As the phrase ‘health care reform’ circulates with increasing regularity and alacrity, many are stepping forward and purporting possible definitions and implications of this ideal, and what actions are required to truly bring it about.
When taking stock of 2009, it is valuable to fairly assess areas needing improvement, but important also to consider and celebrate everything we have done well in order to harness the essence and elements of those successes, and apply them toward meeting our goals for 2010. In this issue of Canadian Chiropractor (CC), our writers suggest this more than once.
What a thrilling ride 2009 has been!! Have you had your belt fastened tight across your lap while throwing your hands in the air and screaming like you just didn’t care? I truly hope that you have taken the time to let down your hair and to get at least a little wild and crazy throughout 2009.
Change. It comes to all of us, throughout our lives, and it comes in a variety of forms. We’ve all experienced such wonderful transformations as going from being a child to a teenager to an adult, and from a student to a professional.
The first years in practice are often filled with challenge, always filled with learning, and usually quite exhilarating. It is a time of tremendous growth as you build your practice from patient zero toward a steady stream of dedicated patients.
"If you plan to face tomorrow, do it soon,” wrote Gordon Lightfoot. I hope you all have had a wonderful summer, with plenty of opportunity to enjoy yourselves, spend time with family and friends, and generally rest up. But September has come to call us back to task, snapping us into more serious schedules and requiring our renewed energy and commitment.
When faced with a turbulent stock market, investors run to and fro, eagerly searching for safe investment vehicles, with a willingness to sacrifice returns for safety of principal.
Around the world, chiropractic talks of integration into medical systems but finds itself encumbered in its quest to achieve this. There is a growing acknowledgment within the profession that internal factors may be, at least partially, responsible for the difficulties encountered in trying to establish a role, as equals – and, where appropriate, leaders –  in the world health-care community.
In part 1, we discussed that during difficult economic times you should be concentrating on strategies that will serve to make your practice come out of the recession even stronger than it was before
Whenever the economic climate starts to look rough, the vast majority of practice owners start to worry about what a decline in patient numbers will mean to them, their staff, their practice, and their family.
It is widely acknowledged that a chiropractor’s early years in practice can be a challenge, both personally and professionally. In particular, those first five years out of school can be as daunting as they are exciting.
Chiropractors who choose to participate in “therapeutic lifestyle changes” programs have a chance for greater growth within the health-care industry.
Canadian Chiropractor asked Dr. Brent Thompson, chiropractor and founder of Axon Images, Inc., to tell DCs about how he came to choose to communicate chiropractic through photography and design, how he carries this out and why it is effective.
When starting out, a chiropractor must often choose whether to practice in a larger city or opt for the smaller centre. Frequently the smaller community provides the opportunity to develop a more diversified practice, and provides enhanced community acceptance with less competition. Still, there are downsides.
In 2008, did you surpass every goal you had established? Did you enjoy more rewards in 2008 than you did in 2007? If not, what’s your plan for 2009? How can you ensure that, one year from now, as you’re scanning back over the previous 365 days, you stand in awe of your accomplishments and rewards?

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