, according to the American Chiropractic Association.
Another “right for the times” fact about earning the Doctor of Chiropractic degree is how chiropractors are helping workers return to work and reducing healthcare costs. In looking at the growing role of occupational health and employer-funded on-site workplace clinics, the Chiropractic: A Safe and Cost-effective Approach to Health report said that including chiropractors in on-site corporate health clinic teams is increasingly popular among employers. Corporate examples include Target, Google, Facebook, and Amazon.
More than 84% of companies with 200 or more workers now offer a workplace wellness program, incentives for healthy behaviors, or both.
One university that’s been integral in chiropractic’s emergence is Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC), which has led 11,000 alumni to earn doctor of chiropractic degrees. The University is hosting the Cleveland Centennial & Midwest Annual Conference and Expo on Oct. 20-23, 2022. The event presents many opportunities to learn more about the profession and offers chiropractors a way to earn up to 16 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
The CUKC event, while celebrating the University’s 100-year history, offers learning opportunities from more than 30 industry experts.
The topics include
The four-day event also is a time to network with others who earned the doctor of chiropractic degree. The featured presenter at the Oct. 21 luncheon will be Shaun White, Olympic gold medalist, and entrepreneur.
Among the expert speakers at the event:
Dr. Selina Sigafoose-Jackson is set to discuss human potential and the science of chiropractic. Her doctor of chiropractic career began in 1991. She is one of the 14 founders of The League of Chiropractic Women and is on the Executive Board as secretary/treasurer. She’s also served in executive positions with the International Chiropractors Association (ICA).
Dr. Leo Bronston is one of few chiropractors to obtain National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) certification for Back Pain Recognition. Bronston also has participated in a pilot program for certification in patient-centered healthcare (PCHCP). The program was conducted through the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission (URAC) – the largest accreditation body in the healthcare field.
Dr. Anthony Lisi will detail how chiropractic care is benefiting military veterans across the country. He is the Chiropractic Program Director for the U.S. Veterans Health Administration, overseeing all national programmatic issues related to the integration of chiropractic clinical services, education, and research.
The complete list of presenters is available here. Currently practicing chiropractors and students in Doctor of Chiropractic degree programs can register for the event here.
Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC) is a private, nonprofit, chiropractic and health sciences university in Overland Park, Kansas, a large suburban city within the Kansas City metro.
About the CUKC chiropractic degree program:
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