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Executive Director of Alumni message

The real winners are our patients

Mickey Burt, D.C.
Dr. Burt

When I started my practice more than 40 years ago, it was unheard of for chiropractors and medical doctors to work together. Now it’s commonplace, and the real winners are our patients.

Over the years, I’ve worked hard to develop relationships with M.D.s and other health-care providers in my community. I’ve come up with a seven-step process that works well.

  1. Call a medical doctor in your neighborhood and set up a lunch meeting. At that meeting, determine if this is someone you could work with.
  2. Refer a few patients to the doctor. Also send your notes and keep them in the loop.
  3. Visit their office and meet their staff.
  4. Send articles that would be of interest to them and that support what you do.
  5. Invite them to visit your office.
  6. Call them when you have a complex case and ask for their opinion.
  7. Don’t ask for referrals; they’ll come with time.

When we build a relationship with other health-care providers, we’re providing a real service to patients by making sure they get to the right health-care professional for the care they need. Additionally, by managing our patients’ integrated care, we’re positioning ourselves as portal-of-entry, primary-care providers. Read more about this subject in our cover stories on pages 2 to 11.

I also want to update you on our efforts to restructure the Palmer alumni association. We’re actively recruiting state representatives in the top 20 states where our students come from and our alumni practice. Each state will have a state representative and a number of district representatives. Using Iowa as an example, we’ll have one alumni state representative and 10 district representatives. Once we’ve recruited for the top 20 states, we’ll bring the remaining 30 states into the program, followed by the international alumni.

This new structure will help us improve our connections with alumni not only from a state perspective, but from a district or neighborhood perspective. As always, thank you for all you do for Palmer and chiropractic. I’m gratified by the attitude of so many of you I meet on the road. You want to know what you can do for Palmer, because you know when you help Palmer, you help the chiropractic profession grow.

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