Interns Join Chiropractic Health Center at Sherman College
Eighteen interns are now ready to see patients at the Sherman College Chiropractic Health Center, a teaching clinic for senior students in their final stage of internship prior to graduation from the doctor of chiropractic program. Interns celebrated the entrance of the final phase of their chiropractic education recently during a pinning ceremony on the Sherman College campus, located at 2020 Springfield Road in Boiling Springs.
The teaching environment, coordinated by licensed doctors of chiropractic, allows interns to practice chiropractic under close supervision and constant consultation. Because the clinic is open to the public, residents in Upstate South Carolina experience excellent chiropractic care at affordable prices through 35,000 patient visits per year.
Greetings were given by President Edwin Cordero, D.C. Assistant Student Clinic Case Doctor Kevin Power, D.C., administered the Pledge of Professionalism, and Director of Student Clinic Claudia Seay, D.C., pinned the interns’ nametags onto their blue clinic jackets.
“Sherman students transitioning into their clinical internship at the Health Center are well prepared to deliver quality and effective care to our friends and neighbors in the greater Spartanburg area,” said Dean of Clinic Operations and Outreach Kristy Shepherd, M.A. “These students are the future of the chiropractic profession. On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Sherman College Health Center, we are proud and excited to welcome this newest class of chiropractic interns.”
In the clinical phase of the doctor of chiropractic program at Sherman College, interns practice every aspect of patient care, including case histories, physical and spinal examinations, x-ray, diagnosis, report of findings, chiropractic adjustments and case management. Interns are encouraged to work with the research department to advance the profession with evidence-based study; they also complete remaining clinical and business courses.
The chiropractic internship also gives these senior students the opportunity to participate in community events, both in the Health Center and off campus – including spinal screenings, health fairs, school visits, and more – to help them build communication, leadership and community relations skills so they are well prepared for practice following graduation.
The Chiropractic Health Center at Sherman College is open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular visits are $15; visits for students, military members and seniors are $10; special rates are available for families. Walk-ins are accepted, but it is best to call 864-578-8777 for a set appointment with any of our interns, including these who have joined the Health Center:
For more information, visit www.sherman.edu/hc.
Sherman College of Chiropractic provides students with a comprehensive chiropractic education, preparing them to enter the field as doctors of chiropractic who are highly skilled, compassionate, ethical and successful. On its 80-acre campus in South Carolina, Sherman offers a first professional degree program unique in its approach to health care and known globally for the skill and art of chiropractic delivered by graduates. For more information, visit www.sherman.edu or call 800-849-8771.
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Sherman College Stands Against Prescriptive Rights for Doctors of Chiropractic
Sherman College of Chiropractic is announcing its position defending the holistic origins of the chiropractic profession and recommending against an expansion of scope in New Mexico that would allow doctors of chiropractic prescriptive rights.
The college asserts that the expansion of practice scope in New Mexico that would include the right to prescribe pharmaceuticals is a dangerous precedent for the chiropractic profession that would encroach on the practice of medicine and potentially put patients at risk.
“Chiropractic was founded to provide the public with a valuable, distinct service of enhancing life, health and human potential without duplicating any existing services,” said Sherman College President Edwin Cordero, D.C.
“Sherman College of Chiropractic strongly opposes the expansion of the scope of practice in New Mexico. The college remains steadfast in holding to the origins of chiropractic to improve and elevate the well-being of people through the correction of vertebral subluxations. It recognizes that the unique philosophy and art of chiropractic are scientifically grounded in their own right and require no expansion into the act of medical practice.”
In addition, the Association of Chiropractic Colleges Paradigm, adopted by most major chiropractic organizations, states emphatically that “chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery.”
Expansion of the scope of practice could lead to chiropractic losing its unique service to the public, Cordero explained. This change proposed in New Mexico, he said, would put the public at risk and would likely increase the number of licensure and malpractice complaints in the chiropractic profession.
A full, itemized statement of the college’s objections to scope expansion and prescriptive rights articulated by Sherman College Director of Evidence-Informed Curriculum and Practice Christopher Kent, D.C., J.D., has been posted on the college website at https://testing.sherman.edu/drugs-profession-chiropractic/.
Sherman College of Chiropractic holds the position that the practice of chiropractic remains a service separate and distinct from other healing arts. Its unique clinical objective is to locate, analyze and correct vertebral subluxations. Building on this, Sherman College teaches courses to prepare its graduates to practice as portal-of-entry providers in all 50 states and around the world. Sherman College graduates are competent and trained to meet all requirements for licensure and safe application of the unique service of chiropractors.
Statement on Drugs in the Profession of Chiropractic
by Christopher Kent, D.C., J.D.
Sherman College Director of Evidence-Informed Curriculum and Practice
There is general agreement throughout the chiropractic profession that we are a drugless profession. The Association of Chiropractic Colleges Paradigm, adopted by most major chiropractic organizations, states emphatically: “Chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery.” (1)
Sherman College of Chiropractic teaches that chiropractic practice includes the detection, analysis, and correction of vertebral subluxations, and that the practice of chiropractic does not include the use of prescription or non-prescription drugs.
Drugs should not be included in the scope of chiropractic for the following reasons:
- It would be contrary to the historic and widely accepted identity of the profession to add drug treatment to our scope of practice
- We know of no accredited chiropractic colleges that provide instruction on the use of prescription drugs, including injections of homeopathic medications, hormones, prolotherapy agents, etc. in their curriculum. A few have offered postgraduate courses in injectable nutrients (as authorized in Oklahoma), local anesthetics (as authorized in Oregon), and a 90-hour course in New Mexico. One offers a graduate program.
- To our knowledge, no accredited chiropractic college clinic employs injectable homeopathic remedies, injectable nutrients, and other legend drugs in the care of outpatients in their student clinics. Furthermore, students have no hospital rotations and practical training in dealing with the safe and effective use of drugs, and the management of anaphylactic reactions and other adverse effects.
- Some have proposed a “tiering” of the profession. Legislation could empower state boards to either allow any licensed chiropractor to practice in these potentially dangerous areas with little or no training, or require “certification” that is not comparable to the thousands of hours of residency required of medical and osteopathic physicians. Furthermore, this would lead to two (or more) classes of chiropractors, causing confusion and potential deception of the public.
- Homeopathic medicine is a system of medicine in its own right. Only three states separately license homeopathic physicians (Arizona, Connecticut and Nevada). They require that an applicant hold a medical degree, complete residency training, and have specialty training in homeopathy. All homeopathic injectables and some oral homeopathic products are prescription drugs. To have marginally trained DCs practicing an entirely different system of medicine is not in the best interests of the profession or the patient community.
- Such an expansion in the scope of chiropractic practice could result in an increase in professional liability insurance premiums, due to increased risk to the public.
- The public perception of the profession would suffer, as doctors of chiropractic could become perceived as third-rate medical practitioners, sometimes using very questionable drugs and medicines.
- Chiropractors would become part of the iatrogenic drug problem. Chiropractic’s impressive safety record could become a thing of the past.
- There is no evidence that drugs are useful in locating, analyzing, and correcting vertebral subluxations.
- The best interests of the public are served by limiting the use of drugs to fully qualified physicians trained in their use.
- Association of Chiropractic Colleges Paradigm. www.chirocolleges.org/paradigm_scope_practice.html