The American Academy of Chiropractic Physicians
The formation of the American Academy of Chiropractic Physicians was announced with great fanfare in an article published in Dynamic Chiropractic in Nov. 1, 1999, and it was actually incorporated in the State of Colorado on December 28, 1999. Initially based on the campus of National University of Health Sciences, the corporation dissolved in 2004 and was reinstated by Dr. Reiner Kremer in 2004, and was relocated to Franktown, Colorado.
Initially the Academy proclaimed a set of Tenets and Principles that, while definitely were broadscope in nature, didn’t violate the “drug free” principal associated with the chiropractic profession for almost 120 years. Tenet C included a statement that the AACP promoted the practice of chiropractic medicine “… to include those therapeutic agents that are part of the common domain, but which do not require the therapeutic use of legend drugs …” and Tenet D included a statement that the “AACP does not promote the use of allopathic medicine by chiropractic physicians…”. Over the years that policy was to change.
By 2008 the AACP proclaimed in a new set of Tenets that the “… chiropractic physicians should not have arbitrary restrictions placed on their scopes of practice” in Tenet 3 and then incredibly took the position that ” The AACP believes that generally accepted standards of public safety and training have been implemented for allopathic methods, and as such have been determined to be safe and effective.” The movement to demand prescription drug rights was beginning to take shape.
It was only a matter of time before the AACP updated its logo and adopted the slogan “Selective Medicaliztion and Prescriptive Authority”. It seems that the AACP may be fading away. As of this writing any attempt to access WWW.AACP.NET have resulted in a message that “Website is currently unavailable…” But on … November 21, 2015:
AACP LAUNCHED TO ADVANCE CHIROPRACTIC PRACTICE
Fort Lauderdale, Florida- November 21, 2015
The American Academy of Chiropractic Physicians (AACP) was officially launched today during a relicensing seminar sponsored by The Florida Chiropractic Physicians Association. AACP, a section of the Association of Health Sciences Colleges and Universities (AHSCU), was formed in 2014 to optimize the compatibility of health sciences education with scopes of practice. Dr. Stephen Perlstein, President of AACP, said…”AACP is the organizational home for advanced practice initiatives.
The organization has stated the following:
“The American Academy of Chiropractic Physicians (AACP) was originally formed in 1999 by Dr. Reimer Kremer and Dr. James Winterstein and others for the purpose of promoting the advancement of education for primary care chiropractic practice. In 2014, a separate group of chiropractic physicians came together to form an organization, originally called the Academy of Chiropractic Physicians (ACP) created for and dedicated to advancing the profession of chiropractic towards plenary licensure and other advanced scopes of practice. In 2015, after discussion and agreement between the two organizations, the original AACP was dissolved and ACP took over the AACP trademark.”