An Important Message from Jeanne Ohm
I know the parents in my community come to us because they are looking for the profound and distinctive service we offer. They are delighted with our natural approach to well-being for their entire families. Our adjustment is above and beyond any care they have received and they appreciate our exceptional care.
Basically, the CCE has eliminated two essential terms unique to chiropractic: subluxation and "without the use of drugs and surgery" in the new standards for chiropractic colleges. You can read these standards here. This of course means that even the best colleges that now address family care will be required to fill their curriculum with more ancillary requirements and deviate from core chiropractic care. Graduates will be at a greater deficit. This will affect our scope of practice and the public's ability to receive quality, drugless chiropractic. Our unique identity as "separate and distinct" will be will be lost.
In December, the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) will be holding its open meeting and reviewing the CCE. As a profession, we have the opportunity to respond..but our window of time is short. Letters of concern must be received by the Board of Education by September 15th, which is next Thursday. I am asking you to act now, right now.
There are three ways to take action:
1- Doctor input:
Please write a personalized letter. This will take all of 10 minutes. That's a very short time to protect your future.
Once written, e-mail it immedietly to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
with the subject line: Written Comments re Council on Chiropractic Education.
You can find sample letters here: http://jeanneohm.blogspot.com/2011/09/sample-cce-letters.html
2- Patient input:
Have your patients sign this prepared petition. The USDOE is very concerned with consumer input, so this step is as important as your letter.
and fax it to: 805-481-5281
or scan and e-mail it to: email@example.com
3- Student input:
Please distribute this petition amongst students. Student rights are a direct concern of the USDOE.
Students please write personal letters following the samples here.
If you are not yet convinced that you need to act now, or you are looking for more resources to understand why..visit these links and read up!
The CCE has ignored the profession's input to their new guidelines...
"In September 2010, the CCE Task Force on Accreditation Standards released a second draft to the public for comments. At the latest meeting on January 14th, the CCE met and adopted new educational standards that will become effective in January of next year. Dr. Welsh, who attended the public proceedings, reports that the CCE President announced that the Council had received two complaints. No details were provided. Council members were reminded of the need for complete confidentiality. In October 2010, it was reported by Welsh that the CCE had received approximately 3000 submissions from the profession."
Breaking News - CCE Ignores Input from Profession on Standards, January 25, 2011
Dr. Chris Kent, President of the Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation calls us to action:
"It is now up to the profession to ensure that the student of today graduates with a strong philosophical base and a keen awareness of the profound potential of chiropractic's contribution to human health. The fundamental issues are simple. Are we a profession with a clearly defined mission, or are we a profession simply seeking some niche which offers access to a slice of the health care pie? Are we driven by principles or politics? Is our political position defined by our mission statement, or do we grovel to get whatever crumbs the insurance industry tosses our way? Do we have an identity defined by our purpose, or are we chameleons who change our colors to blend into the existing environment?"
A new direction for the CCE? Dynamic Chiropractic November 18, 2010, Vol. 28, Issue 24
Dr. Joe Betz, ICA Board Member, reveals the ramifications on our practices:
"The assault on our profession from within has reached unprecedented levels. If the silent majority does not speak up and do so very quickly, the chiropractic profession as we know it will cease to exist. You can no longer go into your practice and just adjust your patients and go home. You need to work to protect what we have inherited. It is our responsibility."
CCE "Cartel" is at it Again- American Journal of Clinical Chiropractic http://www.chiropractic-biophysics.com/clinical_chiropractic/2010/9/15/cce-cartel-is-at-it-again.html
Dr. James Edwards, past ACA chairman, calls out the minority in our profession:
"This left-wing fringe of the profession, through revision to CCE standards, is now attempting to abolish all references to the subluxation, willing to designate our degree as DCM (Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine), and willing to delete all language that states chiropractic is a drugless and non-surgical profession. Are you paying attention? You should be because, to a great degree, CCE has the authority and power to define who you are and what you do. So, why am I so upset? Well, just look at CCE's proposed changes:
- Adding the words or their equivalent to DC degree programs, thus authorizing the DCM degree;
- Deleting every reference to the word subluxation; and
- Deleting the "without the use of drugs and surgery" provision."
and labels CCE immoral
"This incestuous selection process has failed to produce CCE board and council members who are willing and able to represent the mainstream positions of the majority of doctors of chiropractic, the majority of chiropractic colleges, and both national chiropractic membership organizations. And until CCE changes its electoral process, it will remain an organization without any moral authority to speak for the chiropractic profession."
Exposing the CCE Charade, Dynamic Chiropractic - April 9, 2011, Vol. 29, Issue
Dr. Gerry Clum, former member of the CCE, reveals the CCE biasness:
"Think about the appointment process to the Council - people get nominated, they are vetted by a committee of the Council on ambiguous criteria, they are put on a ballot that allows preferences to come into play, then a decision is made by the people who already sit on the Council. The opportunity for in-breeding, and election of people who represent a given orientation in the profession versus another, is obvious."
An open letter to the profession: www.chiro.org/docs/cce_revision_clum.pdf
Dr. Denardis, one of the individuals hearing the case for the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity at the last reaccreditation hearing stated,
"Battles over turf, battles over philosophy, maybe battles over personal ambition, but divisions of every kind. And some of this, maybe most of it, is a consequence of, at least as I see it, a monopoly control of a profession which has led to the establishment of a virtual cartel..."
If you get the chance...read the entire transcript of the last hearing here...
but most importantly....ACT NOW!!
Do it to protect your practice....
Do it to protect the profession......
Do it to protect the children....
|Many, many blessings to you and yours,|
Jeanne Ohm, DC