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Dynamic Chiropractic – March 1, 1991, Vol. 09, Issue 05

Regional College Update

By Editorial Staff
Graduation Day at Palmer College of Chiropractic West

Thirty-eight students received their Doctor of Chiropractic degrees at ceremonies honoring the 39th graduating class of Palmer College West in Santa Clara, California.

The commencement speaker was Congressman Mineta, former Mayor of San Jose and representative for the 13th United States District since 1974. He was the first Japanese-American to be elected mayor of a major United States city, and was instrumental in the passage of H.R. 442, the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 which sought to redress the injustices endured by those Americans of Japanese ancestry who were placed in internment camps during World War II.

Palmer West is an accredited college with a student body of 600, conducting classes year-round in a 12-quarter sequence on campuses in Santa Clara and Sunnyvale, California. Established in 1980, PCCW has graduated more than 1,500 doctors, and has an alumni that represents 21 countries.


The Chiropractic Forum to Present Papers

The Chiropractic Forum, a special primary interest group of PCCW, will sponsor a series of contributed papers at the 119th annual meeting of the American Public Health Association in Atlanta, Georgia, November 10-14, 1991.

The titles of the paper sessions are designed to follow the theme of the meeting, "Public Health and a National Health Program." They are:

- The Role of Chiropractic in a National Health Service - Standards for Chiropractic Care and Public Health - Health Outcome Measures of Chiropractic Care - Chiropractic Science: Contributed Papers

Scholarly papers related to these topics will be considered for presentation. Papers may be original data reports or appropriately constructed and referenced concept essays.

The deadline for submission is March 11, 1991. Detailed instructions to authors and forms may be obtained by contacting:

The Chiropractic Forum
William Meeker, DC, MPH, Program Chair
1095 Dunford Way
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Phone: (408) 983-4092


PCCW Faculty Participate in Symposium on Back Pain

PCCW faculty members William Meeker, D.C.; Robert Mootz, D.C.; and Gerald Waagen, Ph.D., D.C. joined with other health care specialists to speak at the American Back Society (ABS)'s recent "Fall Symposium on Back Pain." PCCW co-sponsored the four-day multi-disciplinary forum held at the San Francisco Marriott. It featured workshops and panel discussions conducted by DCs, orthopedic surgeons, and other allied health care practitioners who treat spinal pathologies.

Dr. Meeker, Dean of Research at Palmer West, was director of the symposium's relicensure program for DCs. He has been associated with the ABS for six years, and last year was named to its board of directors.

Dr. Waagen, a professor at PCCW, discussed "A Randomized Trial Comparing Medical and Chiropractic Community Standards of Care for Chronic Low Back Pain." Dr. Mootz, an associate professor at PCCW, join Dr. David Chapman-Smith on a panel workshop titled, "The Chiropractor on Paper: The Writing of Reports, Professional Correspondence, Consultations, and Journal Articles."

The American Back Society was founded seven years ago to provide a forum for doctors and scientists of varied disciplines to discuss issues and advancements in the field of spinal health care. More than 700 people attended the Fall symposium. DCs now account for approximately 30% of the total ABS membership.


Thie Clinic -- New Training Center for LACC Interns

Los Angeles College of Chiropractic (LACC) is now affiliated with the Thie Chiropractic Clinic in Pasadena, becoming one of five outpatient clinical training facilities for LACC's chiropractic interns. This came about when John Francis Thie, D.C. recently donated his practice of 34 years to his alma mater, LACC. "I've always helped young doctors get started in practice, " said Dr. Thie. "I know how difficult it can be. This affiliation allows me to continue this tradition," he concluded.

The training at the Thie Clinic will parallel that of LACC's other clinics, but interns will now have the added opportunity to experience how a private practice is managed.

This contribution is but one of many this prominent doctor has made to his college, community, and profession. He was one of the first preceptor faculty members, educating LACC interns and employing LACC students and graduates.

Dr. Thie is a charter member in the ACA, has served as president of the L.A. County and San Garbriel Valley Chiropractic Societies, and since 1975 has been president/director of the internationally recognized Touch for Health Foundation.

Dr. Charles Fernandez, formerly the director of LACC's Glendale Chiropractic Clinic, will assume the role of director of the Thie Clinic in Pasadena.

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