President’s Letter

Welcome to the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine President’s Letter page. Current and archived letters of the present and past Academy President’s messages may be searched by using the website search box above the header at the top of this web page. The focus of the message provided in the president’s letter is to brief the Academy membership on current events important to the chiropractic profession and neuromusculoskeletal medicine. Content emphasizes specialty advances in education, upcoming conferences, and conventions, college news, Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Diplomate Board certification examinations, maintenance of credentials, announcements of recognition and brief comments on events of interest to the profession, neuromusculoskeletal specialty, and Academy membership. Please contact the Academy President by sending an e-mail if you have information felt to be of significance to the membership, neuromusculoskeletal specialty or chiropractic profession.

The Latest From The President

October 15th, 2020 President’s Letter

Academy President Letter
October 15th, 2020
From the Desk of Kim Skibsted DC, FIANM(us)
International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine

Greetings Fellows,

I hope this finds you and your loved ones in good health! The Academy has essential information for the entire body of chiropractic orthopedists and neuromusculoskeletal specialists.

In August of 2019, the Academy decided to change our name from the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists to the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine. This was necessary to embrace the ever-increasing number of international members that did not understand or embrace the North American use of “Chiropractic Orthopedist.”

After several months of careful consideration and meaningful discussion with our advisors and Orthopedic Board executives, the Academy will continue the designation of “Chiropractic Orthopedist” for those members who wish to use that designation. The Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists will be maintained under the parent organization, the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine. Effective immediately, the Academy will recognize those Diplomates of the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists (DABCO), Diplomates of the Academy of Orthopedists (DACO), and the Diplomates of the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (DIANM) to be synonymous. We will be making changes to our website and clarifying these credentials.

What does this mean to you?

For North American Academy members, you may continue to use the designation DABCO or DACO depending on the Orthopedic Board granting you your orthopedic certificate. You may also use the new credential, DIANM, if you so desire. We have had many Academy members who have expressed a desire to use the new DIANM credential and have requested a new DIANM certificate. We will continue to offer that option and provide you with a new certificate when we have a list of those requesting a change. When the list is completed, you will be notified by another President’s Letter. Please look at your data, and if corrections are needed, you can contact the Academy. These changes will be made over the next couple of months.

All international members of the Academy will be designated only as Diplomates of the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (DIANM).

Since we have changed our name to the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine, all Fellows of the Academy will have the credential FIANM. We will be sunsetting the Fellow of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists after 12/31/2020, after which time the continued use of FACO will no longer be appropriate.

One last, but significant point…

In the current health care and empaneling environment, the need for “primary source verification” or “PSV” of your credential has become more critical than ever. With the dissolution of ABCO, the IANM has “picked up the reins” of maintaining your credential certification, but only if you are a current member of the IANM. For those chiropractic orthopedists or neuromusculoskeletal medicine specialists who are not members of the IANM, you do not have a certifying organization maintaining your Diplomate academic credential. Without an active membership, the Academy cannot verify a doctor’s orthopedic specialty credential, or whether the doctor has maintained their continuing education credential (MOC) to those entities requesting verification.

The Academy wishes you all the best of health and continued success. Stay well!


“…Where your achievements matter.”

Kim Skibsted DC, FIANM(us)

International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine
4334 Virginia Ave
St. Paul, MN 55126
TEL: 612-454-1472
FAX: 651-846-5590

The PDF version of this letter can be viewed or downloaded below :

Older Entries »

Presidents Letter Archives