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West Campus Alumnus Dr. Jack Bourla speaks to students— 25 quarters and counting

Dr. Bourla participated in the alumni panel at the July 16 Prospective Student Event.
Dr. Bourla holding microphone while seated at table with other alumni

West Campus ’97 alumnus Jack Bourla, D.C., Redwood City, Calif., remembers how as a student he was immensely appreciative of the doctors who would return as guest speakers to share their own perspective of clinical practice and provide insight into the “real world.”

So when West Campus faculty member Gary de Wet, D.C., invited him to come and speak to students in one of Dr. de Wet’s business classes during the 2005 summer quarter, Dr. Bourla proudly accepted. Since that initial visit, he has returned to share his own perspective and insight with students in Dr. de Wet’s classes for 25 straight quarters.

“As doctors, we cannot live in our caves and never come out,” Dr. Bourla said. “I believe we all have a responsibility to give back to our community, to our schools and to our profession. We have been given a gift, and it is our responsibility to share that gift and protect that gift.”

During his days as a West Campus student, Dr. Bourla was president of the COPE (Community Outreach and Patient Education) Club, the West Campus student California Chiropractic Association (CCA) chapter and the statewide student CCA. Dr. Bourla, who graduated as class valedictorian and Clinical Excellence Award honoree, remains active in the CCA, currently serving as chair of its membership department.

“As our history shows, many West Campus students who have demonstrated leadership qualities while in school often continue to serve the profession and aspire to similar leadership roles after they graduate and venture into practice,” said Dr. Bill Meeker, West Campus president. “In the case of Dr. Bourla, with more than six years of continuous service to our students, he takes the bar of professional commitment to equally admirable and impressive heights. He sets a standard of alumni dedication for which the West Campus faculty and administration, and, in particular, the Palmer doctors of tomorrow, are quite appreciative.”

Adds Dr. de Wet: “Dr. Bourla is one of the most committed chiropractors I have ever known. He emphasizes that the future of our profession is in the hands of our students, and to that end he is committed to our classrooms, assisting in graduating the most competent and best-educated doctors of chiropractic for the future.”

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