As a chiropractic professional, you will want to stay current on the latest innovations, technologies, and standards of practice in the field. One way to remain conversant on the latest in chiropractic science and industry is through professional associations and journals. There are several such organizations available for chiropractors and other chiropractic professionals.
- One of the most well-known chiropractic professional associations is the American Chiropractic Association, or ACA. This association advocates on behalf of the science of chiropractic medicine, and seeks legislation and public policy that advance this goal. The association also seeks to cultivate a favorable public image of the profession and promotes strong leadership. The ACA works with state chiropractic associations and provides updates on new chiropractic legislation, scientific advancements, and practice management tips. The ACA also publishes a scientific, peer-reviewed journal, the Journal of the American Chiropractic Association, which puts forth the latest studies in the field of chiropractic. This journal is available in both a print and an online edition.
- The ACA also publishes a monthly magazine, ACA News, which offers the latest information in business and practice management, legislative updates, insurance news, and ethical issues. Subscriptions to these publications is complementary to ACA members, who also receive the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. The association also offers seminars, conferences, and continuing education opportunities. You can also join your state association, which provides news and resources specific to your state and region.
- Another major chiropractic organization in the United States is the American Academy of Chiropractic Physicians, or the AACP. This organization is devoted to promoting chiropractic medicine as an essential aspect of primary care, and seeks to implement Medicare reform and broaden chiropractic therapeutic privileges. This organization also publishes a journal, the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. Rather than adhering to any one chiropractic philosophy, the AACP promotes an assimilation of knowledge and techniques for the advancement of patient care. The AACP also offers the opportunity to receive training for the Advanced Practice Chiropractic-Certified (APC-C) designation, which provides a higher level of clinical competency and scope of practice.
- Some other organizations available to the licensed chiropractor include the International College of Chiropractors, the World Federation of Chiropractic, the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations, and the American Public Health Association.
- Other peer-reviewed chiropractic journals include the Journal of Chiropractic Education, the Journal of Chiropractic Humanities, the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal and Family Health Chiropractic, and more.
- You may also benefit from commercial trade magazines for chiropractors, which can apprise you of the latest developments in patient care and practice management. Some of these include American Chiropractor, Chiropractic Economics, and more.
Staying active in the associations and publications of your profession can help put you at the forefront of this growing medical field. Attending conferences and continuing education seminars can also refresh your knowledge, while additionally providing valuable networking opportunities. Many chiropractors make important contacts through professional associations and meetings. If you are a solo chiropractor in a private practice, these are also excellent opportunities to meet your colleagues and discuss relevant issues.
Reading medical journals and trade publications can also help keep you informed about the most cutting-edge science and technology in chiropractic. After having worked hard to become a professional chiropractor, it behooves you to continue to explore your career with enthusiasm and curiosity. Although maintaining a successful practice will most likely take up a considerable amount of your time, the ongoing pursuit of learning and career advancement can only help your practice. By continuing to pursue your profession with interest and ambition, you can prevent professional stagnation and obsolescence. Likewise, your ongoing passion for your work will be apparent to your patients, who will appreciate and respect your commitment.