Archive for tag: campus life

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

You Only Get Out What You Put In

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.

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The view from 7 rows up on center ice at Saturday's Tampa Bay Lightning game
where my pals and I were blowing off some steam from the week.

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 Student Clinic.

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 adjusting.

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 at school.

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 future. 

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/.

Later,
Dex

Winning Weekend

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.

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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 soon.

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.

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The newlyweds, Guy and Amanda. 

Wedding Congratulations

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, makes perfect.

Hope everyone has a great week,
Dex

Welcome Back

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 sharp.

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 well.

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.

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The lunch-in sponsored by Student Council provided an opporunity
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 sane.

Sports Council

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. 

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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,
Dex

Tri 8 Anxiety

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 lying.

3rd Annual Turkey Bowl

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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.

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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).

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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. 

Dex