Last week I shared with you my HB Kim seminar class. This week I
am going to tell you a little about what we do in the class. I
mentioned that we attend 3 Single Herb classes, 2 Formula classes,
and 6 seminar classes, which discuss topics from internal medicine
and OB Gyn to dermatology. We utilize our knowledge of the basic
classes to help formulate prescriptions for the case subjects of
our senior classes. However, I have to say, nothing compares to the
insane amount of material we go over in two weekends and then have
to study. Insane is good, but hard.
Now, I don't want to scare you, but do want to give you the
reality of the program. Mind you, we have reviewed all of the herbs
and formulas before. However, the overwhelming factor kicks in
after the fifth hour on Sunday when you have just gone over 199
herbs and have 50 more to go. Next week, we are reviewing 134
formulas in 15 hours. Each formula consists of many individual
herbs as well as dosage, which we need to memorize.
have a quiz next week, which I am studied for this past Memorial
Weekend. The quiz will cover herb categories. This will probably be
the easiest test we take in our herbal ventures. As students
working in the clinic, we do use and see a lot of the same herbs
over and over, but there are a few that escape your memory and
those are the herbs and formulas we will study the most.
I plan on using my formula zoo cards to help me study for the
formula portion. These cards were an investment, but definitely
worth it if you are a visual learner like I am. The cards
contain funny pictures to help you remember the formulas' functions
and properties (cooling, warming, bitter or acrid etc.). This
trimester I definitely have my work cut out for me. It will be a
challenging but a rewarding semester.
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Coming soon, I will update you on our graduates in China!
Hey there, this week I wanted to write about the balance between
school, work, family, and fun. You can't always be all work and no
For the last four years, since I started at National for my
bachelor's and now master's, I have spent most of my weeknights and
weekends studying at a coffee shop. Most people might think I am
crazy, but unless you have photographic memory you must make the
time to study. Some classes may require more time than others. Many
instructors in the AOM program give you a taste of the material,
but expect you to read or do research on your own. Don't take this
the wrong way, you will have time for family and friends, but it
This is the fourth week of school and many instructors give
quizzes, but my instructors this trimester are changing it up and
giving them during the fifth week.
So instead of studying, since it was my husband's birthday last
week, we decided to spend last weekend in Chicago for the Annual
Snow Days. We enjoyed walking around Grant Park and took in the dog
sledding demonstrations and expansive ice sculptures carved by
local organizations. They were so beautiful and large, probably 7
or 8 feet tall! We also enjoyed a warm meal at an eclectic
restaurant called Aria. The weekend was a lot of fun!
However, this weekend was SUPER BOWL Sunday and I spent it at a
coffee shop studying for two exams. But I wasn't disappointed
because I had fun last weekend and I realize it's a balance. You
have to give and take. I have a supportive family that understands
my commitment and desire to succeed and they realize I won't be
able to participate in every "get together."
The Oriental Medicine program, as well as the other programs
offered at National, requires time and dedication, but I believe it
will allow one to evolve into an exceptional practitioner!
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