The MIDTERMS have FINALLY ended!!!! And the first thing I did
was pass out...and when I woke up, I felt like my brain resembled
more of the puddies from Power Rangers than the thing we dissected
in Trimester 2 neuroanatomy. (Yeah, I just put a Power Ranger
analogy in a med school blog, you're welcome. :) Eventually
reality came back and this post was finished.
Me in the cab going to St. Patty's in Wrigleyville.
A question came via email last weekend and I'd like to help you
(what else am I supposed to do?). Since most of the time more than
just the person who emailed me needs the answer, I open it up to a
little blog action.
Q: "I'm entering NUHS in August and I don't have a place
to stay or a roommate and I don't know anyone there! What would
A: Classic Question! Have No Worries. Unless you plan on living
under a rock and sitting in the corner of class with a scowl on
your face (no offense if that's your style;) you will meet plenty
of friends at National. However, if you are looking for a roommate
before you start, you either have to start creepin' on Facebook
(Twitter, if you're into that kind of thing) or email Pam in
Housing. I'd recommend the later. Pam Thomas* has been fantastic in
sorting out housing arrangements and getting you set up on campus.
If you have your heart set for off-campus living, there are A LOT
of apartments within 1 mile of campus. Google and your telephone
will help narrow your list.
On a side note, Tri Games is this Friday and dodge ball is the
game of choice! Search my old posts for an explanation of past Tri
Games. I've been practicing dodging wrenches all week at Average
Joe's Gym. Ya, I'm ready.
Talk to y'all next week,
* Editor's Note: Please contact Marilyn Fread for housing
This is our last blog of the fall trimester, which means
CHRISTMAS BREAK IS UPON US! I have 3 finals this week and 5 next
week, and then I'm on a plane back to Boston! I'm incredibly
excited to see my family, see some old friends, and work on a few
side projects (more on this below).
I often get asked, "Christian, where are the best places to
live? I'm new and I'm from out of town." SHAMELESS PLUG: I live in
a sweet house right across the street from campus and my two 10th
tri roomies are graduating and becoming docs--which means I have 2
open rooms for rent! Rent is $550 and it's a way better deal than
taking an apartment in the area for $800+. If you're a student or
incoming student and need a place to live, EMAIL ME: CMCARROLL2@gmail.com.
Anyways, back to school.
Functional Movement Screens
If you have
never heard of Gray Cook and you're interested in doing some rehab
or reducing injuries or pain in your office (yes, that should be
all chiros), you need to check out his new book, Movement:
Functional Movement Systems: Screening, Assessment, Corrective
Strategies. It is a big book on functional movement
There are natural movements that normally functioning
(biomechanically efficient and pain-free) humans can perform. Cook
ingeniously lays out the way to assess, score and correct muscular
imbalances. Although he is a physical therapist, it is
groundbreaking for manual medicine practitioners because he gives a
baseline on where you need to be looking. Treat the dysfunction,
not the pain.
As Dr. Rich Ulm used to say to us in first tri, "He who treats
the site of pain is lost and so are his patients." Very powerful
stuff. Of course, chiros have a few different toolsets to impart in
fixing dysfunctions. All professionals have the goal of getting the
patient out of pain and into the proper motion pattern as fast as
possible. Gone are the days of "3 times a week for the remainder of
your life." Chiropractors need to shake that negative image.
Getting superior results is a good start.
I bought Movement as my Christmas present to
myself. Nerdy? Yes. Do I care? Nope! I live for this stuff.
Study hard and enjoy your break! I'll see you in 2012 if the
world doesn't end! ;)
• MPI Gait Seminar
• Trimester Wind Down
• Chiro Games
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