Why the name change?

From the Academy

The Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists (ACO) is now the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (IANM)!!

Why the name change?

One of the common problems faced by a Doctor of Chiropractic with a Diplomate in chiropractic orthopedics is being asked by other professional colleagues, health care administrators, businesses, and patients where the chiropractic orthopedist residency took place, surgical specialty and could they prescribe medication. Of course, the profession understood what this meant, but was confusing to the stakeholders and other interested parties.

Additionally, the term chiropractic orthopedist is not understood or recognized internationally. To solve this problem, the Academy felt the time was right for a name change that reflects more of what we do as neuromusculoskeletal specialists treating conditions of the neurological, muscular, and skeletal systems. The decision for change did not come on a whim, and it has been carefully considered by the Academy for nearly 2 years. The Academy contacted and synthesized comments from Diplomate Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists (DACO) and Diplomate American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists (DABCO) clinicians, about the name. All were upbeat and pleased with the new more specifically descriptive name. The doctors felt it was a better representation of our specialty. We provide specialized diagnostic and therapeutic acumen that includes the application of the chiropractic adjustment to our patient’s frame and supporting structures along with many other approaches. The Academy has chosen the following name: 

International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (IANM)

Over the last few years, many chiropractic institutions have focused on providing online education that provides the opportunity for doctors to learn at their own pace as well as significantly reducing the cost of travel, lodging, food, and time away from the family and office. The Academy, noting this trend looked into the possibility of providing online testing in a secure, psychometrically approved venue. The 300 – hour training includes 50 hours of live classroom study and 250 hours of online learning. The expansion of testing opportunity has been accomplished with both Part I, multiple-choice, and problem-solving questions. In 2018 the board successfully provided its Part II examination online. In addition to the expense issues noted above, this allowed the Academy to provide testing worldwide. Overall costs were reduced significantly in time and money for the doctor.

General Information:

The Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists (ACO), the Diplomate Examination Board and Forensic Sciences continue as a part of the IANM. The IANM Board has sub-specialties. Currently, this includes Chiropractic Orthopedists and Forensic Science. This change is immediate, and it is our goal to have all of our website material and correspondence reflect this by January 01, 2020.

Diplomates of the IANM can use the following: DIANM. The acronyms, DABCO and DACO are not going away. For existing DACO’s or DABCO’s, your curriculum vitae may reflect whether you are a DACO or DABCO. Current Fellows will have the FACO replaced by Fellow International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (FIANM). After the DIANM or FIANM, the country identifier is used. For example, the United States (us), Canada (can), Brazil (br), Australia (aus), United Arab Emirates (uae) and so forth.

However, there is a period of grandfathering where you may wish to change DABCO or DACO certificates to DIANM. Current certificants will be able to request a new certificate stating Diplomate International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine. You cannot use any of these two groups of letters together. The announcement will be forthcoming when this option is available. With each certificate, it must be identified by global location. For the United States after DIANM (us), Canada (can), Brazil (br), Australia (au), United Arab Emirates (uae) and New Zealand (nz) to reflect the international identification.

All state and national chiropractic organizations have been notified of this change including NCMIC and other chiropractic businesses.

Website changes will be reflected to include a new address (ianmmedicine.org

Classes are ongoing in the Pacific basin, and contacts are in discussions in South America and Canada. It is the goal to continue to expand the footprint of the chiropractic neuromusculoskeletal manual clinician treating acute and chronic pain throughout the world. Classes are increasing in the United States. This included Alaska for the first time! The specialty is on an upward path. Arrangements are being made to repeat classes in prior venues due to demands. The residency program at the University of Bridgeport has been growing. These doctors are being placed in health care facilities upon completing the neuromusculoskeletal course work and successfully passing the credentialing examination hosted by the IANM. The areas and facilities of placement continue to grow.


It is the Academy’s opinion that generic use of neuromusculoskeletal medicine complements our chiropractic orthopedist principles and desired treatment protocols. Other professions are using chiropractic manipulation; it is our opinion that the use of neuromusculoskeletal medicine is appropriate for our specialists. The term “Neuromusculoskeletal” encompasses all that the chiropractic orthopedist has been and will be into the future, only now it will become more understandable what we do as specialists in chiropractic health care. The name change is more descriptive of we do and is easier for everyone to understand.