Monday, August 18, 2014

IRB Application Materials Checklist

When you are considering conducting research, you have to complete and submit an application to the IRB. We use a check list to ensure that we have all the require elements needed to properly assess each application. Often, initial applications are incomplete so I thought I would list here all the required components of an application.

Certificate from the Human Protections Administrator: when you submit your application I will review it and decide whether it is exempt or whether it requires submission to the full IRB. When I do, I generate a form that is sent back to you informing you of that decision.
IRB application: clearly, this is required. But I would say that 9 times out of 10, there are missing elements in the application. Please go through the entire application and complete every section, even the ones that don’t appear necessary to you (such as a question about the use of radiology when you are conducting a survey). There are also pull-down menus that you need to complete.
IRB application signature page: the final page of the IRB application is a signature page. It requires not just your signature, but that of your supervisor. Make ure that both of you have singed this prior to submission.

Personnel roster: This can be downloaded off the IRB website or from the portal. It requires you to list all the people involved in the project, and it asks you to define their role. All involved must have completed the NIH Protections of Human Research Participants training program and have an up-to-date certificate on file.
CV/biosketch: we are required to have a copy of your most recent curriculum vitae of NIH biosketch on file. This will the case for all the personnel involved in the study. For many of you, we already hold the information, but for anyone new, we will need it, and for those that are old, they should regularly updated.

PHRP certificate: this is the NIH required training. It can be accessed at When you are done, it will allow you to print a certificate. We track these in a database. They must be updated annually.
IRB approvals from other institutions: where applicable, we will need copies of IRB approvals from any other institution involved in the research.

Recruitment material: If you are recruiting participants for your study, the IRB needs to see your recruiting material, even copies of emails you intend to send.
Study materials: we need copies of the survey you intend to give, or the script you will use for recruitment or for conducting qualitative research (such as focus group).

Educational material: we need copies of any material provided to the patient or participant.
Informed consent document: this is critically important, and must be included with an application where applicable.

With the deadline  2015 ACC-RAC coming up, we usually see an increasing number of applications in August. This list here will help ensure you are able to have your application processed in timely fashion.




Monday, August 11, 2014

Palmer Homecoming 2014

Another Homecoming has come and gone, but I feel that this one was an exceptionally strong event. For those of you who were unable to attend here is a partial list of some of the great speakers and topics we presented.

Plenary Sessions
Dennis Marchiori: Strengthening Palmer’s Core

Christopher Colloca: Validating our Traditional Chiropractic Philosophy with Contemporary Science
Christine Goertz: Chiropractic Quality, Cost and risks: What the Evidence Says and Why You Should Care

Deed Harrison: Chiropractic BioPhysics: Research Evidence
Bharon Hoag: A Vision of Chiropractic in Today’s Healthcare

Gerry Clum: Black and White in a World of Gray!

Breakout Sessions
Todd Hubbard: The Upper Cervical Complex: Anatomical and Biomechanical

Ron Boesch, Chris Roecker and Mike Tunning: Using EvidenceBased Orthopedic Exams in Practice
Charles Blum: Introduction to Sacro Occipital TechniqueIncorporating an EvidenceBased Chiropractic System ofAnalysis and Treatment

Roger Hynes, Alana Callendar: 100 Years of Fellowship and Education,

James Cox: Cox Flexion Distraction Spinal Manipulation: Biomechanics and Clinical Outcomes
Michelle Barber: Meditations on Philosophy

Brett Winchester: The Current Concepts in Motion Palpation
Lora Tanis: Tiny TuneUps, Evaluation and Adjusting Strategies for the Neonate

Lou Freedman, Dan Weinert: Neuroimmunomodulation,
Michelle Barber, Virginia Barber: Two Barbers, No Waiting: Bringing Customer Service to the Forefront of the DoctorPatient Interaction

Deed Harrison: The Spine as the Foundation for Health and Disease: A Contemporary Chiropractic BioPhysics® (CBP®) Technique Presentation

Brian Justice: Primary Spine Care: A RealWorld Approach to Chiropractic Practice in the Evolving Health Care System

Mary Frost: Digital Marketing Basics
Tracy Littrell: Radiographic Positioning and View Selection
M. Deborah Sesker, Cheryl Child: The Third Era of Healthcare,
Nate Hinkeldey, Michael Olsen, Mike Petrie, Mike Tunning: Interdisciplinary Care Models: Working Together to Benefit the Patient

Anna Allen: Professional Boundaries
Lia Nightingale: Recognizing Food Allergies: Challenges and Opportunities

Ron Boesch, Dave Juehring, Mike Petrie, Mike Tunning: An Overview of Movement Development, Injury, and Recovery
Ian McLean: Radiography for Chiropractors

Ron Boesch: What, When, Where of Testing…Patient Management
Jeff Sklar: Chiropractors in Cancer HospitalsUsing Evidence-Based Orthopedic Exams in PracticeUsing Evidence-Based Orthopedic Exams in PracticeUsing Evidence-Based Orthopedic Exams in Practice

Monday, August 4, 2014

A Couple of New Books

Dr. Mike Tunning and Dr. Michelle Barber, as part of their effort to create an Academy of Chiropractic Educators, were kind enough to provide me copies of 2 new books, both of which I am finding highly informative. Both are worth your time and effort.

The first book is “Teaching Naked: How Moving technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning.” (Bowen JA. John Wiley and Sons; San Francisco, CA, 2012). Now, before you think the author is recommending that we jettison technology, that’s now what he means by moving it out of the classroom. He wants student using it outside the classroom because that is how modern students learn. His focus is on what takes place during those classroom hours we have; how to better use the time and more effectively engage students. He describes ways to maximize face-to-face contact between student and faculty, focusing on “the human dimension” of learning. Thus, the book provides great ideas on how to engage our students, looking at how they prepare before they show up and how we engage them as they do. He yokes technology to this process, so it is used effectively and in a way that students easily understand.
The second book is “Crucial Conversations” Tools for Talking When the Stakes are High.” (Second edition. PattersonK, Greeny J, McMillan R, Switzler A. McGraw Hill; New York, NY, 2012). The book is devoted to the concept of a crucial conversation, which is an event with the capacity to transform people and relationships; it is a form of bonding that can occur through deep conversation and understanding. The book looks at a fundamental idea- that human problems occur when people disagree with each other about high-stakes emotional issues. We can actually see that in our own classrooms over concepts as fundamental as what chiropractic is. How do you feel when you propose an idea only to see others disagree with you and argue against yours? Are you irritated? Angry? Hurt? What do you do? How do you handle classroom discord? This book provides a superb example of what you might do to better communicate, and therefore teach, your students in such circumstances.

I recommend that you read these books- they have great ideas and concepts and easily translated methods you can begin using now.

Monday, July 28, 2014


I’ve just completed my 10th RAGBRAI bicycle ride, this time covering about 440 miles over the course of 7 long and at times grueling days. Every time I ride this tour, I manage to learn something. There is a lot of time to think while you peddle for hours on end! This time out, these thoughts came to me.

You are stronger than you think. Hey, I’m 61 years old, a bit overweight, and yet I managed to ride  across the entire state of Iowa on a bicycle. Ain’t nothing special about me, except I like bicycle riding. In a work context, this also means that I can do more than I think I can if I only set my mind to it.
Sometimes it is good to vary your schedule. I usually get up early and strike my camp, so that I can ride by 530am or so each morning. I generally miss the later crowds on the ride, but I am often too early to really engage in some of the activities along the way, since the towns are open for business only during certain hours, so to say. This year, I had a day where  I went out later than I am comfortable with, but I had a completely different experience as a result. I saw larger crowds, longer lines, but this is the more realistic RAGBRAI experience. There are, after all, 18,000 riders each day, if not more. Be open to change, is the message I learned here. I can be very obsessive about not changing, but this was a good reminder that sometimes it is okay to vary your approach.

It is okay to make mistakes. I made the decision to ride on the second to last day after a severe strom when through and dropped the temperatures 25 degrees while kicking up a strong wind. I left in a period of calm, but the rain returned with a vengeance and the winds picked up more and I was riding through it all, at 61 degrees while soaking wet an unable to ride faster than about 7 miles an hour due to headwind. On a day that was supposed to go 67 miles. By the time I was pulled off the course by my good friend (who will remain unnamed), I was hypothermic. Really I should have waited to later in the day to ride, but at the same time, I am surprised and pleased I made 50 miles in that maelstrom.
You can change your mind. I was sure this was my last RAGBRAI. Nope, it won’t be.

Friday, July 18, 2014


There will be no new post next week, as I will be riding RAGBRAI, the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. This year the route generally runs along the northern border of the state, starting at Rock Valley, and then overnighting at the following towns: Okoboji, Emmetsburg, Forest City, Mason City, Waverly, Independence and ending in Guttenburg. The route length is about 440 miles, and 5 out of 7 days the daily distance is around 70 miles, while there are 2 shorter days of about 40 miles each.

It's a grand time. You see parts of Iowa that are only infrequently visited. You pass through many small farming communities. People are friendly, and the food is good. There is pie, corn and pork tenderloin sandwiches. You may see Mr. Porkchop, and sometimes the best part of the day is when you stop for some shaved ice. I learn a lot each time. I look forward to it each year, even as I get older.

So, back on July 28. Rider on!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Free and Easy Tech Tools

During last week’s in-service session with Dr. Teresa Freking, she ended the session with a list of useful utilities and applications faculty could use to help create blended coursework. This is a compendium of some of the programs she mentioned.

1.       Screencastomatic ( : This is a program that allows you capture your screen activity using a single click. In essence, it records what happens on the screen for the period of time you let it. You can use a basic version (for up to 15 minutes at a time) for free, or pay $15 per year for unlimited recording time.

2.       Khan Academy ( Khan Academy provides you with access to a great number of general video clips over a wide range of topics, including computer science and health and medicine.

3.       Movie Captioner ( This allows you to put captions onto any movie or video clip you wish to show in class. This is useful for universal access for students, for example, with hearing impairment.

4.       Survey Monkey ( A now standard program that allows you to easily create online surveys. You can sign up for free, which allows you limited access and numbers of participants, or pay for the pro version, which allows you unlimited access and numbers of participants. For most of us for classroom use, free will be fine.

5.       Poll Everywhere ( This is sort fo cool. You can create a poll which you can bring up on screen. Your audience can then answer the poll using either a mobile phone, Twitter or a web browser, and you can then show the audience the results live or import into a PowerPoint presentation. Sort of like clickers, but without the need to use clickers.

6.       Jing ( Jing is a free program that allows you to share images and short videos from your computer screen, and it allows you to add visual elements to what you show.

7.       Dipity ( DIpity is a program that allows you develop timelines, such as theone Dr. Freking showed in class that demonstrated the growth of technology programs for the classroom.

In addition, she listed a number of other programs, which you may feel free to check into: Amara, Vimeo, Creative Commons, Youtube, Ted Ed. Please consider using some of these- they are fun, easy, and can transform how you teach others.

Monday, July 7, 2014

A Hearty Welcome Back!

Just a brief note from me to welcome you all back from what I hope was a restful and happy break. At the Davenport campus today we have an in-service on blended learning. And to all, just a reminder that deadlines for submission to ACC-RAC are coming up faster than you might think. Workshop proposals need to be submitted by July 15, and abstracts for platform presentations should be submitted before the end of August. Don't forget IRB approvals where necessary.

I am looking forward to a wonderful new term. See you all soon.