Clinical Pearls

I had a little bit of disheartening start to my week when eight radiology reports were returned with failed written on them. These reports are part of my Radiology Management/Report Writing class. A big part of the class is getting 30 approved reports finished before the end of the trimester. Although these first few reports did not go well, I have plenty of time to get the remaining ones completed. It is also a learning process, so not doing great on the first couple reports is a chance to learn from my mistakes. 

During my downtime in class and clinic this week, I began reading Migraine Headaches, Hypothyroidism, and Fibromyalgia  by Alex Vasquez, DO, ND, DC. It's a great read and loaded with excellent clinical information. The first part of the textbook is an outstanding clinical reference for patient intake, physical examination, laboratory tests, and orthopedic tests. I just began reading the second half of the book which covers pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of the three disorders listed above. Dr. Vasquez lays out several different treatment options for patients suffering from these conditions. My favorite part is the "clinical pearls" he has along with treatments that outline reasons why treatment may not be working, red flags, and other tips to make your treatment more beneficial. His textbooks are excellent, very well organized, and I highly recommend them. If interested, check out his website:

It was a short clinic week with Monday off for Memorial Day. I saw a few patients, and I have to say I'm getting very comfortable with clinic setting. It's so nice to finally being doing hands-on techniques on a daily basis. On Friday, I planned and organized a potluck for all us new Student Clinic interns. Everyone brought a dish to pass, and there were meatballs, stuffed peppers, deviled eggs, bacon-bleu cheese dip, mini strawberry cheesecakes, and so much more.  And of course, all the food was calorie-free and guilt-free, too! It made for a very pleasant Friday morning in clinic. 


I had a great ending to the week with a good friend staying with us from Dallas. On Saturday night, my partner and I had a few friends over for a dinner party and much needed "catch-up." The dinner menu was comprised of steak and chicken kabobs, grilled veggies, quinoa salad, Caprese salad, and lots of wine. Dinner turned out great, and I was slightly impressed with my skills as grill master. The grill is usually my partner's domain, but I am slowly getting better at cooking on it. Overall, it was a really fun evening with great friends.