Archive for tag: boards

Part IV Is Finally Over

Hello everybody. Part IV boards are DONE!! This past weekend, my fellow 9th and 10th trimester interns and I had to hopefully make our last trip to Port Orange, Florida, for board exams. 

The first day was the Diagnostic Imaging exam. We were first given very specific instructions on what to expect once the exam began. Next, we were separated into groups and taken to our exam rooms. In the room were 10 stations, each with a view box containing 2 images. On my exam there was one MRI case and the rest were X-ray images. You then had 4 minutes to review the cases and answer two follow-up questions that either asked the next appropriate step in managing the case, what the diagnosis was, or what would we expect to see clinically with that patient. 

The general consensus after Day 1 was that we were all very prepared for that exam. To reward myself after Day 1, I took the rest of the afternoon off, found a golf course, and played a quick solo 18. This ended up being a great way to relax before Day 2. 

Day 2 of Part IV boards began at registration bright and early at 8 a.m. Again, we were given lengthy instructions and bussed to the test site at Palmer College's main clinic. This part of the exam was designed to assess us as if we were dealing with patients in a real life setting. There were 3 stations where we had to take a history on simulated patients, 5 orthopedic and neurological testing stations, and 1 physical exam station--each station was followed by two questions similar to the diagnostic imaging questions. There were then 5 adjustment stations, in which you set up a specific chiropractic adjustment on a patient and verbalized how the adjustment would be performed to the examiner. All of the stations lasted for 10 minutes before you were ushered to the next station. It felt incredible walking out after that last station. I felt confident and prepared for the exam, and hopefully I'll never have to take another board exam again. 

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You know I had to mix in a little fun into the weekend after tests like those. After Saturday's exam, I moseyed on down to Tallahassee, Florida, for my good friend Nic's, wedding. Nic and I were pals all through my college years at Florida State, and I couldn't be happier for him. We danced and partied on Sunday well into Monday morning.

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It was a great weekend, and I'm looking forward to much less stressful next 4 weeks before graduating Dec. 13. 

Catch you guys on the flip side,
Dex

Wellness Fair

Hello, everyone. The weather down here in Florida is finally cooling off, and it feels incredible. Don't get me wrong, I love hanging around the beach and cooling off in the pool, but not much beats sitting at an outside bar on a Sunday watching some football and not sweating through your clothes.

Speaking of watching some good football, how about those FSU Seminoles? Granted we played Duke this past weekend, but 48-7 was a blowout, and I got to see it live and in person. My younger brother and I made the trip up to Tallahassee for the weekend to catch the game and party a little bit. We had a great time, and I realized how much I miss college.

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All College Day

We had a really cool, world-learning adventure last week at St. Pete College's All College Day. Dr. Jennifer Illes recruited us 10th trimester interns to perform blood pressure screenings at this SPC faculty event. We set up our NUHS table, outfitted it with brochures and cards, and started with the screenings.

I was happy to see so many of the SPC faculty and staff take so much interest in our school and clinics. This wasn't just an opportunity to practice taking blood pressures on people, it was killer practice on how to market and communicate with people who weren't all that familiar with our clinics, or profession for that matter. Now, more than ever, I am realizing how important of a trade it is to be able to communicate with the public in such a way that shows that you are knowledgeable, but at the same time able to show that you are likeable and easy to understand. This skill is invaluable, and only comes from practice.

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I would recommend jumping at any opportunity you could that requires you to talk to the public. Being able to communicate with patients in the treatment room is extremely beneficial, but you first have to get them in the door. I will be performing screenings for my own office in the months to come, and the practice we had last week really opened my eyes to how the public really views our profession, and how I'll have to work to sway people my way.

Negative Nancys

My uncle forwarded me an article last week that I thought was awesome and would like to share with all you Negative Nancys out there. The article by Hope Gillette titled "Negativity and Complaining is Bad for the Brain, Experts Say," alludes to the fact that the brain reacts differently in response to disturbing or negative information. Listening to as little as 30 minutes of complaining can damage neurons within the hippocampus, the part of the brain that deals with problem solving. The article gives some simple tips to avoid the inevitable day-to-day complaining that will be hurled your way, and even how to flip the problem on chronic complainers. It's an easy read that I thought was pretty cool, plus it gave me an excuse to tell the complainers in our office to keep it to themselves.

Congratulations!

Congratulations to everyone who passed their board exams; all the interns down here in the Florida clinic did extremely well. Hard work always pays off; so don't stop now! 

I'd also like to congratulate our very own Dr. Rudy Heiser on his second consecutive WAG (Wild Ass Guess) award win this past weekend at the ACCR (American College of Chiropractic Radiology) convention. The WAG is the pride of the DACBR community and Dr. Heiser has brought it home to NUHS Florida for the second year in a row. Florida campus representing!!

I hope everyone has a great week.

Catch you guys later,
Dex

Board Exams

Good Morning. Another set of board exams are in the books! Congratulations to all the students who completed their boards this weekend. As soon as I walked out of that last exam on Sunday afternoon, it was as if a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. 

Being that I just took Parts II, III, and PT Boards, I figured I'd take the time this week to provide some insight on what the experience is all about, to hopefully save some of you some anxiety when it's your turn around.

First, the board exams are national standardized exams used to test the minimum competency of chiropractic students. These exams have no bearing on your scores or standing with NUHS; these are your licensure exams. Being that these are nationwide exams, there is a broad scope of questions, that are for the most part, a little more generalized than your specific class exams.

Each exam, for Parts I, II and PT, includes 110 questions and covers the entire scope of the specific subject. For example, for a Part I physiology exam, all of your trimester of physiology will be examined in 110 questions. What I'm trying to get at here is to know the underlying mechanisms of each subject and be able to reason out answers because there's simply too much information to cram into 110 questions, so the exam is somewhat general. This holds true for every Board exam I've taken thus far.

This past weekend the rest of the Tri 8 students and I ventured to Palmer Florida (the only Florida test site) near Daytona Beach to take our Part II, III, and PT board exams. We decided to get to our hotel the night before the exams on Thursday, rather than trying to drive into Daytona and go straight into exams. We also did this for Part I; it's not worth it to drive 3 hours and then try to take an exam. Just spend the extra money for one more night at the hotel; it will be cheaper than having to retake the exam.

Friday morning kicked off the first day of Part II. These exams are focused more on the clinical sciences and diagnosis and management. I felt very prepared for this part; National does a great job preparing us for this. (Not to knock the Palmer students, but I heard a lot of growls and complaining from some of them after these exams.) We finished up our Part II exam Saturday morning, and closed the afternoon with PT (physiotherapy). Saturday was probably the least stressful day, and Guy, Margot and I ended it celebrating St. Patty's Day with a few green beers.

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Sunday rolled around and with it came Part III. Part III puts together Part II and PT in a more case-based aspect, testing your clinical knowledge on diagnosis and treatment. All in all, I felt pretty confident walking out of the test center on Sunday afternoon. I treated the exams like all tests I take, by preparing far in advance, and walking in confident that I know what I know. If you can master this, the pre-test anxiety is kept to a minimum.

I hope this entry helped, and if anyone out there has any questions on Boards, please don't hesitate to send me an email. I'm happy to answer any questions or provide any help I can.

Cheers,
Dex