Association of Chiropractic Colleges Research Agenda Conference 2007

Lori Leipold – Media Relations Manager – Palmer College of Chiropractic
Phone (563) 884-5726 – Fax (563) 884-5225

Professionalism and Ethics: ACC-RAC 2007

Professionalism and ethics is the theme for the upcoming Association of Chiropractic Colleges Research Agenda Conference 2007 (ACC-RAC 2007), which will be held March 15-17, 2007, in Phoenix, Arizona. (Go to www.c3r.org/accrac for information and registration.)

This year’s program, the 12th in the history of the Research Agenda Conference, and the fifth in the history of the combined ACC-RAC, will present sessions on topics ranging from professionalism and ethics in academic and research settings, to clinical practice risk management, and academic areas of interest such as critical appraisal and scientific writing. In addition, this year’s program will include a special series of sessions directed to all doctors of chiropractic who are practicing in Veteran’s Administration or Department of Defense settings.

The program will open and close with two timely and exciting plenary sessions. The first will focus upon professionalism in practice and in research, and will feature three guest speakers: Dr. James Giordano of the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University Medical Center; Dr. Ian Coulter, past president of Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and current member of RAND and the Samueli Institute for Information Biology; and Dr. Wayne Jonas, past director of National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and current director of the Samueli Institute. The final plenary session will be devoted to the state of best practices development in chiropractic, a topic that has generated great debate and controversy over the course of the past year.

In between, there will be a series of concurrent paper sessions, where individual clinicians, academicians and researchers present their own research. There will be poster sessions as well, where additional original research will be presented. And there will be a series of break-out sessions covering a wide range of topics. Among the topics covered are:

– Curriculum Assessment in Chiropractic Education
– The State of Subluxation Science
– Informed Consent in Clinical Practice
– Ethical Standards in Military Health Care (special VA/DOD track)
– Professional Ethics in Chiropractic Education
– Sexual Boundaries in Clinical Practice
– Management of the Post-Surgical Spine (special VA/DOD track)
– Ethical Conduct of Research
– Case Management Through Outcome Assessment (special VA/DOD track)
– How to Conduct a Systematic Review of the Literature
– Scientific Writing Skills Workshop
– Critical Appraisal of Scientific Papers
– Ethics of Peer Review of Manuscripts, Abstracts and Grant Applications
– The Potential Value of Practice-Based Research

The chiropractic profession, through its continued growth, has had to consider a growing need for discussions related to professionalism in practice, academia and research, alongside the need to attend to the ethics of our conduct in these settings. The topics presented here will go a long way toward addressing the information needs of our profession.

For further information, please feel free to log onto the ACC-RAC website, www.c3r.org/accrac, or contact Conference Coordinator Lori Byrd Spencer at (563) 884-5198

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