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  • 21 Jun 2013 2:57 PM | DaVinci Group (Administrator)

    The DaVinci Group

     A nationwide coalition of chiropractic professional associations, clinical specialty organizations, research groups, advocacy organizations and individual practitioners committed to excellence in chiropractic education.



    Submitted via email:


    June 21, 2013


    The Council on Chiropractic Education

    8049 North 85th Way

    Scottsdale, Arizona 85258


    Dear Council,


    This letter is sent regarding proposed changes to the Council on Chiropractic Education mission statement. We feel the simplification of the CCE mission statement is a positive move on behalf of the Council, however we would like to express our concern with its content.


    As the DaVinci group has expressed to the Council in the past, we feel the Council continues to ignore stakeholders in the profession. The proposed mission statement, we believe, is a good example of this issue where it is solely chiropractic educator and educational institution centered. While we understand the “business” of the CCE is chiropractic educational standards and accreditation, the mission statement represents its reason for being, who it works with, and the vision of what it is looking to create. The proposed mission fails to capture an essential element necessary for a well-rounded mission for a chiropractic accrediting agency, and we feel even does not comply with the Code of Federal Regulations – Title 34 - 602.13 which states:


    34 CFR 602.13 - Acceptance of the agency by others.

    The agency must demonstrate that its standards, policies, procedures, and decisions to grant or deny accreditation are widely accepted in the United States byundefined

    (a) Educators and educational institutions; and

    (b) Licensing bodies, practitioners, and employers in the professional or vocational fields for which the educational institutions or programs within the agency's jurisdiction prepare their students.


    The Council’s proposed new mission statement does direct its focus on 34 CFR 602.13(a), however completely ignores the stakeholders of 34 CFR 602.13(b). In fact it even overemphasizes its centeredness on the educational community and educational institutions. It is the obligation of the CCE not to just serve the academic community and CCE’s member institutions, but to ensure its acceptance among practitioners and the profession at large. Having a mission that is solely educational community and institution focused, we believe, does not fulfill this obligation to the profession as a whole and 34 CFR 602.13.  

    The DaVinci Group, is a nationwide coalition of 73 chiropractic professional associations, clinical specialty organizations, research groups, and advocacy organizations, in addition to individual practitioners committed to excellence in chiropractic education. To our knowledge, this represents the largest coalition of chiropractic organizations in the profession. We can say that we do not feel the proposed mission statement (in its current form) adequately captures an ideal mission statement for a chiropractic accrediting organization, as it ignores the profession as a whole and key stakeholders in the profession. 

    We understand that the CCE is in the process of improving its communication and outreach to the profession and stakeholders.  The CCE has even announced a stakeholder committee, details for which are still unknown and we eagerly look forward to learning more about. However based on past experience, we fear that these measures are intended primarily to create a record and appearance that conveys a desire by the CCE to be open to input and more widely supported within the profession, while not meaningfully changing the organization or its operations. The mission of the CCE must express a focus beyond its “business” and represent its purpose in-line with all stakeholders involved, chiropractic educational community and the profession at-large. Mission statements guide the actions of an organization and guide its decision making. Looking at the proposed mission statement for the CCE in its current wording, it looks like these actions and decisions may outright ignore the chiropractic licensing bodies, doctors, professional organizations and even the public which ultimately our profession seeks to serve. 

    The DaVinci Group’s suggestion to the Council is to revisit the wording of the proposed mission changes, and to not adopt the current wording as suggested in the memo made available for public comment dated June 3, 2013.  If it would serve the Council, a DaVinci representative can be made available to the Council’s committee drafting the mission change for further suggestions and input.  

    We thank the Council for the time and consideration of this important issue that has profound ramifications for all current and future students of chiropractic to be trained at Doctor of Chiropractic Programs, and for the entire profession.



    Dan Lemberger, DC

    Chair, DaVinci Group Steering Committee



    CC:     Ray Bennett, CCE Vice President for Accreditation & Operations

                DaVinci Group Member Organizations

  • 10 Jun 2013 6:40 PM | DaVinci Group (Administrator)

    The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) seeks nominations of qualified individuals to fill eight (8) positions on the Council. These positions will be filled at the conclusion of the January 2014 Annual Council Meeting.


    All nominees should possess the willingness and ability to meet the time commitment of a Councilor, which includes attendance at Annual and Semi-Annual Meetings (January and July), significant preparatory work prior to each meeting, committee participation, and the ability to respond to Council communications in a timely manner.


    Nominations must be received by the CCE Administrative Office by Monday, July 1, 2013 at 4:30 PM PST.

    View the CCE Elections Announcement at

    Nominations Forms available at (left side of page)

  • 19 Feb 2013 9:20 PM | DaVinci Group (Administrator)
    Please visit: and sign this petition if you do not feel that drugs have a place in chiropractic care.
    "If you believe that prescription drugs do not have a place in Chiropractic care, then please help voice your concern by letting our congress men and women no that you are against SB 471. Please sign this petition to vote "NO" for this Bill.

    Chiropractors provide essential health care services to the people of New Mexico and the rest of the country offering primary contact and primary care services within the nationally and internationally accepted chiropractic model of care as a drugless, non-surgical approach to health care.  If you agree, please sign my petition".

  • 14 Feb 2013 12:40 AM | DaVinci Group (Administrator)


    UPDATED DOCUMENTS at the Bottom of this Update

    To: Da Vinci Group Members

    From: Gerard W. Clum, D.C., Chair, Steering Committee

    Re: New Mexico Senate Bill 471



    On Friday, February 8, 2013 NM SB 471 was introduced by New Mexico State Senator Cisco McSorley. The bill is a follow-on effort to the failed HB 127 from the previous legislative session in New Mexico that sought to extend prescription rights to chiropractors in New Mexico. Unfortunately the drug proponents in New Mexico have not only returned with another bill they have increased the breadth of the bill to convert chiropractic  to chiropractic medicine and to potentially provide chiropractor’s with prescription rights including Schedule III to Schedule V drugs and to provide for surgical authority as well.

    Please carefully consider the impact of the following provisions of this ill-conceived legislation pending in New Mexico:

    “…the prescribing and administering of all natural agents …..the selling of  herbs herbal medicine, nutritional supplementsmedicine and homeopathic remedies medicine; the administering of a drug by injection… any necessary diagnostic procedure  excluding invasive procedures.”

    Implications: Chiropractors in New Mexico could perform spinal taps, could aspirate a joint, could perform needle EMGs etc

     “Except as provided by the board by rule and regulation. It "chiropractic medicine"  shall exclude operative surgery  and  the prescription or use of controlled  or dangerous drugs; and the practice of acupuncture substances, except where permitted by statute or rule;

    Implications: The New Mexico Board of Chiropractic Examiners could adopt rules to provide for surgical responsibilities for chiropractors and the prescription of the vast majority of pharmaceutical products.

     “It is the purpose of the Chiropractic Physician Practice Act…the right to practice chiropractic  medicine  as taught and practiced in standard accredited  colleges of chiropractic ….by use of any methods provided in the Chiropractic Physician Practice Act, as provided in rules  and regulations  established and monitored by the board  but excluding operative surgery and prescription or use of controlled or dangerous drugs as provided in rules and regulations established and monitored by the board."

    Implications: A chiropractor can use any method pharmaceutical or surgical approved by the Board

    “…chiropractic physician with a prescription certificate may prescribe, administer and dispense legend drugs or controlled substances included in Schedules III through V of the Controlled Substances Act.

    Implications: Schedule III drugs include: Stimulants, narcotics, depressants, steroids and hallucinogens, including hydrocodone, anabolic steroids, barbiturates etc.

    “The board may refuse to issue or may suspend or revoke any license…upon the grounds that the licensee or applicant..(a) procuring, aiding or abetting a criminal abortion;”

    Implications: Participating in a non-criminal abortion could be acceptable under Board rules providing for the same


    The arguments offered in the previous legislation in favor of injectable products were expressed as being related to nutritional supplementation and providing the ability to remove patients from drugs. The profession is now faced not only with the advent of prescription rights for dangerous controlled substances but also the potential for surgical procedures to become a part of the practice of chiropractic.

    Status of the Legislation:

    The bill has been introduced with a single sponsor into the New Mexico Senate. It has been assigned to the Public Affairs Committee and the Judiciary Committee of the Senate. The bill will in all likelihood be considered in that order. There is no companion bill in the New Mexico House, although the bill submission deadline is February 14, 2013.

    This bill could move in the Public Affairs Committee as early as Saturday, February 16, 2013

    Immediate Actions Needed:

    Telephone calls requesting opposition to S 471 to the offices of members of the New Mexico Senate Public Affairs Committee and the New Mexico Senate Judiciary Committee are essential.


    --If you are from New Mexico call every member of both committees and make sure they know you are a New Mexico voter.


    --If you are not from New Mexico be honest if asked if you are a New Mexico voter and convey the danger that this precedent represents for the public across the country


    New Mexico Senate Public Affairs Committee:

       Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino, Chair-D             505.986.4482

       Senator Bill B. O'Neill, Vice Chair-D               505.986.4260

       Senator Jacob R. Candelaria, Member-D      505.986.4391

       Senator Ron Griggs, Member-R                      505.986.4276 

       Senator Daniel A. Ivey-Soto, Member-D       505.986.4270

       Senator Timothy M. Keller, Member-D         505.986.4726

       Senator Gay G. Kernan, Member-R                505.986.4274

       Senator C. W. Brandt, Ranking Member-R    505.986.4267


    Talking Points for Opposition:

    ·      Exposes to public to risk by undertrained providers with respect to drug use

    ·      Allows for procedures for which that there was no training in professional education

    ·      Confusing to the public as to who they are going to for what with use of the term chiropractic medicine

    ·      Stands only to add to drug overuse epidemic in New Mexico


    This situation demands your immediate response and action - don’t delay and don’t leave it up to someone else to address this critical matter affecting the future of the chiropractic profession.


    Here is additional background information on the bill and matters related to it. (Click Links to Download)

    A Copy of NM SB  0471 Official Version   UPDATED DOCUMENT

    NB SB 0471 Fiscal Impact

    DaVinci Analysis of the Bill   

    Curricular information from National University of Health Sciences and University of Western States about the courses they plan to offer to support the intent of this legislation

    National University Application
    University of Western States 1
    University of Western States 2
    University of Western States 3

  • 10 Jan 2013 6:22 PM | DaVinci Group (Administrator)

    Statement Decided - January 10, 2013

    The DaVinci Group is a coalition of chiropractic organizations upholding the core identity of chiropractic, centered on vertebral subluxation correction, without the use of drugs and surgery, in educational standards and practice.

    From “A Call for Fundamental Reforms Within the Council for Chiropractic Education” Adopted first DaVinci Meeting May 19, 2012.

    There continues to grow within the mainstream of chiropractic in the United States a deep concern over the policies, procedures and Standards of the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE). This wave of concern has been fostered by a regular pattern on the part of CCE’s decision-makers, of actions, statements and policies that appear to many of thousands within the chiropractic profession as intended to move the chiropractic educational process away from the essentials of chiropractic science and the concept of the human body as a self-healing, self repairing organism, towards an allopathic model of practice and patient care, to the detriment of the profession and the chiropractic patient population, on a host of levels.

    CCE’s recent actions regarding the Standards which accredited educational institutions are required to follow, minimizing as they do the chiropractic-specific elements required of those institutions and eliminating reference therein to the core element in chiropractic, the subluxation and to the drugless and non-surgical nature of chiropractic science and practice, have ignited a raging controversy within the chiropractic profession. The finding of the US Department of Education that CCE is facing more than 40 violations of the Secretary’s criteria and CCE’s recent actions have created a situation where the CCE has lost the confidence of the individual practitioner, chiropractic student groups, faculty and a growing host of chiropractic organizations.

    It is clear that the decision-makers at the CCE have elected to promote an expansive agenda seeking to use the accreditation process to drive the practice of chiropractic in a non-chiropractic, allopathic direction, through the teaching process, to the benefit of one or two colleges and to the detriment of others. This extra-legislative behavior is inappropriate for any accrediting body, showcases the prejudicial nature of many decisions and procedures on CCE’s part and has quite legitimately brought about demands for swift and profound reforms within the CCE which would provide for broad-based and objective policies and Standards and restore the confidence of the chiropractic profession at-large in the profession’s sole accrediting body.

    To be meaningful, CCE reform must include, but not be limited to the following elements:

    1) Vertebral subluxation detection and reduction in both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients must be included in the Standards as the essential element in a curriculum leading to the Doctor of Chiropractic degree.

    2) Chiropractic must be defined as “without drugs and surgery” in the Standards.

    3) Governance must be reformed to include:

    A. Mechanisms for Councilor appointment/election that eliminate the current self-sustaining and perpetuating nature of the Council and broaden the base of participation in the elections process.

    B. Reforms in the current elections processes and procedures to allow for greater autonomy in nomination and voting.

    C. An expansion of the Academy of site team members and the opportunity for the program being reviewed to select one person from the Academy as a site team member visiting the institution.

    It is because all within the profession recognize the importance of the accreditation process for chiropractic educational institutions that it becomes absolutely essential that the accreditation activities of the CCE reflect a fair and balanced viewpoint that encompasses the broad and diversified views of stakeholders in the profession and yet, while being inclusive, requires that chiropractic educational standards retain those essential characteristics, definitions and clinical elements that have been central to the profession’s identity and success for 116 years.

    To restore the credibility of and confidence in the CCE and to strengthen and re-energize the chiropractic educational process, the organizations and individuals represented here join in a call for an immediate process by which profound reforms are undertaken in the governance, policies, procedures, personnel and, above all Standards of the CCE. Failure to do so can only lead to a continued erosion of the chiropractic educational system and make unity of spirit and action within the chiropractic profession impossible to attain, at a time when such unity is vital to both the profession and to those who depend on chiropractic’s unique healing contribution to the lives of patients of all ages.

  • 06 Dec 2012 8:42 AM | DaVinci Group (Administrator)
    Dear DaVinci Colleague,

    We have a rather time sensitive matter to bring to your attention! We hope you will review this memorandum and its attachments very carefully and get back us as soon as possible.

    On Wednesday, December 5, 2012 the CCE posted at the outcome of a meeting of November 29, 2012 with respect to possible modifications to the Preface of the CCE Standards. The meeting involved “major” organizational stakeholders in the profession as perceived by the CCE.

    The DaVinci Steering Committee requested to be a participant at the meeting, however this request was denied.  In lieu of participating in this meeting we were offered the opportunity for a meeting with CCE president Dr. Benberg. The Steering Committee is in the process of scheduling this meeting.

    In addition the CCE posted a request for feedback from the profession on the outcome of the November 29 meeting. This feedback can only be submitted online and to be accepted MUST be submitted no later than January 2, 2013.

    Attached please find two documents, the first the agreements that emerged from the meeting and the second relating the details about submitting input to the November 29 meeting work product.

    We encourage you to provide your feedback either directly to the CCE (deadline for submission is January 2, 2013 - see: or to the DaVinci Group Steering Committee (deadline for submission is December 27, 2012 – please respond to

    The Steering Committee will assemble the feedback from our members,  determine an appropriate response and make a submission by January 2, 2013 in the name of the DaVinci Group.

    The Steering Committee is  meeting on December 13th and will report  any further suggested actions that you can take in relation to these proposed Preface changes.

    Thank you for your attention to these critical matters as well as for your timely follow through.




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