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3
2014

Congratulations Dr. Azzolino and Dr. Henry

Dr. Sergio Azzolino and Dr. Gail Henry were reelected to their positions as a Directors of the ACNB. Thank you for your service!

 
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Frequently Asked Questions about Chiropractic Neurology and the ACNB

If you have a question about the ACNB, chiropractic neurology, or the treatment of pain in general, start here. You’ll find answers to the most commonly asked questions relating to our field. If you don’t see an answer to your question here, please contact us.

 

Public FAQs

How do I file a complaint about my doctor with the ACNB?

We do not field complaints about pricing. However, if you have a complaint about one of ACNB's Diplomates, or from someone who claims to be a chiropractic neurologist but does not hold diplomate status, please let us know.

In your complaint, be sure to state the doctor's name, the date of your visit, your reason for seeing the doctor and your desired result.

How does Chiropractic care work?

Chiropractic care focuses on how your spine and nervous system relate to your overall vitality. Chiropractic emphasizes the body's power to heal itself when the conditions inside and around the body support the healing.

How is a chiropractic neurologist different from a medical neurologist?

A chiropractic neurologist uses your body and the environment and the technique of adjustment to bring about improvements in your health. The chiropractic neurologist uses the muscular skeletal system as it interacts with the neurological system to improve your quality of life.

Is the ACNB the only chiropractic neurology certification board?

No. However, the ACNB is the only chiropractic neurology board recognized by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and, equally important, the only one accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

Do chiropractic neurologists collaborate with other health care professionals?

Yes, they refer to, receive referrals from and consult with many allopathic practitioners, physical therapists, massage therapists, naturopaths, acupuncturists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, optometrists; virtually all other health care professionals.

What does a chiropractor do?

A chiropractor works on the spine to improve the ability of the brain and nervous system to control and coordinate the function of every other organ tissue and cell in your body.

How does a Chiropractic Neurologist differ from a general chiropractor without specialty?

A Chiropractic Neurologist is a licensed chiropractor with and additional 300 classroom hours of training in chiropractic neurology.

How do I know the chiropractic neurologist is in good standing with the accreditation board?

If the chiropractic neurologist is listed in the Doctor Locator on the ACNB website, then the status is current and approved.

How does Chiropractic care improve my health?

Chiropractic care is not a cure for anything. Chiropractic care puts your brain back in touch with your body. Innovative research now shows that poor spinal function contributes to poor nervous system function.

What if a doctor claims to be a chiropractic neurologist and is not listed on your website?

The only doctors listed on our website have been certified with our comprehensive clinical written and performance exams and maintained the required 30 hours of continuing education and the reading of 24 neurology journal articles per year.

HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS

How is a chiropractic neurologist different from a medical neurologist?

A chiropractic neurologist uses your body and the environment and the technique of adjustment to bring about improvements in your health. The chiropractic neurologist uses the muscular skeletal system as it interacts with the neurological system to improve your quality of life. The medical neurologist uses medications and refers for surgery. Chiropractic neurologists do not do neither of these, they do not prescribe medications, they may recommend non-prescription supplements.

Do chiropractic neurologists collaborate with other health care professionals?

Yes, they refer to, receive referrals from and consult with many allopathic practitioners, physical therapists, massage therapists, naturopaths, acupuncturists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, optometrists; virtually all other health care professionals.

How do I know the chiropractic neurologist is in good standing with the accreditation board?

If the chiropractic neurologist is listed in the Doctor Locator on the ACNB website, then the status is current and approved.

NEUROLOGY STUDENTS

How many hours of post doctorate class work in neurology is required to take the credentialing exam?

300 classroom hours from an institute accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Graduate Education in Neurology (CAGEN)

What institutes are accredited by CAGEN?

Carrick Institute, National University Health Sciences, and Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres.

Is the post-doctorate coursework for chiropractic neurology available outside the US?

Yes, Carrick Institute offers courses worldwide.

CANDIDATE SPECIAL

What study materials does the Board provide for the candidates?

The Board provides the Candidate Handbook and study guide. The important thing to remember is to download each of the linked pieces from the online study guide.

I speak English as my second language. Can I get an accommodation in time for the exams?

Yes. For each 4-hour segment of the written exam, you may get 1 or 2 extra hours. You may also get 25% more time on the performance exam. The fee for the written exam will have to include the extra hour(2) sitting fee as that is charged to the Board. It is $100.00 total for 1 hour on each section and $200 total for 2 hours on each section. There is not extra charge for the performance exam.

Do we get a copy of the physical exam sheet during the practical exam?

Yes. However, you do need to have practiced this so that you are fluent in your procedures. Don’t just read the sheet and expect to be credited for each of the answers.

Is the Video Clips portion of the test multiple choice?

No. They are short answer. When you are examining your patient, you don’t get a multiple choice. Remember, the purpose of the test is to imitate actual practice.

If I have paid my exam fee but I am unable to take the test, can I transfer my fee to next year?

The only reason the Board will transfer fees is if you or a family member has a major illness or death or a major emergency. We do require documentation of such an incident to transfer the fees. Over extension of your time commitments and failure to plan the study time does not qualify.

DIPLOMATES

Who is CAGEN?

CAGEN is the Commission for the Accreditation of Graduate Education in Neurology. This is the organization that institutions and agencies apply for review of their course materials for accreditation of their courses. It is for the entire 300 hours at this time. Once this accreditation for the 300 hours has occurred, then all of the courses from that institution (as long as it is related to neurology) are approved for CE credit. In order to get accreditation a provider must contact CAGEN (www.cagen.org) and request an application.

Do classes that I have presented on chiropractic neurology count for my continuing education?

It depends upon the level of the class and the audience. Those presented to patient groups generally do not count. Those presented to other Diplomates can count. We need the learning objectives and your presentation proof, PowerPoint and references. Those presented as neuro classes at DC colleges to undergraduates (non-DCs) do not count.

I am a new Diplomate from the 2013 exam. When is my first recertification due?

Your first recertification is due the end of December 2014 (for work in 2014). However, you will need to check your profile and be sure that all of your contact and clinic information is correct. You may use your profile page to provide all of the proof of your continuing education and your bibliographic list of journal readings.

What is the recertification fee?

The fee is set annually and is $150.00 for the 2013 calendar year as well as for the 2014 calendar year.

Do I have to upload my proof of attendance from the classes I attended on the website?

Yes. Or, you may fax it to 254-230-9711 or email it to executivedirector@acnb.org

I have published this year. Does that count as my continuing education?

Yes, if it is peer reviewed. That means that self-published books and articles do not count. For peer-reviewed publications, we need the cover page to the book with the copyright and the ISBN information. We need the table of contents. If it is an article, we need the bibliography and a copy of the article.

Is the date on the journal article for the day that I read it or the day it was published.

The date it was published. 

Do I have to upload my bibliography for the journals to the website?

Yes. You may do it as you read it or all at once in a single document. You may send a complete document via email to executivedirector@acnb.org or via fax to 254-230-9711. Be sure to put your name on the document, not just the email or the fax cover. Using a Header is a good way to add your name when sending all of your bibliography at one time.

What classes count for continuing education?

All courses sponsored by CAGEN approved providers (right now, Carrick Institute and National University Health Sciences). All other courses or presentations require that you write up an overview covering depth and breadth of the information and then how you are applying this information in your practice- i.e. a case study applying this information.

When is my recertification due?

Your recertification is due on December 31, 2014. In other words, it is due the last day of the year you did the work. On the website, you are listed as current for the following year for accreditation purposes. However, you do not have to wait until the last minute to upload your work and recertify. It is recommended that you upload the article information as you read it and your Proof of Attendance for each course as soon as you get home from the course.

Featured Diplomate

George Michalopoulos


Wood Dale, IL
US
630-766-1552

Date Certified:
1/1/0001

 

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