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WCCS

News
Volume 3 Number 3

December 2015

A warm welcome to the World Congress of


Chiropractic Students quarterly report.

Our active membership consists of students


from 26 chiropractic colleges worldwide.

The World Congress of Chiropractic Students


(WCCS) is an international collaboration of
chiropractic students representing the global
student chiropractic population.

Our purpose is to advance and unite the


global chiropractic profession through
inspiration, integrity and leadership.

Presidents Message
Hello, and welcome to the December 2015
edition of WCCS News.
As 2015 comes to a close I have taken some
time to reflect on the growth and changes
our organization has experienced in the last
few years. In 2012 the WCCS hosted our first
ever regional event in Hayward, California.
That event, which had approximately 40
attendees, was considered a successful
regional event for the WCCS. These regional
events, and the reach of the WCCS, have
grown dramatically since that weekend.
This year the WCCS hosted four regional
events, and of course an AGM, with
attendance ranging between 80 and 150
people per event. In just 3 years the WCCS
has tripled the number of students it reaches
each year. I am happy to confirm that in
2015 we have had well over 500 student
registrations for WCCS events! With those
numbers also comes a record number of
Alumni attendance, a record number of
speakers, and a spike in interest in the
WCCS.
Through our attendance at the World Health
Assembly and the World Healthcare
Students Symposium we are creating
relationships with more and more student
organizations from around the world. In
particular, I would like to thank the

International Pharmaceutical Students


Federation and the International Federation
of Medical Students Associations for all the
support they have been offering to the
WCCS in the last year. We have been
learning what we can from these
organizations and, in turn, are doing what
we can to educate them on what the
chiropractic profession has to offer global
healthcare.
Things are moving very quickly in
preparation for our Paris AGM, which is
being held April 22-28, 2016! The convening
team and the Board of Directors have
committed ourselves to doing everything we
can to create the most productive, most
professional, and most valuable AGM of
which we are capable, and we will be
working closely with our member schools to
ensure that everybody is well prepared to
advance and unite the global chiropractic
profession through inspiration, integrity,
and leadership.
Speaking of the upcoming AGM in Paris, we
are happy to confirm that there will be an
alumni event in Paris! More details will be
released in the upcoming month through
our website, on Facebook, and in emails, so
please keep your eyes and ears open for
your chance to join us, and some other

WCCS NEWS | DECEMBER 2015

Presidents Message
A message from Derek Cardenas

Pages 1

Reports
Recent and upcoming WCCS events Pages 2-3

Photo Gallery
Page 4-5

News Flash & Upcoming events


Page 6

Member Colleges
Listing of member colleges

Page 7

Past Congresses
Page 8
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familiar alumni faces, in one of the worlds


most beautiful cities.
I wish health and happiness for you and your
loved ones this holiday
season. Thank you
for reading this and
thank you for everything
you
do
for
our
profession.

Derek Cardenas
WCCS President

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European Regional
Event Report

Over the 3rd weekend of October the


Barcelona College of Chiropractic had the
honor and the privilege of hosting the 3rd
WCCS European Regional Event, where
more than 150 students and chiropractors
gathered together. At the event there were
students
representing
10
different
Chiropractic colleges not only Europeans
and we had acclaimed world-class speakers.

Some of the speakers: Andreas Sderstrm,


James Thompson, Luke Ramsay, Heidi
Grant, Donald Epstein and Jaime Pinillos
The Event started on Thursday 15th with a
philosophical Night organized by the BCCPhilosophy Club. Students there could
propose
different
questions
about
chiropractic to a panel of chiropractors
formed by Donny, Andreas and Jaime
Pinillos. It was interesting to see the
different concerns and questions that
students from different schools may have.
Most of the questions were focused on
current issues such as the evidence-based
chiropractic model as opposed to the
subluxation-based model.
Friday began at 9 o'clock with the
celebration of World Spine Day in Plaza
Catalunya where a large group of students
attended. After that students were directed
to BCC Chiropractic Centre where they

joined the rest of students (the no early


birds) to enjoy two hands-on workshops
performed by Tobias Goncharoff (full spine)
and Ana Echeveste (Thompson).
On the evening registrations finally began at
the IDEC-UPF campus where the BCC
Principal, Adrian Wenban, officially opened
the event. Thereafter Carlos Gevers
addressed the audience on behalf of the
Spanish Chiropractic Association (AEQ) and
Donald Epstein, founder of Network (NSA)
delighted the attendees with his always
warm words. Every single chapter also made
a brief presentation about their school and
about who they are. To end up that evening
students had the opportunity to relax with
some drinks accompanied by numerous
local chiropractors who wanted to share the
evening with them.
During the rest of the weekend the event
changed location and moved to the
Ciutadella- UPF campus. Here sessions were
packed of lectures and demonstrations by
speakers and also a session for a group
discussion among students.

World Healthcare
Students Symposium
Report

The World Health Care Student Symposium


was held on the 17th-22nd of November in
Skopje, Macedonia.
A total of 280 students, from 20 countries,
gathered in the capital to hear and
workshop with international speakers from
many different professions. There were
medical, pharmaceutical, nursing, dentistry,
veterinary, physiotherapy and three of your
board members, representing Chiropractic
students and WCCS.

The WCCS mission "advancing and uniting


the global chiropractic profession through
inspiration, integrity and leadership" was
highly represented during the whole
weekend, and we certainly served this
purpose by respecting different opinions,
beliefs and viewpoints, although not always
agreeing with our own - This is the great
success of WCCS.
From the WCCS-BCC Chapter we would like
to thank our school and especially the AEQ
for all the support, without which this great
event would not have been possible, and we
wish all the best for the WCCS-AECC
Chapter Looking forward to another
successful
Regional
Event at AECC!

Mario Olarte
rd
Convener of 3 WCCS
Regional Event

WCCS NEWS | DECEMBER 2015

WCCS BoD @ WHSS: Tone Granquist,


Chelsea Dickins and Damiano Costa.
The first day of the conference converged
with Antimicrobial Resistance Awareness
Day. Although prescriptions is not
something we as Chiropractors are legally
allowed to do, the information that was
being presented was incredibly interesting
and thought provoking. The main message
was, every time antibiotics are taken, there
is a chance that the bacteria will become
resistant and will be unable to be treated by
any other antibiotic due to its new found
resistance. Discussions of when is it
appropriate to prescribe antibiotics, what
other measures can be taken and prevention
of requiring the antibiotics were all big

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topics. There has not been an affective


antibiotic created since the 1970s, so the
focus of the talk was to decrease the use,
unless life threatening.
Other speakers included a Russian Professor
who has been researching life extension and
how certain drugs, diets and gene therapy
could stop age related disease and increase
life expectancy to 200. Drugs titled
genoprotectors, currently a diabetic
medicine and an immunosuppressant, have
been found to increase the lifespan of
patients on these medications. This topic
caused a large debate on the ethics,
sustainability of the planet, quality of life,
economic perspective and became quite
heated.
Global goals was an international initiative
that targeted 8 basic health goals in the year
2000. Each country set themselves a
benchmark of where they wanted their
health statistics by this year. These goals
included lowering child mortality, lowering
incidence of AIDS, malaria and other
diseases and many more big picture goals.
While some countries achieved their goals
by 2008, others still had not made it to their
expected outcome. New goals have been
listed and countries will set their own goals
that are achievable for them by 2030. These

can be reductions in percentage of incidence


or an actual number they want to lower or
raise to depending on criteria.
In recent years, an inter professional
collaboration of four student organisations,
IFMSA (Medicine), IPSA (Pharmacy), IADS
(Dentistry) and IVSA (Veterinary) together
have created the World Health Students
Alliance. They represent 1.8 million students
worldwide. Although not a huge amount of
work or projects has been completed, this
alliance creates healthcare unity from a
grassroots level.
Each organisation that was represented,
were able to give a presentation about their
organisation. To see what other student
groups are achieving, was very inspiring.
Mission trips, biannual conferences, the long
term goals and projects that were being
achieved is something we can definitely
learn from. We did not give a presentation,
but if we attend next year, it would definitely
be an option.
This was the first major conference I had
been to, that was not organised by
Chiropractors and unsurprisingly, a lot of
students didn't know we existed. Some had
heard of Chiropractic, but didn't know what

we did. This forum was a perfect way to


educate people at a healthcare student
level. After speaking to them about on
topics that were totally relevant to their
professions and being able to give an
alternative caused curiosity and many
questions. We had really enjoyable talks
about the human body, it's capabilities and
were able to communicate that to them in a
language that made sense.
There is always room for growth and there is
always time for education. The WHSS can
offer the WCCS a wonderful opportunity to
mix with other healthcare students and we
can definitely learn from their inter
professional efforts. With education as
excellent as ours, we were not out of our
depth in concepts, abilities to discuss global
issues in this professional setting. The
ending quote of the conference was relevant
to me personally, WCCS,
the
Chiropractic
Profession and the world
in terms of healthcare
and otherwise. Alone we
go faster, together we go
further.
Chelsea Dickins
WCCS Secretary

38th AGM of the WCCS: 22nd-28th April 2016, Paris


Hello everyone!
There is less than five months until the 38th AGM in Paris; I hope you are all as excited as we are! We have some behind the scene news to bring
you up to date!
Firstly, we have secured some sponsors to increase this experience for everyone attending the AGM. These donations are going to allow some
extra special memories to be created. Our school (IFEC) have been generous in supporting us, as well as the French Chiropractic Association and
a Chiropractic program software; MDSL. Make sure you look into them when doing research about the kind of software you will use. We are
thankful for all the participation.
In regards to our speakers, I'm guessing you must be curious about who they will be. I can't reveal the details, but one of the speakers, that was
decided he would be invited during the past congress in Atlanta, has accepted our invitation, meaning, Olivier Lanlo (DC, ECCE president) will
come to tell us more about the ECCE. There will be many more, but we want there to be some surprises for you.
Continuing from the Atlanta AGM, during the first weekend of the 2016 Congress we will be hosting the third Alumni Event! We will be releasing
the details as soon as possible, but make sure you save the dates; 22-24 of April!
Lastly, I think it's important to include a few words about the recent events in Paris. As you must be aware, on the 13th of November Paris was
affected by a terrorist attack. What happened was terrible and affected a lot of people locally and from around the world. Thank you to all who
sent messages and posts to us. Some of you might be concerned about the security in France, but rest assured it is something we are
taking into consideration as your safety is of the upmost importance. Since the attacks, the government increased security around
the country and we are minimising activities near areas that are considered "higher risk."
We hope you'll be joining us in April and experience this amazing week for yourself, your chapters, your profession and your world.
Solenne de Wavrechin
38th AGM Convener

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Photo gallery
EUROPEAN REGIONAL EVENT

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Photo gallery
WORLD HEALTHCARE STUDENTS SYMPOSIUM

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News Flash

THE WCCS PARTICIPATED IN THE WFC WORLD SPINE DAY COMPETITION SENDING A REPORT OF ALL THE ACTIVITIES
ORGANIZED BY OUR CHAPTERS ALL AROUND THE WORLD TO CELEBRATE THE WORLD SPINE DAY. WERE GLAD TO ANNOUNCE
THAT OUR REPORT WON THE HONORABLE MENTION OF THE CHIROPRACTIC EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION
(HTTPS://WWW.WFC.ORG/WEBSITE/INDEX.PHP?OPTION=COM_CONTENT&VIEW=ARTICLE&ID=328&LANG=EN).THE WHOLE
ORGANIZATION THANKS THE WORLD SPINE DAY COMMITTEE FOR THE AMAZING REPORT THEY PREPARED FOR THIS
COMPETITION.
WE ARE SO PROUD OF WHAT YOU DO IN YOUR COMMUNITIES TO HELP PEOPLE CARE MORE ABOUT THEIR SPINAL HEALTH. THAT
HAS BEEN A VERY GOOD WAY OF ACHIEVING THE WCCS GOAL OF ADVANCE THE GLOBAL CHIROPRACTIC PROFESSION.

CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE!!!

Upcoming events

38th WCCS Annual General Meeting 2016


Hosted by IFEC, 22nd 28th April
Paris, France

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Member Colleges
Africa Region
Durban University of Technology (DUT) | South Africa
University of Johannesburg (UJ) | South Africa

dut@wccsworldwide.org
uj@wccsworldwide.org

Americas Region
Universidade Anhembi Morumbi (UAM) | Brazil
Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) | Canada
Universit du Qubec Trois-Rivires (UQTR) | Canada
Universidad Estatal de Valle de Toluca (UNEVT) | Mexico
Life Chiropractic College West (LCCW) | USA
Life University | USA
Palmer College of Chiropractic, West (PCCW) | USA
Parker University | USA
Sherman College of Chiropractic | USA
Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCUHS) | USA
Texas Chiropractic College (TxCC) | USA

uam@wccsworldwide.org
cmcc@wccsworldwide.org
uqtr@wccsworldwide.org
unevt@wccsworldwide.org
lifewest@wccsworldwide.org
lifeu@wccsworldwide.org
palmerwest@wccsworldwide.org
parker@wccsworldwide.org
sherman@wccsworldwide.org
scuhs@wccsworldwide.org
txcc@wccsworldwide.org

European Region
Syddansk Universitet (SDU) | Denmark
Institut Franco-Europen de Chiropratique (IFEC) | France
Barcelona College of Chiropractic (BCC) | Spain
Madrid College of Chiropractic (MCC) | Spain
Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (AECC) | United Kingdom
McTimoney College of Chiropractic | United Kingdom
Welsh Institute of Chiropractic (WIOC) | United Kingdom
Chiropraktik Akademie (CPA) | Germany

sdu@wccsworldwide.org
ifecparis@wccsworldwide.org
bcc@wccsworldwide.org
mcc@wccsworldwide.org
aecc@wccsworldwide.org
mctimoney@wccsworldwide.org
wioc@wccsworldwide.org
cpa@wccsworldwide.org

Western Pacific Region


Central Queensland University of Australia (CQU-A) | Australia
Macquarie University | Australia
Murdoch University | Australia
RMIT University | Australia
Tokyo College of Chiropractic (TCC) | Japan
International Medical University (IMU) | Malaysia
New Zealand College of Chiropractic (NZCC) | New Zealand

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rmit@wccsworldwide.org
tcc@wccsworldwide.org
imu@wccsworldwide.org
nzcc@wccsworldwide.org

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Past Congresses
2015: Life University Atlanta, U.S.A.
2014: Barcelona College of Chiropractic - Malaga, Spain
2013: Durban University of Technology - Durban, South Africa
2012: Murdoch University - Perth, Australia
2011: Southern California University of Health Sciences Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2010: Parker College of Chiropractic Dallas, U.S.A.
2009: New Zealand College of Chiropractic Auckland, New Zealand
2008: Universidad Estatal del Valle de Ecatepec Mexico City, Mexico
2007: University of Johannesburg Johannesburg, South Africa
2006: Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Melbourne, Australia
2005: University of Southern Denmark Odense, Denmark
2004: Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic Spartanburg, U.S.A.
2003: Universit du Qubec Trois-Rivires Quebec, Canada
2002: Palmer School of Chiropractic Davenport, U.S.A.
2001: Macquarie University Sydney, Australia
2000: Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College Toronto, Canada
1999: Anglo-European College of Chiropractic Bournemouth, England
1998: Palmer College of Chiropractic, West San Jose, U.S.A.
1997: Life College of Chiropractic, West San Lorenzo, U.S.A.
1996: Life University Marietta, U.S.A.
1995: Palmer College of Chiropractic Davenport, U.S.A.
1994: Los Angeles College of Chiropractic Whittier, U.S.A.
1993: Logan College of Chiropractic St. Louis, U.S.A.
1992: New York Chiropractic College Seneca Falls, U.S.A.
1991: Cleveland Chiropractic College, Kansas City Kansas City, U.S.A.
1990: Anglo-European College of Chiropractic Bournemouth, England
1989: Palmer College of Chiropractic, West San Jose, U.S.A
1988: Philip Institute of Technology Melbourne, Australia
1987: Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic Spartanburg, U.S.A.
1986: Northwestern College of Chiropractic Bloomington, U.S.A.
1985: Los Angeles College of Chiropractic Whittier, U.S.A.
1984: National College of Chiropractic Lombard, U.S.A.
1983: Life University Marietta, U.S.A.
1982: Palmer College of Chiropractic Davenport, U.S.A.
1981: Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College Toronto, Canada
1980: Logan College of Chiropractic St. Louis, U.S.A.
1979: Logan College of Chiropractic St. Louis, U.S.A.

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