CMCC Core Values

Communication: We communicate frankly and openly with each other. We encourage a learning environment to stimulate the exchange of information and knowledge. We value and support teamwork, co-operation, and timely communication.

Accountability: Individually and collectively, we take responsibility for our actions and decisions in achieving our goals. We are accountable to ourselves and our colleagues and, in particular, to students, patients and stakeholders whom we serve.

Respect: We respect every individual. We treat people with fairness and dignity. We benefit from the diversity of people and opinions.

Excellence: We are committed to the highest standards of quality, exceptional performance at all times and the pursuit of innovation. We strive to create a positive culture that supports a healthy workplace of choice.



IMPORTANT: A statement from the President


June 8, 2020


Dear CMCC students and employees,

This past week we have witnessed an extraordinary combination of outrage, grief, frustration, confusion and sadness as we watched the tragic events in the US spread across North America and around the world. The pent-up rage over the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others by police officers erupted into protests and violence. 

In Toronto, we have seen large rallies and demonstrations, largely peaceful, over these senseless and brutal acts, as well as those against a number of Indigenous peoples across Canada over the years. This has had an emotional impact upon many of our students, including several who wrote me thoughtful emails over the weekend. 

Last week we made a brief posting on our social media outlets to remind our community that our core values and even the chiropractic oath reflect our commitment to equality, respect, and caring for other people. But as the situation continues to unfold there is a need for expansion upon these principles. I want to assure you that CMCC is unwavering in its opposition to violence against all minorities, aggression aimed at people of colour, anti-Black racism, oppression, white supremacy, and any type of discrimination. 

There is always the risk in making a statement about institutional values, societal unrest or injustices that some people will be upset by the perceived focus upon one ethnic group or the seeming use of platitudes in a turbulent time. But the Black Lives Matter movement is against violence and systemic racism towards Black people. Recent activities were triggered by police violence against Black individuals. We shouldn’t de-emphasize that just because we do not want to lose track of biases and discrimination against other ethnicities, religions, sexual orientation, gender, or persons with other belief systems. 

Most of you know that I moved to Canada six years ago from the US. I’ve watched in horror and shame as the US President has made incendiary remarks and has been unapologetic about his endorsement of the use of overwhelming force to address issues in various cities. I’ve watched with admiration how the Canadian protests, including those in Toronto, have generally been peaceful and have tried to keep their anti-Black racism message at the forefront.

Is there an opportunity for CMCC to learn from all this? I certainly hope so. In the past few years, CMCC has made progress in dealing with issues around discrimination, but there is obviously still work to be done. Three years ago, our Human Resources Division initiated training on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and brought in an expert from Ryerson University to lead that training. Last year we created a new Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee, which includes representation from students, faculty and staff. The EDI Committee will strive to create a community at CMCC where students, staff and faculty feel acknowledged, respected and a sense of belonging. The EDI Committee advises and makes recommendations on matters related to equity, diversity and inclusion at CMCC in order to maintain an environment free of discrimination and intolerance. We recently conducted our first survey to try and establish a better understanding of the issues on campus. 

Our academic team has begun to reach out to students to see if there are specific curricular issues that it should be considering. In 2018, we appointed a renowned physiotherapist and educator, a graduate of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, with a passion for multiculturalism and diversity in healthcare professions to our Program Advisory Committee. This committee is a group of persons from outside of CMCC that provides valuable input to our curriculum and academic program. We will continue to address our weaknesses and flaws, but we need to hear more from our students and employees as to how they are affected by issues of systemic racism and discrimination, what support you need from CMCC, and what you would like to see happen next.

It is unfortunate that the pandemic has closed CMCC at a time when gatherings might provide us with an opportunity to be better heard. We shall strive to find other ways to hear your voices.

David Wickes, DC, MA, President
Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College

Who We Are

Located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, CMCC is a world leader in chiropractic education and research. CMCC is an academic institution offering a second entry undergraduate professional degree and postgraduate and continuing education programs. A not-for-profit, charitable organisation, CMCC receives no direct government funding and relies on membership, tuition and donations for support. CMCC is registered with Canada Revenue Agency, charitable registration number 108075508RR0001.

What We Do

The undergraduate program at CMCC is a second entry honours baccalaureate degree program, offered to qualified candidates who have completed a minimum of three years of university level study prior to admission.

CMCC is recognized as one of the most innovative chiropractic institutions in North America, focusing on basic and applied research related to neuromusculoskeletal interactions and the study of chiropractic's role in integrated care and health promotion. CMCC provides chiropractic care for patients in its seven community based teaching clinics throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

History

CMCC opened its doors on September 18, 1945, welcoming a large class of veterans returning from World War II. It was founded as a Canadian institution that could represent a focal point for chiropractic in Canada. The “memorial” in CMCC’s name is in honour of Daniel David Palmer, the Canadian who founded chiropractic in 1895.

Since its earliest days, CMCC has grown and moved from Bloor Street in downtown Toronto, to 1900 Bayview Avenue (1968-2004) to 6100 Leslie Street. As it is the sole chiropractic educational institution in English speaking Canada, the majority of Canadian chiropractors are CMCC graduates. Having accepted students from around the world, CMCC graduates can also be found in many countries.

Embracing collaboration among educational institutions and health care partners, CMCC continues to contribute research, educational and clinical expertise with partners in North America and abroad. 

CMCC Core Values

Communication: We communicate frankly and openly with each other. We encourage a learning environment to stimulate the exchange of information and knowledge. We value and support teamwork, co-operation, and timely communication.

Accountability: Individually and collectively, we take responsibility for our actions and decisions in achieving our goals. We are accountable to ourselves and our colleagues and, in particular, to students, patients and stakeholders whom we serve.

Respect: We respect every individual. We treat people with fairness and dignity. We benefit from the diversity of people and opinions.

Excellence: We are committed to the highest standards of quality, exceptional performance at all times and the pursuit of innovation. We strive to create a positive culture that supports a healthy workplace of choice.



IMPORTANT: A statement from the President


June 8, 2020


Dear CMCC students and employees,

This past week we have witnessed an extraordinary combination of outrage, grief, frustration, confusion and sadness as we watched the tragic events in the US spread across North America and around the world. The pent-up rage over the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others by police officers erupted into protests and violence. 

In Toronto, we have seen large rallies and demonstrations, largely peaceful, over these senseless and brutal acts, as well as those against a number of Indigenous peoples across Canada over the years. This has had an emotional impact upon many of our students, including several who wrote me thoughtful emails over the weekend. 

Last week we made a brief posting on our social media outlets to remind our community that our core values and even the chiropractic oath reflect our commitment to equality, respect, and caring for other people. But as the situation continues to unfold there is a need for expansion upon these principles. I want to assure you that CMCC is unwavering in its opposition to violence against all minorities, aggression aimed at people of colour, anti-Black racism, oppression, white supremacy, and any type of discrimination. 

There is always the risk in making a statement about institutional values, societal unrest or injustices that some people will be upset by the perceived focus upon one ethnic group or the seeming use of platitudes in a turbulent time. But the Black Lives Matter movement is against violence and systemic racism towards Black people. Recent activities were triggered by police violence against Black individuals. We shouldn’t de-emphasize that just because we do not want to lose track of biases and discrimination against other ethnicities, religions, sexual orientation, gender, or persons with other belief systems. 

Most of you know that I moved to Canada six years ago from the US. I’ve watched in horror and shame as the US President has made incendiary remarks and has been unapologetic about his endorsement of the use of overwhelming force to address issues in various cities. I’ve watched with admiration how the Canadian protests, including those in Toronto, have generally been peaceful and have tried to keep their anti-Black racism message at the forefront.

Is there an opportunity for CMCC to learn from all this? I certainly hope so. In the past few years, CMCC has made progress in dealing with issues around discrimination, but there is obviously still work to be done. Three years ago, our Human Resources Division initiated training on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and brought in an expert from Ryerson University to lead that training. Last year we created a new Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee, which includes representation from students, faculty and staff. The EDI Committee will strive to create a community at CMCC where students, staff and faculty feel acknowledged, respected and a sense of belonging. The EDI Committee advises and makes recommendations on matters related to equity, diversity and inclusion at CMCC in order to maintain an environment free of discrimination and intolerance. We recently conducted our first survey to try and establish a better understanding of the issues on campus. 

Our academic team has begun to reach out to students to see if there are specific curricular issues that it should be considering. In 2018, we appointed a renowned physiotherapist and educator, a graduate of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, with a passion for multiculturalism and diversity in healthcare professions to our Program Advisory Committee. This committee is a group of persons from outside of CMCC that provides valuable input to our curriculum and academic program. We will continue to address our weaknesses and flaws, but we need to hear more from our students and employees as to how they are affected by issues of systemic racism and discrimination, what support you need from CMCC, and what you would like to see happen next.

It is unfortunate that the pandemic has closed CMCC at a time when gatherings might provide us with an opportunity to be better heard. We shall strive to find other ways to hear your voices.

David Wickes, DC, MA, President
Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College

Vision, Mission and Accreditation

Vision

An academic institution recognised for creating leaders in spinal health

Mission

Deliver world class chiropractic education, research and patient care

Strategic Framework

The CMCC Strategic Plan framework, developed in consultation with the Board of Governors, staff, faculty, administration, students and stakeholders, establishes a roadmap to guide CMCC though its next phase of growth and development. It identifies six strategic themes/areas of excellence to shape the development of strategic goals and objectives. These are:

  1. Excellence in teaching and learning
  2. Excellence in support and service for students and employees
  3. Excellence in clinical care
  4. Excellence in collaboration and communication
  5. Excellence in institutional leadership and management
  6. Excellence in research, scholarship and innovation

Accreditation

Since 1986, the Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree program of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College has been accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education Canada (CCEC) of the Federation of Canadian Chiropractic (FCC). FCC is a member of the Councils on Chiropractic Education International (CCEI), whose other members are the Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia Inc. and the European Council on Chiropractic Education. Current CCEC accreditation has been awarded until 2030.

CCEI has established core Model Standards that comprise the essential elements necessary for chiropractic accrediting agencies around the world to ensure that each program they accredit provides quality education so that their graduates can serve as competent and qualified chiropractic practitioners.

In January 2022, the Doctor of Chiropractic degree program at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College was awarded programmatic accreditation by The Council on Chiropractic Education, 10105 E. Via Linda, Suite 103 – 3642, Scottsdale, AZ, 85258-4321, Phone: (480) 443-8877, Website: www.cce-usa.org

In keeping with past practices on limiting the initial period of accreditation to no more than four years, CMCC has been granted accreditation with the CCE-US through 2025.

CCE is the national accrediting Agency for Doctor of Chiropractic Programs within the United States.  Accreditation provides assurances of educational quality and institutional integrity to governments, jurisdictional licensing and regulatory bodies, institutions, professional organizations, students, other accrediting agencies and the public at large. CCE maintains recognition by the United States Department of Education as the national accrediting body for Doctor of Chiropractic Programs and chiropractic solitary purpose institutions of higher education. CCE is also recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and is a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) and the CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG).

CMCC’s undergraduate program meets the educational requirements established for the practice of chiropractic and is recognised by regulatory bodies in all provinces in Canada, in US states and in many other jurisdictions around the world.

For more information:

Council on Chiropractic Education Canada (Federation of Canadian Chiropractic)
604-5657 Spring Garden Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 3R4
(902) 406-4351
https://chirofed.ca/

Council on Chiropractic Education (US)
8049 North 85th Way
Scottsdale, Arizona 85258-4321
(480) 443-8877
https://www.cce-usa.org/

Ministerial Consent

In 2005, CMCC became the first private institution to offer a profession oriented health care degree under the Government of Ontario's Post-secondary Education Choice and Excellence Act, 2000. 

CMCC awards a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree, a second entry baccalaureate honours degree, to its graduates. This program is offered under the written consent of the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities (MCU) for the period from March 2011 to March 2023.

Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (e.g., acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing/regulatory bodies or other educational institutions).

Educational Position


The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College is a signatory to the International Clinical and Professional Chiropractic Education Position Statement

The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) Board of Governors announced March 27, 2019, that CMCC had become a signatory to the International Chiropractic Education Collaboration Clinical and Professional Chiropractic Education Position Statement, joining 12 institutions around the world.

The statement, originally formulated as a collaborative effort among several European chiropractic institutions and one in South Africa was formally released at the 2015 scientific meeting of the World Federation of Chiropractic in Athens, and updated in 2017. The statement was developed as a way to provide a cohesive view of how, in the interest of the welfare of the patient, chiropractic education should be of the highest quality and founded on the principles of evidence-based care, with curricula that is responsive to changing patient, societal and community needs and expectations within a modern health care system.

Dr. Rahim Karim, Chair of the CMCC Board of Governors noted, “The Board of Governors has dedicated considerable thought and deliberation to this issue over the past several years, and the final decision to move forward into joining this collaborative effort was unanimously approved at our October 2018 meeting. We feel it is time to make our educational position clear regarding the alignment of our curriculum, research efforts and model of care with our continued emphasis upon evidence-based and patient-centred care.”

Reflecting on this important milestone in the history of CMCC, President Dr. David Wickes commented, “CMCC is committed to continually evolve its programs and realize our vision to create leaders in spinal health. We have undertaken extraordinary efforts over the past few years to emphasize the rapid translation of research into our curriculum and patient care practices, and to forge partnerships with other innovative institutions. Declaring our support for the Position Statement will better enable us to attract the best students and faculty, and to strengthen and build trust with the public, partners and communities we serve.”

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