BCC Newsletter (November, 2009)
BCC TO SIGN TWO MORE COLLABORATIVE AGREEMENTS WITH
DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS OF THE UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA
As you may already know, in November of 2008 representatives of the FPQ
signed an initial collaborative agreement with the very well respected
public university Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). Additionally, the BCC
has agreements with Banco Sabadell, and two signed agreements with the
Universidad de Girona (UdG).
The initial agreement with the UPF established the intention of both the
UPF/idEC and the FPQ/BCC to work together towards the further
development of the BCC's programme of study. Now that we have that
initial agreement it is time to start to further develop the relationship
between the BCC /FPQ and UPF/idEC. For the last 3 months negotiations
have been underway with the heads of different departments of the UPF
with the intention of supplementing the initial signed agreement with
other working agreements and thereby further strengthening the bonds
between the BCC and UPF.
I am now happy to report that an initial draft of a collaborative agreement
has been drawn up between the FPQ/BCC and the UPFs Library.
Additionally, we now have an initial draft of an agrement between the FPQ
and the UPF's very well known and respected language department. It is
expected that the two new collaborative agreements will be ready to sign
in February, 2010.
NEW PRESIDENT APPOINTED TO THE FUNDÁCION PRIVADA
The start of December, 2009 was marked by a landmark event for the
BCC/FPQ in that the FPQ appointed a new President. The Foundation's
President of the last 2 years, Dr. Adrian Wenban, stepped down as is
required if he is to take on the role of Director of the BCC.
I am very happy to inform you that the newly appointed FPQ President is
Dr. Gregory Veggia.
Dr. Veggia is French born chiropractor who has lived and practiced here in
Barcelona for the last 14 years. Dr. Veggia, a graduate of Life Chiropractic
College West, has been a member of the AEQ throughout that period and
has previously served as Vice President (International) of the AEQ.
BCC'S FIRST COHORT OF STUDENTS WHO ARE THEY?
The BCC has a total of 29 students in its first class. The students range in
age from 18 to 45 with the mean age being approximately 28. A number of
the students already hold university degrees ‐ (1 MD, 1PT, 2 Osteopaths,
one student has a PhD, and 6 other students have a BSc or a BA in an
unrelated field of study). By country of origin, the students are also quite a
diverse group ‐ 13 from Spain, 5 from Italy, 3 from USA, 2 from Germany,
and i from each of the following ‐ France, Brazil, Chile, Sweden, United
Kingdom, Holland. The students have elected 2 student representatives
who act as spokes persons for the group during the Student/Staff Liaison
Committee meetings, and who also attend a number of the BCC's other
BCC's FIRST COHORT OF STUDENTS ALMOST 1/10th THE WAY
THROUGH THEIR 5 YEAR PROGRAMME OF STUDY.
For the students and staff at BCC that equates to the completion of the first
11 weeks of their first semester (each year is made up of two 13 week
semesters). Upon returning from the 3 week Xmas break, students will
have 2 more weeks of lectures followed by a week of study break and then
1 week of exams.
BCC APPOINTS TWO EXTERNAL EXPERTS/EXAMINERS
In the first 8 weeks of classes students have had the opportunity to attend
lectures by invited speakers from Holland, Spain, Wales, Australia, and the
USA. The speaker from Wales was Professor Bernard Moxham who is
Director of Teaching at Cardiff University's School of Biosciences.
Professor Moxham is also currently president of the International
Federation of Anatomical Associations (IFAA).
Professor Moxham addressed students during their initial 2 day induction
into the BCC and has now visited the BCC on a number of occasions across
the last 6 months in order to conduct lectures and workshops for BCC
administrative and teaching staff. We are delighted to be able to report
that Professor Moxham now serves as an external expert and external
examiner for the BCC.
The invited speaker from the USA was Dr. Christopher Good, DC, MA(Ed),
who is a Professor at Bridgeport University. Dr. Good's presentation
focused on accessing the peer‐reviewed literature and ethics in practice.
Professor Good also now serves as an external expert and external
examiner for the BCC.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR ALLEN TERRETT TO TAKE ON ROLE AS
The Australian guest speaker, mentioned above, was Associate Professor
Allen Terrett. Dr. Terrett, who teaches clinical orthopedics and clinical
neurology at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University
spoke recently to BCC students on his Brain Hibernation Theory and on the
neurological mechanisms related to cervicogenic hearing loss.
The BCC is very happy to report that Dr. Terrett has agreed to take on a
role as a visiting lecturer to the BCC. This role will see Allen very involved
in the development and delivery of course work related to the teaching of
clinical examination skills, neurological assessment and clinical neurology
across the next few years.
BCC RECOGNISED AS OFICIAL EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION BY
SWEDISH AND USA GOVERNMENTAL DEPARTMENTS
We are also very happy to report that, by way of our students having
successfully applied for governmental loans and student visas, both
Swedish and American governmental departments have recognised the
BCC as an official educational institution. The USA embassy in Barcelona
has offered to meet with BCC administrators in order to develop a more
formal relationship with the BCC to improve the attainment of Spanish
student visas for applicants from that country. This is no small feat given
that there is no law, and no registry of private educational institutions in
BCC APPOINTS CHIROPRACTIC CENTER DIRECTOR
We are very happy to be able to report that the director of the Barcelona
Chiropractic Center has been appointed.
The director is Dr. Martyn Walker.
Dr. Walker graduated from the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic (WIOC) as a
chiropractor in 2002. Martyn has both a BSc (Hons) in Chiropractic and a
Diploma in Sports Sciences. He has been registered with the GCC, and in
private practice, in Wales since that time. Martyn has had, and continues to
run, two practices in Wales. Additionally, during the last 6 years he has
worked as a senior floor tutor, senior lecturer and functional management
tutor at the WIOC. Martyn has also been a GCC Test of Competence
examiner since 2003.
We are very honored to have Martyn join our rapidly growing team. He
also teaches the BCC's first year module called Clinical Biomechanics and
Chiropractic Technique I.
Welcome aboard Martyn.
BCC'S DIRECTOR HAS LETTER TO EDITOR ACCEPTED FOR
PUBLICATION IN THE PEERREVIEWED JOURNAL 'SPINE'.
In the last month Dr. Adrian Wenban had a letter to editor accepted for
publication in the prestigious peer‐reviewed spinal research journal called
'SPINE'. The letter aimed to highlight a number of methodological
weaknesses of a review paper on adverse reactions to chiropractic, which
was published by researchers from Portugal. Dr. Wenban's letter to editor
will be published in the February 15th, 2010 edition of the journal.
BCC UPDATE DELIVERED AT OCTOBER 2009 AEQ MEETING IN
At the October AG, Dr. Wenban made a brief presentation to the members
aimed towards updating them on student demographics, structure of the
BCC's academic and administrative team, and how simultaneous
translation works for the first year of the programme of study. See the
attached presentation (PDF) for more details.
BCC RECEIVES 16,000.00 EURO DONATION FROM AEQ
During October 2009, at a general assembly of members of the AEQ in
Madrid, a show of strong support for the BCC, and education in general,
was seen when AEQ members voted to donate 16,000 Euros to the BCC
and 10,000 Euros to the RCU. A similar donation of 16,000 Euros had
previously been made to the RCU. The BCC's funds have been earmarked
for the purchase of books.