The Chiropractic School Recruitment Requirement Problem 

From what I’ve heard, most chiropractic schools, if not all of them, have some sort of requirement regarding the recruitment of new patients to the school.  This factoid is conveniently kept under wraps until you actually start school.  I have not yet found any disclosure of, nor information about, this requirement on any chiropractic school websites.

However, the requirement is real.  Very real.  Your graduation depends on it.  Indeed, you could be a straight-A student, you could rock internship clinic, and you could fulfill all of your other requirements, but if you fail to recruit enough new patients to the school’s clinic, you will likely be denied the eligibility to graduate.

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Open Letters (a Rant)

The field of chiropractic and those who practice it get hit from all sides.  Those of us trying to actually help our patients with problems beyond the Holy Chiro Trinity of (say it with  me now) “back pain, neck pain, and headaches” are under attack from multiple angles, and for different reasons.  This post is meant to openly call them out and launch a little fire in return.

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Chiropractic Specialties

In keeping with the multifaceted goal of this blog in that I’d like to engage several different audiences, I figured it’d be a great time to share some information directly with the non-DCs of the board.  Most people outside the chiropractic field don’t realize that DCs also have our own recognized (or soon-to-be) specialties of practice.  While some actual cross-disciplinary fellowships (in which MDs, DOs, and DCs can all co-exist within the same group) exist, these are few and far between and because I don’t know quite enough about them to speak with any certainty, I’ll limit this discussion mainly to chiropractic-specific specialties, known as Diplomates.

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Our experience with Maximized Living – from a student’s perspective

In the last post, I shared a Maximized Living experience from a friend and fellow healthcare practitioner.  (She’s not a DC herself.)  As her story unfolded, she described a franchise with extremist views and outlandish claims.  Apparently, things haven’t changed much…

Here’s our personal story of our own brush with this outfit from years ago:

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Hindsight is 20/20: How I Survived Clinic (Internship)

I had a blast in clinic.  Make no mistake, it was not all rosy and smooth all the time.  In fact, like many of my classmates, I got kind of a rocky start.  At first, it seemed dismal and I was concerned that I’d never make it on time.

Indeed, a year seems like plenty of time.  But let’s face it, you also have a lot to do.  In my day, this consisted of: 200 adjustments, 24 exams, 35 physical rehab therapy treatments, 10 new patient recruits (not readily-available information; they wait to disclose this until you’ve already enrolled), 30-35 x-ray reports (during a 2-week rotation), and a gazillion QAs.  Indeed, you’re up against the clock and if you want to graduate on time, you better haul some butt.

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Hindsight is 20/20 – How I Survived School (Academics)

Although each person’s experience is different, one thing is for sure: you probably won’t come out the same person you were when you started.  In 3 short years, we saw divorces, budding romances, marriages, new babies, emotional ups and downs, physical metamorphoses and makeovers, and complete evolutionary transformations.  So, if you’re a student or a prospective student, be prepared for anything.

As you enter and progress through school, realize a few things…

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