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letter from the president

May 4, 2016

Dear Doctor,

Well, the dust has finally settled here in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, after hosting the April 14 -16, 2016 Annual Convention and moving into the Oval Office. Most of the people who attended told me that they really enjoyed the hospitality and setting of the CD'A Resort. Thank you for your attendance and participation. The Board would like to return to this location in the not too distant future. However, we would probably push the date back so that the weather is even nicer and we would get to experience the world famous Floating Green Golf Course. I hope that you enjoyed your visit to North Idaho.

Our College is showing an increase in members due to the Academy examinations and interest in our activities. Over the past several years our conference attendance and our financial status remain stable.

If you did not make it to our meeting you should know that you missed some excellent presentations. Even after 38 years of practice I always harvest ‘gold nuggets’ from most of our speakers. Also, please know that our Speaker Committee has already secured some top-shelf lecturers for our 2017 Convention which will be held on April 27 – 29, 2017, at the Tropicana in Vegas. Make sure that you mark those dates on your calendar!

This year I attended my 2nd Coalition Meeting along with other Board Members. This group includes representatives from our College, the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists and the Council of Chiropractic Orthopedists. We all agreed that this was the most friendly and productive meeting that the coalition members can recall. Each organization plays an essential role in working collaboratively to ensure the success and the longevity of our Orthopedics Specialty. These organizations are really working hard to protect our specialty and to gain recognition by other major players in the health care system.

In my opinion, every Diplomate in Orthopedics should maintain their membership in the College, the Academy and the Council. Please visit their respective websites and submit your application(s). If you are already a member encourage you colleagues to join. Also, all three groups are looking for volunteers (aka new blood) to serve on the respective boards and to work on their projects. Please consider throwing your hat in the ring! That’s exactly how I got where I am today!

As you can see, our College has discontinued inviting exhibitors due to the size of our group. Instead, we are offering several levels of sponsorship which will guarantee our corporate vendors specific options for advertising exposure. The details of this program will be posted on our website. The College will be offering free registration to next year’s meeting to any doctor that can help our Board Members secure a sponsor. So this program is a win-win situation for all of us. What seems to work best is that a doctor who does a significant amount of business with a product supplier, therapy company or software vendor, should reach out on behalf of the ACCO. Please everyone get involved!

A special thanks goes out to Dr. Bill Valusek for decades of volunteer service to our College. He has put his heart and soul into Chiropractic Orthopedics and he will remain an inspiration to us all.

Last but not least, I would like to thank NCMIC for their continued support of this program. NCMIC typically provides us with speakers and they also sponsor our General Membership Luncheon. In my opinion they are one of the best things that ever happened to Chiropractic!

One final thought, please contact me at should you have any questions or concerns.

Viva Chiropractic Orthopedics,

Jim Vancho, DC, FACO
President American College of Chiropractic Orthopedists

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