The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) has released a Draft of the proposed 2012 standards for chiropractic education. There are some extremely important changes proposed in this draft and I urge all chiropractors (and informed non-chiropractic health care providers) to immediately comment in support of the new standards. The major changes, with my personal comments in italics, are:
- Removing the term “subluxation”
This is an antiquated, arbitrary term that only belongs in history textbooks. New chiropractic students deserve a scientific premise for what they will be treating.
- Removing the phrase “without drugs or surgery” in reference to chiropractic practice
More chiropractors and states are considering opening their scopes to allow limited prescription rights. Why should we be limiting our own scope of practice?
- Modifying language from its definition of Chiropractic Primary Care Physician that distinguishes a chiropractor from other types of primary care physicians.
Chiropractors are primary spine care and even primary musculoskeletal care but we are not primary care physicians. You simply cannot have it both ways. If we cannot use drugs or perform simple surgical procedures (removing a splinter or prescribing an aspirin) we are not primary care doctors. The definition with respect to chiropractic education requires modification.
I applaud the CCE for drafting language that will do much to improve and reform the chiropractic profession. The time is now for chiropractors to embrace actions that will lead us into rational, collaborative, scientifically sound practice and denounce that which may have had its time but now is holding us back.
I hope you will do as I have done and provide the CCE with your strong support of these proposed changes.
The deadline for providing feedback on this issue is Sept. 24, 2010.
A link to the current draft and a response form are posted on the CCE website at: http://www.cce-usa.org/
You do not need to complete the response form in detail. It is enough for you to state that you support the CCE’s draft as written.