ACC-RAC Conference Background

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History and Purpose of the ACC-RAC Conference

The ACC-RAC Conference has grown to be the premier chiropractic educational conference drawing the profession’s leaders from around the world. The ACC-RAC program held its first conference as the Association of Chiropractic Colleges Educational Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1994. These early conferences consisted of the ACC Working Group Meetings in addition to scientific peer-reviewed presentations. The ACC Working Group meetings provide an opportunity for the administration and staff from the ACC member chiropractic educational institutions to meet, collaborate, and plan for the future of the chiropractic profession. The ACC scientific peer-reviewed sessions, provide an opportunity for the research community to gather and share their latest findings. In 2002, the ACC Educational Conference expanded to hold a joint conference in conjunction with the Research Agenda Conference (RAC).

The RAC originally grew out of an initiative from the US Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA). In 1995, a contract was awarded to develop and execute a meeting designed primarily to improve the emerging research capacity, knowledge, and productivity of chiropractic science, which became the RAC meetings. Much of the work generated from the RAC meetings have been published in journals, such as the position papers published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. Since the 2002 joint ACC and RAC meeting, the conference is now held as one conference, the ACC-RAC.

The ACC-RAC is designed to meet the needs of the chiropractic academic and research community and provides an outlet for discussion of our shared educational, scholarly and research-related enterprises. ACC-RAC has also become the major venue for the pre-publication presentation of new data from the educational, clinical, and basic science domains that comprise the chiropractic knowledge base.

The annual ACC-RAC brings together faculty, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners to discover and share new knowledge to help solve the challenges inherent in the educational sector of our profession that is both growing and facing new opportunities and challenges. Each year, the multidisciplinary Program Planning Committee decides on a timely and important theme to focus the plenary presentations and workshops. The theme for this year’s program is “Developing Leaders: Faculty, Education and Research.”

We continue our commitment to educational excellence. This year we celebrate our 27th meeting. The 2020 program demonstrates the commitment of the conference organizers to provide the attendees with the best possible information from recognized experts in a variety of presentation formats. Every attempt has been made to identify and provide topics for several specific audiences so that everyone comes away with valuable information. We hope that you will agree this is a “do not miss” event.

Enjoy the conference!