This blog post is going to be short and sweet. I hope everyone
had a nice Thanksgiving feast and stuffed your stomachs with
turkey, pie, wine, and everything else in the cornucopia. The week
of Thanksgiving is usually a bittersweet one, not because of the
cranberries, but because it's an awesome holiday followed by the
sobering realization that finals are right around the corner.
Flights during the holiday cost your first-born child so I
stayed at my house and my roommate and I had some people over for a
BOMB gluten-free feast! Couple that with football and red wine and
I couldn't have been more grateful.
My buddy Mike and I on a friend's b-day.
For those not in 6th Tri, Dr. Solecki, who teaches Functional
Rehab, will put you through a "Filthy 50" workout from hell! Why?
You get bonus points for completing it. I was sore for 4 straight
The workout from H-E-double hockey sticks:
Yeah, it almost looks fake. I swear that's what he made his labs
do. Most don't end up finishing as you can imagine but he still
gives you the bonus points for trying.
On another sidebar: I'd like to send cyber wishes to one of my
best friends from high school. Travel well.
Always Be Thankful For Today,
During your tour here at National you will indefinitely come
across many different journeys and maturity opportunities. As I
write this blog for students and perspective students, I enjoy
giving you some ideas and tips from some of my experiences to make
their journey smoother.
Freak Out, Depression, Burnout Cycle
One thing I've noticed while attending is the impending Week 5
and Week 11 "Freak Out, Depression, Burnout Cycle." (I 1000% made
that term up.) Let me explain. At the beginning of the trimester,
everyone is excited for the new classes but still hasn't gotten
into the rhythm of studying again after a satisfying break. Come
Week 5 you are freaking out that you haven't studied yet, but also
depressed that you let this happen again (my 7th time now, haha).
The good news? Just buckle down and grind it out for 4-5 weeks
through midterms and learn the material and you will be fine, all
else held. It's merely the feeling of unknowing exactly what to
expect and being underprepared in the material, so your brain's
natural reaction is to FREAK OUT.
The "burnout" part of the cycle is located at the end of
midterms and before finals. Your brain and body is exhausted from
burning the candle at both ends and you're dreading the impeding
sleep deprivation that takes place for finals. Wow, that sounds
terrible!! You can do it! The first step is accepting! The next
step is writing down your tests and printing out/gathering the
material on those tests, and the final step is cranking it out
until you've learned it! Rinse and repeat! You're not alone; you're
Physical Diagnosis Class
On a class note, Tri 6's staple class, Physical Diagnosis has
many lab practicals split throughout the trimester. It feels like
the finals week of your earlier tri E&M classes all trimester
long. Despite the nerves on being put on the spot to perform exams,
I love that we are getting great practice on examining patients and
getting out all the nerves now before we actually have real live
patients that depend upon us. I am completing my Regional Lab
Practical on Monday. It includes a variety of different regional
exams: Cranial Nerve Exam, Peripheral Nerve Neuro Exam,
Vitals, Head and Neck Exam, Eye Exam, ENT Exam, Cardiac Exam,
Pulmonary Exam, and Abdominal Exam. The hardest part of those is
that Dr. Gidcumb expects it to be done in exactly the order that he
lays out in the notes. So you may evaluate and examine everything
in the section, but still fail because you did it out of order.
I've prepared well, but fingers crossed I remember. :)
Food for Thought
Have you ever thought about your position on drug prescription
rights being incorporated into Chiropractic Scope of Practice? It's
an extremely interesting topic of debate. I encourage you to look
up a few articles and decide what you may be leaning towards. It
helps hearing both sides of the argument, however chiropractic's
one glaring problem is our profession is so eclectic that nobody
agrees on anything across the board! Oh well. :P
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
it would be funny and I was at boards during the picture,
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.
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
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
Hello, Cygnets (baby swans...who voted on a wimpy mascot?
We have a few things on the plate this week--midterms, immunity,
travel hacking, March madness, and DJ Bifero!
Midterm Season continues to drag on. This week features
Pathology 2 and Microbiology 2. Hypertension, thyroid, adrenal,
pituitary, Ischemic heart disease, and all the crazy micro bugs
will be on tap all week. I do enjoy studying these subjects but the
shear volume of bizarre bugs to memorize in micro drives me
bananas, considering we won't be treating a vast majority of them,
or even see them in our offices for that matter. Well, you have to
cooperate to graduate (ha ha).
How to Catch a Cold
Many people assume that they simply 'catch' a cold by being
around virus/bacteria. While the germ theory has much proof for it,
I came across this fact in the "Science of Diet and Nutrition
With just 2 cans of SODA you DECREASE your immune system
function by 40% for 5 hours after!!!!! Holy shitake mushrooms! This
is true of all sugars, added Dr. Kristina Conner! This includes
excess fruits, grains, and obviously junk foods. No wonder the
paleo diet has such good clinical success. It's low sugar, which
allows optimal immune function. Anyways, I thought I'd drop some
knowledge since I thought it was a fun fact of the day.
Recently, I stumbled upon a concept or dare I say, cult, called
'travel hacking.' There are legions of people who sign up for all
sorts of bonus credit card deals for tens of thousands of frequent
flyer miles. They have tactics for saving hundreds on flights,
hotels, etc. It's sort of an underground following but if you're
interested in long term world traveling (I am trying to do this for
a few months after I graduate from NUHS to recharge my batteries),
I recommend checking out the Frugal Travel Guy, Chris Gulliebeau,
and this cool article I read: How to Travel Around the World for $418.
This past weekend our microbiology teacher, Dr. Antonio Bifero,
DJed at a club and a bunch of us went to support his musical
talents and hobby. It was really fun since we brought a bunch of
NUHS people and the shenanigans were in full swing. Picture
So who's your pick to win March madness? I have Syracuse winning
it all! Go orange!
Till next time,
• MPI Gait Seminar
• Trimester Wind Down
• Chiro Games
To read older blog posts, scroll to the bottom and click the "Older Posts" button.