ACC-RAC presentation another example of West student’s “make a difference” spirit
Felisha Truong has demonstrated a unique “make a difference” spirit in a variety of roles during her first six quarters as a student at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West campus in San Jose, Calif.
As a Palmer Peer Tutor, Felisha helps fellow West students with various classes. In her role as community services director of the West Campus Associated Student Government (ASG), she’s helped organize “Quarterly Cause” donation-drives in support of various charities or emergency-relief efforts, as well as on-campus blood-donation drives.
In addition to writing articles for The Bartlett student-publication at Palmer’s West campus, Felisha also helped establish the West Campus Research Club (which organizes meetings for fellow students who share her interest in reviewing the latest published research). Her goal for next quarter is to organize a campus-based, conference-style “Research Night” event, to showcase West-student and faculty-produced research projects.
Felisha recently demonstrated another example of her “make a difference” dedication in a rather impressive manner, as a “platform presenter” at the 25th annual Association of Chiropractic Colleges-Research Agenda Conference (ACC-RAC), March 8-10, in Dallas, Texas.
Each year, ACC-RAC brings together more than 500 educators, administrators, and researchers from each of the U.S. chiropractic colleges, for three days of seminar-sessions that focus on research, education, leadership, clinical care, and collaboration.
Since the majority of speakers are administrators, faculty and staff, and students rarely participate as “platform presenters,” Felisha was thrilled and honored when West Campus Coordinator of Technique and Research Robert Cooperstein, D.C, M.A., approached her about presenting the paper on which they collaborated, “Systematic review of studies suggesting errors in identifying lumbar spinal levels exhibit a systematic cephalad bias.”
“I am so grateful to Palmer West for providing me with the opportunity to attend and present some of our research findings at this year’s ACC-RAC,” said Felisha, a native of Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
“In particular, I am very thankful for Dr. Cooperstein’s mentorship, and for giving me the chance to deliver the presentation, since opportunities like this are very unusual for students. It was an incredible experience. I was very proud to represent Palmer West, and to contribute to the field of chiropractic research.”
Added Dr. Cooperstein, “Although it is important that interested students who approach me with ideas for chiropractic research projects demonstrate the raw ability to participate, what I really seek in prospective research-assistants is the quality of their intellectual curiosity, and the passion to improve the quality of chiropractic patient-assessment and care – and Felisha demonstrated strengths in each.”
“Felisha became interested in a project of mine when she was in second quarter, involving the accuracy of spinal palpation. This particular project had overwhelmed me for two years, and was in a state of limbo. Her persistence and burning desire to make this research available to all enabled me, with her help, to develop a published-article within six months. Apart from whatever ability I have to stimulate a student’s interest in research, it has been so refreshing to work with a student like Felisha.”