This is probably the most common question received. When you receive your DC degree you are at the pinnacle of knowledge from your undergraduate education. When you receive your Diplomate, you are at the top of your advanced education. Does the knowledge base stay the same and not change after these achievements? No, knowledge is ever expanding and failure to keep up with your education compromises patient care. By recertifying, you are telling patients and other parties that you are keeping current with new trends and expanding your knowledge base. You cannot have a one-time assessment at the start of your career and expect it to last the remainder of your career. This would be insufficient relative to the rapid changes in the body of knowledge and changes in health care.
Recertification demonstrates to patients, 3rd party vendors, governmental agencies and medical-legal entities that you are maintaining your education and current with healthcare trends and innovations. The IANM is continually asked by outside groups if a doctor is certified. They may require recertification for the job or to be maintained on a treatment panel.
No. The Academy’s position is that the Diplomate credential (DIANM, DACO, OR DABCO) is an earned credential, similar to an academic Bachelor, Master, PhD or professional Doctor of Chiropractic degree that does not require one to pay a maintenance or usage fee. Your active membership with the Academy verifies your credential has been maintained. The Academy cannot verify a credential of a non-member.
No. The FIANM indicates that you are an active member, Fellow of the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine. You would be holding yourself out as a member when in fact you are not. There are State Board regulations that prohibit false advertising. In the medico-legal arena this would be looked upon as inflating your Curriculum Vitae.