Dr. Vincent DeBono represented Logan at the Association for Medical Education in Europe

Helsinki, Finland

Vincent DeBono, DC, CSCS, Dean of the College of Chiropractic, represented Logan at the annual conference of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) held in August in Helsinki, Finland.

The worldwide organization, which has members in 90 countries on five continents, promotes international excellence in education in the health care professions across the continuum of undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education.

Among the conference’s 4,000 attendees, Logan was the only U.S. chiropractic school present. Highlights included presentations on subjects from curriculum mapping and mentoring to enhancing student engagement.

Dr. DeBono’s poster presentation, “Incorporation of the Spiral Curriculum Model in Chiropractic Education,” discussed ongoing results from Logan’s 2014 curriculum revision, which marked the first time a spiral curriculum model was incorporated in a U.S. chiropractic program.

The curriculum framework was modeled after the Center for Medical Education at the University of Dundee in Scotland, wherein patient care concepts are introduced to novice students, then covered repeatedly and with increasing levels of complexity as the students’ foundational science and clinical knowledge expands.

“From when the first cohort was launched, we’ve seen a significant increase in standardized board performance on the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners Part 1 exam,” said Dr. DeBono. “We’ve also seen an increase in student performance on clinical exams, floor evaluations and student satisfaction.”

In addition to presenting his poster, Dr. DeBono participated in many sessions, including a two-day course on “Essential Skills in Medical Education Assessment.” Dr. DeBono had the opportunity to engage in a small group with trauma surgeons and pediatric oncologists to discuss the challenge of assessing students.

“It’s easy to assess knowledge and skills, but how you assess the professionalism of students is a challenge,” he said. “It’s not just the knowledge and skills, but the attitude. Our goal is to teach students to be effective, empathetic health care providers while improving patient outcomes.”

President signs bill expanding chiropractic's role in the VA

Earlier this week, United States President Donald Trump signed the Jobs For Our Heroes Act, a bill that contains a provision supported by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) that allows doctors of chiropractic in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to perform physical exams on veterans needing a medical certificate necessary to operate a commercial motor vehicle. Read more about the act and learn how ACA pushed for the passage of this provision in a blog post by ACA lobbyist Jack Dusik.

Dr. Kettner earns a spot on the Journal of Pain Medicine editorial board

Norman W. Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC, chair of Logan’s Department of Radiology, was recently nominated and selected to serve on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Pain Medicine.

The Journal of Pain Medicine is a multidisciplinary, scholarly journal dedicated to pain clinicians, educators and researchers with an interest in pain from various medical specialties. The publication publishes original clinical and translational research that reflects the rapid growth in pain science and practice as well as the field’s need for policy, ethical and forensic commentary on pain and its management.

Dr. Kettner joins six other leading experts in the area of musculoskeletal pain and is the only Doctor of Chiropractic on the Editorial Board, which is comprised of more than 100 people.

Dr. Kettner has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Pain Medicine for the past five years. In addition to reviewing submissions, Dr. Kettner has been tasked with encouraging scholarly research in the area of musculoskeletal pain. “This appointment can certainly be seen as an opportunity for others to follow,” he said.

Dr. Kettner also reviews submissions for 10 other scholarly journals, including PAIN and the Journal of Pain.

VA Chiropractic Residency 2018

The VA system employs Chiropractic Residents within five different states across the country:  CT, NY(2), MO, and CA.  These post-graduate opportunities offer a one-year integrative experience that includes rounding with other healthcare professionals, patient cases that are complex, subtle, and/or infrequently seen, and of course - the chance to serve veterans in a way that can be truly impactful.

The VA chiropractic residency program focuses on Integrated Clinical Practice, with training emphasizing the provision of chiropractic care in an integrated healthcare system, collaborating with primary care Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACTs), specialty care, and other medical and associated health providers and trainees.

The residencies provide advanced clinical training in complex case management, allowing recent graduates to increase their scope and depth of clinical knowledge, experience and acumen. Residents are mentored by senior VA chiropractors who are national leaders in integrated chiropractic practice. These clinicians share their expertise in patient care, academics and research to provide a robust educational experience.

These hospital-based training programs expand the residents’ ability to collaborate with other healthcare professionals in team care, as trainees learn with and from other healthcare providers during interdisciplinary rotations. Residents develop their knowledge of hospital practice, policies and procedures, and are better prepared for future positions in VA, other healthcare systems, and/or academic settings.

The Residency application period opens January 8th and closes February 2nd.  If you are interested in applying, or you simply want to know more, please click on the links below.

2018 VA Chiropractic Care Residency Information

VA Chiropractic Education and Training

Memorial Service for Brynn Haun

A memorial service for Dr. Daniel Haun’s daughter, Brynn, will take place on Saturday, January 13th at 11:00 am in The Purser Center. All are invited to attend.

Veterans serving veterans: Dr. Aaron Armetta gives back through chiropractic

Dr. Aaron Armetta with his wife Brittany and their son Gavin.

“They have seen quite a bit of action—injuries ranging from black eyes, to gunshot wounds to the head, to severed limbs. My medics out there have done great things and helped to save the lives of many. Another two Soldiers are currently serving as medics on Convoys with one of our Infantry Battalions. They see improvised explosive device (IED) and small arms fire attacks nearly every time they go out. One of the two will earn his CMB (Combat Medical Badge) soon—awarded to any medic who treats casualties while under fire. Back here at Camp Liberty in Baghdad, we have seen our share of patients as well. We currently have a Soldier in our Patient Holding facility who received the Purple Heart for bravery and courage. His convoy was hit with an IED and he sustained seven fairly large shrapnel wounds and still has pieces of metal stuck all over his body.”

Reading letters written by Aaron Armetta, DC, MS, CSCS, ART while serving as a medical officer in Iraq tells you a lot about his reason for choosing a career in health care. What he observed during two combat tours over the course of five active duty years ignited a passion that led him down the path of serving others.

“While working in the medical treatment facilities, I was always surprised that there were physical therapists on hand, but never chiropractors available for post-surgical care. I started thinking that there had to be a better way to treat people besides drugs,” he said. “When it came close to the time I was able to get off active duty, I started researching what I could do to provide a more natural way of healing.”

In 2012, Dr. Armetta graduated with his Doctor of Chiropractic and later earned his Master of Science in Sports Science and Rehabilitation from Logan. He opened his own practice in Fisher, Ill., before being offered the opportunity to serve as a chiropractor to active military and veterans at Brodwyn Military Chiropractic near Fort Benning, Ga.

“Working at Brodwyn was my first time working with the military. It was extremely rewarding and fulfilled a passion I had for giving back to those who care so much about our country,” said Dr. Armetta.

Delivering on that promise, Dr. Armetta currently practices alongside a fellow military veteran and chiropractor Nathan Lauenstein, DC at Functional Performance Chiropractic & Wellness in Omaha, Neb. Together they treat patients and give back to veterans in the form of chiropractic care. They also participate in the Veterans Choice Program, which gives veterans who don’t have access to a VA chiropractor the opportunity to receive health care at a chiropractic practice near their residence.

“One of the most enjoyable things about working with veterans is being able to connect to their situation and the conversation,” said Dr. Armetta. “As someone who has been through it, not only can I examine and diagnose, but I also can relate to them on a personal level.”

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