Hello, prospective students! If you are new to my page you may
not know that I will be graduating in August. Yay!
About a month back I took the first of my four board exams. Some
states only require three, so to see what your state requires you
may go to nccaom.org and browse for state requirements.
Usually when you take the computerized board exam it will tell you
if you passed, but since the biomedical portion is so new they are
still working out kinks so they mail the results. It's grueling
because you have to wait 30 days. I received my results this week
and I passed! It is such a good feeling to see the
Besides my results, I had a good week in clinic. I had 16
patient visits to add to my tally sheet to meet my 450 total
patient visits for all my clinic shifts. I saw my continuing
patients but also a few new cases. I filled in for an intern who
usually sees PTSD patients. These patients receive specific
auricular points to help cope with their stress and anxiety. These
patients are so grateful because they are experiencing results and
receive the treatments for free.
Dr. Yihyun Kwon has started to see stroke patients in the
clinic. This is part of his ongoing stroke clinical study on the
results of acupuncture and herbs in stroke victims with any kind of
paralysis. I have been very lucky to be able to observe his cases
as he takes a history, needles and gives the patients instructions
on home exercises and dietary changes. Some of the points he uses
are not commonly used in clinic, as well as his needling method, so
it is fascinating!
On Thursday I had the pleasure of eating with one of my favorite
professors. She wanted to cook for a fellow acupuncture grad who
has treated her in the past. It was her way of saying thank you to
the grad and she invited me as well. We had a feast, as you can see
in the pictures. We had noodles, fried rice, tofu, shrimp, fish,
baby bok choy, dumplings, and egg drop soup. Oh my, it was so much
food and so yummy!
This weekend was of great importance for the school because it
was Homecoming Week. The celebration brings together many people.
All alumni are invited back to the school and often to an Oak Brook
hotel where the event is held. It is much anticipated by many of
the staff and planned for months in advance.
Many of the departments have tables where they display important
projects or improvements to that department. Dr. William Bogar,
chief of diagnostic imaging and residency, was at the hotel where
he displayed many of his radiographic findings in light boxes.
Dr. Bogar presenting radiographic findings at
Homecoming is a great time for students to mingle with fellow
graduates. The weekend is full of speakers with a broad range of
topics and a great way for alumni to earn CEUs. One of the speakers
was discussing the role of chiropractors as primary care physicians
and utilizing that role to serve those unable to afford health
care. The keynote speaker on Friday before the pig roast was an ND,
Dr. Joe Pizzorno, who spoke of the role of the natural medicine
professional in the new health care paradigm. That was a great way
to kick off homecoming.
Alumni can also mingle with old classmates and tour the
university to see all of the updates that have been occurred,
including the small garden planted by the ND students. The garden
contains many botanical plants as well as a few Chinese botanicals.
There were student opportunities, such as the chiropractic students
manning a clinic and giving free adjustments for alumni. Students
are able to attend some of the festivities and lectures for or a
I like the idea of homecoming because it is a great way to
mingle and make contacts with other professionals. It is especially
important for those soon to be graduating. My husband talked with a
few doctors and we will soon be contacting them to visit their
office. Many of the doctors like to share the wisdom they have
learned along the way during their careers.
Acupuncture is fairly new to the university, but, hopefully, it
won't be long before we see more acupuncture grads at homecoming as
well as speakers. Next year, I will be attending homecoming as an
Only 67 days till graduation!
Valentine's Day is on Monday this week and I have clinic in the
afternoon (1pm-5pm) and then class (5-10 pm), so my husband and I
celebrated on Saturday. We wanted to try a new restaurant and I had
heard good reviews of a Mediterranean restaurant called Reza's. We
made reservations and a good thing we did because it was busy.
The food was very good with an excellent variety of vegetarian
dishes. We had more than enough to eat with plenty to bring home.
Yum! Saturday's dinner was a nice way to end a long day of class on
This was the second weekend of two that we held our Acupuncture
Treatment Strategy class. The class is taught by Dr. HB Kim, who
resides in Kentucky. The two weekend hours equal the same amount of
hours if we had held the class every week for two hours of the
trimester. Those who have clinic on Saturday are excused from
clinic for those weekends.
In addition to his PhD, Dr. HB Kim is a licensed acupuncturist
and herbalist. He teaches both the Acupuncture and Herbal Treatment
Strategy classes. National students are blessed to have this class
because it is very good preparation for the Acupuncture and Herbal
boards. If you memorize everything he teaches, you will pass the
boards. Sounds easy enough but in reality it is a review of
everything about acupuncture that we have learned in our seven
trimesters of school.
Technically the class is a fourth trimester class but I waited
till my eighth tri to take it. I figured I would have most of my
classes completed and it would be a nice review. The class provides
new two point strategies that some might have heard of and I can't
wait to use them. Having it in fourth tri might be a little
overwhelming for some. However, if a student wishes to wait to take
it, they should be aware that the acupuncture class is offered
every other trimester with the herbal class offered in the
alternate trimesters. If a student is confused on when to take it,
I would recommend talking to Dr. Kwon or an upper tri
Happy Chinese New Year!
Happy Belated Chinese New Year (February 3)! It's the year of
the Rabbit! If you are interested in astrology, you can
search for your birth year to figure out what animal you are. After
talking with one of my Asian professors, I learned that their
birthday is determined by how many days it falls from the date of
the New Year. Therefore, their birthday may be celebrated on
different days each year. How interesting!
'Til next week. Email me with any questions.
The site visit wasn't as bad as everyone made it sound like it
would be. I think the university and the students were well
prepared for the members of the accreditation site team. The
program has made improvements since they last came and I feel
confident we met their standards. The program is still new and it
does have its growing pains (such that I felt with having to make
up an extra credit of Biomedical Science). However, the school
itself is prestigious and the teachers in the program are top
Speaking of top notch, our Western Nutrition class is great. Dr.
Keith Hartley, a National DC grad, teaches the class. He makes the
class enjoyable because he lectures in terms not above our head and
shares clinical information useful in real life encounters. There
are some classes that give all the facts but don't present them in
a manner that can be utilized outside the classroom, but not this
Nutrition class. It is enjoyable because not only do we learn but
also Dr. Hartley loves to answer questions.
We have learned about digestion and all the mechanisms involved.
We also have learned amino acids, carbohydrates, fats, and my
favorite, the vitamins. We discussed water soluble and fat-soluble
vitamins as well as minerals. We have talked about the different
forms of vitamins and why some brands are cheaper than others,
probably because they don't have the active form of the vitamin,
which makes it almost impossible for the body to utilize and
therefore is flushed down the drain.
Another neat thing we do is something called Journal Club. Dr.
Hartley used to do these in his undergrad days, and what they are
is just that, discussing journal articles. Each student gathers an
article based on nutrition that they are interested in and passes
it along to each student and Dr. Hartley. The next week, after
having read the article, the chosen student also gathers articles
that either support or disregard the topic. They then present the
additional articles to the class and everyone discuses the
For instance, Dr. Hartley prepped us with an article about the
Atkins diet. The next week he shared articles that were in favor
and against the diet. It is a fun way to keep up to date on
research and not have to do all the work.
So needless to say, now that the trimester is coming to an end,
it's the 14th week and finals are near, I won't mind studying
because I really like all my classes this trimester. I hope you all
had fun learning about my classes this trimester and let me know if
you have any questions.
The pictures posted are of Dr. Hartley teaching and Dr. Jia Xu,
my Friday clinician, who I have blogged about in the past.
I have probably already shared that Dr. Cai is my favorite
professor and clinician, so having a class taught by her is
refreshing. I am currently taking Herbal Treatment Strategies with
Dr. Cai. The class is small with only five students but it is nice
because everyone is able to ask questions or speak up if so
desired. I like the fact that we can choose what we would like to
learn. The topic each week is determined by the student. Dr. Cai
requires each student to give two presentations based on cases of
our patients, so in fact it is similar to grand rounds. We present
our patient and patient's case to the class.
So for instance, last week was my turn to present a case to the
class. My patient's chief complaint is hepatitis B. I prepared a
presentation for the class that included the patient's medical
history of the chief complaint, TCM 10 questions (for those of you
not familiar, 10 questions is one of our diagnostic methods, and we
also look at the patient's tongue and feel their radial pulse), TCM
diagnosis, treatment strategy, point prescription, and herbal
After presenting my case to the class, any other questions from
classmates are directed to the patient. Everyone will look at my
patient's tongue and take pulse. Then everyone states what they
feel the diagnosis is. (It's kind of like the TV show House because
every idea is written on the white board.) After narrowing
down to the correct diagnosis, a formula is selected based on the
patient's condition and TCM diagnosis.
Finally, the formula is modified based on the patient's
constitution. Herbs may added or removed and dosages modified. The
whole three hours is a true learning experience. Each class may be
different from trimester to trimester because each student chooses
the topic/illness for that week. So far we have discussed herpes,
psoriasis, hypertension, abdominal pain, insomnia, ADHD, IBS, and
hepatitis, and we still have five more weeks to learn even more.
After lecture the patient is needled for free as a token for their
I hope I didn't confuse you, and if I did, shoot me an
email, I'd be glad to clarify any questions.
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