Board Exams and Tech Support

With board exams approaching in a little over a month, most of my free time has been dedicated to studying. The first week in September I will be taking the Part II, III, and Physiotherapy Board Exams, which I became eligible to take after finishing phase two of the program at NUHS. The examinations are held Friday, September 6 through Sunday, September 8 on campus. 

Part II consists of general diagnosis, neuromusculoskeletal diagnosis, diagnostic imaging, principles of chiropractic, chiropractic practice, and associated clinical sciences. Each of the six sections listed above consists of 110 multiple-choice questions. 

The Part III Exam includes case history, physical examination, neuromusculoskeletal examination, diagnostic imaging, clinical laboratory and special studies, diagnosis or clinical impression, chiropractic techniques, supportive interventions, and case management. This board exam has a total of 110 multiple-choice questions and 10 case vignettes with extended questioning. 

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This 13-foot sculpture, "Musical Images," is one of the many on the NUHS campus.

The final exam I will be taking in September is Physiotherapy. This exam covers passive adjunctive procedures (thermo-, electro-, mechano-, and photo-therapy) and active adjunctive procedures (functional assessment, exercise physiology, endurance training, muscle, neuromuscular, and disorder-specific rehabilitation). The exam itself is 92 multiple-choice questions and 2 case vignettes with extended questioning. 

After completing this set of exams, I need to start prep for the Part IV Board Exams, which will be the first weekend of November. This exam is the practical portion of the four chiropractic board exams. Included in the exam are X-ray interpretation and diagnosis, chiropractic technique, and case management. All states with the exception of Illinois require the Part IV Boards. The good news is that after the fall trimester, if all the board exams go well (fingers crossed), I should have a relatively easy spring trimester. 

At the end of this week, my ever-troublesome laptop died for the last time. Over the past year, I feel like I had to take my computer in about every 3 or 4 months for some kind of repair. It became an ongoing, not-so-funny, joke between the repair staff and me every time I would come in again. So now, in an effort to save myself from future technology headaches, I have finally made the switch from PC to Mac. The funny thing is, it took me so long to make this switch because I didn't want to spend as much on a laptop as a Mac costs, but in the long run with my last PC, I probably spent a lot more when you add up all the repairs, software, virus protection, etc. Here's hoping I have more success with Macs than I have had with PCs.