The Chiropractic Diplomatic Corps continues to see the struggle Pioneer Chiropractors experience to facilitate the development of a chiropractic school in their country. In India, we were invited as part of a “WHO Healthy City Initiative” by leaders in Bangalore, India to reach out to the urban poor with a variety of prevention-orientated programs, a commitment that necessitated the establishment of a local chiropractic college. In Russia, a group of American chiropractors established a chiropractic clinic after some efforts that resulted in an opportunity to place DCs in a hospital and an invitation to establish a chiropractic college in St. Petersburg. In Indonesia, after the 2016 fiasco where all foreign chiropractors had to flee the country due to various violations, subsequent efforts at acquiring legitimacy with the government have also provided an opportunity to start a chiropractic school in Jakarta. In the Philippines, years of discussions with local universities may finally be coming to a headway.
The Chiropractic Diplomatic Corps has been studying this aspect of professional development for years. Here is an article written a few years ago that looks at chiropractic education Internationally: “Globalizing Chiropractic Schools” (.pdf)
PIONEER CHIROPRACTORS: COMPLETE THIS SURVEY The Chiropractic Diplomatic Corps is seeking major funding to assist in the development of new DC school start-ups. As a representative of the chiropractic profession in your country or one of the few practicing DCs there, we are requesting your participation by providing current information on the efforts that have been made toward chiropractic education in your country.
There are a growing number of serious discussions underway in several countries as to when they will have their own chiropractic college. Where do we expect to find enough qualified faculty to adequately meet this manpower need? Chiropractic Diplomatic Corps has poled many existing DC School Presidents only to find that there is a crisis in finding capable teachers for the existing colleges teaching chiropractic today, never mind the growing need in other countries, especially where there is no formal licensing of foreign-trained chiropractors.
Any long-term plans for providing development support for the dozens of new chiropractic colleges sprouting up in the 21st Century must anticipate the role technology will play in standardizing courses and in bridging geographical barriers to access some of the best teachers in the chiropractic world. A distance learning headquarters may become part of the Chiropractic Diplomatic Corps’ overall development strategy.
Through an invitation to participate in the “WHO Healthy City Initiative”, Bangalore, India project we have been asked to reach out to the urban poor with a variety of prevention-orientated programs. This has led to discussions between accredited chiropractic institutions and the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences and formal steps have been taken to establish a training program in Bangalore. The efforts to get Federal government approval did not find much traction until the university of a well-known public figure invited the CDC to begin the process of starting a chiropractic program in their institution. More news will be coming on this front.
[An inactive project derailed due to a lack of interested DCs to practice in Russia. To be reactivated when available talent can be recruited.] Decades have gone by where various chiropractors have tried to establish the chiropractic profession in Russia in the manner we have seen its development in so many other places… by grassroots work.
Located just north of Australia, Indonesia has been visited by chiropractors from that region and other Western countries for over 20 years without successfully coordinating a legal pathway to practice there. In 2016 all foreign chiropractors were either deported, jailed, or escaped either or both and it remains illegal for foreign chiropractors to practice in Indonesia. There were only 3-4 indigenous chiropractors remaining who have engaged the Chiropractic Diplomatic Corps to advise and assist in the restoration of the efforts needed to establish a legal pathway for the official recognition of the chiropractic profession. The first step accomplished is the formation of an official WFC membership association. A chiropractic college is at the center of the government’s requirements for the advancement of the chiropractic profession, so there are efforts in place to achieve that objective as soon as possible. With the right help, this will happen..
The Chiropractic Diplomatic Corps’ first official International activity in 1998 brought us to Manila to listen to the DeLaSalle University’s pledge to start teaching chiropractic… but it never happened. 25 years later the Philippines continues to struggle with starting a chiropractic school. Pioneer DCs in the Philippines have urged the Diplomatic Corps to help break the impasse. A master plan approach has been recommended by the CDC to build contacts, resources, and opportunities. In 2017 a plan was drafted to promote the formation of a Strategic Plan for the International Advancement for Chiropractic Education, a think tank focused to create regional designs for the formation of several new schools. A university has signed on and classes will begin as soon as accreditation is acquired.