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  1. LaRusso Elected President of the NBCE

    May 2017

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    Greeley, Colo.—Salvatore D. LaRusso, D.C., of Wellington, Fla., has been elected President of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) at the annual meeting in Orlando, Fla, on May 6, 2017.  Dr. LaRusso is currently serving as an At-Large Director; his service to the NBCE began in 2008.

    From 2014 to 2017, Dr. LaRusso served as Treasurer, where he worked with the NBCE board to continue a long-term strategy focused on building a stable foundation for the future of professional testing.  During his tenure, all audits of NBCE’s finances have been clean, meaning that financial statements are fairly presented in accordance with accepted accounting principles.

    As Chairman of the International Board of Chiropractic Examiners (a wholly owned subsidiary of the NBCE), Dr. LaRusso developed a network of international advisors. Together, they monitor and grow the use of standardized testing and jurisdictional regulation of chiropractic throughout the world. (See www.ibce.org.)

    Dr. LaRusso is a graduate of New York Chiropractic College and obtained his undergraduate degree in business administration from Seton Hall University.  He has been active in many international, national, state and local organizations.  In 1998, Dr. LaRusso was a gubernatorial appointee to the Florida Board of Chiropractic Medicine, serving as board chair in 2005, 2006 and 2007.  From 2005 to 2008, he served as chair of the Florida Board’s Certified Chiropractic Physicians Assistant Committee.

    Dr. LaRusso is a long-standing member of both the Florida Chiropractic Association and the Florida Chiropractic Society (FCS), serving as president of the FCS from 1992-1993, and chairman from 1993-1997.  The FCS named Dr. LaRusso Chiropractor of the Year in 1994, awarded him the Gavel Award in 1993, and honored him for Distinguished Service to the FCS in 1992.

    Headquartered in Greeley, Colo., NBCE’s mission is:   Ensuring professional competency through excellence in testing.  Established in 1963, the NBCE develops, administers and scores legally defensible, standardized written and practical examinations for candidates seeking chiropractic licensure throughout the United States and in several foreign countries.

  2. NBCE Seats Board and Elects Officers at 2017 Annual Meeting

    May 2017

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    Greeley, Colo.—The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) held its annual meeting on May 5, 2017, in Orlando, Fla.

    After the meeting, the NBCE elected the following officers:  Dr. Salvatore LaRusso (Florida) will serve as president, Dr. Steven Conway (Wisconsin) will serve as vice president, Dr. Paul Morin (Maine) will serve as secretary, and Dr. John Nab will serve as treasurer.

    The NBCE board also has four at-large positions, two of which were open for election in 2017.  Dr. Salvatore LaRusso (Florida) and Dr. Farrel Grossman (South Carolina) were elected to serve two-year terms. Dr. Steven Conway (Wisconsin) and Dr. John Nab (Wisconsin) will continue their terms.

    State delegates elected Dr. John McGinnis (South Carolina) as District V Director.  Three other district directors continue their terms on the NBCE board.  They are Dr. Daniel Côté (Oregon) in District I, Dr. LeRoy Otto (Minnesota) in District II, and Dr. Paul Morin (Maine) in District III.

    The Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (FCLB) fills two NBCE board positions. For 2017, FCLB President Dr. Margaret Colucci (Nevada) and FCLB Vice President Dr. Kirk Shilts (Massachusetts) have been appointed to serve in this capacity.

    Headquartered in Greeley, Colo., NBCE’s mission is:   Ensuring professional competency through excellence in testing.  Established in 1963, the NBCE develops, administers and scores legally defensible, standardized written and practical examinations for candidates seeking chiropractic licensure throughout the United States and in several foreign countries.

  3. NBCE Seats McGinnis as District V Director

     May 2017

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    Greeley, Colo.—At the annual meeting of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners in Orlando, Fla., on May 5, Dr. John R. McGinnis was elected District V Director for one year.  District V includes the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

    A graduate of Life University, Dr. McGinnis received his Orthopedic Diplomate from National College of Chiropractic.  He has served in many leadership roles in chiropractic over the past 25 years, including his current role as Chair of the South Carolina Board of Chiropractic Examiners (Vice Chair from 2014-1016).

    Dr. McGinnis served on the American Chiropractic Association Board of Governors from 2010-2014.  He has been a voting delegate for the NBCE from 2013-2016.  He served on the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Chiropractic Association from 1989-1993.

    Headquartered in Greeley, Colo., NBCE’s mission is:   Ensuring professional competency through excellence in testing.  Established in 1963, the NBCE develops, administers and scores legally defensible, standardized written and practical examinations for candidates seeking chiropractic licensure throughout the United States and in several foreign countries.

  4. LeRoy Otto Receives Paul M. Tullio Award for Distinguished Service to the NBCE

    May 2017

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    GREELEY, Colo.— Dr. LeRoy F. Otto, NBCE District II Director, was presented with the Paul M. Tullio Award for Distinguished Service to the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) during National Board Day in Orlando, Florida, on May 5, 2017.

    The Tullio Award recognizes a distinguished leader in chiropractic whose contributions in testing, licensing and legislative issues have benefitted the profession.  This year, the NBCE Board of Directors honored Dr. Otto with the award, in recognition of his contributions to the board of directors as well as to the growth and continuing development of the Part IV Practical Exam.

    Dr. Otto began his long association with the NBCE Part IV examination in June 1993, serving as a chiropractic examiner during the initial piloting of the practical examination at Northwestern College of Chiropractic.  When the Part IV test site in Bloomington, Minn., opened in 1997, the NBCE board appointed Dr. Otto to be chief examiner. Dr.  Otto continued his tireless devotion to the selection and training of his cadre of chiropractic examiners during his time in that role.

    In 2011, Dr. LeRoy Otto began his service as director to the NBCE Board of Directors, where his unique leadership style remains centered on the principles that have made the chiropractic profession the most recognized and well-respected non-medical health care provider in the world.  Dr. Otto’s history of dedication and service were recognized again in 2016 with his election as NBCE District II Director.

    Dr. Otto, a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, formerly served as president of the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards.  Dr. Otto’s service to chiropractic also includes the Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners, where he has served as both president and vice president.

    Headquartered in Greeley, Colo., NBCE’s mission is:   Ensuring professional competency through excellence in testing.  Established in 1963, the NBCE develops, administers and scores legally defensible, standardized written and practical examinations for candidates seeking chiropractic licensure throughout the United States and in several foreign countries.

  5. NBCE Appoints New District V Director

    April 2017

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    The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners has appointed Dr. John R. McGinnis as District V Director to fill the seat vacated by Dr. Norman Ouzts, Jr., who now serves as NBCE’s Executive Vice President.

    Dr. McGinnis is a graduate of Life University and received his Orthopedic Diplomate from National College of Chiropractic.  He has served in many leadership roles in chiropractic over the past 25 years, including his current role as Chair of the South Carolina Board of Chiropractic Examiners and as Vice Chair from 2014-2016.  He served on the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Chiropractic Association from 1989-1993. Dr. McGinnis served on the American Chiropractic Association Board of Governors from 2010-2014.  He has been a voting delegate for the NBCE from 2013-2016.

    NBCE President Dr. Paul Morin stated, “We are excited to welcome Dr. McGinnis to the NBCE board.  He has a proven track record of leadership and dedication to the chiropractic profession.”

    District V includes the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.  Dr. McGinnis will serve as District V Director until the May 5, 2017, annual meeting in Orlando, Florida.  At that time, the District V Director seat will open for election to fill the remainder of Dr. Ouzts’ term, and Dr. McGinnis will be eligible to run for the position.

    The NBCE Bylaws contain additional information about election to the board. Please see:  http://www.nbce.org/wp-content/uploads/2016Bylaws.pdf

  6. NBCE Donations Support Student Participation in 2017 NCLC

    February 2017

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    The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) is offering a donation to chiropractic colleges that will help offset travel expenses connected with sending students to the WFC/ACCRAC/NCLC conference in Washington, D.C., in March.

    The Washington conference marks the first time in history that these three organizations have met together.  According to NBCE Executive Vice President Dr. Norman Ouzts, “This donation is just one example of NBCE’s vision to positively impact chiropractic by investing in our future leaders.”

    The NBCE will donate $1,000 per school to colleges that have programs in place to support and encourage student attendance at the Washington NCLC.  The NBCE has notified all schools about the available funds. Please address questions to Joanne Monath at jmonath@nbce.org or 800-963-6224 ext 119.

  7. NBCE Awards Three Winners of Scholarship Competition

    January 2017

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    Greeley, Colo.—The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners honored winners of its 2016 scholarship competition at the Student Leadership Forum held in Greeley, Colorado, this past weekend.

    “I am honored to reward the scholarly achievements of these chiropractors,” said NBCE President Dr. Paul Morin. “This is our first year to offer these scholarships and I am very impressed with the caliber of the chiropractic student essays that were selected.”

    Scholarship winners were:

    • William “Beau” Foshee of Northwestern Health Sciences University, “The Case for Chiropractic Care as a Prospective Therapy in the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Somatization Related to Torture, Violence, and Emotional Trauma”
    • Freya Carmen Moran, University of Western States, “Chiropractic Education and the Need for Residency”
    • Nicholas Andrew Aunkst of New York Chiropractic College, “Chronic Low Back Pain and the Implementation of the Biopsychosocial Model”

    Dr. Aunkst was unable to attend the presentation.

    The competition program awarded $2000 to each of the three for outstanding scholarly papers. First introduced in 2016, student scholarships expand NBCE’s mission to ensure professional excellence by supporting academic achievement among students of chiropractic.

    Essay submissions were required to focus on a variety of chiropractic humanities topics. The winners may now submit their essays to the Journal of Chiropractic Humanities for publication.

    The 2017 scholarship competition is now open; five winning essays will be selected.  The deadline for essay submission is August 1, 2017.  Dr. Claire Johnson, of Brighthall Publishing Services, independently administers and judges the scholarship competition.  More information is available at http://mynbce.org/scholarships/

    Winner Freya Moran

    NBCE Executive Vice President Dr. Norman Ouzts andPresident Dr. Paul Morin present award to Dr. Freya Moran.

    Winner William Foshee

    NBCE Executive Vice President Dr. Norman Ouzts and President Dr. Paul Morin present award to Dr. William Foshee.

  8. NBCE Seeks New District V Director

    January 2017

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    Greeley, Colo.—National Board of Chiropractic Examiners President Dr. Paul Morin announced today that the Board of Directors is seeking interested individuals to fill the District V Director’s seat on the board of directors.  This vacancy on the Board of Directors is due to Dr. Norman Ouzts’ recent selection to be the NBCE’s new Executive Vice President (EVP). Dr. Ouzts had served as District V Director since 2007.

    Dr. Ouzts said of his selection as the new EVP, “Serving as the District V Director has been an amazing honor and one of the most rewarding opportunities in my professional career. I am excited to move into my new role as EVP and look forward to working with my replacement to advance the NBCE.”

    See qualifications below.

    District V includes the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.  The NBCE board will appoint Dr. Ouzts’ replacement, who will serve as District V Director until the May 6, 2017, annual meeting in Orlando, Florida.  At that time, the position of District V Director will open for election to fill the remaining one-year term of Dr. Ouzts, with the recently appointed director eligible to seek the seat.

    The qualifications of the individual eligible to fill the vacancy includes the following:

    • the individual must be a resident of the district.
    • the individual must be a licensed doctor of chiropractic.
    • the individual must currently serve or have been a member of his or her state licensing board within a three-year period prior to election/appointment.

    The NBCE Bylaws contain additional information about election to the board. Please see:  http://www.nbce.org/wp-content/uploads/2016Bylaws.pdf

  9. NBCE Announces Policy Change

    January 2017

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    The NBCE is pleased to announce a change in policy that gives examinees more flexibility in scheduling their exams.

    Examinees who cannot test at the time or location they have scheduled now have two options:

    1. They can request a change of test sites. (This option is available for the Part I, II, III, and Physiotherapy exams only.)
    2. They can transfer their registration to a different administration.

    The NBCE Board of Directors realized that this policy was necessary to accommodate increased opportunities to take the Parts I, II, III, and Physiotherapy exams. The NBCE offers those exams five times in 2017, for example.

    “When examinees could take their exams only in March or September, they planned their whole year around their board exams,” explained NBCE President Dr. Paul Morin. “Now, we recognize that conflicts can occur and want to allow our examinees the opportunity to reschedule and not delay their path toward licensure. We are happy to allow examinees other options besides withdrawing from their exams and reapplying at a later date.”

    Examinees who wish to request these changes should submit a change request form and include applicable administrative fees. The NBCE plans to have this process available online before the applications open for the June 2017 exams.

    Please visit www.MyNBCE.org for more information.

  10. Dr. Norman Ouzts Selected as NBCE’s New Executive Vice President

    January 2017

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    GREELEY, Colo.—NBCE President Dr. Paul Morin announced today that Dr. Norman Ouzts, Jr., of Greenwood, South Carolina, has been selected to fill the role of NBCE Executive Vice President. Dr. Ouzts has served on the NBCE Board of Directors since 2007. He will resign his board position immediately.

    Dr. Morin commented that “Dr. Ouzts brings 10 years of knowledge and involvement in the strategic objectives of the NBCE as well as the added benefit of experience in working with the NBCE board. His selection ensures there will be a smooth transition, positioning both the organization and Dr. Ouzts in a position for success.”

    In accepting his new position, Dr. Ouzts assured the NBCE that “I will use my experience in communicating the board’s directives to the leadership team, and in a reciprocal fashion, I will champion the communication of project-driven initiatives currently underway at the NBCE to the board of directors.”

    Dr. Ouzts has served in several capacities during his time on the NBCE Board of Directors: as Vice President from 2010-2012 and as President from 2012-2014, and as District V Director from 2007-2017.

    In May 2016, the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (FCLB) presented Dr. Ouzts with the George Arvidson Award for Meritorious Service to Chiropractic Regulation. He formerly served as District V Director of the FCLB.

    Dr. Ouzts is a graduate of Life University in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been in practice in Greenwood since 1992. During his three terms of service on the South Carolina Board of Chiropractic Examiners, he served as Vice Chair from 2002 to 2004 and as Chair from 2004 to 2006.

    Dr. Ouzts has also been a member of the South Carolina Chiropractic Association Board of Directors, serving as President from 2005 to 2006. That association awarded him a Distinguished Service Award in 2003, a Presidential Pillar of Strength Award in 2005, and named him Chiropractor of the Year in 2006. Also in 2006, Dr. Ouzts was recognized by the South Carolina Senate for his service to the chiropractic profession.

  11. NBCE Updates Test Plans

    November 2016

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    The NBCE announced that the Part I, Part II, and Physiotherapy (PHT) test plans have been updated.  Physiotherapy is an optional exam, not required for licensure in all states, but nonetheless an important part of the battery of exams available for pre-licensure doctors of chiropractic.  The new test plans can be viewed at http://mynbce.org/prepare

    The NBCE recently conducted a Delphi study covering Part I, Part II, and PHT.  This resource-intensive survey asks college faculty to review test plans and ensure that NBCE exams are reflective of the current curricula at each school. Through this process, chiropractic college faculty recommend updates to the plans.

    In this most recent survey, there was little change for Parts I and II (only 1-2% in certain categories); however, the change was significant for PHT.  The chiropractic college faculty requested an increased focus on active modalities, while removing some of the less frequently used passive modalities, including questions about paraffin baths, diathermy, infrared, low-volt Galvinism, and iontophoresis.

    Revised test plans for Part I, Part II, and PHT have been posted to the examinee website; March 2017 exam content will be the first to reflect these changes.

  12. NBCE Hosts Evidence-Informed Practice Workshop

    September 2016

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    Greeley, CO.  – The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) hosted an Evidence-Informed Practice (EIP) Workshop on September 15-16, 2016, at its campus meeting center in Greeley, CO. Eighteen faculty and administrators participated in the workshop, representing the interests of the chiropractic degree programs in the United States and Canada. Dr. Claire Johnson, editor of the Journal Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, also attended the meeting as an observer and facilitator.

    This workshop was convened by NBCE Director of Practical Testing Research and Development Dr. Paul Townsend.  The workshop goals included: addressing concerns about the variation in teaching of EIP among chiropractic programs, sharing best practices in training chiropractic students in EIP, and better integrating the concepts of EIP into the NBCE’s examinations.

    Chief Technical Advisor for the NBCE Dr. John Hyland led a discussion on the level of knowledge and skills expected of entry level chiropractors regarding various core concepts of EIP. This resulted in a draft paper describing the measurable parameters of evidence-informed practice, which will be the basis for further dialogue on this topic.

    Workshop participants also worked in teams to interact with trained standardized patients. The teams developed model cases reflecting the current status of EIP taught at chiropractic educational programs. The workshop participants recommended that the dialogue between the chiropractic programs and the NBCE continue, and that these workshops become an ongoing part of the Part IV development process.

  13. NBCE Apologizes for CBT Malfunction

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    Letter from the Board of Directors, National Board of Chiropractic Examiners

    September 2, 2016

    Earlier this year, in March and again in June, the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners’ new computer-based testing (CBT) system malfunctioned, creating widespread confusion and frustration at test sites.

    On behalf of everyone at the NBCE, we sincerely apologize for any resulting problems and hardships.

    Based on various reports, letters and emails from test administrators and students, we realize that the impact upon examinees was significant, creating extra anxiety and other burdens for students. We wish to say most earnestly that we take full responsibility for the disruption to students in their journey toward their chiropractic careers.

    Most importantly, we take responsibility for repairing the CBT system, for meeting the NBCE’s long-standing goal of reliable computer testing available for all students, and for making as many amends to recent examinees as possible.

    In this spirit, NBCE’s board of directors, staff and consultants have invested tens of thousands of hours this spring and summer into meeting these objectives. Here is a summary of our efforts so far:

    • We have offered free retests to all affected examinees.
    • An NBCE customer-service team of eight staff has conducted hundreds of phone calls, text notifications, emails and online chat sessions with examinees in order to notify them and provide details of the free-retest offer.
    • Of the 1,495 total CBT examinees affected (March—281 and June—1,214), we have rescheduled all but 42 of those who failed and were eligible for a free retake.   All 42 have been notified of their free retake opportunity but have chosen to reschedule at a later time.
    • To fully understand the CBT system malfunction, the NBCE has hired Patina Solutions, a national consulting firm based in Milwaukee with experience in information technology strategic analysis and development.
    • In the aim of increased transparency, we have also hired Denver-based Vanguard Communications, a 22-year-old healthcare consulting firm with experience in helping organizations improve public communications.

    With new resources devoted to our goals, we plan to update on a more regular basis all our valued stakeholders on our progress both in addressing the malfunction and in making a detailed plan for resuming CBT examinations. While we have worked hard to communicate openly with affected examinees individually, as well as with chiropractic colleges, we recognize in hindsight that we could have been more communicative to the profession at large.

    In the coming weeks, as we uncover problems and determine solutions, the NBCE commits to resolving complaints on a person-by-person basis.

    Meanwhile, we have suspended offering CBT exams until we are certain that we can deliver them successfully at the highest level of reliability achievable. In the interim we will administer exams in the paper-and-pencil format.

    We are of course eager to make communications a two-way dialogue and thus welcome any comments and questions and, most importantly, to involve chiropractic students, teachers and professionals in our path forward.

  14. NBCE Cancels January 2017 Exams

    The NBCE Board of Directors has announced its decision to cancel the Parts I, II, III, and Physiotherapy exams previously scheduled for January 21-22, 2017, on chiropractic college campuses. Examinees will have other opportunities to take those exams in March, April, June, August and October 2017.

    The January administration was originally planned to be administered in the computer-based test (CBT) format only. However, recent problems with the administration of CBT exams have led the NBCE to place its computer-based testing program on hold.

    “Our decision to cancel the January exams comes from our mandate to provide a positive testing experience for our examinees,” said NBCE President Dr. Paul Morin. “We cannot resume computer-based testing until we are absolutely confident of its success.”

    Please visit http://mynbce.org/apply/deadlines/deadlines-written/ for application deadlines and other administration details.