Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
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|Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College|
|Type||private university - Canadian Chipropractic Institute|
|President||Dr. Jean A Moss D.C.|
|Students||200 per year X 4 years|
|Location||6100 Leslie Street M2H 3J1|
|Colours||green & black ;|
The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College is an academic institution. With graduates now practising in 37 countries around the world, CMCC’s focus is the delivery of education, research and patient care. The Toronto based campus features teaching and laboratory space, including a gross anatomy lab, the largest English language chiropractic library in Canada, and a network of community based clinics serving a diverse patient base with more than 74,000 patient visits each year.
Founded in 1945, CMCC is a not for profit corporation and is a registered charity. CMCC receives no direct government funding and relies on tuition, membership and community / alumni donations to fund its operations.
Education at CMCC
The post secondary professional educational programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels are accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education Canada of the Canadian Federation of Chiropractic Regulatory and Educational Accrediting Boards. 
CMCC’s Doctor of Chiropractic program consists of four years of academic and clinical education, including a one year internship in one of eight community based clinics. Graduates complete approximately 4,200 hours of academic and clinical education, including studies in anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, neurology, as well as clinical diagnosis, diagnostic imaging, and chiropractic sciences.
Years I and II of the curriculum emphasize the foundational courses in the biological sciences. Beginning in Year I, and becoming the emphasis of the program in Years III and IV, are the professional courses in chiropractic studies, psychomotor skills, clinical education, and the related health professional courses (business, jurisprudence, ethics and professionalism, research, etc.).
All students benefit from CMCC’s teaching laboratories. The Manikin Based Simulation Laboratory — a first for an independent chiropractic program — exposes students to a wide variety of rare and/or serious conditions that may be seen in a chiropractor’s office, using highly sophisticated computerized manikins. The Force Sensing Table Laboratory provides students with quantitative feedback on spinal manipulative psychomotor skills through the use of adjusting tables capable of assessing several biomechanical parameters of the adjustment. With the Gross Anatomy Laboratory, CMCC is recognized as one of only 10 educational institutions designated as a school of anatomy under the authority of the Anatomy Act of the Province of Ontario.
CMCC is the only private academic health care institution in Ontario granted consent by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer a second entry, health professional baccalaureate degree — a degree that is classified in the same category as other health professional degress such as medicine and dentistry. Reflecting the government’s recognition of the high quality of education at CMCC, the Ministry renewed its consent for an unprecedented 10 year period from March 24, 2011 to March 24, 2021.
CMCC’s Graduate Studies program provides advanced programs that emphasize excellence in clinical skills, research, teaching, and leadership. Programs include Clinical Sciences, Diagnostic Imaging and Sports Sciences residencies, which qualify students for fellowship examinations.
In response to rising costs of work-related disability and a growing demand for Return to Work experts across all industries, CMCC recently introduced the Work Disability Prevention program, allowing health professionals and Master’s level social workers to earn professional certification in this emerging field. As well, a new articulation agreement with the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (AECC) allows Doctors of Chiropractic and other qualified health professionals to pursue a Master of Science, Advanced Professional Practice degree through CMCC, validated by AECC/Bournemouth University.
The list of alumni from CMCC’s graduate studies program is a who’s who of chiropractic; among the program’s 94 graduates, 69 remain actively involved in academia and research both in universities and chiropractic programs.
Of these, 11 occupy posts as senior administrators in academic institutions around the world. As well, the program was an early adopter of the new culture of interprofessional education and collaboration that is shaping the wider health care system in Canada and abroad, recruiting faculty members from a range of health care and basic science disciplines, in health care and basic science. Graduate students/residents support interprofessional education through placements and academic partnerships with other health care and laboratory facilities.
CMCC’s Continuing Education Division (CE) provides access to high quality educational programs to meet the ever-changing needs of chiropractors in practice. Conferences, seminars, and online or hard copy resources improve practitioners’ knowledge and skills while enhancing the quality of patient care. CE programs are current and relevant to practicing chiropractors, related health care workers and undergraduate chiropractic students.
CE offerings include weekend seminars, fellowship programs, and certificate programs in areas such as Acupuncture, Clinical Anatomy and Independent Chiropractic Evaluations; Distance Education is also available for practitioners who want to enhance their professional skills from home or office, and scientific literature subscription services allow practitioners to research existing knowledge in scientific literature and integrate it into their patient care integral to evidence based practice.
Research at CMCC
The foundation of CMCC’s research agenda includes two centres – one which studies the biomechanics of treatment and outcome, and the other to study implications on health policy and patient access to treatment. With these two areas as the institution’s primary focus, chiropractic research at CMCC will contribute to the body of chiropractic knowledge, elevate the quality of CMCC’s education program, and improve patient care.
CMCC faculty and students conduct research across far reaching topics that extend from the biological sciences, such as disc regenerative biology, cellular inflammatory mechanisms and models of joint disease; to applied mechanics such as joint biomechanics, spinal manipulation and elastography of soft tissues. As well, CMCC’s research into interprofessional health dynamics has earned international respect. Faculty research in this area has included using systems dynamics to explore jurisdictional control in health care delivery, a topic of widespread appeal.
To ensure students continue the tradition of excellence as consumers of research, translating evidence to patient centred practice, the completion of a research related literature synthesis is a requirement. An elective research project is available to those students who have special interest or are considering a research track in their career. CMCC student investigations have achieved outstanding success in international research competitions with awards in topics ranging from biomechanics to interprofessional collaboration.
In support of this culture of research promotion, CMCC campus boasts research laboratories, including a Biomechanics and Elastography Laboratory, a Tissue Testing Laboratory, a Materials Fabrication Laboratory, a Neurophysiology Laboratory, and a Cellular and Molecular Biology and Histology Laboratory. Recently, CMCC established the McMorland Family Research Chair in Mechanobiology, a first for an independent chiropractic institution.
Patient care at CMCC
The Division of Clinical Education offers patients a wide range of clinical services in communities throughout the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Community-based clinics are located in a variety of settings allowing a wide spectrum of patients access to high quality, evidence based chiropractic care. CMCC operates eight teaching clinics as primary sites. Each clinic has attributes of location, facility or clinician that make it unique.
The external clinics provide an opportunity for interns to experience six months of clinical training in a setting that more closely resembles practice. Many clinics are multi-disciplinary environments where students and interns gain a broader clinical experience with more focused patient populations, including Toronto’s urban aboriginal community, adults and children who are behaviourally, mentally and physically challenged, and patients with HIV/AIDS.
Beginning in 2012, CMCC will have an expanded presence at the new St. Michael’s Family Health Team clinic, part of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital.The new clinic is set to be an advanced model of integrated care and one of the first of its kind in Ontario. When the program is fully implemented, CMCC interns and residents will be onsite and integrated into the health care team of family physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, chiropractors, psychologists, dieticians, social workers, pharmacists, occupational therapists and dental hygienists.
A survey of a 1999–2000 cross section of students of Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, which does not formally teach antivaccination views, reported that fourth-year students opposed vaccination more strongly than first-years, with 29.4% of fourth-years opposing vaccination.
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