Historical marker commemorating the first chiropractic adjustment.

Palmer Abilities

Effective Communication

The competent Palmer graduate demonstrates effective verbal, nonverbal and written communication skills with appropriate sensitivity, expression and control for a wide range of health-care related activities, including patient care, intra and interprofessional communications (e.g., consultation, concurrent care and referral), health education, and record-keeping and reporting. The graduate is skilled in communicating to a variety of audiences including single patients and public forums.

Professional Growth and Lifelong Learning

The competent Palmer graduate, recognizing the limitations of his or her knowledge and experience, seeks to gain and apply new knowledge and skill. The graduate is information and technology literate and adapts to change. The graduate demonstrates a willingness to contribute positively to the community, society, the body politic and the chiropractic profession.

Moral Reasoning and Professional Ethics

The competent Palmer graduate practices personal integrity through moral decision-making and accepts responsibility for the consequences of his/her actions. The graduate acknowledges the existence and nature of different value systems of patients and others. The graduate recognizes the ethical dimensions of clinical practice and the choices necessary to maintain his or her own ethical integrity.

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

The competent Palmer graduate identifies problems and their cause(s) and applies a logical decision-making process to manage them. Alone and collaboratively, the graduate formulates successful strategies for various situations. The graduate applies critical thinking to problem-solving and clinical reasoning.

Philosophy and History of Chiropractic

The competent Palmer graduate explores, understands and critically assesses the work of influential thinkers in the history and philosophy of chiropractic and compares and contrasts chiropractic with other health-care approaches. The graduate recognizes the impact of the role of chiropractic in the past, present and future health-care environment and is able to convey the philosophical construct of chiropractic to multiple audiences. The graduate uses reasoned dialogue and logical argumentation when challenging traditional assumptions of health and adapts his or her thinking to new knowledge.

Integrating Basic Science into the Practice of Chiropractic

The competent Palmer graduate demonstrates fundamental understanding of anatomy and physiology and synthesizes basic science knowledge to explain health-related issues. The graduate explains current concepts in subluxation theory and models and conceptually interprets pathophysiology using current scientific understanding.

Patient Evaluation Skills

The competent Palmer graduate gathers health data through application of fundamental clinical skills (e.g., history, regional examination, spinal examination and lab) and applies reasoning to formulate a clinical diagnosis with differentials. The graduate applies best practices andevidence-based use of diagnostic tools, procedures and decision making.

Patient Management Skills

The competent Palmer graduate applies principles of case management, integrating care with other health professions when appropriate. The graduate demonstrates effective skeletal adjusting skills and understands the role of rehabilitative and supportive exercise and nutrition in improving health. The graduate promotes health improvement, wellness and disease prevention through appropriate care and education. The graduate recognizes and practices within the boundaries of medico-legal issues associated with patient care.

Health Care in Social and Community Contexts

The competent Palmer graduate understands epidemiological principles regarding the nature and identification of health issues in diverse populations and recognizes the impact of psychosocial and environmental factors on general health. The graduate understands the role of chiropractic in health care from a sociological perspective and accommodates diverse populations and environments in providing individualized patient care.

Business Management

The competent Palmer graduate understands legal and malpractice implications of decision-making and applies principles and practices of business management, financial management, marketing, insurance reporting and managed care in a legal and ethical manner.