In all the stress and excitement surrounding boards, I forgot to
write about the tour of the Palmer Mansion last weekend. After I
finished with the radiology exam on Friday morning, I had some time
to kill so I decided to go on the Palmer Mansion tour. Daniel David
(D.D.) Palmer is the founder of chiropractic medicine and his son
B.J. Palmer is the developer of the chiropractic profession. The
Palmer family has a very long legacy of promoting and furthering
the profession as a whole. The mansion, which is a part of the
Palmer College campus, was home to B.J. Palmer, his wife Mabel
Heath Palmer, and their children. They donated the mansion to the
college, and in 1984 it was placed on the National Register of
The mansion is very unique, with a large porch that wraps around
the front of the house, and three floors that exhibit the Palmer
family art/travel collections. The family loved to travel and had a
particular love for China. Displayed throughout the house are
pictures from their travels, Chinese sculptures, other religious
art pieces, and gifts from several U.S. presidents. It was a
fascinating tour that gave a glimpse into the Palmer family world.
They had a love for not only chiropractic medicine and art, but
also music, literature, writing, and radio.
Later on in the week, I had an outreach event at Advocate
Illinois Masonic Medical Center. The event was called Clinicians
Working Together -- Managing Back Pain in Our Community. At the
event there were presentations from the head of neurosurgery, pain
management physicians, and chiropractors. The event was also a
great opportunity for MDs and DCs to network, discuss treatment,
and set up possible referral networks. Since I will be working a
few blocks from the Advocate hospital, it was a great chance for me
to meet fellow doctors and have them get to know me.
The rest of the week was filled with orientation for my new job
at The Container Store on North Ave. The Container Store has been
on the Fortune Top 100 Best Companies to Work For the past 14
years. They are very proud of their employee-first culture. By
having happy employees, they feel the customers will be better
taken care of and given outstanding customer service. During my
first week at the store, it is very evident that this is the
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.
• First Patients and Jurisprudence Class
• Ideas for the Future
• Part IV Board Exams
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