Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Some Questions You May Have…

What is Maintenance of Certification?

This is an avenue to demonstrate continuous professional development that follows a structured approach to lifelong learning and practice improvement. The Academy is attempting to make the process easier and relevant for Fellows professional development. (Additional venues and methods will soon be published)


I have a chiropractic license and I passed the Board. I’m certified as a Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Specialist. Why should I recertify?

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.


I took a 360 hours orthopedic course several years ago and I have not taken the Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Specialist/Chiropractic Orthopedic Diplomate examination. Can I use the term Board Eligible on my curriculum vitae?

No. Board eligible/qualified is only correct if the doctor has received an entrance letter for the next scheduled Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Specialist Diplomate examination. A doctor is not Board Qualified/Eligible after the date of the examination, should the doctor fail to pass the examination. Having 360 hours of postgraduate study does not make a doctor Board Qualified/Eligible. The application process includes many things of which 360 hours is only one of the many requirements to sit the examination and become certified.


Is the Academy Diplomate designation (DIANM) recognized by the American Chiropractic Association?

The ACA House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly on September 23, 2005, to recognize the Academy Diplomate examination process (DIANM) retroactive to its first examination in April 2004. These results were obtained by the cooperation of the Orthopedic Coalition comprised of the Academy (IANM), the American College of Chiropractic Orthopedists (ACCO), and the Council on Chiropractic Orthopedics (CCO). The Academy extends thanks to the ACA and the House of Delegates for this recognition.


Do I have to pay a maintenance fee for my Academy Diplomate (DIANM, DACO, or DABCO) credential?

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.


If I am currently not an active member of the Academy, can I still use the FIANM on my stationery, curriculum vitae or my name?

No. The FIANM indicates that you are member, Fellow of the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine. You would be holding yourself out as a member when in fact you are not a member. There are State Board regulations that prohibit false advertising. In the medico-legal arena this would be looked upon as inflating one’s Curriculum Vitae.


How can I be involved with Academy activities?

Contact the Academy by e-mail to indicate your desire to become involved in Academy Committee activities. The Academy is continually looking for members who wish to participate in Academy activities.


Can I use the term Board Eligible on my curriculum vitae?

No. Board eligible/qualified is only correct if the doctor has received an entrance letter for the next scheduled Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Specialist Diplomate examination. A doctor is not Board Qualified/Eligible after the date of the examination, should the doctor fail to pass the examination. Having 360 hours of postgraduate study does not make a doctor Board Qualified/Eligible. The application process includes many things of which 360 hours is only one of the many requirements to sit the examination and become certified.


I took a 360 hours orthopedic course several years ago and I have not taken the Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Specialist Diplomate examination. Can I still sit the Board after this time lapse?

Yes, you never lose the 300+ hours that you obtained with your past studies. If you are interested in sitting the Board examination, go to the Examination Calendar page and click on the links. Follow instructions and you can complete your educational goal.