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Q & A

with Dr. William E. Morgan

Recently Insights asked Palmer Trustee Dr. William E. Morgan to comment on the past, present and future of the College and chiropractic.
Dr. William E. Morgan

William E. Morgan, D.C., graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West campus in 1985, the same year in which his wife, Clare Pelkey Morgan, D.C., and brother, Robert Morgan, D.C., graduated. He has been in practice for 20 years. Before attending Palmer, he served with the U.S. Marine Recon and Navy Frogmen Units as a medic. For the past eight years he has practiced in the National Naval Medical Center, “The President’s Hospital,” in Bethesda, Md. In 2000, he was appointed chiropractor to Congress and the Supreme Court, providing care within the U.S. Capitol Building two days a week. Dr. Morgan is active in the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and serves as chair of the ACA’s Military and Veteran’s Affairs Committee. In 2003, the American Chiropractic Association named him Chiropractor of the Year. He was appointed to the Palmer Board of Trustees in 2006.

Tell us what strengths you bring to the Board?

I have experience in non-traditional models of chiropractic practice. In addition to practicing for many years in a traditional entrepreneurial chiropractic practice, I have worked in rural health centers, held privileges in four hospitals and worked in government chiropractic clinics. I am on the faculty of two chiropractic colleges and supervise chiropractic students, medical students and medical residents rotating through our hospitalbased chiropractic clinic. Therefore I have insight on how prepared chiropractic students are for clinical practice.

What issues in the chiropractic profession or in education concern you most?

Chiropractic education has historically been self-reflective and progressive, but I feel that the chiropractic classroom experience has outpaced the clinical experience. For the clinical portion of a chiropractic education to catch up to the didactic, I believe that we need to have a more diverse clinical experience. We should develop collaborative relationships with other professions to introduce emerging patient groups to chiropractic.

I would like to see chiropractic students working with a broader range of patients in varying degrees of integration with other healthcare providers. It is not my intention to transform chiropractors into pseudo-medical doctors, but to create better chiropractors who are more familiar with the special needs of the ill and infirmed.

What is your vision of the three campuses of Palmer College in 25 years?

Because Palmer is Chiropractic: as Palmer goes, so goes chiropractic. I feel that Palmer has the responsibility to be the trendsetter in chiropractic education. We need to be visionary in our long-term planning, but lithe in application of our visions. We’ve always been innovators and ahead of our time. I would hate to see Palmer College become so steeped in convention that it would fail to move forward with emerging trends and technology. If D.D., B.J. or David were here today, I am sure that they would be pointing to the future, not telling us to return to the past. In regard to the future of the three campuses, I have a vision of consistent world-class education, available in three distinct learning environments.

What are your favorite memories of your time with Palmer?

Meeting and courting my wife, Dr. Clare Pelkey Morgan. Clare and I met in a technique club and she has been my chiropractor ever since. I also enjoyed having good-humored philosophical debate with my fellow students.

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