Message from the Chancellor

Dear Colleagues:

Dr. Dennis Marchiori, Chancellor Portrait I am extremely pleased to welcome you to this inaugural edition of our newsletter discussing faculty involvement and engagement in our evidence-based clinical practice initiative. This newsletter will present material written by you, designed to help you use the tools of this most important of developments in health care education. As we move forward as the trusted leader in chiropractic education, strongly due to your commitment to the education of our students, I compliment you for the manner in which you have embraced evidence-based methods in your classroom teaching, your clinical training and your clinical practice. We are fortunate to have your talents, leadership and hard work to advance this important College initiative. I encourage you to take advantage of this newsletter as yet another resource designed to help you do what you do so well, train future chiropractors.

I wish you all the best,

Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D.

Meet the Program Leadership

Cynthia Long, Ph.D. - Principal Investigator, R25 Grant

Dr. Cynthia Long portrait I am a biostatistician and have been on the faculty of the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research since its inception in 1995. As Principal Investigator of the R25 grant, I work closely with the leadership at Palmer and with our collaborative partners at The University of Iowa and Thomas Jefferson University to develop programs and facilitate opportunities for faculty to train in EBCP principles, application and teaching on the Davenport campus. It has been a pleasure to work with the EBCP trainees over the past 3 years and I look forward to expanding our program to the Florida and West campuses.

Dana Lawrence, D.C., MMedEd, M.A. - Co-Investigator, R25 Grant

Dr. Dana Lawrence portrait As the Senior Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at Palmer College of Chiropractic, I provide faculty the tools and expertise to develop and improve their teaching skills and scholarship. In my role as co-investigator on Palmer College's R25 grant, I have helped coordinate faculty training designed specifically to enhance the use and understanding of evidence-based clinical practice by both faculty members and students. I will continue to support the development of EBCP skills through training opportunities offered through the CTL. In addition, I teach students how to use EBCP skills in the 9th trimester course on the Davenport campus, Evidence-Based Chiropractic Practice.

Lori Byrd, M.S. - Program Manager, R25 Grant

Lori Byrd portrait I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself. Many of you may know me, especially on the Davenport campus, as I have been a project or program coordinator on a variety of research projects for the 15 years I've been at Palmer College. However, you may not know that I am the program manager of the R25 grant, which allows me to be involved in the development and coordination of most of the EBCP training initiatives and related college events. I am also the program coordinator for the Master's of Science Degree in Clinical Research and the Research Honors program. You can contact me with any questions about any of these programs at or (563)884-5198.

Evidence in Action

University of Iowa EBCP Workshop Retreat

On November 18-19, 2010, 32 Palmer faculty members participated in the workshop retreat "Learning and Teaching EBCP" at The University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.

Read more about this workshop... 

EBCP and Pelvic Technique - Barbara Mansholt, D.C.

How do you incorporate EBCP into a technique class, which has a structured discipline of patient evaluation, misalignments, and "hands-on" training that builds from 3rd to 7th trimester?

Read more... 

Student's Response to EBCP in Clinical Methods Class -
Michelle Barber, M.S.W., D.C.

At the end of my Clinical Methods class, my students must complete an assignment using mock scenarios that go through the 5 A's of EBCP: Assess the patient, Ask a question, Acquire the evidence, Appraise the evidence, and Apply the evidence.

Read the student's response... 

Clinical Evidence at the Community Outreach Clinic - John Mosby, D.C., M.D.

A website was developed at the Community Outreach clinic that allows students to experience a practical application of an evidence-based clinical practice. On the website, we have constructed a database, which includes clinical questions and difficult cases encountered at the clinic. Corresponding to these cases, we use a RefWorks account where we have a collection of evidence for specific conditions.

Read more... 

Learn More

Faculty In-services

March 21 - Palmer West campus Faculty Institute Day
April 4 - Palmer Florida campus Faculty In-service

Faculty Training

Sessions - Davenport Campus All faculty are invited to the sessions below. No registration is necessary. You may show up as your schedule allows.

Workshop 1: What is EBCP? (Room P201)
Tuesday, April 5 9:20 - 10:10 AM
Friday, April 8 9:20 - 10:10 AM

Workshop 2: Hierarchy of Evidence (Room P201)
Tuesday, May 3 9:20 - 10:10 AM
Friday, May 6 9:20 - 10:10 AM

Workshop 3: Critical Appraisal of Evidence (Room P204)
Tuesday, May 17 9:20 - 10:10 AM
Friday, May 20 9:20 - 10:10 AM