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Executive Director of Alumni and Development message

A watershed year for Palmer and chiropractic

Mickey Burt, D.C.
Dr. Burt

Welcome to the Fall/Winter 2015 edition of Insights. What an amazing year it’s been for Palmer College and chiropractic! The year started off with the Bureau of Labor Statistics noting chiropractic had the lowest unemployment rate of all occupations. Chiropractic also was reported to have the highest salary of all other comparable degrees except for M.D.s, and MarketWatch named chiropractic as having the best job security of the top 10 most secure professions. Then Payscale.com reported chiropractic as number seven of the top 10 jobs for “people who want to make the world a better place.”

Next, the prestigious Brookings Institution gave Palmer a top score of 100 with regard to loan repayment and a score of 99 for occupational earnings power. According to an article on the Brookings study in MarketWatch.com, Palmer was the fourth top college “with highest value added with respect to loan repayment.” In September, Palmer’s official 2012 student-loan default rate, a low 2.1 percent, was announced, compared to an average of 4.2 percent at all chiropractic colleges and a national average at all colleges of 11.8 percent.

Also in September, Palmer announced the results of the first Gallup- Palmer report on U.S. adult perceptions of chiropractic. Please take time to read our lead story on the results of the Gallup-Palmer study. It’ll help you in your efforts to communicate with your patients and community in a way that resonates with them and their perceptions of us as a profession. Also be sure to view and use the patient-education materials the College has developed to support you in educating your patients. The materials have been developed in direct response to the findings of the Gallup-Palmer study. They’re free and ready to download for your use.

In the Alumni Office, we’ve enjoyed many successes with the development of the new structure for the College’s alumni association. If you’re interested in learning more, email me at mickey.burt@palmer.edu. I’d love to be able to share details of the program and the progress we’ve made since Homecoming in August. As a reminder, our alumni travel event for 2016 will be a Western Caribbean cruise from March 6–13. (See the back of Insights for details.)

As always, thank you for all you do in supporting the College and chiropractic, and please enjoy this edition of Insights.

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