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.
Since there’s so much about the NBCE, the CCE (until it started to wake up and join at least the 20th century very recently), and chiropractic education that many of my colleagues and I would love to see changed, let’s address that topic next.
The first item I’d like to bring to the table is the education. The admissions standards and school curricula need a complete and massive overhaul. It starts with admission.
[Insert monosyllabic mildly-cynical laugh here]
Before I wade too much further into this pool (ocean?) I should probably throw this out there…
DCs don’t typically become DCs without possessing a thick(er-than-most) skin. This is an unfortunate necessity, but I think it ultimately benefits us. Part of our unique acquired skillset includes the ability to let roll off practically any hair-brained comment from pretty much anyone…including our own brethren.