Chiropractic Physicians are Well Educated
Today's chiropractic education has an emphasis on science. The fact is, educational requirements for today's chiropractic physicians are among the most extensive of any of the health care professions.
Today's chiropractic physician receives a broad and eclectic science based education. In fact, it's quite comparable to that received by medical practitioners.
Before acceptance to a five-year chiropractic university/college, prospective chiropractic physicians must complete a minimum of three years of undergraduate work with a heavy emphasis on the sciences.
This focus on science combined with clinical training and application continues throughout the entire educational experience, emphasizing classroom and laboratory work in anatomy, physiology, public health, microbiology, pathology and biochemistry. Later, the focus is on specialized subjects, including chiropractic philosophy and practice, along with clinical diagnosis and adjusting methods. Since chiropractic physicians choose not to prescribe drugs, instead of studying pharmacology and surgery, they receive an even deeper training in anatomy, physiology, rehabilitation, nutrition, lifestyle, diagnosis, X-ray, physio-therapy and a variety of physical techniques that aren't taught in any other health care field. Upon graduation, chiropractic physicians must pass stringent national and state board examinations prior to licensure. Additionally, three year post graduate board certification programs are available in the specialties of Clinical Nutrition, Internal Disorders, Neurology Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Pediatrics, and others.
Disparaging the educational achievements, safety and efficacy of modern chiropractic and today's chiropractic physicians is an outdated belief from another era based on propaganda, bigotry and ignorance.
Popularity of Chiropractic: “Chiropractic is the largest, most regulated, and best recognized of the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) professions. Chiropractic enjoys one of the most enviable safety records of any licensed and regulated primary care healing art in existence today. CAM patient surveys show that chiropractors are used more often than any other alternative provider group and patient satisfaction with chiropractic care is very high. There is steadily increasing patient use of chiropractic in the United States, which has tripled in the past two decades.”
John McMillam Mennell, MD, Medicine, Monopolies and Malice, 1996, Avery Publishing, Garden City, NJ pp. 121, 154-155.
Chester Wilk, DC, Chiropractic Speaks Out, 1973, Wilk Publishing CO.
Meeker, Haldeman (2002), Annals of Internal Medicine