News in Brief
By Editorial Staff
CCE Revisions Finalized, Take Effect in 2012
The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) has announced that the final version of its 2012 Accreditation Standards: Principles, Processes & Requirements for Accreditation were approved by unanimous vote at the council's January 2011 meeting and will take effect in January 2012. According to the council, only "minor" revisions were made to the draft standards released for stakeholder comment. A Feb. 24 press release stated that the 2012 Standards will be distributed to all CCE-accredited programs and that a comparative analysis of the draft and final versions will be posted online (The final approved version of the Standards is available at www.cce-usa.org.)
The CCE release does not go into details of the new Standards, including whether any or all of the proposed revisions that stirred debate within chiropractic circles were retained. As readers will recall, the draft document added the words "or their equivalent" to discussion of Doctor of Chiropractic degree programs, which some speculate would open the door to allowing Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine degree programs; deleted all reference to the word subluxation, long regarded as an essential component of chiropractic education, training and practice; and deleted the phrase "without the use of drugs or surgery," a particularly controversial suggestion considering recent efforts in New Mexico and elsewhere to expand chiropractic scope of practice to include limited prescriptive rights.
However, it does state that "feedback was received from a wide spectrum of the profession, educational institutions, regulatory bodies, professional associations, the public and other interested parties" and that a task force comprised of educational leaders from nine colleges, active CCE members, representatives of "major professional organizations," field practitioners and public members, "spent considerable time analyzing and discussing the many comments and suggestions from the CCE's constituents and stakeholders."
"Periodic review of accreditation standards is not only necessary to satisfy regulations of the US Department of Education, but is also an essential responsibility of an accrediting body to continually monitor and improve its effectiveness, and thereby provide a means to ensure continuous quality improvement in its accredited programs and institutions," said the release, which also stated: "The 2012 Standards provide the DC programs with much greater flexibility in designing curricula and clinical experiences to achieve the required meta-competencies and clinical outcomes. ... [The Standards] also allow DC programs to innovate in educational delivery and curricular delivery, yet still mandate coverage of major topic areas and ensure that chiropractic principles, practices, history and philosophy, are thoroughly addressed in the curriculum."
Read the full release and review the 2012 Standards at www.cce-usa.org.
Cleveland LA Campus to Close Later This Year
On March 3, 2011, Cleveland Chiropractic College President Carl Cleveland III, DC, announced that the college's Los Angeles campus would no longer accept new undergraduate students or students of the doctor of chiropractic program, and would officially close its doors at the end of the summer trimester this August.
In making the announcement, Dr. Cleveland emphasized that the most important and immediate consideration was ensuring that current Cleveland-LA students could continue their education. In that regard, he said college leadership has initiated discussions with nearby Southern California University of Health Sciences, whose campus is situated a mere 24 miles from Cleveland-LA and thus would not severely impact current Cleveland students who commute to the college on a daily basis.
As of press time, SCU has agreed to "accommodate all current Cleveland-LA students in good standing," said Dr. Cleveland, adding that the two schools "have reached an agreement in principle to accomplish this without impacting the students' anticipated graduation dates, tuition or fees, provided they remain in good standing once enrolled at SCUHS."
Dr. Cleveland also said that every effort would be made to help Cleveland-LA faculty members and staff, who also face bereavement once the college closes, transition into new roles at other institutions or businesses.
"The decision to close Cleveland Chiropractic College - Los Angeles has been difficult," said Dr. Cleveland III. "However, challenging economic conditions and a continuing downward enrollment trend impacting the California chiropractic colleges dictates that this consolidation is necessary. This change does not affect Cleveland Chiropractic College - Kansas City, a separate entity that has maintained an affiliation with Cleveland-LA since 1951."
CMCC Developing Work Disability Prevention Program
Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) has recruited Dr. Patrick Loisel, founder of the Work Disability Prevention CIHR Strategic Training Program at the University of Toronto, to work with the CMCC Division of Graduate Studies to design and implement a work disability prevention program for chiropractors. The program within the division of graduate studies will complement the college's chiropractic education with theoretical and practical training relative to the prevention of work disability.
"It is extremely gratifying to welcome Dr. Loisel to CMCC," said Dr. John Triano, dean of graduate education and research programs. "As one of the most respected subject matter experts within the field of Work Disability Prevention, we are truly fortunate to offer his program and expertise to our graduate students. I look forward to watching the evolution of CMCC's program, in anticipation of the benefits that will be passed on to future patients, their employers and others affected directly or indirectly by this problem."
"The value in working with the chiropractic community is its holistic perspective when it comes to patient care," commented Dr. Loisel, who will retain cross-appointments with both the University of Toronto and the University Health Network – a network of three Toronto-area hospitals (Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital). "Often the nature of a chiropractor's work requires [them] to understand the patient's lifestyle and environment to the degree that is optimal for successful disability prevention."
Vitality Depot, Core Products Announce Canadian Alliance
Vitality Depot has been named the exclusive importer and distributor of Core Products' product line in Canada. According to Phil Mattison, CEO of Core Products, "This partnership strategically enhances the availability to the Health Care market for our entire product line. This new alliance will also increase our national brand recognition and greatly expand our patient education platforms."
"This new opportunity fits into our business model perfectly and allows us to maintain our goal of bringing our valued clients the best in class products, value and technology," said Scott Spencer, Vitality Depot CEO, adding, "The Core Product line will be available directly through Vitality Depot or any of our authorized Vitality dealers coast to coast."
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