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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Otto Elected District II Director

    Otto Use this photoGreeley, Colo.—LeRoy Otto, D.C., of Lake City, Minn., was elected as District II Director at the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) annual meeting in Phoenix, Ariz., on April 29.  Dr. Otto is replacing Dr. Donna Craft who chose not to seek re-election to that position.  District II covers the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri and Kentucky.

    Dr. Otto has served as a director on the NBCE board since 2011, first as the appointed representative of the FCLB and then, beginning in 2015, as an at-large director.

    Dr. Otto is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, and currently has practices in Lake City and Redwing, Minn. His previous work with the NBCE includes serving as a member of the NBCE Part III and Part IV Test Committee. He also served as the chief examiner at an NBCE Part IV test site.

    Dr. Otto also served a two-year term as president of the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards.  He previously served as vice president and treasurer of that organization.  Dr. Otto is the former president of the Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners. He has also worked with the International Chiropractic Association, and served as co-chair of its International Relations Committee.

    Headquartered in Greeley, Colo., the NBCE is the international testing organization for the chiropractic profession, with the mission of 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.

  7. Conway Elected Vice President of NBCE Board

    Steve ConwayGreeley, Colo.—Steven R. Conway, D.C., J.D., of Athens, Wis., was elected to his third term as an at-large director of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) in Phoenix, Ariz., on April 29, 2016.  At this meeting he was also elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the NBCE Board of Directors as vice president.

    Dr. Conway graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic in 1983 and received his Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law in 1996.  He currently practices law and is a partner with the DeWitt Ross and Stevens Law firm in Madison Wis.  Dr. Conway is a national spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and serves as the chairman of the ACA Audit Defense Task Force, which is helping chiropractors from across the nation with Medicare audit defense.

    Dr. Conway served on the Wisconsin Chiropractic Examining Board from 2002-2011 and was honored by the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association as Chiropractor of the Year in 1992.  He has been a frequent participant on the NBCE Part III and IV test committees and aided in developing NBCE’s subsidiary, the Ethics and Boundaries Assessment Service, and its Ethics and Boundaries Examination.

    Headquartered in Greeley, Colo., the NBCE is the international testing organization for the chiropractic profession, with the mission of 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.

  8. Côté Elected NBCE Secretary and District I Director

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    Daniel CoteGreeley, Colo.—Daniel M. Côté, D.C., of Silverton, Ore., was elected District I Director at the Annual Meeting of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) in Phoenix, Ariz., on April 29, 2016. Dr. Côté was first elected to this position in 2013 and will now begin his second term in that role.  District I covers the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska.  Dr. Côté will serve a term of three years.

    Additionally, at the meeting on April 29, Dr. Côté was elected to the Executive Committee of the NBCE Board of Directors and will serve in the role as secretary of the board for a one-year term.

    A graduate of Parker College of Chiropractic in 1995, Dr. Côté was appointed to the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners in 2010.  He was elected vice president of that board in 2011-2012 and president in 2013-2015.  Dr. Côté has previously participated in the NBCE Part III and Part IV test committees and as a chiropractic examiner for Part IV. He also served on the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards committee that developed the Certified Chiropractic Clinical Assistants examination.

    Headquartered in Greeley, Colo., the NBCE is the international testing organization for the chiropractic profession, with the mission of 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.

  9. Morin Elected as NBCE President

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    Paul MorinGREELEY, Colo.—Paul N. Morin, D.C., was elected President of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) in Phoenix, Ariz., on April 29, 2016. Dr. Morin’s service to the Executive Committee of the NBCE Board of Directors includes a one-year term as Secretary in 2010-2011, a three-year term as Treasurer from 2011-2014, and a two-year term as Vice President from 2014-2016.

    Dr. Morin is also serving his third term as NBCE’s District III Director, elected to his first term in 2009 and re-elected in 2012 and 2015.  District III includes the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont and the District of Columbia.

    Dr. Morin received his B.S. from Bates College in 1981 and attended Palmer College of Chiropractic, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1984. He has been in chiropractic practice in Maine since 1984. In 1996, Dr. Morin was appointed by Maine’s governor to serve as a member of Maine’s Chiropractic Licensing Board and is currently chair of the organization. He received the Maine Chiropractic Association’s Legislative Award in 1999, the President’s Award in 2000, and he was named Chiropractor of the Year in 2009.

    In addition to his service in chiropractic, Dr. Morin is a Registered Parliamentarian with the National Association of Parliamentarians.

    Headquartered in Greeley, Colo., the NBCE is the international testing organization for the chiropractic profession, with the mission of 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.

  10. NBCE Seats Board and Elects Officers

    April 2016

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    NBCE SEATS BOARD AND ELECTS OFFICERS AT 2016 ANNUAL MEETING

    Greeley, Colo.—The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) held its annual meeting on April 29, 2016, in Phoenix, Arizona.  State delegates elected Dr. LeRoy Otto (Minnesota) as District II Director and re-elected Dr. Daniel Côté (Oregon) as District I Director.

    Three other district directors continue their terms on the NBCE board: Dr. Paul Morin (Maine) in District III, Dr. Ronald Tripp, Jr., (Oklahoma) in District IV, and Dr. Norman Ouzts, Jr., (South Carolina) in District V.

    The board also has four at-large positions, three of which were open for election in 2016.  Dr. Steven Conway (Wisconsin) and Dr. Hank Hulteen (South Carolina) were re-elected and Dr. John Nab (Wisconsin) was elected.  Dr. Salvatore LaRusso (Florida) continues his term.

    The Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (FCLB) also fills two NBCE board positions. In 2016, FCLB President Dr. Farrel Grossman (South Carolina) and FCLB Vice President Dr. Margaret Colucci (Nevada) will continue their appointments to the NBCE Board.

    Once the 11-member board was complete, officers were chosen:  Dr. Paul Morin (Maine) was elected president, Dr. Steven Conway (Wisconsin) was elected vice president, Dr. Daniel Côté (Oregon) was elected secretary, and Dr. Salvatore LaRusso (Florida) was re-elected treasurer.  These four officers make up the Executive Committee of the NBCE.

    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.

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    Front Row:  Drs. Farrel Grossman, Paul Morin, Salvatore LaRusso

    Back Row:  Drs. Hank Hulteen, Norman Ouzts, Daniel Côté, LeRoy Otto, Margaret Colucci, Steven Conway, Ronald Tripp, John Nab

  11. NBCE Announces Student Scholarship Competition

    April 2016

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    Greeley, Colo. – The NBCE announced an annual scholarship competition on March 17, 2016, at the Association of Chiropractic Colleges Research Agenda Conference. The scholarship is offered to chiropractic students who are enrolled in a U.S., CCE-accredited, chiropractic degree program at the time of submission. Additionally the author must be in good academic standing and have passed all of the NBCE Part I exams.

    In announcing the program, NBCE President Dr. Donna Craft commented that, “The NBCE is a long-time sponsor of research in chiropractic. Through this new scholarship program, we are expanding on our organizational goal to ensure professional excellence by supporting academic excellence among students of chiropractic colleges.”

    The annual program will provide three awards of $2000 each for outstanding scholarly papers. The deadline for submission is August 1, 2016. The essay must focus on or relate to chiropractic humanities topics including: history, philosophy, practice perspectives, jurisprudence/law, ethics, theory, sociology, politics, and all aspects of social sciences that address historical or philosophical topics. Samples of humanities topics are available at www.journalchirohumanities.com.

    Additional requirements for the scholarship program are posted to the NBCE Facebook page and at www.mynbce.org/scholarships. Please direct all questions about the competition to Dr. Claire Johnson at NBCEstudentscholarship@gmail.com. The NBCE scholarship competition is administered and judged by an independent corporation, Brighthall.

  12. NBCE Names New EBAS Executive Director

    February 2016

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    Photo for Press ReleaseGreeley, Colo.–The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has named Stacey Kjeldgaard as the Executive Director of Ethics and Boundaries Assessment Services (EBAS).  EBAS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the NBCE, which offers a computerized essay exam that assists regulatory and licensing agencies with their disciplinary cases.

    Kjeldgaard is a native of Greeley, Colorado.  She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colorado State University and Master of Business Administration degree from Regis University in Denver, Colorado.  She comes to EBAS with a long history of commitment to the healthcare industry.  In 1998, she co-founded a mobile medical device company that was sold to Boston Scientific.  During her tenure at Boston Scientific, she led a business unit in the Urology and Gynecology division.  Before joining EBAS, Kjeldgaard devoted her expertise to the global launch of a medical device.

    Kjeldgaard says, “Although EBAS is not truly a startup business I firmly believe in the product, the process and the people. I will diligently work to demonstrate the credibility of this tool for assessing ethics and boundaries issues.”

  13. NBCE Hosts Student Leadership Forum

    January 2016

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    Greeley, Colo.–The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) hosted its 13th annual student leadership forum on January 15, 2016.  This year’s eight students represented six chiropractic colleges and two national student organizations.

    The students were welcomed by NBCE President Dr. Donna L. Craft. “Each year we are encouraged by the high caliber of students who attend this leadership conference,” she said. Dr. Craft thanked the students for their commitment to leadership in the chiropractic profession.

    NBCE staff introduced the students to the foundations of NBCE testing, with special emphasis on the computer-based testing format and updates in the application process.  Staff also addressed myths about the NBCE, and assured the students that the NBCE does not hold scores or grade on a curve. Additionally, the student leaders also participated in a focus group that evaluated student experience from applications, through exam administration and security, to score reporting and transcript delivery and overall customer services.

    Attendees included:

    • Cepeda Carter, National Student Representative, Student American Black Chiropractic Association
    • Peggy Chin, Student Council Representative, Palmer College of Chiropractic, West Campus
    • Andrew Crape, Student Council Representative, University of Bridgeport, College of Chiropractic
    • Ainsley Hendon, Student Government President, Logan University
    • Brent Money, Student Council President, Life University, College of Chiropractic
    • Jonathan Parham, National Legislative Vice Chair, Student American Chiropractic Association
    • Casey Shipps, Student Council Representative, Cleveland Chiropractic College – Kansas City
    • Rachel Westbrook, Student Council Representative, Texas Chiropractic College

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    Back row (left to right): Jonathan Parham, Peggy Chin, Andrew Crape, Brent Money, Martin Kollasch

    Front row (left to right): Rachel Westbrook, Casey Shipps, Cepeda Carter, Donna Craft, Ainsley Hendon

  14. Craft Inducted as Fellow in the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic

    Dr. Donna CraftGreeley, Colo.—NBCE Board President Donna L. Craft, D.C., of Brooklyn, Mich., was inducted as a Fellow into the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic on Aug. 14, 2015, at the Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, Iowa,  Homecoming.

    In presenting the award, Mickey Burt, D.C., Palmer executive director of alumni and development, said:

          “The Palmer Academy of Chiropractic is the fraternal organization established in 1963 by David D. Palmer, D.C., as a way to honor and thank those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help move the chiropractic profession forward.  It’s one of the most prestigious awards the college can bestow upon someone, and it’s a real honor just to be nominated for consideration to be a Fellow.

          Since 1963 only 128 individuals have been inducted into the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic. You have to be nominated and then pass a rigorous screening process. Only a select group go on to become a Fellow in the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic.

          Dr. Donna Craft stands out as someone moving the chiropractic profession forward with her work as a clinician, a member of her state board, and the NBCE. We’re very proud of her accomplishments and her selection as a Fellow in the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic.”

    Dr. Craft is a resident of Brooklyn, Mich., and practices in Ann Arbor.  She’s a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, and served on the Michigan Board of Chiropractic for eight years, serving as chairperson from 2001-2003.  She’s been a member of American Chiropractic Association since 1991, and is a founding member of the International Chiropractors Association Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics.

    She was first elected to the NBCE Board in 2003, serving as an At- Large Director. In 2007 she was elected (and re-elected in 2010 and 2013) as District II Director, which includes the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.

    Dr. Craft earned a Diplomate in Chiropractic Pediatrics from Palmer College of Chiropractic and the International Chiropractic Association in 1996.  In 2002, Dr. Craft was named Michigan Chiropractor of the Year by the Michigan Chiropractic Society (now part of the Michigan Association of Chiropractors).

  15. Evidence-Informed Chiropractic Workshop Held at NBCE

    September 2015

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    Greeley, Colo.–On September 11-12, 2015, the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners convened a workshop to discuss movement towards evidence-informed curricula by chiropractic college programs in the United States and Canada. Eighteen chiropractic college representatives explored the ways that chiropractic student clinicians are using evidence-informed concepts to deliver health care safely and effectively to patients in the college clinics.

    Participants included:

    • Dr. Thomas Bodette – So. Calif. Univ. of Health Sciences
    • Dr. Tammi Clark – Palmer College of Chiropractic, West Campus
    • Dr. Michael Clusserath – Life Univ., College of Chiropractic
    • Dr. Ezra Cohen – National University of Health Sciences
    • Dr. Renee Devries – Northwestern Health Sciences Univ.
    • Dr. Matthew Funk – Univ. of Bridgeport, College of Chiropractic
    • Dr. Fiona Jarrett-Thelwell – New York Chiropractic College
    • Dr. Ronald LeFebvre – Univ. of Western States
    • Dr. Debbie Lindemann – Life Chiropractic College West
    • Dr. Stuart McIntosh – Cleveland Chiiropractic College, Kansas City
    • Dr. Ali Rabatsky – Palmer College of Chiropractic, Florida
    • Dr. Vincent Ricciardi – Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
    • Dr. Mike Ramcharan – Texas Chiropractic College
    • Dr. Robert Rowell – Palmer College of Chiropractic, Iowa
    • Dr. Gene Spilker – Logan University
    • Dr. Sarah Stephens – Sherman College of Chiropractic
    • Dr. Leon Tom – Parker Univ., College of Chiropractic
    • Dr. Jeffrey Ware – D’Youville College

    Evidence-informed chiropractic, which integrates research findings into clinical decision making, has gained momentum during the past decade, and will potentially impact the practice mode of all chiropractic practitioners.

    The workshop participants wrote examination questions that could be field tested by the NBCE to assess students’ abilities to apply the knowledge and skills derived from classroom experience into patient care. This group of doctors also produced Part IV testing materials designed to assess student clinicians’ abilities with respect to patient history taking and physical examination procedures. The materials produced may also be used for assessing competency in interpretation of advanced imaging and/or laboratory testing, clinical findings, and in diagnosis and patient management.

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  16. James Badge Presented with Arvidson Award

    May 2015

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    Dr. Badge 2004Greeley, Colo. — In May 2015, the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (FCLB) presented Dr. James Badge, a former president of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE), with the George Arvidson Award for Meritorious Service to Chiropractic Regulation.

    Dr. Badge has devoted his entire career and retirement years to the advancement of chiropractic. Becoming one of the first doctors of chiropractic to receive hospital privileges was just one of his many milestone achievements for the profession. Dr. Badge began his service to the Arizona State Licensing Board in 1983. He was elected to the University of Western States, College Board of Trustees in 1997, serving as chair from 1997 to 2003. During that time he spearheaded the building of Hampton Hall and other major upgrades to the facilities.

    Dr. Badge served as NBCE District IV director from 1987 to 2005. During that time he was elected as president in 2004-2005 and vice president in 2000-2004. While serving as NBCE president, Dr. Badge facilitated the move of the FCLB into its new building on the NBCE campus. Dr. Badge also led the research and development of the profession’s first practice analysis, describing the practice patterns of full-time chiropractic professions. This practice analysis survey, which is conducted regularly, is the backbone of the NBCE’s Part III and Part IV examinations.

    The George Arvidson Award for Meritorious Service to Chiropractic Regulation is an annual award from the FCLB, and is the FCLB’s highest honor. Created in 1992, this award is named for FCLB Past President Dr. George Arvidson of Minnesota; it recognizes integrity, service, sacrifice, vision, and commitment in the arena of chiropractic licensure. The selection of the recipient is made thoughtfully as the FCLB continues to keep alive the dreams of George Arvidson and his deep love for chiropractic and regulation.

  17. Colucci Appointed to NBCE Board

    May 2015

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    colucciGreeley, Colo.— Margaret R. Colucci, D.C., of Las Vegas, Nevada, was appointed by the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (FCLB) to a one-year term on the board of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE). Dr. Colucci was also elected vice president of the FCLB at its annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, on May 8, 2015.

    Dr. Colucci is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic and has earned a Chiropractic Sports Physician degree from New York Chiropractic College. Dr. Colucci also maintains a private practice in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    In addition to her current role as vice president of the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards, Dr. Colucci has served as treasurer and as a director for District IV of the FCLB. She has also served as president and vice president of the Chiropractic Physicians’ Board of Nevada and was named Chiropractor of the Year by the Nevada Chiropractic Association in 2009.

  18. O’Connor Leaves NBCE Board

    May 2015

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    Dr. Lawrence O'ConnorGreeley, Colo. — The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) announced that Lawrence O’Connor, D.C., of Westwood, New Jersey, has completed his term as an NBCE director and has therefore left the NBCE board as of May 2015.

    Dr. O’Connor has served on the NBCE board since 2009 when he was appointed as a representative by the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (FCLB). Dr. O’Connor was later elected as an NBCE At-large Director in 2013.

    Dr. O’Connor is a graduate of Sherman College of Chiropractic and has served the profession in many capacities during his career. He served on the FCLB Board of Directors from 2003 to 2015. He served on the New Jersey Board of Chiropractic Examiners, and was the New Jersey representative to the U.S. Presidential Business Committee. Dr. O’Connor was named United States Congressional Physician of the Year in New Jersey in 2002 and 2003.

    In thanking Dr. O’Connor for his contributions, NBCE President Dr. Donna Craft said, “We will miss his leadership and his reasoned responses. Dr. O’Connor has the ability to see past the crisis at hand to the deeper, more important issues and is devoted to always responding to any situation with grace and dignity.”

  19. NBCE Seats Board and Elects Officers at 2015 Annual Meeting

    May 2015

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    Greeley, Colo.—The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) held its annual meeting on May 8, 2015, in New Orleans, Louisiana. State delegates re-elected Dr. Paul Morin (Maine) as District III Director and Dr. Norman Ouzts, Jr., (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. Donna Craft (Michigan) in District II, and Dr. Ronald Tripp, Jr., (Oklahoma) in District IV. District directors are elected to three-year terms.

    The board also has four at-large positions, two of which were open for election in 2015. Dr. LeRoy Otto (Minnesota) was elected and Dr. Salvatore LaRusso (Florida) was re-elected. Each will serve a two-year term in that position. Dr. Steven Conway (Wisconsin), Dr. H. W. (Hank) Hulteen (South Carolina) will continue their terms as at-large directors.

    The Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards also fills two NBCE board positions for one-year terms. This year, FCLB President Dr. Farrel Grossman (South Carolina) was re-appointed and FCLB Vice President Dr. Margaret Colucci (Nevada) was appointed to the NBCE Board.

    Once the 11-member board was complete, officers were chosen: Dr. Donna Craft (Michigan) was re-elected president, Dr. Paul Morin (Maine) was re-elected vice president, Dr. Steven Conway (Wisconsin) was re-elected secretary, and Dr. Salvatore D. LaRusso (Florida) was re-elected treasurer. These four officers make up the Executive Committee of the NBCE.

     

  20. Practice Analysis of Chiropractic 2015 Now Available

    April 2015

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    GREELEY, Colo.— The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners is pleased to announce that the Practice Analysis of Chiropractic 2015 is now available for distribution. The report summarizes responses from the Survey of Chiropractic Practice, which was distributed to randomly selected full-time chiropractic practitioners in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

    Survey respondents reported information on their daily tasks and professional responsibilities. The survey also included questions about the types of conditions chiropractors see in their practices and the frequency and management of those conditions.  In addition to summarizing survey responses, the practice analysis report includes chiropractic efficacy research from around the world.

    The practice analysis is used extensively to inform and educate state licensing boards, associations, legislators, and insurance companies on the practice patterns of full-time chiropractic practitioners. Additionally, the report is used by educators throughout the profession, and by the NBCE in the development of the NBCE Part III written and Part IV practical examinations.

    The NBCE conducts a practice analysis survey approximately every five years. Surveys were conducted in 1991, 1998, 2003, 2009 and 2014; the reports of the surveys were published in 1993, 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2015 respectively.

    Over that time, chiropractic practice has remained fairly constant in terms of the frequency with which full-time practitioners see specific patient conditions and perform professional functions, and treatment procedures have remained very stable.

    A trend from the 2014 survey is that doctors of chiropractic reported co-management of a greater proportion of health conditions with other professionals, suggesting an integrated approach to patient care. In addition, virtually all chiropractors reported providing health promotion and wellness care in the 2014 survey.

    The report is available on the NBCE website at www.nbce.org/practiceanalysis.  A list of participants in the survey is available at www.nbce.org/practiceanalysis/participants.

  21. NBCE Funds ACCRAC Research Awards

    April 2015

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    Greeley, Co.— National Board of Chiropractic Examiners President Donna L. Craft, D.C., recently presented ten research awards at the 2015 Association of Chiropractic Colleges Research Agenda Conference in Las Vegas. This is the seventh year the NBCE has sponsored the research awards, which are dedicated to advancing the chiropractic profession through scientific research that expands chiropractic’s future in health care.

    In presenting the awards Dr. Craft said, “The opportunity to fund the awards is a perfect fit for the NBCE’s mission of ensuring professional competency through excellence in testing. The NBCE Board of Directors believes that the research findings of today will appear in the classrooms of tomorrow and become significant in future examinations.”

    Dr. Claire Johnson, ACC-RAC Peer Review Chair and JMPT Editor, praised the NBCE for supporting research, “The annual NBCE awards at the ACCRAC shine a light on the quality of the research presented, thus highlighting the capability of the chiropractic profession. The NBCE awards motivate and inspire all types of researchers to contribute.” She added, “The ACC-RAC is the largest annual scientific conference for chiropractic education and research in the world, thus, the presence of the NBCE research awards confirms NBCE’s dedication to further science in the chiropractic profession.”

    Congratulations to the following winners.

    Award Papers to be published in the Journal of Chiropractic Education

    Spinal manipulation learning: Is error detection capability correlated to expertise?
    Michel Loranger, Julien Treboz, Jean-Alexandre Boucher, Francois Nougarou, Claude Dugas, Martin Descarreaux

    Developing training targets for lumbar spine high-velocity, low-amplitude adjustments in a chiropractic program
    Edward Owens, Ronald Hosek, Stephanie Sullivan, Brent Russell, Linda Mullin, Lydia Dever

    Learning spinal manipulation: A best-evidence synthesis of teaching methods
    Brynne Stainsby, Jade Egonia, Michelle Clarke

    Effects of peer instruction–enhanced lectures on student recall and comprehension
    Niu Zhang, Charles Henderson

    Award Papers to be published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

    The neuromuscular response to spinal manipulation in the presence of pain
    Stuart Currie, Alicia Everitt, Brian Enebo, Bradley Davidson

    The impact of body position and walking on neurophysiological outcome measures
    Steven Passmore, Michael Johnson, Mina Aziz, Jeanmarie Burke, Mary Balliett, Paul Dougherty

    A new model to derive patient low back loads during high-velocity low-amplitude spinal manipulation
    Samuel Howarth, Kevin D’Angelo, John Triano

    Correction of abnormal flexion–relaxation phenomenon in chronic low back pain: The benefit associated with biofeedback training
    Isabelle Page, Andree-Anne Marchand, Francois Nougarou, Julie O’Shaughnessy, Martin Descarreaux

    Test–retest reliability of trunk motor variability measured by large-array surface electromyography
    Jacques Abboud, Francois Nougarou, Michel Loranger, Martin Descarreaux

    Changes in manipulative peak force modulation and time to peak thrust among 1st-year chiropractic students following a 12-week detraining period: A pilot study
    Brett Guist, David Starmer, Taylor Tuff, Sarah Warren, Matthew Williams

    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.

  22. Hulteen Elected to NBCE Board

    February 2015

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    Greeley, Colo  –  The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) is pleased to announce the election of Henry W. (Hank) Hulteen, D.C., of Camden, South Carolina, to the NBCE board. Dr. Hulteen was elected at-large director to fill the remaining term of the seat vacated with the November 2014 passing of Dr. Gary Pennebaker.

    Dr. Hulteen is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic and has practiced in Camden during his entire career.  He lives in Camden with his wife Julie (formerly Julie Branham of Lugoff, South Carolina) and has four sons.  He serves as the clinic director/managing partner of Camden Associated Physicians.

    Dr. Hulteen has a long and often celebrated career in chiropractic with advanced training at both chiropractic colleges and medical schools.  He has served as a consultant for insurance companies as well as an instructor for post graduate faculties at Logan University and National University of Health Sciences.   Dr. Hulteen has served nine terms as chair of the South Carolina Board of Chiropractic Examiners; two terms as chair of the Executive Board of Directors of the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (FCLB), as well as FCLB District 5 director. His service to the NBCE includes participating in Part III and Part IV test committees and in the administration of the Part IV exam.

    Dr. Hulteen’s career has been honored five times by the South Carolina Chiropractic Association with the Doctor of the Year Award and was named Doctor of the Decade for the 90s.  In 2010, Dr. Hulteen received the prestigious Palmetto Patriot Award in recognition of his service to the state of South Carolina.

    Dr. Hulteen received the FCLB’s Appreciation Award for 20 plus years of service.  In 2012, the FCLB honored him with the prestigious George Arvidson Award for meritorious service in the areas of public protection and chiropractic licensure.