The Chiropractic Blueprint – Monday Mandate UPDATE May 9th, 2022

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Another amazing week in the world of chiropractic. I want to share with you some conversations that we’re having. As we continue to lay out this blueprint of our profession. So it should be a good update for you today. Good morning, our American chiropractors. My name is Bharon Hoag. I am the executive director of OneChiropractic and the Chiropractic Defense Council coming to you today, Monday, May 9th for your weekly update.

Um, So as I’ve been sharing with you the last few weeks, we’re really trying to create a blueprint of our profession here in the United States. We learned a ton as we went through this pandemic on really how our is operating. Who’s stepping up, who took what side of what issue we’ve always known, but this really forced you to pick a side.

If you will. And so it exposed also some concerns. And as I’m digging into the colleges and looking at how the education process is working and how we’re really equipping our students and the future of our profession I’ve been sharing with you. I have some concerns. And so those concerns have caused me to go on this journey of starting to have conversations.

Some are open to them. Others are very hesitant to have them, but nonetheless, we’re going to continue to force these conversations because we need to do some serious evaluation. Of how our profession operates. And I know most of you agree with me, I’m sure some of you may be irritated by these conversations and for that, I’m sorry, but we need to do some tough work and some tough love within our profession because we’re headed into a day that if we don’t do the work that needs to be done right now, we’re setting ourselves up for failure down the road.

And I just refuse to be a part of a generation in our profession that didn’t do the work that needed to be done. And so I’m asking. To partner with me in this conversation. One of the things that we’re looking at is why is it that our education system has evolved into what it has, if you’re an everyday practicing chiropractor that most of what you’re seeing when you’re interviewing and the techniques and the skill sets of the chiropractors coming in.

It’s very different than what we saw 20 to 30 years ago. I’m not blaming the individuals and I’m not even inherently blaming the universities. What I’m blaming as the infrastructure. How did we get to where we are now as you, as well as I do in our world, whenever regulation starts happening and people start planning and you have things like title nine, which is, preventing anyone from having any potential liability for anything that happens anywhere on the planet.

Which is just insanity to me. We start over-regulating and then you get in your small groups and I’ve been as guilty as this as anyone else you get in your small groups and you start focusing on the mission at hand, and then you just, all of a sudden, you’re like, here’s a good idea. Here’s a good idea.

We should do this or we should do that. And you lose the perspective of the overall picture and objective of what we’re doing. The purpose of our university should be to equip our students on how to actually yes, pass the boards. That’s a necessary part, but at the end of the day, they should come up the most equipped to be able to go right into practice.

That is not happening on a large part. We still have our diamonds that are go through school and they do a lot of work on their own. They’re going to seminars on the. They’re doing a lot of extracurricular activity, but we’re not having just masses of students graduating, where we as clinic owners and looking for new doctors are lining up to hire them, that didn’t use to be back in the day. If you graduated from Palmer, you were someone that was really sought after you pretty much had a guaranteed job anywhere you want. That’s not the case. And now we’re in a situation where we don’t have enough chiropractors. And so we’re like sifting through trying to find those people that we can plug right into our clinic and move forward.

And none of this is a slam on any one organization, any one situation or any one individual. It’s a problem that our profession has just gone unchecked for a very long period of time. And that needs to change. So I know this is going to ruffle some feathers, but as we continue to have these conversation, I understand it’s so important right now we get this under control before we start, growing our profession and doubling in the next thing, we have, a few million chiropractors in the United States, which I hope happens sooner than later, but our education, system’s not going to allow that.

And that needs to be fixed. So I’m, I hope you understand these updates. We don’t have any major fire burning right now, but we need to start having these conversations. I’m so excited to be communicating with individuals as part of the strategic plan. I’m communicating with ACC and I’m talking to schools, I’m doing my best to include everyone.

In this conversation, but it needs to be done. And so I hope that you’ll continue to go through this journey with me and understand the value of this conversation and holding some things accountable and reorientating the overall perspective of what it is that we should be doing within our profession to make sure that we’re growing the best possible future chiropractors and leaders in the profession.

So again, I wanted to take a little bit of time this week, cause I’m having fun conversations. I have to be honest. Pretty amazing to sit down and people are like, oh no, one’s really ever asked that question before or wow. We never thought about it that way. So I’m super excited to be one of those catalysts is it’s forcing conversations that maybe people haven’t thought about and challenging the mindset.

If you’re a praying individual, I ask that you continue to pray for me as we have these conversations, I’m not trying to create wars or frustrate people or point fingers when I’m trying to. Is get people to think outside of the box that we’ve been thinking for the last 20 some years and the rules and regulations that are in place in some of these schools is absolutely unnecessary to achieve the ultimate goal of what we’re after.

I’m all about patient safety. I’m all about making sure that we’re rearing the right kind of character. But to limit our people from expressing themselves to their highest potential is unacceptable, especially at the graduate level. And so we’re going to continue to push and make that happen. And maybe for those of you that are watching this, and you’re like bearing, this is dumb.

Why should I care? You should care because it is the absolute essence of where our profession’s going. We’re, we’re losing a generation of chiropractors over the next five to 10 years. That are very pivotal. They have the history, they have the knowledge, they have the love. If we don’t take advantage of that knowledge of that experience of that trust right now, to make sure that we don’t make the same mistakes, then we’re going to just perpetually be the definition of insanity, doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result.

And I will not tolerate that. So I hope you get it. I hope this excites you. It should excite you because they’re good conversations. I love your opinions, your ideas. So feel free to reach out to me at any point and just know that the Chiropractic Defense Council isn’t just about defending. We’re also about advancing and we’re about doing the work that needs to be done to ensure that our profession becomes the number one healthcare choice in the world.

So I will not apologize for having these conversations and getting the information we need to make better decisions, not only for our profession, but for humanity. So we love you. We appreciate you having an incredible week this week and know that there’s great work being done, not just through our organization.

There’s a number of organizations doing great work, and we will continue to grow and strengthen our profession. So God bless you. Have an incredible week. Remember, drop in stay ever present. Make sure. Connected to your patients as you’re working on them this week, and you’re not worried about things you can’t control and know that you have an organization like ours.

That’s got your back no matter where you go. So we love you. We appreciate you. God bless. We’ll talk to you next week.