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Planet Chiropractic NewsPosted: Thursday, November 28, 2013

Recent US Chiropractic College News
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By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Four US chiropractic colleges have sent me news updates for October and November. Sherman College of Chiropractic recently updated a transfer agreement to simplify student admission into the doctor of chiropractic program at Sherman College. Parker University recently appointed Dr. Tim Gross as its vice president of the college of chiropractic. Life University hosted the fifth annual Octagon Conference on the campus in Marietta, Georgia. And the Vice chancellor for research and health policy for Palmer College of Chiropractic has been appointed to the American Medical Association (AMA) convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI) Measure Advisory Committee (MAC).

Spartanburg Methodist and Sherman College Sign Transfer Agreement

Spartanburg Methodist College and Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, South Carolina, recently updated a transfer agreement to simplify student admission into the doctor of chiropractic program at Sherman College. Under the agreement, students can to take their prerequisite 90 semester hours at Spartanburg Methodist, and then transfer into Sherman College's doctor of chiropractic degree program after three years.

Sherman College continually works to establish articulation agreements and pre-chiropractic programs with undergraduate institutions across the nation to facilitate admission to its doctor of chiropractic program. For more information on such agreements, contact the Sherman College Admissions Office or call 800-849-8771, extension 222.


Parker University Appoints Vice President of College of Chiropractic

Parker University recently appointed Dr. Tim Gross as its vice president of the college of chiropractic. Dr. Gross will oversee the college of chiropractic, including the academic department, Parker University Chiropractic Wellness Clinics, research efforts, and the institution's library.

"Dr. Gross has a strong background in chiropractic education," said Dr. Gery Hochanadel, provost of Parker University. "We are pleased to welcome him as the leader of our doctor of chiropractic program."

Chiropractor Tim Gross
Chiropractor Tim Gross - Parker University

Dr. Gross brings more than 18 years of experience in chiropractic education with him as well as numerous years of experience in private practice. Prior to joining Parker, Dr. Gross served as vice president for administrative services at Life University. In this role, he served as the university's chief administrative officer, providing leadership and oversight for administrative and educational support areas including accreditation, grounds, human resources, institutional effectiveness, planning and research, among others.

He successfully led the College of Chiropractic through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) comprehensive reaffirmation process, resulting in no concerns and he coordinated the development and submission of several programmatic substantive changes through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Dr. Gross also held positions as assistant provost for institutional effectiveness, executive director of accreditation, policy, and quality assurance, dean of clinics, and director of clinics at Life University.

Formerly, Dr. Gross served as dean of clinics for Palmer College of Chiropractic where he also held positions as director of clinics, faculty clinician, and clinical teaching resident.

Involved in chiropractic and higher education associations and committees, Dr. Gross currently serves on the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) and has previously served for the Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC), the Canadian Federation of Chiropractic Regulatory and Educational Accrediting Board, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Dr. Gross holds a doctor of chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic, a Master's in Health Services Administration from University of St. Francis, and a Bachelor's from Murray State University. He is also pursuing a PhD at Capella University.


Life University's 2013 Octagon Conference Yields New Goals for Chiropractic's Future

Last month, Life University hosted the fifth annual Octagon Conference on the campus in Marietta, Georgia. The Octagon is a think tank dedicated to creating world changing dialogue on health care and the human endeavor. Attendees came from nine states and two countries and represented industries such as chiropractic, nursing, naturopathy, education, policy development and futures planning.

The 2013 Octagon Conference explored a report from the Institute for Alternative Futures (IAF) entitled "Chiropractic: 2025: Divergent Futures." The report lists four likely scenarios for what the chiropractic profession will look like in the year 2025. The most optimistic scenario is focused on "Vitalism and Value."

Vitalism is the recognition and respect that all living organisms are self developing, self maintaining and self healing. This innate intelligence needs no help, just no interference in order to strive for optimum function. This philosophy is at the heart of Chiropractic, and is the scenario which offers the most attractive pathway toward the proliferation of the profession.

It was the goal of the Conference to see if this scenario could be "reverse engineered" in order to achieve the outcome sooner than 2025, while also being realized in a more robust fashion. This yielded a series of short, intermediate and long term objectives for the assembled group to pursue.

"It was fascinating and remarkably informative to see how disciplines that share a common appreciation for vitalism have expressed those perspectives over time," related Octagon Director, Gerard W. Clum, D.C. "Even more intriguing were the commonalities involved in operationalizing these perspectives across disciplines, this was very much about the "why" of the matter."


Palmer research leaders receive appointments from AMA and ASA

Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D., vice chancellor for research and health policy for Palmer College of Chiropractic, has been appointed to the American Medical Association (AMA) convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI) Measure Advisory Committee (MAC). The MAC will advise the PCPI Executive Committee on matters related to performance measures and support activities related to the PCPI measure development methodologies.

Examples of activities that may be undertaken by this committee include advising on strategic priorities related to the PCPI's performance measurement work; providing expertise in measurement models and methods; assisting in engaging the PCPI membership to enhance their role in clinical quality measurement; offering guidance related to implementation of PCPI measures in health information technology systems, including electronic health record (EHR) systems and registries; communicating the value of the PCPI's performance measures and methodologies to PCPI members, physicians and health care professionals, and other health care stakeholders; and monitoring status and review results of measure development specification and testing projects.

In addition to her role as vice chancellor for research and health policy at Palmer, Dr. Goertz is a member of the Board of Governors and chair of the program development committee for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute--becoming the first and only Doctor of Chiropractic to hold leadership roles within this increasingly vital organization for patient-centered research and dissemination.


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