Movement for Chiropractic Quality and Integrity (MCQI) Marches On
Movement works toward ending the Chiropractic civil war
Michael Hollerbach, DC Student
The Movement for Chiropractic Quality and Integrity (MCQI) is a movement, not an organization, striving to unite the chiropractic profession and improve chiropractic education. MCQI has a vision of ending the in-fighting happening between “mixers and straights,” and to bring all chiropractors together under two basic core values, drugless and non-surgical. They believe doctors should have flexibility and freedom to utilize whichever techniques or specialties each chiropractor feels is in the best interest of their patients. The only stipulation is that they do not utilize drugs or surgery.
Arno Burnier, DC and Steve Tullius, DC are leading the fight. When asked about their uphill battle to unite this profession and do something that no other organization in the history of chiropractic could accomplish, Arno replied, “We are not battling, we are marching. With battling there is resistance, with marching we march over things. We are forging a path to peace to resolve this 100 year old civil war.”
MCQI also has a mission to improve chiropractic education. They believe the education students are receiving today is overloaded with unnecessary medical classes and does not place enough emphasis on techniques and entrepreneurship.
“MCQI has drafted a visionary curriculum and has asked for input, revision, and improvement. It is a vitalistic curriculum. We would like to see all the courses [in chiropractic program curricula] related to the philosophy and principles,” Arno said.
They are working toward reforming the National Boards and restructuring of the chiropractic curriculum around the world. According to the MCQI website, the organization feels that, “Students hold the power to choose, influence and control the chiropractic education they deserve. Students are the ones paying tuition, accruing debts from student loans and actually paying the faculty, staff, administrators and presidents of the colleges.”
In the interview, Arno restated that, “The students are the power, they are the revolution and evolution.” Revolution and unity have historically started on college campuses around the world. If there is going to be a change, it is going to have to take place on chiropractic campuses. The profession has been unable to come together for many years, but it is the new generation of chiropractic students who have seen their predecessors implode the profession. The time is now and the place is here to start the new profession. The MCQI needs students to support it by getting involved, interacting with each other and reaching out to doctors in the field to get their patients involved. The first step is for everyone to go to MCQI.org website and register. Then be sure to scroll down and sign the CCE petition to encourage reform of the Council of Chiropractic Education.
On the MCQI website people can interact with others in the open forum pages. They can use the resources offered on the website to get questions answered, as well as to find the latest news on the progress and growth of the profession.
Students can go to their own Facebook pages to post their opinions about the CCE and make comments on the MCQI Facebook page. According to Arno, “The CCE [urgent massive complaint campaign] Facebook page is like a crowd in the street; it’s nice when you have a lot of students in the crowd on the street voicing their opinions. I feel that many students have been shy to post on those various forums. They need to keep the awareness by participating on the various forums on Facebook.”
As it says on their website, “The MCQI community is made up of volunteers around the globe, promoting chiropractic as a separate and distinct life, health and well-being profession.” It is a subluxation-centered movement rooted in the philosophy, art and science of Chiropractic. Join them today in uniting this incredible profession. Get every person you know to register. Their goal is to bring together one million people for the quality and integrity of chiropracTIC. Won’t you help the world today? Go to http://www.mcqi.org to register. Also, ‘like’ their Facebook page and ask everyone you know to join us in this legendary march.