Academy of Chiropractic Personal Injury & Primary Spine Care Program
Quickie Consult 29 CV
"Attaching Credentials to CVs"
Last week, I was on the phone with a doctor who was complaining that there were too many certificates that come with each course. I thought to myself, "Well, that is not the truth." I articulated, "What is wrong with you? More is better than less...DUH!!!! Put them on your wall," and abruptly ended the conversation saying to myself, "What upside down thinking!" After I hung up, it dawned on me that I was the one who was "dumb as dirt" and a schmuck (get the picture) for not realizing the full potential of the certificates.
Each course has different modules and we treat each module as a separate component of the course that has both pre and post testing. Therefore, each module has a separate certificate that will be rendered once you have completed and pass the tests. The continuing education credits are then rendered by the appropriate accreditation body making each citation and certificate valid and admissible. For each module the certificate reflects the subject matter in that specific course.
Therefore, take each certificate that comes with the courses and annex them to the back of your CV. They are valid credentials and although already reflected in your CV through citations, they are a powerful visual vehicle for lawyers and the courts to understand your credentials. Upon inquiring with lawyers, there are some judges who ask for certifications in addition to your CV. The only caveat is that some judges go beyond the paper and ask for the number of hours of study for each certification. My answer for the MRI course, as an example, would be that this was one of the components of a 25 hour course.
The caveat is there is a downside as explained above, but the risk is minuscule in comparison to the upside and a risk I would consider well worth taking. My CV without the certifications is 29 pages long as there is no such thing as a CV that is too long if the citations are verifiable and accurate. Yours will now be thicker in an honest and ethical manner.
The recommended mandatory credentials (courses):
- PI Bootcamp
- MRI Certification courses
- Accident Reconstruction
- Spinal Biomechanical Engineering
- Impairment Rating (if mandatory in your state)
The above courses come with 32 certificates for both your office walls and your CV. If you don't "toot your own horn," no one else will toot it for you. Start tooting louder!