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FCLB 2015 Convention Highlights

Wednesday, June 3, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sheri Ryan
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The Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards hosted its 89th Annual Educational Congress May 6-10 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The conference focused on new ideas in regulation. Approximately 145 attendees from North America represented chiropractic licensing boards, testing, associations, and chiropractic colleges.

On Thursday, the educational portion of the conference opened with the 25th Annual Joseph Janse Lecture delivered by Dr. Thomas Klapp of Michigan. Dr. Klapp shared his concerns about incorporating pharmaceuticals in chiropractic practice.

Friday’s portion of the conference was hosted by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and included a keynote address by Dr. Jason Busse from McMaster University in Ontario. Dr. Busse spoke on evidence-based chiropractic.

Other educational sessions at the conference included:

•Telehealth, ethics, and accountability
•Services of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners
•New Approaches to common regulatory issues
•Robert’s Rules in conducting board business
•Issues in regulation and animal chiropractic
•Evaluating clinical competency
•Investigating complaints

Elections – FCLB Board of Directors

• President: Dr. Farrel Grossman (SC)
• Vice President: Dr. Maggie Colucci (NV)
• Treasurer: Dr. Kirk Shilts (MA)
• Administrative Fellow Director: Ms Patricia Oliver (LA)
• District IV Director: Dr. Cynthia Tays (TX)
• District IV Alternate Director: Dr. Chris Waddell (OK)
• District V Director: Dr. Ned Martello (LA)
• District V Alternate Director: Dr. Deb Hoffman (FL)

The FCLB Board of Directors named District I Director Dr. Carol Winkler (ND) to serve as Board Chair.

Also continuing on the board are Immediate Past President, Dr. LeRoy Otto (MN); District II Director, Dr. William Rademacher (IL); and District III Director, Dr. Keita Vanterpool (DC).

Awards and Recognition

Dr. Otto presented awards to the following individuals and organizations:

• Friend of Regulation recognizing dedication to public protection: Dr. Jerry Grod
• Board Members leaving FCLB service: Dr. Larry O’Connor (NJ), Dr. Annette Zaro (NV), and Dr. Larry Spicer (MN)
• 2015 Dr. Wayne Wolfson Scholarship Award: Mr. David Lutz (Life University)
• 201 Donna Liewer-Cohen Regulatory Scholarship: Mr. Joseph Campbell (MI)
• 2015 Pennebaker/Wiley Outstanding Board Award: District of Columbia Board of Chiropractic
• 2015 George R. Arvidson Award for Meritorious Service: Dr. James Badge (AZ)

A complete agenda, list of faculty, awards presentations and many of the 2015 educational sessions are available on the Federation’s website


Who is responsible for ensuring chiropractic assistants in your jurisdiction are capable of performing assigned therapies?

Who makes certain that CAs can recognize a problem and respond appropriately?

Who has the authority to supervise conduct and enforce proper deterrents?

In most US jurisdictions, there is no regulatory oversight for chiropractic assistants.

With one in 20 malpractice claims relating to injuries with therapies, CA training and monitoring has become a regulatory concern.

As a service to member boards, the FCLB has developed a multi-part program for certifying and regulating chiropractic clinical assistants.

The components of this program include:
• Model documents for boards that do not currently regulate CAs;
• A database of PACE Recognized continuing education programs that offer both online and live CA training; and
• A complete CA certification program that combines minimum training standards and experience, an examination developed and administered by the NBCE, and continuing education requirements to maintain certification.

To learn more about this program, please visit the FCLB website and click on “Chiro Assistants.”


Our new Chiropractic Ambassador Program (CAP) is designed to educate affiliated organizations and future chiropractors about the role of regulation and the services of the FCLB.

We're looking for ambassadors to share our story, present locally, and earn great prizes!

The FCLB's developing Passport program will offer selective authentication of licensure status for temporary mobility. Our new program will include NPI information as well as verification of good standing and clean criminal backgrounds for DCs interested in traveling to treat.

Find us on FaceBook! The FCLB has launched our FaceBook page to help us keep in touch with public, professionals, and our member boards.

District Dates

NOTES from the NBCE:
The rollout of computer-based testing (CBT) continues since our inaugural launch in September 2014. Just recently the NBCE has received commitments from an additional nine colleges to have computer labs available for the September 2015 administration. Importantly, all of the exams known as the “writtens” are now be available in CBT format.

The ease of administration and security of CBT exams has been facilitated by use of a virtual private network, with the NBCE more than tripling their band width capacity to accommodate the additional colleges coming on board in September and beyond. Paper and pencil exams will continue to be available in the short term, but the goal is to eventually transition completely to CBT.

The first step beyond initial computerization is to administer Parts I, II, III, and PHT more frequently. Beginning in 2016, we will test four times, and in 2017, we will increase that to six times. This will help fulfill our long-term commitment to allow students more flexibility on when they take the exams.

Kelly R. Webb
PR and PACE Coordinator
Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards
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Greeley, CO  80634
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