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$80,000 Scholarship Fund Honors Beane Family’s Humanitarianism, Pioneering Spirit

Dr. Ercil and Maxine Beane

Dr. Ercil and Maxine Beane

A new scholarship at Sherman College has been created to honor a couple’s long-time support of the college and assist students who have demonstrated a high level of commitment to serving humanity as a doctor of chiropractic.

The $80,000 Beane Family Scholarship Fund honors the Beane Family of LeGrand, IA, specifically Dr. Ercil and Maxine Beane, long-time supporters of Sherman College, and their children, David, Daniel, Marian, Dr. Evan and Dr. Joel.

“This scholarship honors the memory of Dr. Ercil and Maxine Beane, their love of chiropractic and their pioneering spirit in introducing chiropractic to a global community,” said Sherman College President Edwin Cordero, D.C. “Sherman College is proud to honor the family’s commitment to the profession and our shared vision of bringing chiropractic to the world.”

Dr. Ercil Beane was the developer/director of Live Research Clinic Centers and traveled extensively with Maxine to countries in Africa, Asia, Central America and the Middle East, demonstrating and promoting the profession to people who had no knowledge of the chiropractic healing art. Together they recruited and supported young people from those countries to study chiropractic, many of them attending Sherman College.

To recognize their love and support for the college and to honor their humanitarian chiropractic work at home and abroad, the college presented Ercil and Maxine with one of its earliest Honorary Doctor of Chiropractic Humanities Degrees in 1979.

Charles and Amilliah Kenya, D.C.s, now faculty members at Sherman College, say they owe their chiropractic journey to the Beane family. The couple first met Dan and Sarah Beane in 1999 in Kenya, and later, Ercil and Maxine in 2001 during a mission trip to Legrand, IA. “We had never heard about chiropractic,” Charles said. “We received our first chiropractic adjustment from Joel Beane and later from Evan Beane.”

It was Ercil Beane who introduced them to the philosophy of chiropractic. “I do not know of any time I met Dr. Ercil that we ended the conversation without talking chiropractic,” Charles explained. “It was his mission to spread chiropractic to the world. He lived, ate, slept and breathed chiropractic. Be it at the dining table, working in the field or relaxing beside the lake, Dr. Ercil always found a way to include chiropractic philosophy into the discussion. His passion was unsurpassed.”

The Beane Family Scholarship Fund has been established with gifts from Dr. Ercil and Mrs. Maxine Beane and interest on those funds totaling approximately $80,000. Additional gifts from any donor appropriately designated to this Fund, including estate gifts, shall be added to the corpus. As an endowed fund, the principal will remain invested while earnings can be used to award scholarships to students at Sherman. The family requests that recipients of the Beane Family Scholarship be enrolled in Clinic I or above and demonstrate financial need; the scholarship may be renewed.

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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.

For more information, please contact:
Karen Rhodes
Director of Public Relations
Sherman College of Chiropractic
Phone: 800-849-8771, ext. 242
E-mail: krhodes@sherman.edu
Web: www.sherman.edu

Sherman College Lyceum, Showcase Events Engage Visitors, Community

Lyceum 2015: Delivering the Goods

Lyceum 2015: Delivering the Goods

 

College to Sign Partnership Agreement with UNIBE/Costa Rica

Later this week, approximately 500 chiropractors and 60 prospective students from around the world will descend on Spartanburg as Sherman College of Chiropractic kicks off its 42nd annual homecoming and continuing education eventThe event is held each May on the college’s campus in north Spartanburg and involves three days of seminars, reunions, alumni events and more.

Additional Lyceum events with the college’s “Delivering the Goods” theme include a Student Olympics competition and fund-raiser, a donor recognition event, alumni reunions, volunteer training and an international-themed banquet to close the weekend.

The college also hosts a number of special events open to the public, including a career event (Showcase Sherman) for prospective students, a golf tournament, and a 5K race:

Lyceum 2015 Delivering the Goods Apr. 30- May 2

Lyceum 2015 Delivering the Goods Apr. 30- May 2

  • Golf Scramble – Wednesday, April 29, at 1:00 p.m. at Village Greens Golf Course.
    Enjoy a day of golf at Village Greens Golf Course while supporting the World Congress of Chiropractic Students and the Delta Sigma Chi chiropractic fraternity. Prizes will be awarded for best score, longest drive and closest to the pin. Cost is $60. Fees include 18 holes of golf, cart rental and box lunch. Details at https://www.facebook.com/events/1592188870993888/.
  • Partnership Agreement Signing – Friday, May 1, at 10:30 a.m.
    Advancing its vision of bringing chiropractic to the world, Sherman College will be signing an articulation agreement with Universidad de Iberoamerica (UNIBE) of San José, Costa Rica. UNIBE President Dr. Emma Grace Hernandez and Provost/Vice-Chancellor for Global Strategies Dr. Roberto Rodriguez will be in attendance, along with Sherman College President Dr. Edwin Cordero. Sherman College continually seeks to secure admission and transfer agreements that present an attractive option for students who hope to reach their career goals faster and enjoy a career that plays a significant role in health promotion.
  • Showcase Sherman for Prospective Students – Friday and Saturday, May 1-2, starting at 8 a.m.
    About 60 prospective students plus their guests will visit Sherman to discover why Fast Company, Career Cast and other organizations repeatedly name chiropractic as a top job. Attendees of this free program will learn what it takes to begin a fulfilling career as a doctor of chiropractic; attend informative chiropractic sessions; meet chiropractors, faculty and current students; and hear about the key roles that chiropractic and Sherman College have played in their lives. College faculty will lead a hands-on chiropractic technique presentation, and prospective students can have transcripts evaluated and learn more about financial aid, job placement, available scholarships and local apartments. For details, visit www.sherman.edu/showcase.
  • “Commit to Be Fit” 5K Race – Saturday, May 2, on the campus; race begins at 8 a.m.
    Sherman College’s annual 5K race, sponsored by the World Congress of Chiropractic Students and the Athletic Club, starts and ends in the roundabout at the main entrance of Sherman College at 2020 Springfield Road in Boiling Springs. Entry fee is $25, and prizes will be awarded to first and second place for men and women in the following categories: 19 and under, 20-39, and 40 plus. Register at http://go-greenevents.com/event/id/4592.

For additional information about this year’s Lyceum program, go to www.sherman.edu/lyceum .

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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.

For more information, please contact:

Karen Rhodes
Director of Public Relations
Sherman College of Chiropractic
Phone: 800-849-8771, ext. 242
E-mail: krhodes@sherman.edu

3 Keys to Launching a Successful Chiropractic Practice

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After graduating from chiropractic college, new D.C.s typically devote their full attention to caring for clients and growing a thriving practice. Whether they plan to set up a home-based business, join an existing clinic, or travel with a professional sports team, all new practitioners need a solid strategy to build and maintain a robust client base.

Dedication, perseverance and clearly defined professional goals are fundamental when embarking on a new venture – but what other key ingredients should chiropractors add into the mix to ensure career success? We’ll take a look at three practical steps new D.C.s can take to make a smooth transition from student to professional.

Join a Professional Association

Many D.C.s consider membership with a local, state or federal chiropractic association vital to their professional success. Joining an organization that aligns with their values can help situate new graduates within a supportive community of dedicated and like-minded professionals.

Most chiropractic associations work toward raising public awareness of the benefits of chiropractic, and often advocate on practitioners’ behalf with insurers and local government. At each stage of your chiropractic career, membership with a professional association can open numerous doors, including opportunities to:

  • Volunteer in a variety of public education programs
  • Gain access to many continuing education resources
  • Network with experienced D.C.s who can provide guidance and support
  • Enjoy discounts on office supplies, insurance, car rentals, and educational seminars

Strategically Select Your Professional Path

As a new Doctor of Chiropractic, you will need to consider just exactly how and where you would like to apply your expertise. This profession is known for its flexibility. D.C.s have numerous professional options open to them after graduation, including mobile practices, home-based businesses, and animal-centered clinics. It’s useful to take stock of a few important factors when mapping out your own career path:

  • Is being your own boss important to you? Are you excited at the prospect of starting your own clinic from scratch, including managing the business and marketing for new clients?
  • Would you prefer to work as a team with other chiropractic professionals at an established clinic?
  • Do you love to be on the move and like the idea of launching a mobile practice where you bring chiropractic care to remote communities or travel with an organization?

Mentorship from more experienced D.C.s can provide valuable insight into the advantages or challenges of following a particular professional path.

Market Yourself both On and Offline

Studies show that the best way to attract new patients after completing your chiropractic education is by word-of-mouth referrals. As you establish yourself as a successful practitioner by delivering excellent care to your clients, these referrals will come – but here are a few marketing tips for the beginning stages:

  • Accept walk-ins. Your appointment book will be flooded eventually, but it’s a good idea in the initial stage to be as available as possible to new clients.
  • Set up a booth offering spinal screenings and health talks at as many public events as possible
  • Network with many other healthcare professionals – referrals are likely to follow

Of course, now that we’re living in a digital age, social media can be a powerful engine for client referrals. Chiropractors may want to set up a social media account with which to promote their services, highlight testimonials, and announce involvement in community events. This is a great way to establish your brand and mission as a healthcare provider, while opening the door to a much wider audience of potential new clients.

Humanitarian Opportunities for Chiropractors

Chiropractic educationMany students are drawn to chiropractic college because they’re inspired by the idea of natural, non-invasive healthcare. They envision themselves making a genuine difference in the lives of others by offering care that enhances the body’s natural capacity to regulate and heal itself.

For some graduates, the drive to empower others through holistic healing leads to involvement in humanitarian efforts – initiatives focused on providing education and chiropractic care to communities with little or no access to such services.

There are numerous organizations around the world that offer practitioners a way to combine their chiropractic career with charitable giving – both at home and abroad. Read on to discover how you could give back as a chiropractic humanitarian.

Chiropractic & Disaster Relief

One non-profit organization has a goal to provide humanitarian aid and chiropractic care for people in developing countries, launching numerous community-based programs that help familiarize locals with the principles and benefits of chiropractic.

For example, in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, one such organization rallied a team of 20 chiropractors who provided thousands of spinal checks as well as fed and provided shelter for many displaced people.

Bringing Chiropractic to Latin America

Several non-profit chiropractic organizations aim to provide compassionate health care throughout Latin America. For example, in El Salvador, one organization sends teams of D.C.s to check and adjust patients where access to health care is extremely limited.

Participants report that their services are much appreciated by locals and encouraged by resident medical professionals. In addition to providing screenings and adjustments, many of these mission services are dedicated to raising awareness of chiropractic as a natural, non-invasive healthcare option.

Giving Back Closer to Home

For students in the process of completing their chiropractic education, or established D.C.s who can’t accommodate an overseas mission, there are plenty of opportunities for giving back closer to home. Many clinics and chiropractic colleges offer community outreach services, such as:

  • Lunch-N-Learn programs at local businesses
  • Free care clinics for rescue missions or veteran associations
  • Nursing home programs
  • Programs for local sports teams or athletic commissions

Sherman College’s own Outreach Program offers interns a variety of ways to get involved with local organizations that could benefit from chiropractic education and care. Our student interns and faculty work with children, seniors and those without access to healthcare, as well as participate in a wide range of health care events and promotions.

With its focus on helping patients achieve overall wellbeing, chiropractic and humanitarianism are intuitively linked. Whether you’re a D.C. in training or an experienced practitioner, there is no greater reward then seeing a single adjustment transform into new understanding, and perhaps even a life-long commitment to improved health…all with the power of your two hands!

Would you consider joining a chiropractic humanitarian mission? Where would you travel first?

Understanding Vertebral Subluxation in Chiropractic

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Intern explains subluxation to patient

“Vertebral” refers to the bones of the spine (vertebrae), and “subluxation” describes the misalignment of those bones.

But this literal translation doesn’t even come close to capturing the significance of vertebral subluxations to the practice of chiropractic, the everyday performance of our bodies, and our capacity to maintain health and wellbeing over the long term.

To truly understand vertebral subluxation, we must examine it in context – and that warrants a closer look at what is arguably the body’s most important command system.

The Central Nervous System

The Central Nervous System (CNS) is comprised of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. From the brain, nerves travel down the spinal cord, branch out from between each of our 24 vertebrae, and extend to all areas of the body. The spine is the channel along which information is transmitted to and from the brain, allowing us to move, see, breath and speak. Students in chiropractic college learn that when vertebrae become misaligned, they may put pressure on and irritate the nerves that carry messages throughout the CNS – the information is then distorted or lost in transmission.

We rely on the central nervous system, not just for basic everyday functions, but for ongoing processes such as cell repair and growing new tissue. Because vertebral subluxations interfere with the body’s central command system, they have the capacity to impact organ health, immune system function, and impair our overall sense of health and vitality.

Role of Chiropractic in Correcting Subluxations

With the understanding that the central nervous system is critical to our survival, chiropractic focuses on identifying and correcting vertebral subluxations that may impede the CNS from functioning optimally.

Chiropractic education provides students with the theory and practical techniques needed to locate, analyze and correct subluxations, ensuring that the nervous system is working properly and can deliver messages to and from the rest of the body. Rather than treating symptoms, chiropractors help create the circumstances necessary for the body to effectively regulate and heal itself. This is why regular check-ups with the chiropractor (before any symptoms appear) is best practice for maintaining good health.

What Causes Vertebral Subluxations?

Subluxations are a result of the stresses we inflict upon our bodies each and every day. Some stresses are exceptional, caused by a traumatic event, such as a motor vehicle accident or a bad fall. Others are far more mundane, such as stress or a sedentary lifestyle like hunching over a computer all day. Chiropractors confirm that the very first vertebral subluxations may occur at birth, when the spine is twisted and pulled during delivery. And as we grow and achieve milestones like walking, running, riding a bike and participating in sports, we expose our bodies to stress that can result in misalignment. Professionals who have already launched a chiropractic career will often see parents bring their children in to be checked for subluxation just days after birth.

Once the relationships between the spine, the central nervous system, and vertebral subluxations is understood, it makes good sense to consult with a doctor of chiropractic and develop an on-going, customized plan of care.

How would you explain the concept of vertebral subluxation to a new patient?

Chiropractic Profession Has the Best Job Security, According to MarketWatch

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Chiropractic Profession Has the Best Job Security

MarketWatch has placed the chiropractic profession at the top of its rankings in an article published March 20 titled “10 Professions with the Best Job Security.”

Chiropractic is a rewarding career choice that allows graduates to serve their communities and make a positive impact in people’s lives. Chiropractors take a natural, preventative approach to health care, without the invasive use of drugs or surgery, helping patients enjoy a greater potential for health and optimal human performance.

Fast Company, Forbes, Career Cast and other organizations repeatedly name chiropractic as a top job. Aside from the personal satisfaction of helping people, a chiropractic career is in demand; the Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that the employment of chiropractors is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2022.

Because chiropractors emphasize the importance of healthy lifestyles, chiropractic care is appealing to many health-conscious Americans. Projected job growth for the chiropractic profession stems from increasing consumer demand for a more natural approach to health care.

Sherman College: A Leader in Chiropractic Education

Sherman College’s Doctor of Chiropractic program is unique in its approach to health care and known globally for producing doctors who are highly skilled in their delivery of chiropractic care. The college prepares students to become doctors of chiropractic who are compassionate, ethical and successful.

Sherman College offers a friendly environment, individual attention and mentoring, expert faculty, hands-on instruction and a balanced curriculum that offers the knowledge students need in basic science, chiropractic technique and philosophy, and practice management. Students in the final stage of the program complete a clinical internship coordinated by licensed doctors of chiropractic, which allows them to practice chiropractic under the close supervision and constant consultation of our faculty experts.

Methodology:  In its study, MarketWatch considered unemployment rates among workers in 564 occupations provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Estimated employment growth between 2012 and 2022, median 2012 wages, labor force totals, and typical education requirements for each job also came from the BLS, according to the article.

For more information about a career in chiropractic, call Tarsha Hamilton at 864-578-8770, ext. 294, email thamilton@sherman.edu or visit www.sherman.edu/showcase/.

Unique Career Paths: Animal Chiropractor

Dr. Natasha Jaskiewicz

Dr. Natasha Jaskiewicz

Chiropractic has long been recognized for its capacity to help human bodies perform at their best. But over the last few decades, animal adjustment has also expanded in practice and appeal, offering new career paths to students currently enrolled in chiropractic training. Read on to learn more about the evolution of animal chiropractic, and how one Sherman graduate transformed her passion for horses into a thriving private practice.

History of Chiropractic Practice on Animals

Animal chiropractic originated around 1895, at about the same time human chiropractic was developed. The practice, however, did not gain wider appeal until 1985 when the late Sharon Willoughby, a veterinarian and chiropractor, took the reins of an organization called Options for Animals, which provided instruction on how to adjust animals.

In 1986, Dr. Willoughby gave a short course on equine chiropractic (spinal adjustment for horses) in Arkansas. Following the workshop, participants – a mix of veterinarians and chiropractors – formed the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) and chose Dr. Willoughby as their president.

The AVCA were among the very first to develop an educational curriculum around chiropractic theory and technique, build a link between chiropractic and veterinary practitioners and ultimately, apply chiropractic care to the quadruped.

Throughout the last decade, the public acceptance and demand for animal chiropractic care has grown, inspiring new graduates of chiropractic college to pursue this rewarding career path. One of those graduates is Natasha Jaskiewicz, D.C.

Natasha’s Success Story

Born in Singapore, Natasha Jaskiewicz moved with her family to Anacortes, WA in 1985 at the age of three. Natasha has always been an avid animal lover, and from a young age she owned her own horses. She became involved with 4-H early on and began to train and show horses, especially hunter/jumpers.

Natasha graduated from the University of Findlay in Ohio with a degree in equine business management and soon began working as a freelance horse trainer, first in Washington and later in Texas. In Texas, Natasha encountered a Certified Animal Chiropractor who was also a D.C., and was truly amazed at the work she did with horses. After witnessing how applied animal chiropractic helped horses naturally, without drugs or surgery, Natasha was inspired to pursue a brand new career path.

Upon graduating from Sherman College of Chiropractic in 2007 and obtaining national certification by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association, Natasha established a mobile practice that specializes in animals. Now she travels throughout the Carolinas and across the globe, working not only with horse and rider teams, but also with a variety of other animals including conformation and agility dogs that compete at international levels. Natasha is truly an inspiring example for anyone looking to combine a chiropractic education with a love of animals.

The Benefits of Animal Adjustment

Approaching chiropractic care for animals is (for obvious logistical reasons) quite different than with humans – but the rationale for doing so, and the benefits of chiropractic, are surprisingly similar for both. Vigorous activity, repetitive actions, or wear and tear due to aging are experienced by animals just as they are by humans. Consider the physical force required of race horses, the shock absorbed by a dog’s body after a high leap, the effects of a life-time of wearing collars or saddles…the list goes on. Regular chiropractic adjustment helps mitigate those daily stressors, keeping the spine aligned and the central nervous system functioning optimally – best practice for any living creature, two legged or four.

What would inspire you to pursue a career in animal chiropractic?

Advantages of Digital Radiography for Chiropractors

chiropracticeducationDigital radiography refers to the process of capturing a radiographic image using a sensor, and then presenting (or storing) that image on a computer. The technology has come a long way from traditional x-ray with film and view boxes! Practitioners can zoom, rotate and control image density, and the results are available on-screen within seconds for chiropractors to analyze and then review with patients.

During the course of their chiropractic education, students have the opportunity to learn about and use digital x-ray technology – enhancing their ability to analyze results and develop individualized care plans.

To give prospective students a clearer idea of how the technology works, we’ve put together a simple introduction to the mechanics of digital x-ray with detailed examples of how it can benefit both chiropractors and their patients.

The Evolution of X-Ray

Conventional x-ray machines function similarly to cameras, but instead of light they use electromagnetic waves to develop an image on film. The waves pass through the body, are absorbed by bone, muscle, fat and other masses, and leave a visual imprint of these structures for practitioners to develop and analyze. Since its invention in 1895, the x-ray machine has played a vital role in health care.

In 1987, x-ray technology was elevated to a new level of efficiency when the first digital system was launched in Europe by a French company called Trophy Radiologie. Digital x-ray doesn’t need film at all. Instead, electronic sensors capture clear images of bones and tissue, and project those images directly onto a computer screen. Efficient and easy to share, digital results offer chiropractors a range of advantages over their analog predecessors.

How Digital X-Ray Benefits Chiropractors and their Patients

Digital radiography is quick and accurate, allowing chiropractors to accomplish more work with less time and expense. When they learn to use digital x-ray machines, chiropractic college interns will also discover that they can annotate the images, highlighting particular areas of misalignment (called vertebral subluxations) – an excellent way to share detailed results with patients and explain how plans of care will be carried out. Patients may take their digital x-ray results with them on CD or DVD, to review on their own or share with others. And while digital systems may have a higher initial investment at the beginning of your chiropractic career, with no need for film, development chemicals or file storage, they are cheaper to maintain in the long term and worth the investment. Some of the other practical benefits of digital radiography include:

Safety: digital systems expose patients to 90% less radiation than conventional X-rays

  • Safety: digital systems expose patients to 90% less radiation than conventional X-rays
  • Quality: chiropractors can manipulate results by enhancing cortical outlines, highlighting structures, changing the brightness, and magnifying the image
  • Environmental Impact: by eliminating the use of water and chemicals necessary for film processing, digital x-ray systems are significantly more environmentally friendly as compared to traditional x-ray
  • Portable: easy to transmit through email, digital x-ray results can be shared among health care professionals to better serve the patient

In what other ways do you think digital imaging would help improve patient care?

The Benefits and Advantages of Clinical Experience

Chiropractic means “done by hand,” so it’s intuitive that hands-on experience is an integral part of the training experience for students attending chiropractic college.

Students working toward their doctor of chiropractic will typically immerse themselves in the college training clinic during the final stages of their internship, gaining practical experience while providing a valuable service to the local community. Under the guidance of licensed practitioners, interns work directly with patients to develop customized plans of care.

Synthesizing and applying all that they’ve learned during the course of their chiropractic education, students can take advantage of the clinical experience to refine an essential repertoire of skills with which to launch their own successful career.

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Put Theory into Practice

During their training to become doctors of chiropractic, students develop a wide range of theoretical knowledge including basic science, body systems, chiropractic technique, and case management. Upon entering the practical portion of the program, students put that theory into practice – embedding fundamental concepts with hands-on experience. There is a solid body of research across disciplines that demonstrates how “doing” cements understanding, helping students better absorb and apply what they’ve learned in class.

The chiropractic clinic is no different. Students actualize their knowledge using the most current analytical and adjusting equipment and the most recent research data. Practicing every aspect of patient care, interns interpret digital x-rays, analyze patient findings, and develop customized care plans. And perhaps most importantly, they get to observe first-hand the impact of an effective chiropractic adjustment on overall health.

Get Comfortable with Administrative Procedures

Part of preparing for a successful chiropractic career is becoming familiar with the processes and protocols that help a professional practice run smoothly. In addition to applying theory and honing technique, interns can leverage the clinical experience to develop their understanding of important administrative procedures, including how appointments are booked, how files are managed, what types of software are used, how to order and schedule digital x-rays, and how billing is processed. Consulting with licenced mentors, students will become comfortable practicing chiropractic in a professional setting.

 

Hone Effective Communication Skills

Effective communication is the foundation of every successful clinical practice. In order to help patients achieve optimal health, doctors of chiropractic must be able to understand their needs and develop a customized care plan. Essential interactions include taking and recording thorough patient histories, conducting patient examinations, and educating patients about the benefits of regular chiropractic care. At the college clinic, interns build the communication skills needed to foster a relationship of trust with patients – an important factor in building and maintaining a robust practice.

Get Inspired!

During an internship, chiropractic students have the opportunity to work with people from all walks of life – athletes, the elderly, young children, and even whole families. Some colleges will also host a community outreach program that helps connect students with events and initiatives in their local communities, including health presentations, charitable fundraisers, spinal screenings and educational talks about the benefits of chiropractic.

Working with diverse patients in a range of settings helps interns gain valuable experience and confidence – and could even light the path to a professional speciality. One student may discover a passion for working with elite athletes, for example, and decide to join a professional team as a traveling chiropractor. Another may feel inspired to specialize in pediatric care and start a private practice geared toward new parents. Helping to facilitate a smooth transition from classroom to professional practice, the rewards and advantages of clinical experience are virtually limitless.

What do you think would be the most exciting part of working with patients as a chiropractic intern?