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Palmer takes part in WHO conference in China

During their recent trip to China, Drs. Meeker and Goertz visited the Great Wall with Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine’s Vice President and Dean Boyd R. Buser, D.O.
Dr. Meeker, Dr. Goertz, and Dr. Dean Boyd R. Buser on Great Wall of China

Among those presenting at the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Congress on Traditional Medicine for the Symposium on Manual Methods of Healthcare were West Campus President Bill Meeker, D.C., M.P.H., West ’82, and Vice Chancellor for Research and Health Policy Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D. The Nov. 7 conference brought chiropractors, other healthcare practitioners and scientists from around the world to Beijing to present information on research, education and the practice of manual health care.

Dr. Goertz was the opening speaker and presented findings from a survey conducted by Palmer on the types of practitioners—other than doctors of chiropractic—who perform manual therapies in more than 90 countries.

“It was fascinating to discover the commonalities in our clinical practices: we all use our hands with therapeutic intent to improve health,” said Dr. Goertz. “It also was rewarding to realize the vast inroads that chiropractic has made in science, education and clinical practice across the globe.”

Dr. Meeker presented on the topic of chiropractic in North America. Along with feeling honored to have been invited to the symposium, he found the event to be an “eye opener.” “It seems to me that so-called Westernized nations have much to learn from the dialog that may now develop as a result of this meeting,” he said. “We learned we have much in common and much to discuss.”

The next three days, Dr. Meeker attended the World Federation of Chiropractic/Association of Chiropractic Colleges Education Conference titled, “Chiropractic Education in an Era of Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants.”

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