Our 2021 Readership Survey found that women’s health was the top specialty topic of interest among doctors of chiropractic responding to the survey, so we’re pleased to present this robust issue including articles on women DCs as primary care holistic doctors for their female (and male) patients, the first woman president of the American Chiropractic Association outlining their new initiatives, how “FemTech” is disrupting women’s health care, a profile of the Women Chiropractors (WDC) ReEntry Program, and more.
“As the majority of chiropractic patients are women, framing female chiropractors as primary care physicians can be beneficial to patients and to the chiropractic profession,” writes Kristina Petrocco-Napuli, DC, MS, FICC, FACC, in our feature story. “Treating the whole female patient, while keeping in mind her physiological journey and all that impacts it, will result in superior patient care.”
Thank you to all the DCs who participated in our Readership Survey, which always provides us with excellent feedback and will shape our editorial approach entering 2022.That feedback included requests for more clinical and technique articles, case studies and research; less COVID news (aren’t we all experiencing COVID fatigue?); and more in-depth info on techniques/modalities such as kinesiology taping, nutrition/supplements, and various forms of laser therapy.
Also, congratulations to our randomly-drawn Readership Survey prize winner, Alfredo Garcia, DC, of Sandy Springs, Ga., who will receive a gift certificate for the equivalent amount of a 40-inch smart TV for his reception area.
To view issue #11, Women’s Health, go to chiroeco.com/magazine.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Lack of chiropractic campuses
“With the strides made by the chiropractic industry over the years, why can’t any new colleges/universities open herein the states, whether as public or private? I know public is more daunting because others in health care put up road-blocks for many reasons (a topic all too familiar that could have its own plethora of debates), but why no expansion with more private universities? A couple of programs such as Palmer College and National University of Health Sciences have three and two locations in several states. Is this something other programs should try to mimic? Think of the pockets of regional areas in the country that have no schools to choose from. An example, prospective students in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee and North Carolina that want to stay close to home have choices of Parker (Dallas), TCC (Pasadena, Texas), Life(Georgia), Sherman (SC), or Keiser (Florida), and as mentioned Palmer and National University have Florida locations as well. These six states have to go to either TX, FL or SC. If the industry has a concern over the amount of student debt, perhaps having a few options a bit closer to home could offset some of that debt. Where I live in South Louisiana, one of the smaller states that typically is in the lower echelon of economic opportunity, we have three medical schools, four PA schools, multiple FNP programs, two DPT programs, five athletic training programs, dozens of nursing schools, and if you go over the state line into Mississippi less than an hour, there is a DO medical school program. This area would be a hotbed for prospective DC students. I know one DC that is on the Louisiana board and he is also on the board for his alma mater and he has pushed for it in meetings but can’t get support.
—Ken Jenkins, ATC, PTA