Searching for a Definition of Advanced Practice in Chiropractic Medicine
Recorded On: 02/20/2020
Join Dr. Christopher T. Arick, DC, for a webinar which will attempt to define "Advance Practice" in terms of the field of chiropractic. Advanced practice in chiropractic medicine stands as a progressive and evolving concept and credential within many health science professions. Advanced practice in health care is of interest in response to continued technological advances, increase complexity of health care, structural changes in health care delivery, and changing health care needs (Schober and Affara, 2006). These demands include the chiropractic medicine profession as a major health care discipline. Advanced practice chiropractic medicine has been prone to professional and political debate. However, to focus the intention of advance practice chiropractic medicine, a definition of its capacity and function within the profession and inter-disciplinary is required. This presentation will review the literature for the conceptualization and nature of advanced practice, acknowledge challenges for its development, and suggest its purpose-driven function in order to come to a recommended definition within chiropractic medicine.
1. Describe the conceptualization, nature, and purpose of advanced practice as a general function in the health science and health care professions.
2. Construct the function of advanced practice chiropractic in his or her clinical, educational, or research setting or specialty.
3. Identify and define advanced practice within chiropractic medicine.
Christopher T. Arick, DC, MS
Assistant Dean and Chief Academic Officer, Chiropractic Medicine Assistant Professor, Clinical Sciences
National University of Health Sciences
Christopher Arick, DC, MS, became the assistant dean of the chiropractic medicine program in 2017. He oversees various academic elements of the program, including curriculum development and evaluation along with interactive learning between the Florida and Illinois sites. He maintains close relationships with other university programs as well as local, state and national organizations. In addition, he plays an integral role with the university's accreditation efforts.
Previously, he had been on the faculty at the National University of Health Sciences - Florida site since 2012. He received his chiropractic degree from National University in 2005 and practiced for six years in Indiana before teaching.
Dr. Arick's area of expertise is in functional medicine, internal disorders and integrative medicine education. He has spoken widely on the topic of functional medicine, including presentations for the Florida Chiropractic Association, Sacro Occipital Technique Organization and to the International Congress for Clinicians in Complementary and Integrative Medicine. He is also a member of the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health's Working Education Group, a group of health professionals who identify and advance educational projects that foster inter-disciplinary understanding and respect among professions.
Dr. Arick earned his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at Indiana University, where he was a teaching associate for physiology in the medical science department and a research associate in the School of Public Health. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in higher education, researching integrative and interdisciplinary medicine education.