May 6, 2019 -- On Friday, May
3, Logan University President Dr. Clay McDonald addressed attendees of Logan’s
2019 Symposium for his annual State of the University presentation.
began the presentation with an emotional reminder of the role chiropractors can
play in solving the opioid crisis that continues to plague the nation. That
role necessitates chiropractors being more integrated into the broader health care
environment—a vision Dr. McDonald has had for the University since his earliest
days as president six years ago.
that vision a reality is even more important today as 870 million prescriptions
for opioids have been dispensed in the past five years, and 80% of today’s heroin
users started with prescription opioids. Each day, 115 people die from
opioid-related drug overdoses, totaling 160,000 in the past five years.
lives are at stake, and access to chiropractic is key. “It is an indisputable
fact that people suffering from chronic pain die in unprecedented numbers while
evidence-informed options like chiropractic are not given to them,” Dr.
McDonald added. “Imagine if those millions of prescriptions dispensed for
chronic pain had never been written, and instead those patients had accessed
the evidence-informed care of a chiropractor rather than filling a prescription
for an addictive drug.”
McDonald went on to state that Logan University and the chiropractic field as a
whole are obligated to work to increase access to chiropractic care,
incorporating chiropractic’s collective knowledge of biomechanics, anatomy and
physiology, nutrition, lifestyle and exercise. Whether patients are suffering
from acute or chronic pain or simply wish to achieve optimal health,
chiropractic should be available to them.
a lofty goal, and one Logan intends to achieve through leadership. “Leaders
Made is a mantra that embraces our intent to educate and graduate
practice-ready providers who strive to care for more people in more places,” Dr.
McDonald said. Logan ensures its graduates are prepared to work in diverse
settings by grounding its curriculum in:
- Critical Thinking
“When we combine these three attributes and
put our students to work in a variety of clinical settings, they emerge from
Logan truly ready to care for patients and interact in the global health
community,” Dr. McDonald said. Today, Logan DC students practice not only
within the school’s traditional chiropractic clinic, but also within the
Veterans Administration, the Department of Defense, University-level athletic
programs, integrated multidisciplinary health centers and Paraquad, the
region’s largest organization dedicated to the disabled.
Dr. McDonald used Wayne Gretzsky’s famous
quote, “Skate to where the puck is going,” as a call to action for both Logan
and the entire chiropractic industry. “Complacency would tell us to ignore the
patients we haven’t reached yet because they don’t fit a specific model of
practice,” he said. “We choose the opposite of complacency. We choose
Logan’s commitment to expanding access to
chiropractic care also fuels the University’s intent to create new degrees that
expand the reach of chiropractic philosophy. Graduates from the College of
Health Sciences are educated with the same Logan hallmarks of critical
thinking, evidence-informed decision making and patient-centered care. These
programs have already proven a strong success:
Master of Science Degree in Nutrition & Human Performance has attracted
more than 1,000 students since its founding in 2011.
recently introduced a new advanced degree in Dietetics.
Master of Science Degree in Sports Science and Rehabilitation has more than 600 graduates since
its founding in 2008.
“We will continue to prepare health care
leaders to meet the needs of the broader public,” Dr. McDonald said. “The
science of biomechanics, anatomy and physiology, lifestyle and exercise,
combined with the Logan approach to education, position this University to make
a difference in the future and more importantly, stem the tide of people
receiving the wrong kind of care.”
You can watch a recording of Dr. McDonald's 2019 State of the University Address here on YouTube.