Archive for December, 2010

University of Bridgeport and the Chiropractic College

I began teaching diagnosis and business courses within the chiropractic college during the fall semester of 2006. The diagnosis courses include orthopedic and neurological evaluation for the third and fourth semester chiropractic students. My business courses include ethical and legal business procedures for the third and fourth year students. In addition, I teach a neuroscience course, Introduction to Brain and Behavior to undergraduate students in their third and fourth year psychology, counseling, and pre-professional programs. I thought you might enjoy some additional information from the UB website:

History and Mission

The University of Bridgeport was founded in 1927 as the Junior College of Connecticut – the first junior college chartered by any legislature in the northeastern states. In the words of its founders, the college’s purpose was to develop in students “a point of view and a habit of mind that promotes clear thinking and sound judgment in later professional and business experience.” Although UB has changed in many ways since then, its commitment to student preparation and community service remains central to its mission.

The Junior College of Connecticut became the University of Bridgeport in 1947, when the governor of Connecticut chartered the institution as a four-year university with authority to grant the baccalaureate degree. By that time, the former estate of famed circus owner P.T. Barnum at Bridgeport’s picturesque Seaside Park had been purchased. Growth in students, faculty, programs and buildings was rapid. Strong growth continued throughout the 1960s and ’70s.

In January 1979, the University was licensed to offer the doctoral degree in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.). In 1991, the College of Chiropractic was established, thereby becoming the first affiliation of a chiropractic school with a university in the United States. Significant financial support from the Professors World Peace Academy (PWPA), a non-profit organization of academicians dedicated to world peace through education, enabled the University of Bridgeport to continue its programs in the aftermath of a major labor dispute. In 1996, the University established the College of Naturopathic Medicine, which grants the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (N.D.). In fall 2006, the University began enrolling students in a Ph.D. program in Computer Science and Engineering.

Chiropractic Professional Education

The purpose of chiropractic professional education is to provide the student with a core of knowledge in the basic and clinical sciences and related health subjects sufficient to perform the professional obligations of a doctor of chiropractic.
It is the purpose of the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic program to offer as a minimum those courses and objectives as suggested in the CCE standards. It is also the purpose of the UBCC program to offer a broad-based educational experience. In many cases, the educational program presented will go beyond the course offerings suggested by CCE and will go beyond individual state laws and scope of practice.

The University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic curriculum is divided into three phases: Basic Sciences, Clinical Sciences, and Clinical Services.

The University of Bridgeport Division of Health Sciences offers both traditional medical care and complementary and alternative medical care training. The schools train future medical professionals in the following fields:

  • Acupuncture,
  • Chiropractic medicine,
  • Dental hygiene,
  • Naturopathic medicine,
  • Nutrition and
  • Physician assistant

If you have any interest in becoming a healthcare professional, check out the Health Science website.

Giving Our Veterans the Care They Deserve

Dr. Anthony J. Lisi, associate professor of clinical sciences at University of Bridgeport oversees chiropractic care at the Veterans Health Administration, which serves more than 7.8 million enrolled veterans and is the nation’s largest health care system.  He guides the improvement and expansion of the VHA chiropractic program, which was established in 2004 in response to legislation that requires at least one chiropractor at each of its 21 geographic regions.

Dr. Anthony Lisi describes in an update on the Veterans Health Administration how the chiropractic program has been giving our veterans the chiropractic care they deserve for over 5 years.

As a healthcare provider in the Department of Veterans Affairs Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven, Connecticut, he describes the introduction of chiropractic services to veterans of the war in Iraq for the treatment of musculoskeletal complaints in the Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development Veterans Administration.  His manuscript, Management of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans in a Veterans Health Administration chiropractic clinic: A case series, describes elements of the processes and outcomes of chiropractic care for these veterans.

What is Integrative Medicine?

The Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine developed and adopted the definition of integrative medicine during 2004 and subsequently edited the definition during 2009.

Definition of Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine is the practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.

The Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine membership includes 46 highly esteemed academic medical centers.  The organization is supported by membership dues and grants from philanthropic partners including the Bravewell Collaborative.

The mission of the Consortium is to advance the principles and practices of integrative healthcare within academic institutions. The Consortium provides its institutional membership with a community of support for their academic missions and a collective voice for influencing change.

Integrate Yourself with Mainstream Medicine

Chiropractic physicians should learn to integrate into the healthcare system through mainstream medicine.  The Affordable Care Act currently includes chiropractic physicians as members of patient-centered, holistic healthcare teams.  This is the 21st. Century and the chiropractic profession should no longer be isolated, separate and distinct from the medical profession.  It is time to improve access to chiropractic care by marketing your services to medical doctors.  I suggest that chiropractic physicians interested in the process to read my article in Dynamic Chiropractic.