MCM Mastermind & CAM Acceptance Among Medical Specialists

CF 215: MCM Mastermind & CAM Acceptance Among Medical Specialists Today we’re going to talk about the MCM Mastermind and CAM acceptance in the medical community.  But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music  

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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #215 Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about Sitting On Your Butt And The Future Of American Pain . Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

I just returned from Delray Beach Florida. I am part of a nationwide mastermind group started and led by Dr Kevin Christie. Kevin has been a guest on our podcast and I on his. He is the host of the Modern Chiropractic Marketing podcast and author of the book as well. Super guy. Super doc. Superhuman being.

He just is and I’m honored to know him and call him a friend. He’s a guy you want to root for, learn from, and help. And get help from I might add. This group is about 15 strong as of now but is going to grow. If I get to talking about it and you are interested in being a part of the group, Kevin told me there are some open spots but it is limited. The group will be limited in size to facilitate a tight knit and highly effective group.

The group is high functioning and the docs are accomplished and doing some pretty cool stuff. The point of the mastermind is to get together and form a solid network. To solve each others’ problems and to sol learn from each other and from the special speakers Kevin has signed up to present.

Four trips to Florida. Delray Beach was #1. In April we meet in St. Augustine, FL. In July it’s Sarasota. And in November we are meeting at the Playa Largo resort in Key Largo in the Florida Keys!

Some of the members are me of course, Ben Fergus of the GRIP method, Mark King of The Motion Palpation Institute, Jay Greenstein of Kaizohealth, Kevin. Lots of key members from all over the nation.

So day 1 we were presented to by Jay Greenstein about teamwork, communications with your team, problem-solving with your team, working through and prioritizing your issues, coming up with ideas for approaching them, and lots and lots of other stuff.

Look folks: real talk here, I’ve been following Jay for a few years now and if you don’t know him, please go figure out who he is and see if you can learn something from him. He couldn’t have been better and this meeting could not have been more timely for me. Good time to get jazzed.

Now, why a mastermind? I tried practice management companies and they suck mostly. They’re mostly vitalistic. They don’t typically follow guidelines and they are doctor-centered. Again for the most part. So….they’re out.

I was a member of a mastermind group in Dallas got a couple of years and my practice growth was awesome. My personal growth was even more significant. My reputation and network in the state in this profession were a result of the mastermind and that has been priceless.

We learned from the group leader but even more magic happened outside of the classroom. In the bars and around the lunch tables. In our interactions with each other after we went back home.

Those folks are still some of my best friends in the profession.

So, when Kevin asked me if I’d like to be a member of his mastermind, and he told me the price, which I thought was right on target, I jumped. Masterminds are good for me. I do better with a network of high achievers than I do floundering solo. I’ve proven that to myself. Plus, when you consider that it’s a group of evidence-based patient-centered docs that align with my style and vision, again it’s a no-brainer

Then, do we even need to discuss how awesome 4 trips to different parts of Florida are? Come on seriously. So, I love this group. I like where it’s headed. If you are evidence-based and patient-centered, you are high functioning and have valuable and creative ideas to share with the group while you learn others’ great ideas, and you’d like to be on the train with us, I hope you’ll reach out to me or Kevin.

My email is [email protected] and Kevin’s is [email protected]

Lemme be clear, Kevin is the leader and will make the decisions on who is right for the group but if you’d like to send me an email, I’ll get y’all connected.

OK, so even though we are onboarding a new back-office staff while in the process of re-hiring front desk staff after the last one only lasted 8 weeks, and even though the real estate investment in Lubbock STILL has lots of work left to get done before we can rent it out,

I’m STILL jazzed and excited from this mastermind weekend. Now, I gotta get to the research so I can go implant some of the stuff I learned this weekend! Since I’m playing catch up from being gone, we’re just covering one paper today.

It’s the best I can do this week! 

Item #1

This one is called, “Acceptance and use of complementary and alternative medicine among medical specialists: a 15-year systematic review and data synthesis” by Phutrakool, et. al. and published in BMC on January 14, 2022 and you can see it sizzle. Foggin up the glasses. Steamy!

Why They Did It

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) has gained popularity among the general population, but its acceptance and use among medical specialists have been inconclusive. This systematic review aimed to identify relevant studies and synthesize survey data on the acceptance and use of CAM among medical specialists.

How They Did It

  • The authors conducted a systematic literature search in PubMed and Scopus databases for the acceptance and use of CAM among medical specialists. 
  • Each article was assessed by two screeners. 
  • Only survey studies relevant to the acceptance and use of CAM among medical specialists were reviewed. 
  • Of 5628 articles published between 2002 and 2017, 25 fulfilled the selection criteria. 
  • Ten medical specialties were included: Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Anesthesiology, Surgery, Family Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry and Neurology, Otolaryngology, and Neurological Surgery

What They Found

  • The overall acceptance of CAM was 52%. 
  • Family Medicine reported the highest acceptance, followed by Psychiatry and Neurology, Neurological Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Internal Medicine, and Surgery. 
  • The overall use of CAM was 45%. 
  • The highest use of CAM was by the Obstetrics and Gynecology, followed by Family Medicine, Psychiatry and Neurology, Pediatrics, Otolaryngology, Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Surgery. 

Wrap It Up

Acceptance and use of CAM varied across medical specialists. CAM was accepted and used the most by Family Medicine but the least by Surgery. Findings from this systematic review could be useful for the strategic harmonization of CAM and conventional medical practice. And surgery doesn’t utilize us because we cost them money. When we are keeping patients from having surgery, they’re not getting paid. Is that really why? I don’t know, of course. But there has to be some financial incentives with surgeons. Those guys and girls are getting tens of thousands of dollars per fusion, discectomy, etc. Is the incentive low for searching out cost-effective ways to avoid surgery?  My off-the-cuff response is…..yeah, the incentive is low. 

Alright, that’s it.

Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in the leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week. 



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  The Message

I want you to know with absolute certainty that when Chiropractic is at its best, you can’t beat the risk vs reward ratio because spinal pain is primarily a movement-related pain and typically responds better to movement-related treatment rather than chemical treatments like pills and shots. When compared to the traditional medical model, research and clinical experience show us patients can get good to excellent results for headaches, neck pain, back pain, and joint pain to name just a few. It’s safe and cost-effective can decrease surgeries & disability and we do it through conservative, non-surgical means with minimal hassle to the patient. And, if the patient treats preventatively after initial recovery, we can usually keep it that way while raising the overall level of health!

Key Point: At the end of the day, patients should have the guarantee of having the best treatment that offers the least harm. When it comes to non-complicated musculoskeletal complaints…. That’s Chiropractic!

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About the Author & Host Dr. Jeff Williams – Fellow of the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (FIANM) and Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Professionals (DABFP) – Chiropractor in Amarillo, TX, Chiropractic Advocate, Author, Entrepreneur, Educator, Businessman, Marketer, and Healthcare Blogger & Vlogger    

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