July 31st, 2020 President’s Letter

Academy President Letter
July 31st, 2020
From the Desk of Kim Skibsted DC, FIANM(us)
International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine

Greetings Fellows,

I want to take a moment to thank one of our doctors who has just retired from the Board for his work and efforts with education and examination. Dr. Jerry Grod from Ontario, Canada, has been a great help. He was on the team that evaluated our first international examination candidates in Brazil. Thank you, Jerry, for your time and talents!

I will apologize upfront; this is a much longer than usual President’s letter. “Lots of stuff!”

Also, I would like to notify you that we have completed our first remote proctoring examination! The system uses a live remote proctor and cameras to monitor and record the test. Our beta test effort was done internationally and was successful. The live remote proctoring system is still being fine-tuned. We will soon be ready to make this option available for doctors unable to find a testing location near them. This option will be available for candidates all over the world! This remote proctoring service is only available for the Part I examination at this time.

I want to personally thank the candidates who are waiting to take their Part I examination for their patience. We have been having schedules set at institutions and then canceled due to COVID19. Remote proctoring will help eliminate many of our current problems with the proctoring process. From our standpoint, it has been frustrating to see many of our candidates, who are waiting to sit the Board, have their dates changed, canceled, or rearranged, still have their plans fall through. And yet not one of these candidates has seemed to be phased by this craziness! This adversity has brought about needed change.  And I know this change will be better for the Academy, as well as all future candidates wishing certification. In one state, a candidate was not even allowed to come on the campus! Remote proctoring will eliminate such problems now and in the future.

One significant benefit of the IANM’s effort in streamlining the certification process is the reduction in the cost of obtaining NMS certification. No more travel to distant places, airline, hotel, rental car, meals, time out of the office, time away from families, and other cost savings are occurring.

With the advent of remote proctoring, we have again substantially cut the cost in money and time for the doctors. Yes, this did take much effort on our part and some financial input, but for the future, this is the avenue to travel. This new examination process makes our specialty much easier for field doctors no matter where they are to pursue. There is an uptick in interest; more doctors are enrolling in the online classes. The IANM accepts students into the program when they begin their clinical rotations. This gives them a leg up for sure. We have heard comments that starting classes early helps the students. Thank you to those university-based clinicians that have helped with the process. Chiropractic college attendees at any level can sign up for a student membership with the IANM.

The Examination Committee has released to us the examination schedule for Part I 2021 examinations. We are now able to offer far more times and dates.

All scheduled times are in the Eastern Time Zone – (New York, New York USA time zone)


   Thursday, January 14, 2021 – 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM EST
    Friday, February 19, 2021 – 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM EST
    Saturday, March 20, 2021 – 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM EDT
    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 – 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM EDT
    Thursday, May 13, 2021 – 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM EDT
    Friday, June 18, 2021 – 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM EDT
    Saturday, July 17, 2021 – 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM EDT
    Wednesday, August 18, 2021 – 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM EDT
    Thursday, September 9, 2021 – 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM EDT
    Friday, October 8, 2021 – 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM EDT

Part II dates for 2021 will be published later this year.

I want to thank every one of you for your support for the Academy. Membership has also spiked this past year upward. We are continuing to work not only for new candidates but for the Diplomate group. One of the areas we are working on is making a substantial impact on social media. This FB effort and other social venues will broadcast information about the specialty worldwide. Projects are under consideration to help our membership doctors target a selective audience using our social media to bolster their practices.

We have incredible doctors working on all aspects of what I just discussed above and new projects to improve and strengthen the specialty. One area is for credentialing residency programs. Dr. Mike Raper, a new Board member from Dallas, Texas, is the chairman. He and his committee members have been working on the guidelines and protocols for this certification process. We already have a request for the Academy to provide this service. On-site visits are being planned. Yes, this will be available for other programs other than NMSM residency programs. Health care and governmental agencies are looking for qualified providers, one coming from a credentialed plan could bode well.

The Academy is also working with different specialty groups who wish to work with the Academy to host them as a subsidiary of the IANM or provide a route for their Diplomates to become Diplomates of the International Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine. The Academy will accept doctors who have passed the Part I ABCO Diplomate examination in the past. To do so, they must provide proof that they have passed the test. To qualify, this must include the confirmation Part I passing letter they received from ABCO. So, if you know someone, let them know this is available. One doctor who passed Part I of the ABCO examination is currently preparing to take the IANM Part II in November.

Part II examination dates are fluid since our Part I dates have fluctuated so much. It is still set for early November, but the Part II Committee can extend it into January 2021 if need be. Generally, the Part I cycle begins in February and goes through the end of July.

The American College of Chiropractic Consultants (ACCC) is having their annual conference on October 8-10, 2020, at the Oak Brook Marriot in Oak Brook, IL. You can contact them at ACCC-chiro.com or (219) 838-3141. The Forensics group is a subspecialty of the IANM.

The American College of Chiropractic Orthopedists> (ACCO) have re-scheduled their conference to the Embassy Suites Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, April 29, 2021, through May 01, 2021. Contact the ACCO at acco.wildapricot.org or [email protected] for more information.  The September 2020 Las Vegas conference has been canceled.

We have some other surprises cooking that I will report on soon!

Again, thank you for your continued membership and those who volunteer. Yes, we can always use another set of hands!

Have a great summer!

… 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

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