Academy of Chiropractic Personal Injury & Primary Spine Care Program
Quickie Consult 138
“Feedback from Medical Specialists”
This is the third (and last) part of my observations after being on the road for a week communicating with many of the medical specialists who attended the lawyers lecture as either sponsors or invited guests. In attendance for the last two meetings were a neurosurgeon, two anesthesiologists, two radiologists, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist and others I don’t recall. At the end of each meeting, I spoke to every medical specialist, either individually or with the group of other DC’s who sponsored the meetings, and a very interesting thing happened. They started asking us clinical questions about MRI protocols, bone scan protocols, impairment rating questions and treatment protocols.
Can you imagine a neurosurgeon asking a “lowly chiropractor” a clinical question in public? A rehabilitation specialist asking a “lowly chiropractor” questions on impairment ratings? It seems that based on clinical excellence these specialists now see us as a colleague on their level of practice and one of them. Does this mean that any of us have to compromise our principles of practice? NO!!!! It means that they now see us as their peers and we are part of their team. The significance of this critical paradigm shift in the perception of the medical specialist will equate to two things. First, we will have their respect and second, we’ll receive their referrals.
In the past, I wouldn’t care about their respect and would only care about their referrals. However, in my later years in life, I’ve realized it is that respect that will get you invited to the right parties, the right political events and the right policy meetings about caring for patients in your community. That is how to change the system and how to change the role of the chiropractor in healthcare. In the end, that will fill your offices beyond your expectation for an entire career. If that is part of what you want, become the best at what you do. You can only win through clinical excellence.