Experiencing life as a chiropractic student during the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t been easy, but like generations of chiropractors before them, today’s students are showing resilience and finding ways to make the best of this time.
Both generations of Durhams are passionate about ensuring the future of chiropractic stays strong so others can follow in their footsteps. “Palmer is chiropractic. [Students] find their ultimate purpose of why we’re here: to serve, give and love.”
Palmer College’s blueprint—its vision—for the future is 100% motivated by a desire to fully meet its mission of promoting innovative learning, delivering health care, engaging the community, and advancing knowledge through research, Dr. Marchiori explains. “It’s also driven by our larger spirit to take chiropractic care to every corner of our globe and to do so in a way that only Palmer College can.”
“There are unique opportunities opening up to chiropractors that weren’t there even a few years ago. In 2015, the NBCE Job Analysis showed that only 7% of chiropractors were working in interdisciplinary environments. Now that number is 15.2%. This is another opportunity to work with people who haven’t had access to care in the past, resulting in more awareness of the benefits of chiropractic,” says Dr. Hinkeldey.
Dr. Strang has witnessed a lot of change in his 42 years of teaching. “We still see a lot of students from legacy chiropractic families, but we’re seeing even more students who weren’t previously exposed to chiropractic. They’re seeking a field where they can provide holistic care for their patients; they seem to come to us already recognizing the innate power of the body.”