For about five weeks now, every waking moment seems to have been
devoted to studying. Study for midterms, study for quizzes, study
those people as they walk by my window in the coffee shop (okay,
maybe more like people-watch than study). Last but not least, I
have been studying for the anticipated NBCE board exams.
Okay, as if I haven't said that enough over my last few blogs.
You knew the boards were coming up. I KNEW the boards were coming
up. So here I am on a Sunday evening, staring at my computer
screen, and asking myself, "What day is it again?" I knew that
would sound redundant the moment I typed it. Honestly though, I'm
beginning to question the date displayed on my computer, on my
phone screen, even in my meticulous planner. It's March 22 and I'm
still alive? This is too good to be true!
Lately, I've felt as if I'm in a trance. When my alarm went off
at 5:15 every morning this weekend, I was tempted to hit snooze and
roll over. Who wants to be awake that early on a Saturday morning?
It turns out that by 6:30, I wasn't even the earliest student there
studying for our boards. I thought I was an over-achiever!
Boards are just these dreaded rites of passage that we must all
endure when pursuing a professional degree. The ND students were
fortunate enough to have their board exams earlier this trimester,
and this weekend was finally our turn.
It's such an accomplishment to have gathered all this
information throughout our studies, and then to be diligent and
reiterate it all in the form of standardized tests. By Sunday
afternoon, my hands were cramped from filling in so many Scantron
Fortunately, Parts 2 and 3 are the final written examinations
for our license, and Part 4 will be hands-on, practical style. Now
all I can do is sit and anxiously wait for May 4th when the exam
scores are released to us. Until then, I guess the best option is
to celebrate the completion of the tests and just keep learning
something new every day! :)
I hope everyone has a wonderful week, and thanks for all your
support throughout my educational journey!
Another week has come and gone through the halls of National.
The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the snow is
melting. The tourists are pouring into Chicago to celebrate St.
Patrick's Day for this beautiful weekend. Where am I? Indoors at my
isolated little cubby, at my favorite study spot in Lincoln
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DC national board exams are administered twice a year, and this
weekend I am taking parts 2, 3, and physiotherapy. With the looming
740 questions in 7 sessions of 90 minutes in 3 days, I think my
brain might be fried by Sunday afternoon. We're down to less than a
week until the fun begins!
This previous week at school, we had the opportunity to listen
guest lecture by MK Czerwiec, aka "Comic Nurse." She spoke to
us about the importance of drawing in health care, and the
incredible opportunity it offers our patients to express their
experience of living with sickness and disease.
In the spirit of drawing comics and expressing ourselves through
art, I've decided to provide everyone with a few fun study-related
memes for the week!
Next week this time, I'll be free from Scantrons,
metal-detectors, and No. 2 pencils!
It's been another busy week at National!
Midterms in Tri 8 are all crammed onto Tuesdays and Thursdays
when we're in class, so although we have a lot of exams in a few
days, at least we get them all done in a short period of time. Now
that the middle of the term has come and gone, we're anticipating
warm weather and dreading national board exams. March is always
such a bittersweet month!
Outside of the classroom, our interns have been getting busier
with new patients in clinic. I completed my first full "new-man"
exam on a patient at Salvation Army. It's quite rewarding to see
all of the hard work and studying I've done over the past two years
finally come together. From learning to take a thorough medical
history, to the extensive neurological and body system exams we are
taught to do, all the way down to confidently treating the patient,
we have all progressed so far! I scheduled my first follow-up visit
with a patient, and I look forward to seeing him again next
In the meantime, our 8th tri interns are spending their hours
practicing adjusting each other. After all, practice makes perfect,
The next couple weeks will be entirely devoted to studying for
national board exams. I am taking Parts II, III, and Physiotherapy,
all of which are held at separate times throughout the weekend.
Although each exam builds off the others and they cover similar
topics, this will be twice the amount of exams I took last March
for Part I, so I have my work cut out for me the next couple
To those of you in Illinois, I hope you enjoy this warm week of
weather! I'll be dreaming of spring from inside the library
Ask not what your profession can do for you. Ask what YOU can do
for your profession!
All right, so I'm no JFK, but walking through the halls of our
nation's capitol sure made me feel like it! :)
Last week, chiropractic physicians and students gathered
together in Washington, DC, for the annual NCLC (National
Chiropractic Leadership Conference). During our first day
there, I spent eight hours wandering around the different House
Office Buildings, attending various appointments with five of the
14 Ohio representatives in Congress. I was in the good company of
executives from the Ohio State Chiropractic Association, learning
their tricks of the trade.
NCLC 2015 focused on lobbying for three different bills, two in
the House and one in the Senate, all focused on increasing
chiropractic care in VA hospitals and for retired veterans after
their service. I soon realized how complex our government is, and I
have a new appreciation for the many different steps that are
required for a bill to become a law. Wow!
It was terrific to get to meet so many different students from
other chiropractic schools, in addition to well-known leaders in
our profession. We were able to spend quality time with Dr. Anthony
Hamm, current president of the ACA, as well as very influential
past presidents. We discussed the future of chiropractic and our
integration into the new health care system, and I realize now more
than ever how important it is to become involved in our
In our down time, we had the opportunity to attend educational
classes hosted by various experts in our profession, spend time
exploring the capitol, and I even had the opportunity to sit in
while the House of Representatives was in session. The
representatives were bustling about, casting their votes, and ended
up declining the bill that had been placed on the floor. I got to
witness U.S. history!
NCLC was a tremendous experience, and I wish I had started
attending the conferences earlier in my education. I strongly
encourage all students to attend as early as possible, because the
connections you make and the memories you bring back with you will
last a lifetime. :)
It is a both a privilege and a requirement that all students in
the chiropractic and naturopathic programs take a one-day
field-trip to the Standard Process factory and farm in Palmyra,
Wisconsin. What is Standard Process, you may ask? It is a
whole-food-based supplement company that is committed to providing
quality products for distribution through health care
professionals. Standard Process has one of the largest organic
farms in the state of Wisconsin, and they are continually improving
their agriculture methods to ensure the highest quality organic
crops to utilize in their hundreds of different whole-food dietary
On Wednesday, we embarked for our trip to Palmyra and were
greeted with such kindness from the executives and employees at the
factory. We were walked through the various different processes of
production: from the biochemistry labs that test for quality of the
crops, to the state-of-the-art tablet-cutting and capsule-filling
machines, to the assembly line where the products are all packaged
and shipped at 2,000 orders per day. It was truly an incredible
display of innovative technology meeting the core fundamentals of
whole foods and quality nutrition.
Our afternoon consisted of a series of breakout sessions with
various different speakers and educators from the Standard Process
company. We learned about a handful of clinical findings that
correlate with nutritional deficiencies. For example, did you know
that those little white marks that can occur on your fingernails
may be indicative of a zinc deficiency in your diet?! We were also
educated about some of the core supplements that Standard Process
has to offer and when to prescribe them to certain patients. It was
a very informative and exciting day for our interns!
In other news, I actually am one of the finalists for a
scholarship being awarded by Standard Process! The four top-rated
videos on YouTube will be awarded scholarships this week at the
NCLC (National Chiropractic Leadership Conference) in Washington,
DC. The video topic is: "The most important thing I want to teach
my patients," and I hope you enjoy my thoughts on the importance of
living a healthy lifestyle! :) Voting is open until Wednesday by
clicking the "thumbs up" under my video.
I look forward to writing all about NCLC next week! DC, here I
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