After completing years of rigorous education, doctors of chiropractic understand chiropractic care so well that they might forget that patients are probably not as familiar with its many benefits. Even though more and more people are turning to chiropractic, there are still many new patients who might not know how chiropractic works, or why it’s such a vital part of living a healthy lifestyle. It’s likely that prospective patients won’t understand common chiropractic terminology such as “subluxation.”
That’s why chiropractors must adopt the role of educator as well as healthcare provider. Whether they’re introducing a new patient to the art, philosophy and science of chiropractic, or expanding the knowledge of a regular patient, patient education is often a big part of any chiropractic career.
Here’s a closer look at just how important patient education is, and how the right chiropractic college gives you the hands-on experience to take on this important responsibility.
Why is Patient Education so Important to Your Chiropractic Career?
As a caregiver, your chiropractic career will be centered around helping your patients lead healthier lives. That’s why patient education is vital. Patients who understand the benefits of chiropractic know that it isn’t just a simple method of relieving painful symptoms. They understand that healthy living goes much deeper than that and, as a result, they won’t wait until they experience pain or discomfort before seeking chiropractic care.
Patients who understand the benefits of chiropractic are more likely to return for regular visits
Patients who are educated on the benefits of chiropractic are also more likely to return for future visits and refer chiropractic care to a friend.
Plus, parents who know and understand the benefits of chiropractic will be more likely to seek chiropractic care for their kids, too. It’s easy to see that while patient education begins with helping one patient lead a healthy lifestyle, it can often expand to helping many more people experience the benefits of chiropractic.
How Interns Develop their Patient Education Skills at Chiropractic College
Choosing the right chiropractic college often takes time and careful research. After all, the education that you receive will help lay the foundation of your future career. It’s where you’ll learn the science, art, and philosophy of chiropractic as well as important practice-building and business skills. And, just as importantly, the right college will also provide you with hands-on clinical experience so that once you graduate, you’ll be well prepared to start your chiropractic career!
Students practice explaining the benefits of maintaining a healthy nervous system through regular chiropractic care
That’s why schools like Sherman College of Chiropractic include courses focused on patient education in the curriculum. Through these courses, students develop their verbal and non-verbal communication skills to become active listeners and build a rapport with their patients. And, through presentations and hands-on exercises, they gain the experience they need to put those skills to use in a practical, real-world setting. In fact, they even deliver chiropractic health presentations to Health Center patients and community groups as part of their internship experience.
With that solid foundation, students graduate ready to explain the benefits of chiropractic to patients – and help even more people lead healthy lives.
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What Does it Mean to be a Military Friendly Chiropractic College?
Leo Levesque fondly remembers the support he received as a student at Sherman College of Chiropractic
Leo Levesque, a 14-year U.S. Army veteran who served two tours in Iraq, was first drawn to chiropractic while still overseas. A friend had recommended chiropractic care to help Leo after injuries he’d sustained in combat, and the positive effects were immediate. As Leo remembers, that first visit was a huge turning point.
“My personal experience with chiropractic,” he recalls, “led me to pursue a career that will allow me to continue to serve those who are still serving, those going through what I experienced.”
When he was medically retired from the military in 2011 following an injury in Iraq, Leo turned to Sherman College of Chiropractic because of its ideology and small size. Not only does Sherman provide a unique and comprehensive approach to teaching the philosophy, art, and science of chiropractic, but it’s also a Military Friendly School.
What does it mean to be a military friendly chiropractic college? Read on to find out!
How Sherman Earned Military Friendly School Designation
Making it onto Victory Media’s Military Friendly Schools list is a privilege that only 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country achieve. To earn this designation, a college must demonstrate outstanding graduation and employment outcomes, as well as a supportive learning environment for military students.
“Post-secondary institutions earning the 2016 Military Friendly School award have exceptionally strong programs for transitioning service members and spouses,” notes Daniel Nichols of Victory Media, an organization dedicated to connecting military and civilian worlds. “Our Military Friendly Schools are truly aligning their military programs and services with employers to help students translate military experience, skills, and training into successful careers after graduation.”
Sherman’s supportive environment helps students every step of the way
This year is Sherman’s third consecutive year on the list – making it a top choice for veterans looking to learn chiropractic science, art, and philosophy.
Helping Veterans Complete With Yellow Ribbon Program
Sherman College is also a member of the Yellow Ribbon Program, which supports veterans as they complete their higher education. Under the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, the Yellow Ribbon Program is a partnership between colleges and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
As a Yellow Ribbon School, Sherman waives a portion of tuition costs for veterans in the form of a scholarship, which is matched by the VA.
“The Yellow Ribbon Program offers a tremendous opportunity to serve and honor our veterans who give so much to our country,” says President Edwin Cordero, D.C., a U.S. Navy veteran himself. “We’re happy to participate in this program and proud to be able to help cover the cost of a college education for people who have served our country. I think it’s especially fitting at Sherman College, as service to others is a major component of our mission.”
Sherman College Supports Veterans
Even outside the classroom, Sherman College supports veterans by offering reduced rates for veterans at the school’s on-campus chiropractic clinic. That welcoming and supportive environment helps veterans at every step of their chiropractor training.
Sherman’s on-campus clinic offers reduced rates for veterans
“From the beginning of my inquiry,” says Leo Levesque, “the people at Sherman College went out of their way to ensure my success. The needs of a service member are as unique as the environment that Sherman College of Chiropractic possesses. This is recognized by the instructors, the administration, as well as the president, a former member of the U.S. Navy.”
Are you a veteran considering enrolling at chiropractic college?
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When we ask our students what they love most about Sherman, they often bring up our philosophy of chiropractic, expert instructors, and hands-on approach.
But, time and time again, what students mention most is that at Sherman you’re not just a number. Our intimate class settings, friendly instructors, and welcoming atmosphere make you feel like you’re part of a family – from the time you first step onto our campus to graduation and beyond.
How does a family atmosphere benefit your chiropractic education? We asked some of our students – Rachel, Jimmy, Alec and Rocio – and here’s what they had to say!
A Sense of Community Makes You a Better Chiropractor
When it came to choosing which chiropractic college to attend, Jimmy decided that shadowing local chiropractors would help him decide which college prepared its students best. “I decided to shadow a couple of different chiropractors who went to different schools to see how they performed in their practices,” he remembers. “The only chiropractor that resonated with me was the Sherman graduate, ainly because of the way he treated patients, how he worked with patients, and how he had the overall environment of his office.”
Rocio also first heard of Sherman through a chiropractor that she admired. For years, she knew she wanted to help people with a career in healthcare. “My chiropractor told me that he thought I would be a good chiropractor,” she says about her career choice, “and he said that if I pursued this profession, the only place to go was Sherman. He told me that [at] Sherman, you could find the essence of what chiropractic really is.” Rocio’s chiropractor explained “that’s what you would find: the philosophy, art, and science – the way that it was meant to be. And,” she remembers, “he said that at Sherman, I would really feel a family environment.”
A Supportive Environment Can Help You Through Difficult Times at Chiropractic College
Studying to become a doctor of chiropractic is no easy task. You’ll have to complete tough courses in subjects like neuroanatomy, microbiology, and biochemistry – among many other important topics you’ll need to know to graduate with a chiropractic degree.
“Coming to a graduate program for me was a little tough,” says Jimmy. “It was a little bit out of my game, a little bit out of my way, and so the first classes were tough for me.” But Jimmy also remembers that during that difficult time, “Sherman taught me to always reach out, don’t ever give up, to always keep going.”
Students get support from Sherman’s caring instructors and staff, as well as from their fellow classmates.
“If a [faculty member] sees that you’re having trouble in class,” says Rocio, “they’ve helped me, they’ve helped so many of my classmates because they really want everyone to graduate. It’s not like in other professions where they’re weeding people out.”
At Sherman, Rocio says, “They want everyone to do well because they see the potential in everyone.”
A Warm Atmosphere Makes Your Chiropractic Training an Unforgettable Experience
Rachel, who will be graduating this December, has already begun reflecting on the time she has spent as a Sherman student completing her chiropractor training. “Sherman is definitely a community,” she says. “It’s a real thing.” Even before she began her first quarter at Sherman, she remembers that “I felt like I was already part of a family.”
Chiropractic college is rewarding and unforgettable experience.
Alec also remembers immediately feeling welcomed into the Sherman community. When he first visited the Sherman campus, he says he thought to himself, “I have to come to this school… my heart knew that this was where I had to be.”
That sense of community has stayed with each of these students throughout their education, which Jimmy sums up by saying:
“When I come to Sherman every morning,” says Jimmy, “I open the door and I literally say ‘I’m home.’”
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