June 28, 2008
Thirteen Chiropractors Down Under Get Board Certified in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics
Thirteen doctors of chiropractic down under who passed the Diplomate in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics (DICCP) Board Examination held in Auckland, New Zealand, are now the first chiropractors to be board certified in chiropractic pediatrics in Australia and New Zealand.
The new Diplomates are Dr. Alice Cade (NZ), Dr. Roberto De Souza (Aus), Dr. Marina Fox (NZ), Dr. Kim Harpur (NZ), Dr. Simon Kelly (NZ), Dr. Annica Larsdotter (Aus), Dr. Hamish MacMillan, (NZ), Dr. Janette McCormick (NZ), Dr. Christopher Morgan (Aus), Dr. Nicola Pope (NZ), Dr. Emma Rampton (NZ), Dr. Eon Scott (Aus), and Dr. Belinda Siddle (Aus).
The doctors completed the 3-year postgraduate program through the New Zealand College of Chiropractic. Board eligible candidates then sat for the Pediatric Council’s Board Examination held in Auckland, New Zealand. Examiners were sent by the ICA Pediatric Council’s Testing Board in the US to administer the written and oral exams.
The new DICCPs received their credentials at a graduation ceremony on April 19, 2008 during the ICA Pediatric Council’s Conference and Research Symposium held on the Gold Coast, from well-known pediatrics instructor and practitioner, Maxine McMullen, DC, FICCP. Dr. McMullen internationally recognized as one of the “pioneers” of chiropractic pediatrics, served as Professor of Pediatrics (retired) at Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, Iowa and is a former vice president of the International Chiropractors Association. She is one of the original developers of the DICCP program. In her address to the graduates, Dr. McMullen told them this was not the end of the road for them but just the beginning. She warned them that with this credential comes a host of new responsibilities and expectations but was confident that they would come through with flying colors.
Dr. Brian Kelly, president of the New Zealand College has announced that NZCC will offer the program again starting in January 2009. NZCC Vice President Dr. Pennacchio informed delegates at the conference that Dr. Kelly decided to offer the ICA Pediatric Council’s DICCP program because when he asked his colleagues in the US about different postgraduate specialty programs, several told him that the ICA’s pediatrics program was the best one out there.
“The Council was very encouraged to hear this,” said Joan Fallon, DC, FICCP, member of the Pediatric Council’s Education Committee. “The Education Committee worked hard to put together a syllabus that could meet high academic standards of a postgraduate program but would also be clinically relevant and give advanced practical skills. The Committee is also constantly vigilant about maintaining and enforcing high standards. We are very glad that Dr. Kelly decided to give doctors interested in pediatrics the opportunity to get this advanced education. We are confident that these new Diplomates will use their advanced knowledge and clinical skills to serve their young patients with skill and integrity, and above all do what is in the best interest of their young patients.”
According to the Pediatrics Council, board certification in this specialty has made a difference for many DICCPs. Parents are seeking them out and they are being sought after as speakers, instructors and consultants by colleges, state licensing boards and other DCs when an expert in chiropractic pediatric care is needed. The DICCPs are making a difference in the way pediatric care is being perceived and the way it is delivered.
“The DICCP program is meant for doctors of chiropractic who are serious about postgraduate education,” said Dr. Peter Fysh, one of the lead instructors and Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics, Palmer College of Chiropractic West, San Jose, California. “Unlike other programs, the DICCP syllabus is very structured so the doctors get a solid foundation starting from pre-natal care to adolescence. The goal is that by the time they finish the 3-year course they have the knowledge and skills to be able to handle any pediatric case in their office with confidence. They will know what to do and just as important, know what not to do.”
Anyone in Australia or New Zealand interested in taking the DICCP program should contact Dr. Marina Fox, Director of Clinics at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. The college is planning to divide the classes between Australia and New Zealand.