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.
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
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.
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.
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 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,
Good Morning all, I hope everyone had a killer weekend.
I did my best this weekend to make up for losing a weekend to
Boards last week. Aside from having to write a paper and answer a
few homework questions, I set the books aside and took a break from
NUHS and hung out with friends. I've said it over and over, if you
work hard, you deserve to play hard. The demands of this program
are intense and the stress builds up fast. If you don't have a few
days to blow off some steam here and there, you'll gas out before
hitting the finish line.
The view from 7 rows up on center ice at Saturday's Tampa Bay
where my pals and I were blowing off some steam from the
This past week I was talking with some
7th Trimester Florida students at lunch (yes, I
humor them and eat lunch with them every now and again; it gives
them something to look forward to HaHa), and I was asked if I
thought we had enough adjusting time under our belts before hitting
This question was asked as we were recapping some of the points
Dr. Mark King, from the Motion Palpation Institute, made a couple
of weeks ago. Dr. King made the point that as chiropractors we
should master the trade, and part of the trade that stands out to
most is the chiropractic adjustment. True, National instills in us
the tools for becoming a primary care physician, but our patients
will almost always associate the "DC" after our names with an
adjustment. Dr. King made the point that now, as students, is when
we should master this skill, before we hit the real world and real
life expectations of patients.
So, back to my answer to the 7th Tri students'
question--yes, we get enough time! We have 2 years to practice
before patients hit our table in Student Clinic. We as students
often forget that we are not in an undergraduate program any more.
As a doctoral student, a lot of what we learn comes from the
classroom, but there's much we have to learn ourselves on our own.
Now I'm not saying to hit the streets with a portable table and
start handing out black-market adjustments. Just as we take
advantage of study groups for exams, or going to see teachers after
class to review material, we need to make time to do the same for
Yes, our E&M courses eventually stop, but there is ample
opportunity to practice your skills. Students should take full
advantage of the open lab times set aside each week for supervised
adjusting practice. Motion Palpation Club, every Wednesday from
1:00-2:00 p.m. (shameless plug), is also a great time to review and
hone your skills on palpation, and just get more time for some
hands-on experience. No one is going to hold your hand here and
force you to practice, and they shouldn't have to. We became
physicians to help people, and the only way to provide the best
care possible is to master the skills we're being exposed to here
OK, OK, enough lecturing for this week. I can't believe this
trimester is drawing to a close; seems as if it was a blur. I know
as these trimesters start to wind down, so do we. Do your best to
keep those heads up and make the final push to the end of the tri a
hard one. You can only get out of something, what you put in, so
put your best foot forward now, it will only pay off in the
Oh, and if you find yourselves in Orlando with some time to burn
this weekend, stop by the Sheraton Orlando from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00
p.m. for one of National's information sessions on the Florida DC
program--and, you can listen to me speak around 11:25 a.m.!
Register online at /landing-pages/hotel-info-session/.
Hello, all! I hope everyone enjoyed some killer football this
past weekend. Looks like it's going to be a heck of a Super Bowl.
Aside from watching the games this weekend, I celebrated my younger
brother's birthday with him on Saturday at the Hard Rock Casino
here in Tampa. I'm not bragging, but I did end up winning some
dough, which was quickly spent at the bar thereafter. The weekend
was short but did provide enough rest for classes this week, which
are expected to pick up the pace now that all the introductions are
over and done with.
Margo, Guy, and myself.
First Florida Student Clinic
This week is expected to pick up not only in the class
department but student clinic as well. Margo, Guy and myself mark
the first line of student interns produced entirely by the Florida
campus. Needless to say, all eyes are on us to see how the program
is progressing here in Florida. I for one am completely up for the
challenge. I mean, after all, this is why I wanted to become a
physician in the first place, to see patients and help them back to
health as best I can.
Yes, I was pretty anxious the first day I had patients, but as
soon as I stepped in the room, my training jumped into action, and
I just sat back and enjoyed the ride. There were definitely areas
of improvement noted, but with the guiding hands of Dr. Rudy
Heiser, our clinician, and the help of our 10th tri interns, I
have all the confidence in the world. The kinks will be worked out
Through the first week of patients, I've realized how much
knowledge I've accrued over the past 2+ years. The challenge now is
putting all this information together, and implementing treatment
and exam procedures adequately. Here is where I can offer some
advice. Learning all these exams, the way they are performed, and
what their outcomes should be and mean is a necessity, but knowing
when to use these tests and how to interpret subtle findings is a
whole other ball game. Practice is the only way to work on this
skill. I advise grabbing as many different people as you can in
your (limited) free time, and run through as many exams and tests
as you can remember. I would stick with regional exams, and do your
best to perform the exam in a jointed and structured manner. This
will improve your flow of exam exponentially and really make it
seem like you're a pro.
The newlyweds, Guy and Amanda.
Finally this week, I'd like to congratulate our very own Guy
Reshemwala, on leaving the freedom of single life behind, and
forever binding himself to his new wife Amanda. As much as I
usually discourage this type of behavior, I couldn't be happier for
them both. Guy and I have had a bromance since day one of tri one,
and will now have to keep our relationship professional (yeah,
right) throughout the rest of our clinic journey.
Once again, thanks for reading and remember: Perfect practice,
Hope everyone has a great week,
Happy New Year!! Welcome back everyone. I hope the holidays
treated you well. I had a fantastic 3-week break, spending much of
the time with family and friends, and the rest with my board review
packets. I had to balance all the partying with a little bit of
work so not to forget what was waiting for me in March. Two
other classmates and I will be off to Palmer Florida for Part 2, 3,
and PT boards in three short months, and I had stay somewhat
Shadowing a Chiorpractor
Amidst my time reading, bar hopping and golfing over the break,
I also squeezed in a few days shadowing my cousin Kevin Valdes, DC.
My cousin has a great practice in Brandon, Florida, and was kind
enough to allow me to look over his shoulder a few days after
Christmas. (Each break I try to contact and shadow at least one
established chiro not only to learn from them and pick up some
real-world experience, but to network as well.) I recommend
everyone trying this on his or her time off. This is the profession
we are going to be a part of shortly and it's extremely important
to get your name out there and start meeting as many other
physicians (not just DCs) as you can.
My cousin was very impressed with the clinical knowledge base I
have accrued during my time at National. We may not always realize
how much we are actually learning from trimester to trimester, but
I can tell you from experience, our professors are preparing us
Welcome to New Students
I'd also like to take this blog to welcome all the new first
trimester students to NUHS. I won't lie to you, for most of you
this is going to be the most rigorous learning program of your
academic career, but also the most rewarding.
The lunch-in sponsored by Student Council provided an
for new students to get involved in campus groups.
The best advice I can give you is to work hard, stay current
with the material and remember to take some time for yourself. It
is very easy to get overwhelmed with the mass amounts of
information you will be expected to know, and a lot of students
tend to get burned out. I was always taught, "work hard, play
hard." As important as studying and learning are to be successful,
blowing off steam and resting is just as important to keep you
I, along with the rest of the Florida campus student body, had a
chance to meet and greet the new 1st tri at our
club meeting day last week. Student Council threw a lunch-in
together to give our Florida clubs a chance to put themselves out
there and start to recruit for the new trimester of meetings and
activities. The Florida campus' club base is growing with each
trimester, and I would like to welcome the Florida Sports Council
Club into the fold. The goal of the club is to introduce
National students to the world of sports medicine through volunteer
work, guest speakers and seminars. Sports Council will
be overseen by Dr. Tim Stark.
Sports Council officers Brandon Fields, Jake LaVere, Shelby
Plante, and President Drew Hunt.
First blog of the tri is in the books. Please keep reading, this
is my first trimester as a Student Intern and I can't wait to start
seeing patients and sharing my experiences with the Dex Blog
faithful. I chose a career in the health care profession to help
people, and I'm finally in a position to put all my hard work and
knowledge to use. I'm eager to start seeing patients and to
continue to learn and share my ups and downs with you. It's
going to be an exciting final year (that's kind of creepy to say
out loud), so stay tuned.
Catch ya on the flip-side,
Hello all, and welcome to Week 12 of the trimester. Only three
more weeks left of the tri, and that light at the end of the tunnel
is getting brighter and brighter!
I'm usually pretty good with the course loads each time around,
but for whatever reason, this trimester has worked me out pretty
good. This is my last trimester before starting Student Clinic, and
I've been working a little harder than usual to prepare myself for
what awaits. I won't lie to you, I'm genuinely nervous about
entering clinic next tri--excited, but nervous.
Every Monday and Wednesday, for the past 3 months, us Tri 7s,
have been seeing simulated patients to get us ready for the real
thing come January. These experiences have been fantastic, but
there's always that safety net in the back of your mind, that this
person in front of you is acting. Starting 8th Trimester, the
actors are done and the real patients begin. As if that wasn't
enough pressure, there's the added weight of being the Florida
campus' first class of student chiropractors. Granted we will only
be able to treat other NUHS students, but these are our peers,
people we see on a daily basis, that look to us as upper classmen;
we wouldn't want to let them down.
I guess all this translates to keep studying and keep
practicing, and hopefully shows that it's normal to feel stressed
and anxious. I hear from students all the time that they don't feel
ready for clinic, and I'm here to tell you that most of us feel the
same way--and if anyone denies it, they're more than likely
3rd Annual Turkey Bowl
Khong, Ryon, Jordon at the Annual Turkey Bowl.
ANYWAY... Last week was the Florida campus' 3rd Annual Turkey
Bowl. Each year Guy Reshemwala (honorary comish) and the rest of
Student Council, host a seasonal football tournament.
The victorious Tri 4 team.
This year's winner was the Tri 4 Crew, and once again Dr. Derek
Schramm took home the Most Valuable Professor award (MVP).
MVP award ceremony.
Thank you to everyone who helped with the planning and setup, as
well as everyone who showed up and threw down on the field.
I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving holiday, eats entirely
too much and gets to relax before finals roll around.
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