We’ve all heard the stories of the recent Chiropractic Graduate that goes and gets a job as an Associate, but only to be forced into slave labor by another Chiropractor. Some of us have even been on the receiving end of this deal. It’s not a pleasant experience, but it typifies the cannibalistic Chiropractors that exist out there.
We want graduates to understand that this DOES NOT apply to all <strong>Chiropractic Associateships</strong>. There are many wonderful Chiropractors out there that will spend quality time with you to help you learn the details of running your own practice, but this article is not about them. It’s about the few who take advantage of new grads and work them until their knuckles bleed. No vacation time, long hours, low pay, loads of extra work, countless off-site presentations - these are some of the signs and symptoms of a bad situation.
This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t be working hard to earn your place in the office. You certainly need to take an active role in helping to build the practice, but you should never feel like you are being taken advantage of or over-worked (without proper compensation).
Until now, there hasn’t really been any kind of accountability for these Chiropractors. ChiroHub has built a directory that should contain every licensed DC in the US (over 70,000 listings)! If you, or anyone you know, has had experience working as an Associate for a Chiropractor, we highly recommend you take the time to visit our Chiropractic Directory and write a detailed review about the doctor you worked for. This kind of public feedback will allow future grads to read about a DC before they sign up to work as an Associate under him/her. Together we can make a safer, more enjoyable work place for all Chiropractors.