I have reached the end of trimester six with 13 weeks of classes
down and two weeks of finals to go!
This past week, we had a guest speaker come and discuss
diagnostic ultrasound for musculoskeletal injuries. Dr. Khong
Lamvichit is a chiropractor in Chicago, Illinois, and is a 2013
alumnus of NUHS
Florida. He is a member of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
and uses diagnostic ultrasound every day in his practice.
Dr. Lamvichit brought the equipment to demonstrate in class. It
was incredible to be able to plug in the machine and immediately
see the desired anatomical structures without any large expensive
equipment like one would need for an MRI or X-Ray. We looked at a
shoulder and an elbow during class. The device allows both the
doctor and the patient to see the desired structure in real time.
It can also help the doctor differentiate between acute and chronic
problems based on the amount of perfusion, which can be measured
with the machine. I was completely unaware of this technology, I
knew about diagnostic ultrasound for pregnant mothers and
therapeutic ultrasound for musculoskeletal injuries but did not
know one could use it for musculoskeletal imaging. This is a
powerful tool that can be used in the chiropractic office and help
streamline the patient's treatment plan because the doctor wouldn't
have to wait for diagnostic imaging to be taken elsewhere.
With finals coming, I already know stress is pretty much
guaranteed, so with that in mind, I enjoyed the weekend as much as
possible. On Saturday, my friend Kelsey and I entered the Tampa Bay
Beach Bums Co-ed Volleyball Tournament in Gulfport, Florida. We
played three games in pool play before advancing to the playoffs.
We won the first game and then lost to the number one seed in the
semi-finals. It was a great time. Playing beach volleyball in
December made it that much better as my home state of New Jersey
has been in the mid 40s all week.
On Sunday, our chapter of the Student American Chiropractic
Association hosted a golf tournament at the Bardmoor Golf and
Tennis Club in Largo, Florida. This was our fundraiser for the
trimester. We are raising money for our trip to Washington D.C. for
the National Chiropractic Leadership Conference. We
had a student team in the tournament that was paid for by four
extremely generous faculty members. I want to extend my gratitude
to President Stiefel, Dr. Guadagno, Dr. Petrocco-Napuli, and Dr.
Miley for sponsoring the student team.
It was a great turnout! We had raffles, sponsorships from the Florida
Chiropractic Association and local organizations, as well as
players from Kiwanis Club of Seminole. It was so much fun! I
haven't golfed in years but thankfully we were playing best ball so
if I hit a bad shot it didn't affect our score too much. We had a
diverse group of students from all points in the program -- Nick in
10th tri, Jack in 4th tri, Steve in 1st tri, and myself in 6th tri.
We all hit the course to play golf on a beautiful afternoon in
December. The course was beautiful but the company was even better.
We had a great time and raised money for our trip. Unfortunately we
came in second by one stroke. Nevertheless, it was certainly an
Finals are here and after my final exams I will be heading home
to New Jersey for some well-deserved time off. This trimester was
difficult at times but well worth it. I am moving to trimester
seven and will begin clinic in trimester eight. There is still a
lot of work to be done.
If you have questions please email me at ChristopherKotwicki@student.nuhs.edu.
I had a shortened week because we had off Thursday and Friday
for Thanksgiving. Though it was a shortened week we still had a
normal workload on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. We went over how
to proficiently take notes in The Clinical Encounter, went over
glucose tolerance testing in lab diagnosis, looked over
tendinopathies in Orthopedic Imaging, and had a mock practical exam
in physical diagnosis.
Every Wednesday we have phlebotomy class, where my classmates
and I practice blood draws on one another. We have also been going
over the order of the draw, meaning the order of the collection
tubes when one must draw more than one tube. Each tube has a
different colored top. The colors represent different enzymes
within the tube and each tube is therefore used for a different
reason. Some tubes are used for clotting time, others are used for
blood cell count, and others for nutrient measurements. We have
been memorizing the order and the purpose of each tube in
preparation for the written final.
The mock practical in physical diagnosis was on the orthopedic
tests for the neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, low back, knee, and
ankle. We will have a practical in a week and a half so it was good
to get an idea of how proficient we are in our orthopedic
Every year for the past eight years, the students, faculty, and
friends of National University of Health Sciences gather at St.
Petersburg College Seminole campus for a night of food, football,
and fun. The event is catered by a local restaurant owned by the
family of an alumnus. It is also sponsored by Performance Health,
the company that makes Biofreeze and Theraband. We all received
free T-shirts and drawstring bags courtesy of Biofreeze. There were
also raffles and giveaways for extra prizes!
Last year's Turkey Bowl was amazing but I fell short of the
championship, we lost in the final game on the last play of the
game. I showed up to Turkey Bowl this year with the championship in
my sights. We have a single elimination flag football tournament
consisting of four teams. Each team consists of seven or eight
players and the games are 30 minutes of 7-on-7 with a running
clock. I played quarterback for the first game and racked up three
passing touchdowns, then played wide receiver. Our team went to
overtime in both of our games. I had the go-ahead receiving
touchdown in the final game before they tied it up to send it to
overtime. Charged down the field and scored in overtime and we won
After the games we announced the winning team, the most valuable
professor, and most valuable player. Dr. Strauss won the most
valuable faculty member, and to my surprise, I won the most
valuable player! The school gave me a stability ball and a roll of
kinesiology tape. It was an awesome experience one that I will
never forget because I never won an MVP in any sporting event I
ever participated in. We took a group picture, cleaned up the park,
and said goodnight. I wish Turkey Bowl was every trimester!
Unfortunately I have to wait an entire year for the next one but it
was a fantastic experience.
On that note I would like to wish everyone a Happy
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Last week was short because we had off for Veteran's Day. I have
friends and family who are veterans so I want to thank them and all
veterans for their service to this country.
Prior to Friday, we had a Pharmacology exam on Thursday. My
class and I spent weeks preparing for the second of three
Pharmacology exams, and we did a pretty good job. The exam was
composed of questions about anti-hypertensives,
anti-hyperlipidemics, CNS depressants, and CNS stimulants. Our
Pharmacology class is taught by Dr. Daniel Richardson who has a PhD
in Pharmacology and is an expert in nutrition and botanical
medicine. We are constantly discussing what prescriptions are used
for each condition, their mechanisms of action, and natural
alternatives we can use in our scope. If doctors of chiropractic
earn prescriptive rights one day, we will be prepared to answer the
Saturday my fellow students and I volunteered at Ribfest in
downtown St. Petersburg in Vinoy Park. Ribfest is a three-day
concert and event that raises money for children's charities and
organizations such as All Children's Hospital, the YMCA, the Boy
Scouts, Children's Aid Foundation, the Red Cross, and many more. We
volunteered in the family fun zone and our job was to have fun with
It was a great turnout and after we closed the family fun zone,
we headed over to the stage for concert. The headlining band was
the Doobie Brothers, one of the classics and an all-time favorite
band of mine. They were excellent and we each contributed time and
money to the event to help make a difference in the lives of
children. It was a very successful day and I am happy that NUHS
contributes to the event every year.
That's all for this week. If you have any questions about
student life at NUHS in Florida, please email me at ChristopherKotwicki@student.nuhs.edu
Every year in late October or early November, all the
chiropractic schools from the U.S. and Canada gather in Florida to
compete in sports. This event is known as the Chiropractic Games
and this past weekend was the 25th anniversary of the games!
National University has two sites, one in Illinois and one in
Florida, but for the Chiropractic Games we are one school and we
come together to form teams for multiple sports. Last year I ran
and played soccer, but this year I also played basketball! For
some, this event is a chance to get away and have fun, for others,
like myself, it is an opportunity to compete and a reason to train
The weekend was filled with exercise, competition, camaraderie,
and enjoyment above all else. I loved meeting our colleagues from
Illinois and fellow chiropractic students from other schools. I
made a lot of new friends from NUHS Illinois but also from schools
like NYCC, Parker, Palmer, Sherman, and Logan. Events like this are
a great reminder that we are all in this together, though we are
from different schools, we are the future of the profession and may
be working with one another after we graduate.
The first day I ran the 5k with a goal of running under 20
minutes but fell just shy of my goal and ran the 5k in 20 minutes
and 16 seconds. I went on to play three soccer games, scoring a
goal in our second game, and I finished the first day by playing a
basketball game. Later that night we went to a local bar with a
live band and danced all night. Students from all the schools were
there and we had a great time!
The following day I ran a two-mile race in just over 13 minutes,
then played a soccer game, and finished with a basketball game.
Afterwards, we enjoyed some food and drinks at the beach bar at the
hotel. It was an awesome weekend and a nice break from all the
stresses of school and life. It was only a two and a half hour
drive away for NUHS Florida students, a much closer distance and
shorter travel time than almost every other school. We drove back
on Sunday afternoon to get ready for class on Monday.
The weekend was amazing, I made friends and memories that will
last a lifetime, and I look forward to next year, which will be my
last chiropractic games!
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