Oh, what a week it has been. Wednesday, I took the biomedicine
portion of the board exam and what an exhausting day! The test was
100 questions with a time limit of 2.5 hours and I took the whole
time. I think that was because by the time I took the exam, I was
so burned out from studying for it that my brain was moving at
snail's pace. I studied materials that were specifically geared
towards boards plus all of my class material - pathology,
orthopedics, pharmacology, microbiology, CPR, clean needle
technique, physiology, and other materials.
Needless to say, I think every student walks out of boards
saying, "Oh my gosh!" From what my friends that took the boards
said, I definitely had different questions. I feel National gave me
sufficient biomedicine classes plus everything from my bachelor's,
and I felt I was ready to take the exam. However, after taking the
exam, I would like to see more case studies being utilized in the
classes. I am confident I passed the exam but without knowing for
sure I am still a little uneasy. So wish me luck!
No Time for Rest
This weekend I had my second HB Kim seminar. This seminar was
focused on "Herbs and Formulas." The class is held over two
weekends (Saturday 8-6 and Sunday 8-3) because HB Kim travels from
Kentucky to teach it. I enjoy the class and the material but it is
a lot of information to process in one weekend.
and Formulas" seminar with HB Kim.
Dr. Kim provides excellent handouts and he presents in a way
that engages all learning styles. He is a wealth of knowledge and
he makes the class very enjoyable. He has studied extensively with
many famous doctors and he has read and interpreted all the
Classics of TCM. The students have all had three materia medicas,
two herbal formula classes, and some senior seminar classes. We
have learned all of the herbs and formulas, but seeing them again
in a different format with a different teacher brings a different
perspective. He also discusses things such as Dui Yao, or two herb
combinations, that we are not formerly taught. I can't say enough
good things about Dr. Kim and his classes. I think National is
extremely lucky to have him.
As an adult I still like Halloween - carving pumpkins and
dressing up or seeing scary movies - it's all fun! This year I
didn't get to carve a pumpkin but I did watch a scary movie and
hang out with friends. It was much needed after an aggravating
I am two trimesters from graduating so I decided to take a look
at my credits to see if everything was kosher and to see what
classes I still needed to take; I would rather be safe then sorry.
I started in the Acupuncture program when it was transitioning
from the first director to the previous dean, Dr. Kwon. Dr. Kwon
had made some changes to the program like adding some science
classes and changing credit numbers around since the first
rendition when I started. Needless to say I was a little irked when
I discovered I might have to do independent study to make up for
some missed biomedical classes. The only reason it really irked me
was because I have taken every class and even two extra classes
according to the bulletin I started with. After taking a few
breaths, I then decided to talk to the current assistant dean, Dr.
Yurasek. He advised me to set up an appointment with him and Dr.
Kwon to discuss my transcripts so we could iron everything out.
I received my bachelor's from National, and I believe National
is an excellent school with an excellent philosophy. The professors
are great and they stay up to date on the changes in health care.
This said, every school has its glitches and as adults and students
we must be accountable for ourselves. I have learned as a student
you must also keep excellent records of every document you receive
from your school, especially if it involves financial aid and the
money you are borrowing.
Well, that's my advice for all the future students - keep track
of all documents, study hard and stay on top of your game, and you
will do great!
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