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!
Can you believe it's Week 9 already? The weeks just seem to fly
by especially when you have a jam-packed week. Lately, I have been
adding to the craziness by going in early on Mondays to treat a
patient who can only make that time, so last Monday was 13-hour day
at school. But I treated myself with an acupuncture treatment on my
day off, Thursday.
However, for the past three weeks I have been going in on
Thursday mornings to help out in the herbal pharmacy. I used to
work in the herb room and when I did, I felt more confident in my
herbal strategy so I've begun to volunteer. It's a great learning
experience because we are treating a Hepatitis B patient with herbs
who has been improving over the last few months documented by the
lab work she receives every month.
Ask any student and even the calmest will say they feel a little
more stirred up when midterms come along. After being at National
for over 5 years (including my B.S.) I have definitely learned to
chill out more around test time. But midterms still have me staying
up a little later studying. I have learned that the calmer one is
when taking a test, the more you will remember. I especially
couldn't get through midterms without my husband who gives me
encouragement and makes me home cooked meals that feed my brain's
Currently I am studying for three midterms, one of which is for
Psychopathology, in which every question will be in essay form and
should be at least a one-page answer, states Dr. Delfosse, our
instructor. I enjoy the class because it helps me realize what some
of our mental illness patients are experiencing.
One of the topics we have discussed is PTSD, short for
posttraumatic stress disorder. Auricular acupuncture works
exceptionally well at treating the symptoms of PTSD. We use a
protocol called NADA, which has been used all over the world for
recovering addicts. We currently treat PTSD veterans of war for
free on Thursdays at the clinic. So spread the word!
The picture is of me studying with the help of fuzzy feline,
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