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  1. The Chiropractic Society of Wisconsin (CSW) applauds the changes of NBCE score requirements in Winconsin

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    The NBCE is pleased to share this important message from the Chiropractic Society of Wisconsin.
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      APRIL 19, 2018
    For more information, contact:
    Steve Conway, DC, Esquire
    Executive Director, Chiropractic Society of Wisconsin
    Phone: (727) 421-0407
    The Chiropractic Society of Wisconsin (CSW) applauds the changes of NBCE score requirements in Wisconsin
    MADISON, WI – Monday, surrounded by CSW members, including many recent graduates who testified at the public legislative hearings, Governor Walker signed into law Act 288. Act 288 removes the arbitrary higher National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) exam scores and in the process completes the final step of a six-year project by the members of the CSW to remove artificial barriers preventing young chiropractors from practicing in Wisconsin.
    “I am very proud to welcome all of the young doctors to join us in Wisconsin. It was an honor for the CSW to champion the removal of both the “Wisconsin exam” and the subsequent higher NBCE scores that were unfairly keeping these very competent chiropractors from returning to their hometowns and families to practice,” stated CSW president Dr. Lona Cook.
    “Our appreciation goes out to Senator Petrowski and Representative Kooyenga, who have worked tirelessly with the CSW since 2012 to allow chiropractors who have successfully passed the NBCE examinations and could practice in virtually every state other than Wisconsin to return to our great state,” added CSW Immediate Past President Dr. Dean Shepherd.
    In addition to the members of the CSW who participated in the legislative process to obtain the necessary changes, we would like to acknowledge the efforts of Dr. Norman Ouzts, the Executive Vice President of the NBCE. Dr. Ouzts traveled from Colorado to attend the public hearings and provide expert testimony that demonstrates the undisputed validity of the NBCE national score and the rationale of why the higher Wisconsin scores were flawed and did not equate to greater public safety.
    The true beneficiaries of this legislation will be the families of these young chiropractors and citizens of the Wisconsin cities where these young doctors will now be able open their offices and begin the process of providing natural, drug-free chiropractic healthcare services.
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    About the Chiropractic Society of Wisconsin
    The Chiropractic Society of Wisconsin (CSW) is a nonprofit affiliation of licensed doctors of chiropractic and associated businesses dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the drug-free, holistic care of the people of Wisconsin. The CSW accomplishes its goals through: education and dissemination of information, organized governmental activity, legislation and regulation, mediation with consumer and public interest groups, and provision of collective benefits to its members. For more information, visit CSW’s website at www.chiropracticsocietywi.org .

     

  2. NBCE Hosts Student Leadership Forum
    January 2018

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    Greeley, Colo.–The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) hosted its 15th annual student leadership forum on January 26-27, 2018. This year’s participants represented nine chiropractic colleges, including three national student organizations, and three winners of the 2017 NBCE Essay Scholarship Competition.

    NBCE President Dr. Salvatore D. LaRusso welcomed students, praising their academic excellence as well as their commitment to leadership in the chiropractic profession.  During the forum, NBCE staff updated attendees on the science behind the development and administration of written and practical exams, the cost of exams, the importance of valid, reliable, accurate and fair exams, and the psychometrics of the scoring process.  During a structured focus group, student leaders were invited to give feedback to the NBCE about their personal experiences with applications, exam administration and security, score reporting and transcript delivery.

    NBCE Treasurer Dr. John Nab presented an enrichment program entitled, “Leadership Starts with You.” Dr. Nab acknowledged that, “the toughest person to lead is always yourself.” He also highlighted the importance of understanding your leadership style and the importance of the choices you make. Dr. Nab presented four keys to leading yourself:  learn followership, develop self-discipline, practice patience, and seek accountability.

    Attendees included:

    Student American Black Chiropractic Association

    – Damion Stevens, National Student Rep., Palmer College of Chiropractic, FL

    Student American Chiropractic Association

    – Jennifer Razey, National Vice-Chair, National University of Health Sciences

    Student International Chiropractic Association

    – Brandon Mason, Student Representative, Palmer College of Chiropractic, IA

    College Representatives

    – Emily Choate, D’Youville College

    – Samuel Feinberg, Sherman College of Chiropractic

    – Jacob Mills, Parker University

    2017 NBCE Scholarship Winners

    – Ryan Burdick, Cleveland University

    – Aidan Kaye, New York Chiropractic College

    – Brittany Schmidt, Northwestern Health Sciences University

    Pictured left to right:  NBCE Exec. Vice President Dr. Norman Ouzts, Brandon Mason, Aidan Kaye, Jacob Mills, Emily Choate, Damion Stevens, Brittany Schmidt, Ryan Burdick, Jennifer Razey, Samuel Feinberg,
    NBCE President Dr. Salvatore LaRusso

  3. Dr. John Hyland receives Lifetime Achievement Award

    January 2018

    2017 Lifetime Achievement Award

    The American Public Health Association (APHA) Chiropractic Health Care (CHC) Section recently presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. John Hyland at the APHA annual meeting held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

    The following citation appears compliments of Dr. Richard Brown; it was originally published in the World Federation of Chiropractic, Quarterly World Report, January 2018.

    John Hyland, DC, MPH, has gone above and beyond in his service to not only the chiropractic profession but also to the CHC, having served as CHC Chair for two rounds. He has also served the chiropractic profession through his efforts in improving quality of certification through the NBCE. When asked how being involved with public health efforts makes a difference, Dr. Hyland replied, “Members of the APHA-CHC raise awareness of the availability of this vital service, and contribute to improving the health of our communities through various collaborations and research. When I first joined the APHA I wanted to do more to improve the health of my patients and my community. As I learned about the field of Health Education and Promotion, I realized I needed to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Health. Once I had an MPH, I participated in collaborative research projects (several of which were presented at APHA meetings) and taught public health as an adjunct instructor. I have now come full circle, and am actively engaged in protecting the public’s health in my position with the NBCE, which assists state regulatory boards in assuring the licensing of safe and effective chiropractors. All of this would have been impossible without the professional friendships and knowledge I gained through the APHA-CHC.” Story kindly submitted by Dr. Claire Johnson.

    Dr. Hyland currently serves as NBCE’s Chief Technical Advisor as well as Director of the International Board of Chiropractic Examiners.  The NBCE Board of Directors and staff joins in congratulating Dr. Hyland on his commitment to serve and his dedication to the chiropractic profession.

  4. NBCE Welcomes New Part IV Director

    January 2018

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    NBCE Welcomes New PART IV Director

    Greeley, Colo.—The NBCE is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew R. Gow, D.C., as the Director of Part IV Practical Testing Research and Development.  Dr. Gow assumed his new position on January 1, 2018.  He is responsible for overseeing the exam development, administration, and scoring of Part IV.

    Dr. Gow is a 1999 graduate of Logan University and practiced in Loveland, Colorado, before coming to the NBCE.  He received Diplomate certification in acupuncture from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2003.  In 2006, he began teaching acupuncture at Aims Community College.  Through this training, doctors meet State of Colorado requirements to practice acupuncture in a chiropractic setting.  Dr. Gow first came to the NBCE in 2008 to as a subject matter expert in acupuncture.

    Dr. Gow joined the NBCE staff in 2009 as a chiropractic specialist in the Written Testing Department with specific responsibility for item development and overseeing test committees.

    Dr. Gow commented, “I am pleased to be involved in one of the most important tests of the NBCE.  We will continue and expand on the work of Dr. Paul Townsend, with introduction of digital diagnostic imaging to Part IV exams in the fall of 2018.” He continued, “I look forward to working with the large team of staff, consultants, examiners, and others whose combined efforts make Part IV such an important part of the standardized testing process.”

    NBCE President Dr. Salvatore D. LaRusso expressed confidence in the appointment, stating, “With Dr. Gow’s exceptional experience in all phases of NBCE testing, we are confident he will ensure stability in Part IV, utilizing the increasingly important role of evidence-informed chiropractic in Part IV testing.”

    Headquartered in Greeley, Colo., the NBCE is the international testing organization for the chiropractic profession. Established in 1963, the mission of the NBCE is to ensure professional competency through excellence in testing.

  5. NBCE Announces 2017 Scholarship Winners

    December 2017

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    NBCE ANNOUNCES 2017 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

    The winners for 2017 include:

    • Integration into Medicare and Medicaid:  The Moral Responsibility of Chiropractic, by Ryan Burdick, Cleveland University-Kansas City
    • Interdisciplinary Chiropractic:  A Shift Towards a Collaborative Educational Paradigm, by Aidan Kaye, New York Chiropractic College
    • The Integration of Chiropractic Across Race, Religion, Ethnic or Gender Diverse Populations:  A Review of the Literature, by Chandra Kenyon, Life University
    • The Three E’s, by Brittany Schmidt, Northwestern Health Sciences University
    • Beyond the  Eight Percent:  The Patients We Aren’t Seeing Are Those Who Need Us Most, by Chloe Hommel Tillman, Logan University

    The students will each receive $2,000 for their winning essay.  The scholarship is open to students enrolled in U.S., CCE‐accredited, chiropractic degree programs; students must be in good academic standing and have passed NBCE Part I.  Entrants are required to submit an original essay, written by one student, on a humanities topic that focuses on or relates to chiropractic.

    An independent third party, Brighthall, Inc., administers the program with President Dr. Claire Johnson leading the review and selection process.  The 2018 scholarship program has been approved by the NBCE’s board and will be launched in early 2018.

    “The NBCE is proud to honor academic excellence through this program,” said NBCE President Dr. Salvatore LaRusso. “We look forward to continuing to support future chiropractors in 2018.”

  6. Paul Townsend Announces Retirement

    November 2017

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    The NBCE Director of Practical Testing and Research Dr. Paul Townsend has announced his retirement from the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners effective December 31, 2017.

    On behalf of the NBCE Board of Directors, President Dr. Salvatore D. LaRusso expressed appreciation to Dr. Townsend for “his professionalism and devotion to Part IV. Under Dr. Townsend’s leadership, the NBCE has continued development of this exam, ensuring its enduring relevance and importance to chiropractic. The fact that all 50 states now accept or require passing Part IV demonstrates its impact upon the profession. The NBCE is extremely proud and grateful to Dr. Townsend. We wish him good fortune, health and happiness in his future endeavors.”

    Paul Townsend’s career in chiropractic began graduating with honors and being the class valedictorian of the fall class at Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1973. Later he taught at Palmer as an associate professor in Palmer’s Outpatient Clinic, and in the Department of Post-Graduate Education as a lecturer in Sports Chiropractic. Dr. Townsend first came to the NBCE in 1976 as a Part II Test Committee participant. In 1979, Dr. Townsend left the Palmer faculty and moved to Colorado, where he was asked by the NBCE to become a private contract consultant.

    Dr. Townsend was instrumental in the development of the Part IV examination, and led a committee to study feasibility of implementing a nationwide practical examination for chiropractic licensure. The first official Part IV examination was administered on four chiropractic college campuses in January 1996. Today, Part IV is administered on eleven college campuses, and is widely considered a standard of excellence in the chiropractic profession.

    “I am excited to know that the NBCE Board of Directors has appointed Dr. Andy Gow, a rising star at the NBCE, to be the new Director of Practical Testing,” said Dr. Townsend. “Under Dr. Gow’s leadership, I am confident that Part IV will continue to be the benchmark for professional licensure testing in the health occupations.”

  7. NBCE Testing Update

    September 2017

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    Greeley, Colo. —  The NBCE remains committed to computer-based testing,which will provide students in the future with an improved testing experience.  

    On September 16, 2017, the NBCE conducted a second field trial of its new computer based test (CBT) platform.  We would like to thank all who participated in this important process. We were able to gain valuable information necessary for the continued development and refinement of this product. 

    Based on the recent field test results, we anticipate that the targeted goal for the launch of the new CBT platform in 2018 is still achievable, but due to the required notification timelines for 2018 examination dates, it becomes necessary for us to modify the 2018 examination schedule as follows:

    • We will administer the Parts I, II, III, and Physiotherapy exams on January 19-21, March 2-4, and August 17-19, 2018 using the traditional paper-and-pencil format.  
    • We will re-introduce the CBT examinations into our schedules as soon as possible.

    The modified examination dates are posted on the www.MyNBCE.org website, along with deadlines for applications, etc. Please remind your students that applications for the January exam will open on October 9, 2017; the deadline to apply is December 5, 2017.

    Since the article was published, there has been an extension to the deadline. The deadline is December 8, 2017.

    Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Norman Ouzts at nouzts@nbce.org if you have questions or concerns.    

  8. NBCE Attends Evidence-Informed Practice Conference

    July 2017

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    Greeley, Colo.—The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) participated in the recent Process of Integrating Evidence (PIE) Conference and Workshop in Minneapolis. This interactive program (hosted by Northwestern Health Sciences University) addressed the many aspects of teaching and performing evidence-informed practice. More than 150 faculty and administrators from chiropractic colleges and several complementary and alternative medicine institutions attended.

    Chief Technical Advisor Dr. John Hyland and Senior Chiropractic Specialist Dr. Margaret Seron represented the NBCE at the conference. Their presence at the event is part of NBCE’s commitment to keep up-to-date on changes to the curricula at chiropractic institutions as they incorporate the concepts of evidence-informed practice. Drs. Hyland and Seron will also be assisting Director of Practical Testing and Research Dr. Paul Townsend in hosting the NBCE’s Evidence-Informed Practice Workshop in Greeley on October 6 and 7.

  9. NBCE Seats Lurie as District IV Director

    July 2017

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    Greeley, Colo.—The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners elected Dr. Benjamin S. Lurie to serve as District IV Director on July 10, 2017. Dr. Lurie will serve in this capacity until the NBCE annual meeting in May 2018. At that time, he will be eligible to run for re-election to serve the remaining two years of the recently vacated seat. District IV includes the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.

    NBCE President Dr. Salvatore D. LaRusso states that, “The NBCE is honored to welcome Dr. Lurie. His dedication to chiropractic healthcare as well as his leadership credentials will serve the NBCE well.”

    Since 2002, Dr. Lurie has been in private practice in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is a 2001 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic. Dr. Lurie’s educational background includes certification in Whiplash Biomechanics & Injury Traumatology from the Spine Research Institute of San Diego in 2011, as well as certification in Chiropractic Spinal Trauma from Life West University in 2003.

    Dr. Lurie currently serves as President, Chiropractic Physicians’ Board of Nevada, having served in leadership roles of that organization since 2011. Other professional affiliations include the Nevada Chiropractic Association, the Nevada Chiropractic Council, the American Chiropractic Association, the International Chiropractic Association, Palmer Alumni Foundation, and the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Nevada.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.