Professional Identity at Los Angeles College of Chiropractic

J Chiropr Humanit. 2016 Nov 10;23(1):61-67. doi: 10.1016/j.echu.2016.09.003. eCollection 2016 Dec.


Objective: The objective of this article is to describe chiropractic professional identity as espoused by the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic.

Discussion: Professional identity is a construct that begins formation prior to career selection, can be considered the backbone of health care education, and has been linked to career success. Los Angeles College of Chiropractic's professional identity is shaped by a philosophy of health care that is focused on vitalism, holism, naturalism, therapeutic conservatism, critical rationalism, phenomenology, humanism, and interprofessionalism. Other distinguishing aspects include portal-of-entry professionals with broad diagnostic skills; a focus on spine care; promotion of public-health; and delivery of manual treatments.

Conclusion: The chiropractic professional identity at the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic focuses on serving the needs of the people who entrust their health to its graduates and will continue to evolve on the basis of many factors, such as politics, social perceptions, and economic conditions.

Keywords: Chiropractic; Education; Philosophy.