NWHSU was well represented at the 28th annual Association of Chiropractic Colleges Educational Conference and Research Agenda Conference in San Diego this July: as presenters, an award winner, and attendees. ACC-RAC brings together faculty, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners to discover and share new knowledge to help solve the challenges inherent in the educational sector of the chiropractic profession.  

dr. osterbauer at ACC-RAC

Dr. Osterbauer presenting at the 2022 ACC-RAC conference

NWHSU associate professor Paul Osterbauer, DC, MPH presented at a workshop on Force Sensing Table Technologies and Collaborative Research Opportunities. Highlights of his workshop included learning opportunities in Education, Research and Biomechanics such as standardizing best practices for skill development, teaching force modulation, and proposed further study on adjustive safety. For example, estimating the failure rate of osteoporotic ribs for a given load adjustment. Trends in clinical research were also discussed with an emphasis on the transformation of data collection, storage and analysis through technology.  

Michele Maiers won an NBCE research award for her presentation at ACC-RAC 2022

In collaboration with colleagues from the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research, Michele Maiers, DC, MPH, PhD gave several presentations on work exploring e-health technology in chiropractic, with an emphasis on care of older adults. Their presentation, “Discrepant Perception of Biopsychosocial and Active Care Recommendations between Doctors of Chiropractic and Older Patients,” was recognized as an NBCE research award winner.  

Assistant professor and Director of Clinical Education, Chris Smoley, DC, presented collaborative work with John Cho that aims to use diagnostic ultrasound as a non-radiation tool to identify spine defects in adolescents. Other faculty members in attendance included Dr. Christie Weibel-Maanum, Dr. Jodie Skaufel,  and Dr. Chris Petrie.  

Story by Kit Harlow, Chiropractic Student