This past week wrapped up the end of the midterms in Tri 6 (we
have 1 left). The infamous TUMORS midterm was last Wednesday and it
lived up to the hype. Last I heard, a third of the class failed.
Yikes. I squeaked by with a D. Not impressive, but the class
average was miserable.
The one thing to keep in mind before you get freaked out is
this: Study a lot. Don't wait until the last minute--you won't
pass. AND in practice, someone else will read your X-rays so you
won't get sued if you miss a benign/malig tumor or the like. So
yes, it's extremely interesting learning about tumors on film but
you're going to have a diplomate in radiology (DACBR) read them to
CYA (cover you're a$$). Learn the material, pass the class and
remember the class "red flags" such as sudden onset of pain without
trauma, pain worse at night, night sweats, and remember the age of
your patient to help rule out certain pathologies. TUMORS is scary,
but it's manageable.
Last week was also our Head to Toe Practical. The Head to Toe
Practical is something you have to do in Physical Diagnosis class.
You have to complete a complete physical on a fellow classmate over
at the clinic while our teachers watch and grade. You practice all
trimester in the labs so you know how to do everything by the time
the practical comes. The only hard parts are that you have to do it
in the perfect order that Dr. Gidcumb wants, and you're nervous
because it's a test.
The list of exam procedures are Vitals, Body Habitus, Head and
Neck, Eyes/Ears/Nose/Throat/Sinus, Neuro (cranial nerves and
peripheral), Spine ROM/Screen, Pulmonary, Cardiac, Abdomen, and a
few other select Gait, Scoliosis, and Cerebellar tests. It's a
complete exam and one you will most likely not do on every patient,
but it's good practice so when you do have a patient that requires
a few of them you know what to do, how to do it, and what is
normal/abnormal so you can make a diagnosis, treat, or refer out.
Physical Diagnosis and Advanced Technique/Adjusting are by far my
favorite classes this tri as we get to do "doctor things." :)
Well, that's about it for NUHS stuff. Just keep living the dream
and don't forget to go to clubs and seminars. Don't be the guy/girl
who graduates without any extra schooling.
"I never let my schooling interfere with my education." -- Mark
Hello Ladies and Germs,
This is my last blog of 5th Tri. I am soooooooo pumped to be
done. I get bored easily, and after 10 weeks into a tri I'm
looking for a fresh class. Final exams are horrible in 5th Tri (and
most other tris) because we have 8 in 4 days next week. Caffeine
One of the things I've been doing since college is reflecting
back on the trimester--things I've accomplished, things I can
improve on. Always tinkering to get more production per unit of my
time. After all, time is the greatest currency we have. It's
nonrenewable and precious. YOLO (you only live once).
Reflective Thoughts and My Self Imposed
CLASSES: Overall Self Grade: B
For the clinical science phase of the DC program, I opted to
stay full track. I have not been full track since 1st
Trimester, so this was a big adjustment to go from 20 credits a tri
to 28.5. It's especially hard for my brain because I enjoy doing a
lot of extracurricular studying so my class load is never the
extent of my education; it is always supplementary.
I have gotten 80s on average across the board, which is solid
but not crushing anything. You'll find there are only so many
hours in the day and I am comfortable with the application of the
information, which is more important than the grades (for me). I
didn't like that I fell off the wagon after midterms as far as
regularly printing out class notes and even taking class notes.
Needs improvement for 6th Tri. Although, I can always
improve--overall, not bad.
SEMINARS: Overall Self Grade: A+
I just finished my AK certification test this past weekend. I
got a 101.5%!!! -- and was the seminar valedictorian (which
includes doctors). No other student got above a 90, so I was very
excited. I've been working extremely hard at learning Applied
Kinesiology and mentoring under Dr. Francis because of his
incredible clinical results (he fixes stuff that just is unheard
of). As a result I've been able to "help" a lot of friends and
family well before I am "supposed to be able to" (whatever that
In conclusion, I had 5 (possibly 6) seminars this
trimester, the most I've ever done in a tri. Weekends of 9:00am -
7:30pm both days are no joke and sap your recharge button. In fact,
this last month I haven't had a day off heading into finals. Was it
worth it? Ask my family/friends when I get home. ;)
WORK/LIFE BALANCE: Overall Self Grade: C-
If you don't do what you love, you'll never love what you do on
a regular daily basis. That's a recipe for depression. Make sure
you love chiropractic before you come here. This grade is based on
a few things. I only had 2 true weekends off this whole
summer. That's an F for balance haha. BUT, my best friends from JMU
and my sister came out to visit for EPIC weekends of fun. That is
an A for balance :). So I decided to mash those together for my C-.
I realized that I burned the candle at too many ends this
Next trimester, I'm going to take only 1 or 2 seminars MAX.
Focus on enjoying a little more R&R time with friends, and take
up a few more bucket list items. I believe that will get my grade
up to A/B range!
Goals For Break:
Cheers and Blessings,
Midterm season is upon us--as Cardio with Dr. Bill Hogan was
this morning featuring a 60-question variety of heart, EKG and
interpretation problems. If you've ever watched a medical drama
(and chances are good you have), you will probably find yourself
staring at the monitor trying to pick out abnormal P waves, a
spiked T wave, or a depressed ST interval. I know I was excited
when we learned about atrial fibrillation and later that night I
was watching a show where a patient was crashing and the doctor
yelled some combination of A Fib and STAT! (sick life
For those of you who don't know Dr. Hogan--well, he is an
interesting man. He comes across quite 'militant' and 'in your
face'. My tip is: DO NOT BE LATE TO HIS CLASS, or he will yell at
you and call you out right in the middle of lecture. He yelled at
my buddy going to restroom and told him to sit back down. What I do
appreciate about Dr. Hogan is that he is a very passionate
lecturer; he practically yells out during the lecture and provides
quality analogies, which maintains my attention throughout lecture.
On top of that, the cardiovascular system in general fascinates me
so I enjoy the material.
Me teaching how to palpate a sacrum in club.
The following is a recipe I'm passing on after RJ Burr
recommended I try it.
Paleo Cookie Dough (no
wheat, added sugars)
Ideally, blend all ingredients in a food processor and let sit
in the fridge. I don't have one so I added coconut milk and
garbanzo beans in a blend until smooth and then took it out and
added in the almond butter, chocolate whey protein powder, stevia,
and folded in the pieces of dark chocolate. Throw it in the fridge
and chill and eat it as is. No baking. Test it out. I thought it
What my friends and I noticed was the longer you've been eating
healthy and paleo, the better it tasted. My friend who eats
McDonald's a couple times a week hated it. My friend who ate
decently healthy thought it was 'pretty good'. RJ and I who are
strict paleo eaters absolutely LOVED IT. Funny, eh? Just an
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