Holy cow! It's the start of the eighth week and only eight more
to go 'til the big day. The weeks seem to fly by. I have already
applied for graduation and need to check if I have completed all of
my university and community service hours. It is best to start
early on in the program because before you know it you will be
Community service hours are volunteer work done throughout the
community, possibly helping with a relay race or at a food shelter.
University hours are done on campus and there are many
possibilities, such as helping with the recycle program.
We have a newly formed Pulse Club, founded by Noel Jensen, the
president of the AOM club. They have had two meetings that meet
random days to try to accommodate everyone's schedule. It can be
hard to find the perfect day because even though all the students
have night classes, some have morning or afternoon clinic shifts
that are hard to work around.
In the club, they are listening to a 5-part seminar by Jimmy
Chang, a well-known acupuncturist and expert in reading the pulse.
The seminars can be taken individually through the Lotus Institute.
Weekly free webinars on various topics are great for students.
There are a few of these free webinars online, just Google and sign
up on their email list to receive weekly reminders. I have watched
a few, namely on inflammation and pain, common pediatric syndromes
seen in clinic, and a fertility webinar.
More Good News
My husband recently received his score on the Part 4
chiropractic boards and he did very well. He scored high enough to
practice in any state in the U.S. Two states require 100 points
higher than the others and he surpassed that number. So now we have
a new dilemma of whether to stay in Illinois or move to a warmer
My husband and I.
It's usually not until the last few trimesters that students
start thinking about where they will practice and whether they will
open a practice, independent contract, work for another medical
professional, or continue their education. National does provide an
Alumni link on our website where other
professionals can advertise. Job offers, practices for sale and
even equipment for sale can be found. Acupuncture Today, a
publication for acupuncturists, has a classified section as well as
the state AOM organization. Many possibilities, it's just finding
the one that suits you is the hardest decision. Well, wish me
A recent grad that moved to China to teach and intern has made a
trip back to Illinois. Hopefully, next week I will have a blog
about her experiences in China.