Palmer College of Chiropractic 2015–16 Annual Report
To the Palmer Community,
As chancellor and CEO of the founding and largest chiropractic
college in the world, it’s a distinct pleasure to share some
of the many positive achievements of Palmer College of
Chiropractic through our fiscal 2016-17 Annual Report.
As you read this "year in review" you’ll see why Palmer is The
Trusted Leader in Chiropractic Education®. You’ll read about
significant milestones on all three of our campuses, and
accomplishments of our students, faculty and staff.
One of our milestones was the release of the second Gallup-Palmer
report on Americans’ perceptions of chiropractic. We’ve now
finished our third study and previewed the results at Davenport
Homecoming 2017. A preview of year-three findings was released
to the public on Sept. 12 at Gallup headquarters in Washington,
D.C., and the full report was released Oct. 3. I’m proud of
our leadership in this important research, and pleased with the
patient-education materials we’ve developed in response to the
The Annual Report also includes charts and graphs that help tell
the Palmer story—such as Palmer’s market share; first-year
employment rates for our graduates; student scholarships; number
of patients seen in our campus clinics; National Board of
Chiropractic Examiners pass rates and much more. It’s important to
note that many of these data points are preliminary or projected,
based on data collected through May 1, 2017. Once finalized, all
data will be updated and reflected in next year’s annual report.
I hope you join me in recognizing everyone involved in the outstanding
work represented in this report. It illustrates how we advance our role
as The Trusted Leader in Chiropractic Education®—this
year and every year.
Dennis M. Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D.
Chancellor and CEO
Student Learning and Success
Leading the way
Our commitment to student
success is demonstrated
in a number of ways,
awards, NBCE pass rates,
first-year employment rates
and student achievements.
Students at Madison Elementary School in Davenport were
excited to get school supplies from a fundraiser coordinated
by the Palmer Student Alumni Foundation and the Philanthropy
Club/Operation Palmer Promotes Play. By the end of the drive
in early September 2016, more than 2,300 supplies were
collected and given to students at this elementary school near campus.
Students on the Florida
campus met with
chiropractic practices and
future chiropractors during the
Palmer Center for Business
Development Career Day.
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West campus 11th quarter
student Sarah Houhoulis
was one of four chiropractic
students who received $2,500
scholarships from Standard
Process at the DC2017
conference in March 2017.
She also finished third in
the national SACA’s
Got Talent! competition
during the conference.
Not only are we the world
leader in chiropractic research,
but Palmer also strengthens
the profession through the
leadership of our administrators,
faculty and staff—including
conducting the first nationally
representative reports on public
perceptions of chiropractic,
now in its third year.
Gallup-Palmer year-three survey of Americans’ perceptions of chiropractic
Key findings from the Gallup-Palmer College of Chiropractic year-three study of adult Americans’ perceptions of chiropractic:
- A majority of Americans think chiropractic care can help with back, neck and joint pain as well as headaches; 81 percent think it can help with back and neck pain
- A majority of U.S. adults have positive views of chiropractors; 63 percent agree most chiropractors have their patient’s best interest in mind
- Many Americans don’t know enough about chiropractic care; half of U.S. adults who’ve never been to a chiropractor are uncertain whether chiropractors are trustworthy and whether chiropractic care is dangerous or expensive
- Chiropractic patients and non-users favor collaboration on care; 68 percent said they would be more likely to go to a chiropractor if they knew their chiropractor would work closely with their other doctors to collaborate on care
- Americans are slightly more likely to say chiropractic care is more effective than prescription pain medication; 27 percent say chiropractic is more effective than prescription pain medication for significant neck or back pain, compared to 22 percent who believe prescription pain medication is more effective
For links to the full report and other resources, plus patient-education materials, go to www.palmer.edu/gallup-report.
Strengthening Chiropractic through Research
Furthering our Reach
Health care and service
Palmer students and
employees engage our
and profession through
service as well as patient
care in the Palmer
The Palmer Chiropractic Clinics on the Florida campus
partnered with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University to
bring wellness events to the Port Orange community.
Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West campus hosted a
Community Town Hall event with San Jose Mayor Sam
Liccardo on Oct. 17, 2016. The Town Hall program-series is
coordinated by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG),
whose membership features more than 400 of Silicon Valley’s
most respected employers, including Palmer’s West campus.
West Campus President William Meeker, D.C., M.P.H.,
F.P.A.C., and Silicon
Building for the Future
Resources and support
The future outlook for
Palmer is bright, thanks
to judicious use of human
and financial resources in
support of our mission,
and the support of our
alumni and friends.
New social seating and standing study stations have
transformed the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library
at the West campus. These improvements allow students
to take breaks from standard tables and chairs while studying.
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led to the replacement
of 37 trees on the
Drake Elms and
Sable Palms replaced
Florida Elms and
In 2016, Palmer began an ambitious renewal of its historic
Davenport campus, including: construction of the new R. Richard
Bittner Athletic & Recreation Center; renovation of the Clinic
Gardens and West Hall Courtyard; and construction of a new
entrance to the north end of campus. These renovations were
completed in August 2017.