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Chiropractic Orthopedists

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The American College of Chiropractic Orthopedists was established in 1955 to provide postdoctoral continuing education for the chiropractic orthopedic specialty. The College is an independent, not for profit, educational organization dedicated to supporting the chiropractic orthopedist by providing an annual educational conference for all Doctors of Chiropractic interested in advancing their knowledge in chiropractic orthopedics.  The College also provides a meeting venue for the chiropractic orthopedic membership organizations to advance the growth of the specialty. Membership is open to ALL Doctors of Chiropractic.

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Why seek care from a Chiropractic Orthopedist?

Board certified chiropractic orthopedists are doctors of chiropractic who have completed extensive postdoctoral education in non-surgical orthopedics, and have passed rigorous specialty Board examinations leading to Diplomate status as a chiropractic orthopedist. Less than 2% of chiropractic physicians attain this status.

To become Board certified, the chiropractic orthopedic specialist is required to demonstrate advanced proficiency in the evaluation and non-operative management of a broad range of injuries, conditions and disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system with particular emphasis on the spine and extremities.

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A letter from our President

October 9, 2017

Dear Fellow Colleagues:

As you know, almost 6 months have flown by since our Vegas Convention. 

I just want to thank everyone who attended our 2017 Orthopedics Conference and Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.  This event depends on your continued membership in our College and your interest in supporting our Chiropractic Orthopedics' Profession. 

Also, I would also like to express my sincere appreciation to our current Board Members, our Convention Chair, Dr. Joe Ferstl and our Promotion/Marketing Director, Dr. Deanna 0’Dwyer -Swensen, for the time and energy that they spent in organizing and promoting this premier event.  Also, I hope that you will extend a warm welcome to our newest Board Member, Dr. Jon Dominique, who has stepped into the Secretary position!

Please help me acknowledge the financial support and the top shelf speakers that have been provided over the past decades by NCMIC.  I can assure you that they really do care about our College and they believe know that our Chiropractic Orthopedics Specialty is one of their more valuable resources with respect to reducing malpractice claims. 

Furthermore, I would like to recognize the cooperative efforts of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists and the Council on Chiropractic Orthopedics who have worked tirelessly to sustain our program and to advance our specialty.  Special thanks to the CCO for their generous donation of $5,000 to our Lipe Scholarship Fund.  And thanks to our members for their generous contributions to raise yet another $5,000.  This increased revenue will allow us to increase the scholarship amount; while also paying travel and convention expenses of the recipient.  This should attract more applicants and help bolster our membership.  And speaking of membership, we are working on a drive to bring back prior members and enlist new members.  I hope that each of you will assist us with contacting every DABCO/DACO that you know. 

In addition, the Southern California University of Health Sciences needs to be recognized for their assistance in securing the individual States’ Continuing Education Credits for our program.  

And a special kudos goes to the University of Bridgeport for their ongoing efforts to help grow our Chiropractic Orthopedics' Specialty. They have just started a combination online/on-campus offering our Orthopedic program in conjunction with the Illinois Chiropractic Association.

And now, we are just 6 months away from our 2018 conference which will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, in Carlsbad, CA, on April 19 -21. Please make plans to join us for another highly engaging and cordial gathering of the “Very Best” in our Profession.  Each of us needs to reach out to our colleagues and encourage their attendance. 

Respectfully Submitted,

James E. Vancho, DC, FACO
ACCO President

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