Chiropractic Educational Institutions & Chiropractic School

By Dr. Bobby Braile, Chiropractor

I have a great idea. Let’s dream up a scenario that is totally illogical, totally impossible, and could never happen. And let’s make it a defining moment in chiropractic. So, where do we start?

Let’s start our fantasy by having the largest school in chiropractic have its accreditation yanked away by an agency made up of chiropractors. Let’s have almost 65% of the student body of that school be displaced, and their lives interrupted. Let’s have the founder of that school removed from the school and barred from coming on campus.

OK, now let’s take our oldest most recognized chiropractic school and let’s get the leader of that institution to resign after several years of unparalleled success. Let’s throw in more drama by having the students and Alumni of that school vote no-confidence in the school’s Board. And just for fun, why don’t we invite the media to both of these events so this all plays out in the public eye?

Are we having fun yet? Hey, just for kicks, let’s get the Florida State Legislature to vote to spend $9 million to open a school of “Chiropractic Medicine” at a Florida State University system. Since that would be a state school, how about we set the tuition at about one-third of what it would cost to go to our other college?.

Hmmm, what else? Oh. I know! Let’s increase the requirements to get into our schools so that it reduces the potential pool of possible students by over 25%, and increases the overall costs of a chiropractic education by about 20%. Now, because of this, let’s reduce student enrollment so severely that for the first time in decades, we have more chiropractors leaving practice and dying, than we have new students to replace them. So, from this we can actually shrink the number of chiropractors in our profession.

What else can we do? I got it! Let’s change the name of several schools so that they are not really chiropractic colleges. Let’s appoint several non-DCs presidents, and let’s make most of the faculty PhDs or MDs, and let’s open schools all over the world that are called chiropractic but do not teach any chiropractic in their curriculum.

Boy, I’m sure glad this is only my fantasy dream! If this were real it would be a nightmare!

Every one of the things I have mentioned above is true! Every one has happened and every one is real! The reports I have listed above tell us that we are at a crossroads in our profession. Now, more than any other time in our history, our profession stands on the brink of dissolution into oblivion and medical absorption.

In the scenarios I have reported on above, the one bright point has been that Dr. Guy Riekeman has been appointed to the presidency of Life University. This adds some hope that all is not lost for that school and that a strong principled voice remains in our chiropractic educational institutions.

So what can we do? BJ once said, “One man and Innate constitute a majority.” Each of us need to be a beacon of chiropractic principle, each of us need to be involved, each of us needs to refer students to chiropractic school, and each of us needs to care.

New Beginnings offers us a rally point to renew our chiropractic souls. We need to be a part of a movement and transformation within ourselves and our profession that turns the tide and moves us in the right direction. The truth shall prevail! This is something that can not be altered. So with this in mind, each of us needs to do what we can, to become involved, to spread the message, and to be an active part of the principled chiropractic movement.

We really have two choices, we can either sleep and dream, or we can awaken our spirits, and awaken the world to the truth and freedom that chiropractic offers the world. If we act, we are fulfilling an innate plan to spread the truth. If we fail to do anything, we leave the future of chiropractic to fate.

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