At the beginning of the clinic week, I presented my Journal Club
article. The point of the Journal Club is to have the interns bring
articles on treatment options for patients and discuss whether or
not we would use them with our patients.
My article was on the use of acupuncture for patients with
migraine headaches. The conclusion of the article was that
acupuncture does show a decrease in the number of days with a
migraine, and a decrease in the patient's quality of life. After I
finished with my presentation, we were all able to discuss our
opinions. We also talked about what other treatment options we
would use with a patient experiencing migraine headaches. My
current treatment plan for patients with migraines, which can be
changed per patient, includes acupuncture, chiropractic
manipulative therapy, post-isometric relaxation of the
sub-occipital muscles, and supplementation of magnesium,
riboflavin, and CoQ10.
Throughout the rest of the week, I finished my decorating for
Halloween, which is quite extensive. If you haven't noticed yet,
it's my very favorite time of the year. This included any final
touches, putting up the remainder of the decorations, more spider
webbing, and hanging my newest decoration. Every year the day after
Halloween, I check out the sales on decorations, and I buy one big
decoration to add to my collection. The decoration I added last
year was a five-foot tall hanging ghoul that I placed on my
balcony. It looks great out there, and I can't wait for people to
see it next weekend!
My newest Halloween decoration
On Sunday, Dr. Miller, several ninth and tenth trimester
interns, and I volunteered at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
It was the perfect fall day for the race with temperatures in the
mid-60s, which was ideal for the runners. Marathon Day in Chicago
is always a fun day because so many people come out to watch,
support, and cheer on the runners. Talking with some of the
experienced marathoners after the race, they said it's almost
impossible to get tired during the Chicago Marathon due to the
amazing crowds that come out to cheer them along.
Jeff Jones, Candace Gesicki, and me at the Chicago
Marathon on Sunday
We were in the Chicago Diabetes Project tent where we were
available for post-race care for the runners. The majority of the
runners were in a lot of pain and had very tight muscles, so we
helped by stretching and massaging as needed. I have volunteered at
the marathon before, but I haven't had as much one-on-one post-race
care. It was crazy to see how much pain some people were in, while
others looked like they could run the marathon again. I'm sure that
has a lot to do with training and experience with running. Overall,
it was a great experience, and as always it is so inspiring
watching people finish something as impressive as a marathon!
New trimester, new goals, new challenges, new location, and new
people. This week started my 9th trimester of chiropractic school.
This trimester I am a full-time chiropractic intern at the NUHS Whole Health Center -
Chicago, located by the UIC campus on Maxwell and S. Halsted
St. The Chicago clinic offers a wide variety of services, some of
which include chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage therapy,
diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation, physical therapy, and much
It's been an interesting start to the trimester. Interesting in
that, there are so many new things to get used to. The biggest
challenge this first week was trying to find a convenient public
transportation route to take from my place to the clinic. Turns out
there isn't a good one really, and it's faster for me to drive most
days. Otherwise, I really like my new clinic location. There are
five 10th trimester interns and four 9th trimester interns, all of
whom are under the supervision of Dr. April Miller.
Since we are so close to the UIC campus, Dr. Miller and all of
the Chicago clinic interns did an outreach event on Wednesday at
the UIC new student welcome. We set up several chiropractic and
massage tables, and offered students massages, trigger point work,
and information on stretching that would be helpful for students to
do on a daily basis. It was a very successful event with over 100
students stopping by for some wellness care. Students were also
given information on the university and care they can receive at
our clinic (all of which is discounted for UIC students).
My main focus last week was prepping for the many hours of exams
I had this past weekend. Friday afternoon I took the Physiotherapy
board exam. Saturday morning was the Part III board exam followed
by the first section of the Part II board exams all afternoon.
Finally, Sunday I finished the last sections of Part II in the
morning and afternoon. So, last week was a lot of studying any free
minute I had. I was doing a lot of prep all summer long, but it's
amazing how nervous and stressed you can get the week leading up to
exams. Needless to say, I didn't have a decent night's sleep all
week long. Tension was high, but the great news was, come Sunday
night, all the exams were behind me, and life can go back to
normal. If you want to learn more about the NBCE board exams and
what they entail go to www.nbce.org.
This week's blog is a short one, but I promise to have all the
details of how board exams went in next week's blog. It's back to
books for me.
I am almost finished with 8th Trimester and Student Clinic. I
have this week and next week, and then I have completed Student
Clinic. At this point, it is important to close out patient care,
make sure all the number requirements have been met, and prepare
for main clinic rotations that start the first week of September.
Like I stated in an earlier blog, I will be in the downtown Chicago
clinic. I feel like this clinic will be a great fit for me with my
radiology background because the clinic is equipped with digital
radiography equipment. I am also looking forward to being in a new
environment, new surroundings, and being a little bit closer to
where I live.
As the end of 8th Trimester nears, my excitement has been
increasing. The reason I am getting excited is because this
trimester marks the last classes I have to take in chiropractic
school. It's a pretty amazing feeling. From 9th Trimester on
through my chiropractic career, the education, seminars, and future
classwork I do will be tailored to my interests and my patient's
Final exams start next week Tuesday and finish up the following
week on Tuesday afternoon. One important key to getting through
finals, besides studying a ton, is have something fun planned to
celebrate when you finish. After weeks of stress, studying, not
sleeping, and living in the library, you deserve some sort of fun
activity to forget your worries. The day after finals this tri, my
friends and I are having a cookout on my roof deck and then heading
to Wrigley Field for a Cubs game.
Saturday was an especially long and crazy day. On our balcony,
we have a spiral staircase that goes to our roof deck, which was in
desperate need of a new paint job. For some reason, Rob and I
thought this would be an easy task, but it was quite the opposite.
The job took us several hours on Saturday as well as Sunday to
complete. After we finished with the work on Saturday, we had the
pleasure of hosting a dual birthday party for two NUHS ladies,
Candace Gesicki and Kenzie Wood. The night started with cocktails
and cake on the roof and ended out in Old Town, Chicago.
After we finished with the rest of the painting on Sunday, I
pulled out my notes to continue my studying for the final exams I
have this week. On Tuesday, I have Clinical Natural Medicine and
Evidence Based Practice III finals. Thursday's exams consist of
Business in the morning and Radiology Management/Report Writing in
the afternoon. And then three more exams the following Monday and
Tuesday and 8th Trimester is over!
See you in a couple of weeks!
The first week of September I will be taking Part II, III and
Physiotherapy Board Exams. Throughout the summer months, I have
been studying reviews and old notes in preparation for the exams.
The main review book I am using, which was very helpful for Part I
Boards, is Mosby's Review Questions for the NBCE Examination,
Parts I and II. The book is an excellent resource in that it
covers material from every subject that is covered on both exams.
Also, every question not only gives you the correct answer, but it
also covers each of the incorrect answers with a detailed
explanation. By going over these review questions and reading
through the explanations of the answers, you are covering a large
portion of the material for the exams.
Along with the reviews, I also have been noting subjects/topics
that my professors have mentioned during lectures that are usually
covered on board exams. I kept a document on my desktop and when my
professors mentioned any of these "hot button" board topics, I
added it to the document to look up, take notes on, and review
later. My biggest piece of advice is start studying early! I get
very stressed around exam time, especially with exams as involved
and intense as national boards. By starting the review process
early on, I am able to alleviate a lot of the nerves, which was a
big help on my previous exam performance.
Sunday evening, Rob and I went to the Steppenwolf Theatre to see
the play "Belleville." I am a member of the Red Card program at the
theatre which offers discount tickets for members under 30 years
old. The play is about a newlywed couple that lives a very hip
existence in the colorful, multi-ethnic neighborhood of Belleville,
Paris. As the play progresses, small cracks in their relationship
slowly begin to surface and expose themselves as large lies. By the
end of the play, their world implodes when everything comes to
light, and they are forced to deal with their new reality. The
quality of theater that comes out of the Steppenwolf is in a
category all its own. The performance by the lead actress, Kate
Arrington, was a tour de force of emotion, vulnerability, and the
human spirit. I would highly recommend this play and the
Following the show, we went to dinner at RPM Italian in downtown
Chicago. We have been trying to get reservations for this
restaurant for several months before we finally got in Sunday
evening--and it was worth the wait. The food, drinks, service, and
ambience were top notch resulting in the best dining experience
we've had in a very long time.
Here I am in week eight, and I have no idea where the time has
gone. This week marked the start of midterms with Clinical Natural
Medicine and Dermatology exams.
Clinical Natural Medicine is comprised of weekly case studies in
which I need to come up with differential diagnoses, treatment
plans, and any other health concerns the patient may be facing. The
exam was a similar format with a series of case studies that I
needed to figure out lab tests, diagnoses, medical imaging, and
possible treatments that would work for that patient. The
Dermatology midterm consisted of mostly images of different skin
conditions followed by treatments for those conditions.
I only have one more midterm next week in my Jurisprudence
class, and after that I'm finished with midterms. That is such a
large change from midterms in past trimesters, where it seemed to
be a never-ending month long marathon of exams.
I was duty intern in Student Clinic this week. Duty intern is a
rotation that each intern needs to do twice each trimester. During
this rotation, you are in charge of checking patients into their
treatment rooms and keeping the clinician informed on when patients
arrive, if they don't show, and when they are finished with
treatment. You also have duties around the rest of clinic including
doing laundry, stocking rooms, and prepping for the next shift.
This week was also very historic with Prop 8 and the Defense of
Marriage Act both being struck down by the United States Supreme
Court. The statement "Equal Justice Under the Law" that sits above
the entrance of the Supreme Court was finally upheld for lesbian
and gay couples in the U.S. As a gay man and a man lucky enough to
have a loving partner of many years, these decisions were very
As a very exciting end to the week, we joined in the Chicago
Pride celebration and parade on Sunday with good friends. The city
of Chicago had record numbers; over one million people graced the
streets of the Uptown and Lakeview neighborhoods for the parade. It
was very neat to see the mixing pot of people there to show support
for the LGBT community, celebrate, and show their true colors.
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