“An ongoing lifelong commitment of a practitioner to integrate evidence-based, current clinical applications and applying the knowledge, skills, and judgment with the attitudes, values, and beliefs required to practice safely, effectively, and ethically in a designated role and setting. The IANM recognizes the importance of soft skills such as communication and ethical judgments to be part of the clinician’s knowledge and skills. Continuing professional development helps to ensure that skills and knowledge is up to date in order to demonstrate their current competence in the field of neuromusculoskeletal medicine.”

Specialty certification is a MANDATORY process for Academy membership. While chiropractic licensure sets the minimum competency requirements to diagnose and treat patients, it is not specialty specific. Board certification demonstrates a doctor of chiropractic/chiropractic physician’s exceptional efforts to improve skills in a specialty area of chiropractic practice. A valid chiropractic license is required for Board certification.

The intent of the chiropractic orthopedic neuromusculoskeletal specialty certification process is to provide assurance to the public that a board-certified chiropractic orthopedic specialist has successfully completed an accredited training program and an evaluation, including an examination process, both oral and written, designed to assess the knowledge, experience, and skills required to provide quality patient care in the chiropractic orthopedic neuromusculoskeletal specialty.

Standards of specialty-board certification are distinct from those of state licensure.

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