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Healthcare Career Advisors 'Connect' with Palmer College at Special Admissions Event

3/21/2011 (Archived)

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Healthcare advisors from colleges located throughout the Western United States visited the West Campus recently to attend Palmer Connection. The event was designed by Palmer’s Admissions Department to promote career opportunities in chiropractic—and to show how Palmer College has earned its place as The Trusted Leader in Chiropractic Education.

”Palmer Connection was created with healthcare advisors in mind, since the event showcases Palmer’s D.C. Dual Degree Program,” says event organizer Sandy Miller, Admissions. “In their roles as academic advisors, science educators and career advisors, these individuals make a significant impact on the career development of thousands of young people. Palmer Connection provides an effective forum to provide comprehensive and current information about a career in health care as a Doctor of Chiropractic.”

Representatives from the following colleges attended the March 5 event:

  • Carroll College (Montana)
  • California State University-East Bay
  • California State University-San Diego
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Mesa State College (Colorado)
  • Northwest Nazarene University (Idaho)
  • St. Mary's College (Moraga, Calif.)
  • University of Colorado (Boulder)
  • University of California-Irvine
  • University of North Texas
  • Vanguard University (Costa Mesa, Calif.)
  • Western State College of Colorado

The daylong program featured presentations on admissions procedures (Julie Behn, West Campus enrollment director); the Palmer dual-degree program (Kaitlin Thompson, Palmer Admissions); and the history of the chiropractic profession, and chiropractic research (Dr. Bill Meeker, West Campus president).

The Interactive Classroom portion of the event enabled Palmer Connection guests to get a first-hand—and hands-on—look at the Palmer curriculum, by attending sessions with West Campus faculty in classroom, clinic and lab settings.

Interactive Classroom participants included: Anatomy - Hong Zhang, D.C.; Clinic/Patient Care – Greg Snow, D.C., West dean of Clinics; Clinic/X-Ray – Russ Wilson, C.R.T.; Nutrition-Susan St. Claire, D.C.; Palpation – Makani Lew, D.C.; and Philosophy – William DuMonthier, D.C., West dean of Student Academic Affairs.

In addition to learning about the educational process of becoming a doctor of chiropractic, Palmer Connection guests gained insight into the daily aspects of managing a chiropractic practice during a special panel session that featured West Campus alumni Jack Bourla, D.C., ’97; Sherry McAllister, D.C., ’95; Brant Pedersen, D.C., ’04; and Lisa Stein, D.C., ’88.

“With health career advisors from a dozen colleges located in six states throughout the western United States, and based on the positive feedback they provided at the end of the day, I thought our first Palmer Connection went very well,” says Julie Behn, West Campus enrollment director. “Our goal was to provide the attending advisors with a taste of the Palmer Experience, and we achieved that goal, thanks to the collective efforts of many people within the West Campus community, from the members of the West enrollment team, in particular, Michael Hinojosa; to our Campus Guides, and West alumni panel members; and, especially, the faculty participants.”

“(Palmer Connection) was one of the most informative health career advisor presentations that I’ve ever attended,” says Daniel Nogales, Ph.D., pre-med advisor from Northwest Nazarene University in Idaho, who enjoyed talking with West Campus Guide Mike Larson, a NNU alumnus. “I learned a lot about Palmer, and about the chiropractic profession. I work with a lot of students who are interested in health care, but don’t want the lifestyle of an M.D. Palmer’s research-based/research-supported curriculum, coupled with its distinguished history and well-respected name recognition, is just the type of program for students who fall into this category.

“In particular, I was impressed by Palmer’s dedication and commitment not only to their students’ academic success, but also to their overall well-being," continues Dr. Nogales. "The fact that Dr. Meeker was present and accessible from start to finish impressed me a lot; but, equally impressive, I found that level of dedication and commitment to be evident with virtually everyone, from students to faculty, with whom I spoke throughout the day.”

“The Palmer Connection event was, quite simply, more than the sum of its parts,” said Dr. Meeker. “I was inspired myself by the comments of Palmer’s participants, especially by our panel of alums. Based on the feedback I received from the representatives from almost a dozen universities and colleges, I know we made a significant difference to the understanding and appreciation for the chiropractic profession and for Palmer’s leadership role.”

Plans are in the works for scheduling a future Palmer Connection event. If you know of a healthcare or career advisor whom you think might be interested in attending, please forward the person’s name and their contact information to Sandy Miller, Ext. 5704 or by e-mail: sandy.miller@palmer.edu.