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Foundation for Chiropractic Education and ResearchADVANCE, the journal of the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research(FCER), just published the article, Where to Be In 2004? AASPThe Fastest Growing Organization of Its Kind. On pages 4/14 in the Winter issue ADVANCE outlined the ways for chiropractors to stand out from the pack. The most important such ways follow:

1)Recognition as a Spine Expert

2)Extra Qualification(s)

3)Highly Regarded Colleagues/Referral Source

4)Presence in Online Listings/National Directory of Spine Physicians

5)Education of Patients

6)Media Exposure

The articele described the AmericanAcademy of Spine Physicians (AASP) as helping chiropractors/chiropractic physicians by giving enhanced recognition thorugh the above listed six ways to stand out:

1)Recognition as a Spine Expert via the AASP membership wall certificate and opportunity to be credentialed as a Spine Physician. (Note: ÔÇ£Spine PhysicianÔÇØ denotes an interest in the care of patients with spine problems, not necessarily the limitation of practice to treating spinal disorders.)

2)Extra Qualification(s) for chiropractors and neurosurgeons who pursue the same educational programs online to obtain Diplomate status with the American Academy of Spine Physicians (D.A.A.S.P.) and Fellow status with the American College of Spine Physicians (F.A.C.S.P.). More and more patients are looking for doctors with special expertise and diplomate/Fellow status give a significant competitive advantage.

3)Highly Regarded Colleagues/Referral Sources certainly describe neurosurgeons who are at the highest level of the medical profession. Chiropractors who work with neurosurgeons get enhanced recognition from patients because of the ÔÇ£halo effect".

4)Presence in Online Listings/National Directory of Spine Physicians is becoming mandatory as exponentially-increasing numbers of individuals are searching for doctors online. AASP members get special priority listing, many with website hookups.

5)Education of Patients demonstrates to the patients the doctorÔÇÖs interest in them. The educated patient is the doctorÔÇÖs best referral source. Having a Patient Information Center (PIC) on the chiropractorÔÇÖs website is made possible by a seamless link to the extensive AASP database (all written in language the public can understand).

6)Media Exposure is very helpful to the chiropractor and the AASP offers members a media kit with press releases that can be personalized (each doctorÔÇÖs name and location). A newly added ÔÇ£Build Your Own Press ReleaseÔÇØ program is available so that AASP members can incorporate news items from the AASP newsletter, ACADEMY NEWS, into personalized press releases. These press releases are often found by internet search engines and, thus, further increase the visibility of the AASP member (chiropractor or neurosurgeon).

In summary, the AASP gives its members a SIGNIFICANT COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE and is, indeed, the place to be in 2004 as the article in ADVANCE stated.

Inform a Colleague

Expand and Educate Your Spinecare Network

Welcome to the Inform a Colleague area of the Academy Website. The American Academy of Spine Physicians (AASP) strives to implement new and more efficient methods for members to communicate with other healthcare professionals. One of the most effective tools is the online "Inform a Colleague" function. This function can be used to expand and educate your spinecare referral network. It also represents a resource to conveniently inform others about trends in spinecare and about offers of organizations such as the American Academy of Spine Physicians (AASP), the International Spine Association (ISA). The link library also contains an application for membership with the AASP.

The online "Inform a Colleague" feature provides an invaluable time-saving service for keeping spinecare professionalsup-to-date, expanding the spinecare network, stimulating interdisciplinary referrals and for inviting colleagues to join the AASP. The library of links is always being updated with useful information and resources. The linked messages can be used to

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This level of membership is for allied healthcare professionals involved in spinecare and/or spine research. This includes physical therapists, massage therapists, exercise physiologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician's assistants, diagnostic technicians, surgical technicians, exercise instructors, personal trainers and individuals who hold a PhD and work in the field of spinecare. ($150)

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This level of membership is for residents, fellows and students who have an interest in spinecare. ($35)

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