Logan has record-setting 2017 Spring Symposium

Logan's 2017 Spring Symposium held April 27-30 drew a record-setting 646 attendees - the largest attendance dating back to its inception in 2014. 

The expertise and diversity of this year’s thought leaders in the chiropractic and health fields attracted members of the Logan community, both near and far. 

Highlights included: 

  • Logan President Clay McDonald, DC, JD, MBA, delivered the State of the University Address which included an update on Logan’s evolving curriculum to better prepare students for practice as well as University-wide efforts to raise awareness of the benefits of chiropractic care, both locally and globally. 

  • Michele Maiers, DC, MPH, PhD, executive director of research and innovation at Northwestern Health Sciences University, who was named this year’s recipient of the Dr. Beatrice B. Hagen Award, addressed chiropractors as innovative entrepreneurs and leaders beyond complementary and integrative health care. 

  • Additional lectures were given by 27 speakers on topics ranging from chiropractic techniques and functional neuroimaging to becoming a chiropractic expert in the community.

  • Scholarships were awarded to nearly 50 students.

Save the date for next year’s Spring Symposium scheduled for May 3-6, 2018.

2017 Spring Symposium

Howe Oration in Diagnostic Imaging - May 25, 2017

On Thursday, May 25th at 10:30am, the Department of Radiology will host the 10th Annual Joseph W. Howe Oration in Diagnostic Imaging. This Oration is designed to honor the extensive contributions and achievements of Dr. Joseph W. Howe to the education, research and practice of chiropractic radiology. 

Every year, eminent speakers are selected to deliver the Oration from the fields of radiology, clinical practice, education and research, reflecting the extraordinarily wide scope of intellectual interest and contributions in the career of Dr. Howe, who has served as faculty in the Department of Radiology since 2002. 

The 10th Annual Oration address will be delivered by the following:

  • Terry R. Yochum, DC, DACBR
  • James Cox, DC, DACBR
  • Norman W. Kettner, DC, DACBR

Please join us in The Purser’s Walters Auditorium to celebrate the distinguished career of Dr. Joseph W. Howe. 

A box lunch will be provided to the first 150 attendees.

A link to the live stream of this event will be available at Logan.edu the day of the event for those who are not on campus.

Logan University provides chiropractic care for Platinum Athletics

When the top cheer and dance teams from Platinum Athletics perform at “The Summit - All Star Cheerleading Championship” and “Varsity All Star - The Dance Summit Championship” in Orlando, Fla., Rebecca Skiljan, DC, MS, CCSP, will be joining them as their official team chiropractor.

As a resident in Logan’s Human Performance Center, Dr. Skiljan is providing chiropractic care to the athletes as part of a new partnership between St. Louis-based Platinum Athletics and Logan. Cheer and dance teams from Platinum Athletics recently earned multiple bids, including multiple full paid bids, to attend the top international and national competitions in Florida.
“I’m extremely excited to be working with these elite youth athletes,” said Dr. Skiljan. “In addition to providing injury-based rehab, we’re also working on performance-based care, such as muscle strengthening.”
For Dr. Skiljan, being able to provide the best care is all about monitoring the athletes during practice. When they’re not practicing, the athletes have access to Logan clinicians who can provide soft tissue, kinesiology and chiropractic care at the Mid Rivers or Montgomery Health Center.
Adam Rufkahr, co-owner and coach at Platinum, said his athletes are not only thrilled with someone who can help treat, manage and prevent injuries, but parents are ecstatic about being associated with a gym that is dedicated to the health and well-being of their children.
“For us, it was more about what can we do to provide more value for the kids at our facility and assure parents that above competitions and performing, safety is of utmost importance,” he said. “At the end of the day, we’re doing what’s best for our athletes in the long run and doing as much as we can. It’s been a huge blessing to be able to have access to Logan’s knowledge and resources.”

Memorial Service - May 24, 2017

Logan University will host its annual Memorial Service for families of anatomic donors on Wednesday, May 24th at 11:30am in the Purser Center.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend as a way of saying "thank you" to the families of those who generously gave themselves to further the education of Logan students.

What degree do I need to become a chiropractor?

Are you interested in becoming a chiropractor? If so, there are several educational steps you'll need to take to earn your Doctor of Chiropractic degree.

Licensed chiropractors are required to earn a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from an accredited college or university before they're allowed to practice. Before enrolling in a Doctor of Chiropractic program, students will need to either complete a bachelor's degree with a minimum of 24 semester hours of life and/or physical science or have 90 hours of undergraduate coursework including the 24 hours of sciences. Should a student fall short of either requirement, many schools offer an undergraduate program to assist a student in meeting the entry requirements for the Doctor of Chiropractic program.

Upon being accepted into the Doctor of Chiropractic program, students will learn basic and clinical sciences while simultaneously learning hands-on techniques and skills to provide the best treatment possible. In the final stages of the student's education, they treat patients and are immersed in a variety of unique clinical opportunities.

To learn more about the education a chiropractor receives or if you're interested in becoming a chiropractor, request information or contact Admissions@logan.edu.

Dr. Clay McDonald delivers State of the University Address at Spring Symposium

Attendees at the 2017 Spring Symposium recently gathered to hear Logan University President Dr. Clay McDonald’s State of the University Address in the ballroom of the Marriott St. Louis Airport Hotel. Dr. McDonald provided a comprehensive update on Logan, covering everything from how the school is faring financially to how the evolving curriculum is preparing students for a successful career.

A top point of pride for Logan is its debt-free, zero deferred maintenance status. Since 2013, the University has grown its assets from $35 million to $42 million, an increase of 20 percent. Logan alumni also fare well as graduates have a loan default rate of only 2.3 percent, far below the national average of 12 percent.

Projections for next year’s enrollment look strong, Dr. McDonald noted, particularly for the College of Health Sciences. More than 300 students enrolled for the 2015-16 school year, an increase of 138 percent from the previous year. 

Although Logan’s undergraduate program has historically been more popular for completion degrees, the school is striving to change that. Efforts include teaching college-level science courses to high schoolers at the Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience in downtown St. Louis. “Classes like this not only help students cut a year off their undergraduate program, but they also introduce chiropractic as a career option to a whole new group of students,” Dr. McDonald noted. 

Logan’s continued success is thanks in large part to its innovative curriculum, which from the very beginning has students interacting with patients and learning about asking the right questions to get at the heart of their ailments. Logan’s curriculum, updated a few years ago, is being presented as a model to the Institute for Advanced Medical Education, Dr. McDonald says, adding that this represents a huge step forward for the field of chiropractic overall. 

Dr. McDonald also addressed the effort to increase the percentage of the population who see a chiropractor. The initiative strives to utilize interpersonal care to expose a greater number of patients to the powers of chiropractic by partnering with hospitals, clinics and other medical centers. Logan, for instance, accomplishes this a few ways, including:

• Providing chiropractic care to sports teams, including athletes at the University of Missouri, Harris-Stowe State University and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

• Running a part-time clinic at Paraquad, a local non-profit dedicated to helping people with disabilities live more independently, which places students alongside physical and occupational therapists.

• Operating clinics in federally qualified community health centers, including Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Centers, Affinia and, beginning in August, at Mercy Hospital’s JFK Clinic.

These initiatives also offer a wonderful opportunity for students to receive hands-on training in a variety of unique settings, Dr. McDonald notes.

Dr. McDonald’s address concluded with a call to help continue Logan University’s strong legacy of quality, affordable education. This can be done by referring a student, donating to the Tower restoration ($275,000 of the $400,000 goal has already been raised) or supporting the Forever Chiropractic, Forever Logan campaign which earmarks half of the $1,000 minimum donation for immediate scholarships and the other half for scholarship endowments. 

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