Tri 6: What to Expect


I still can't believe we are back at school! With the mayhem of Boards behind us, we need to get a good schedule going again. As you know, I am in Tri 6 now and I'm so excited because we get to take a lot of 'doctor' classes. Finally, all of the information and science that we have been learning for over a year is coming together in our clinical classes and we are learning procedures and techniques to diagnose and treat patients.

The AK (Applied Kinesiology) board. They cropped me in 'cuz they thought
it would be funny and I was at boards during the picture, lol.

Physical Diagnosis

Physical Diagnosis is definitely my favorite class so far. It is 8 credits. You read that right. 8! Holy cow! I enjoy the class so much because we go through the whole body over the course of the trimester and go through the clinical setting that you would do with a patient. You learn physicals, vitals, ortho tests, etc., and how to determine what diagnosis to give the patient. Getting the proper diagnosis is not only important, but also essential to your TREATMENT. Why? If you don't know what the patient has, how do you know what to put in your treatment plan? Exactly!


The notoriously scary class of Trimester 6 is Tumors, taught by the infamous Dr. Bogar. The class is similar to Dr. Darby's Trimester 2 Neuroanatomy class, in that this one you have to take very seriously, probably need some tutoring, and many people have been known to fail it. With that said, going into it you know you're going to put your game face on to pass. 

Dr. Bogar's humor, I've noticed through the first couple weeks, is extremely dry, but hilarious when you actually listen to how he does it. He will say things like, "I hear people say they don't ever see tumors in practice and not to worry about them in a DC office. Well, I BET THEY DON'T! They don't know what they're looking at! Tell that to the judge when you get sued!" He tends to be a little extreme, but he is a fountain of knowledge in this area so I respect him.

Many people are intimidated by him, but all he really requires is you come to class on time and pay attention. Boom! Dr. Bogar will also have you believing that every patient that walks into your office might be indicated for an X-ray series, which I don't necessarily agree with, but he is a DACBR (diplomate in radiology), so you bet your marbles I'm listening to him about the conditions that necessitate imaging.

Functional Rehabilitation

One of my other favorite classes is Functional Rehab 1 taught by Dr. Solecki. National is extremely fortunate to have Dr. Solecki teaching here. He is a BOSS. Dr. Solecki was extremely successful in practice and now works with Northwestern, DePaul, and a few other college athletic programs. You know that what you learn in that class is cutting edge and will deliver results to your patients. While you don't have to be a "rehab guy" in practice, it is essential you learn rehab from this doc and pick his brain about building a successful practice outside of class.

More updates and some fun posts are planned, so stay tuned to the blog, and if you have any questions as always I'm an email away!


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