We are entrepreneurs. We are go-getters. We are representatives
for the field of alternative health care. We are chiropractors!
A very critical aspect of the chiropractic profession is our
community presence as both a health care provider and a business
owner. We believe in a natural, more holistic approach to health
care, and therefore, we do not fit into the traditional western
medical model. I often describe our situation as "not having a
plug-in" to an established health care system, and this requires
chiropractors to wear both hats: the business hat and the doctor
hat. We have such a unique situation with endless potential to grow
our practices and create financial well-being, but it also comes
with great commitment.
In our chiropractic program here at National, significant
emphasis is placed on business and marketing training. I am in a
course now where we created our own hypothetical business, designed
a marketing theme, and developed a calendar of both internal and
external marketing strategies to promote our practice.
We titled our business "Women's Oceanside Wellness," placed in
Oceanside, California, specializing in female and pediatric health
care. This project required a demographic analysis of the area,
various marketing tactics to reach our target population, and a
handful of graphic designs to create a professional image for our
practice. Our 45-minute group presentation required quite a bit of
brainstorming and preparation, but we were so excited to present
our hard work to the class, and our professor was pleased with our
marketing presentation! This was perfect practice for opening up
and marketing our own businesses some day! (View our business brochure.)
Unwinding on the Weekend
After a long week of quizzes and presentations, I celebrated the
weekend by attending Billy Joel's concert at Wrigley Field on
Friday night. I have my older brother, Jed, to thank for my love
for the legendary Piano Man. Isn't it bizarre to think about how
much music has changed over the past 50 years?! Billy Joel is such
a talented, inspirational musician, and I have no doubt his music
will last throughout the years.
On Saturday morning, I traveled to Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio
to attend both a baby shower and wedding for two of my close
friends from Ohio State. I loved the opportunity to connect with
some of my sorority sisters and friends from college, and it's so
exciting to see everyone progressing with their lives!
Another busy week at NUHS has concluded, and I am eagerly
preparing for finals! The end of the tri is near! :)
During my [few] free hours of the school day, I work part-time
in the Office of Admissions as a Student Ambassador for the chiropractic
program. This position is a perfect opportunity to meet
prospective students, field questions about the various aspects of
campus life, and educate people about the many programs and degrees
National has to offer. To those of you reading this blog who have
been on a campus tour with me, I hope your experience was a
pleasant one! To those of you who have not yet visited our campus
in Lombard, give the Office of Admissions a call today
(1-800-826-6285) for a personal tour! I hope this brief summary
will entice you in the mean time:
"Hi, I'm Erin! Before we begin, please feel free to interrupt me
at any point along the tour, because I know I can sometimes get
carried away as I go! I'm currently a 6th trimester student in the
chiropractic program, but I'll do my best to answer any questions
you may have regarding the other programs we offer here, such as naturopathic
medicine, massage therapy, acupuncture, oriental
medicine, or our bachelor's program."
"As we walk through Janse Hall, you will notice an array of
classrooms and labs, many of which have been remodeled and
renovated within the past two years. We have three interactive
classrooms for classes and meetings in conjunction with our Florida program.
You can also see the changes to the campus store and new student
lounge that will be opening up this fall!
"Our newly renovated biochemistry and anatomy labs offer unique
and collaborative learning environments for all of our students in
the basic science phase of the doctoral programs. Downstairs, you
will see our four technique labs, each room with different tables
used for different manipulation techniques. Both chiropractic
students and naturopathic students begin learning manipulative
therapies starting as early as the second trimester of
"Now, we're going to head outside so that I can show you around
the rest of campus. We still have yet to visit our LRC, on-campus
clinic, student center, and on-campus housing. As you can see, it's
a beautiful summer day here in Lombard, so many of our students are
enjoying their lunch hour outside in the sunshine. Don't forget to
put on your sunglasses as we head out the door!"
Relaxing Next to Lake Janse
This was an example of my 1-hour tour, condensed and cut off to
less than 300 words! If you are interested in getting a FULL tour
of our Lombard campus, sitting in on a classroom experience,
chatting with current students, or getting more information about our
various programs, please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions! I look
forward to seeing you on tour! :)
Ah yes, another busy week has come and gone as a student in the
I began Week 9 with a larger level of anxiety and a smaller
amount of free time. In our Physical Diagnosis class, we were
expected to perform our Head-to-Toe physical exam in the Training
and Assessment Center (TAC) of the clinic. Although we had been
practicing for weeks, nothing can fully prepare you for the
nervousness that accompanies a 50-minute physical exam, memorized
in a specific order and graded for accuracy. Since the exam was
held in the TAC, we performed the practical on a standardized
patient, and what you don't realize is that giving sufficient
patient instructions throughout the exam are half of the battle!
The Head-to-Toe exam consists of an examination of the head and
neck, EENT exam, cardiac exam, pulmonary exam, abdominal exam,
neurological exam, and a handful of other miscellaneous tests
thrown in between. Whew, am I glad that practical is over, but I am
proud to say I took away a tremendous amount of knowledge and
In Tri 6, the Imaging of Tumors course is the class that
challenges many students. (It sure is tricky to differentiate 30
different types of skeletal tumors on black and white X-ray films!)
Fortunately, I felt sufficiently prepared for both the practical
and written portions of the midterm, so I was content with my
performance and had a nice confidence boost to end the week. :)
Thursday night, I took off for Bemidji, Minnesota, with my
friend and classmate, Bethany. Having both grown up in the town and
been a collegiate athlete at the Bemidji State University, I was
excited to experience this scenic, friendly Minnesota city that she
had so often talked about! We spent the 4th of July with her family
on one of Minnesota's 10,000 lakes, and although the weather that
day was not cooperating with the holiday festivities, we celebrated
later that night by watching fireworks on the water. On Saturday,
we made up for the previous storms by spending the day relaxing on
the lake, jet-skiing, tubing, and most importantly, laughing. It
was hard to say goodbye to her family and make the 10-hour drive
home on Sunday afternoon, but the memories we made throughout the
holiday weekend were worth it! My first trip to Bemidji was a
terrific experience, and I look forward to (hopefully) going back
to visit next summer!
Back at National, we still have midterms and quizzes for the
next couple weeks, but I can see the end of the trimester in sight!
Summer sure flies by when you're having fun!
When you spend 5 days a week inside of a classroom, it's hard to
remember what's going on outside in the "real world." I always joke
that professional school is a perfect transition from college into
true adulthood. Many of us students still have the opportunity to
learn every day and work toward our dream careers, yet we still
don't quite have the full responsibilities of adulthood such as
taxes, mortgages, or supporting a family.
Some weekends, I sit and gaze out the library windows, wondering
what all my friends are doing on a beautiful sunny day. I sometimes
feel as though I'm missing out on the "grown-up things" people are
doing back home, and I definitely am a little envious of the free
weeknights and weekends that those in the working world enjoy.
None-the-less, I always take a step back and reflect on how
fortunate I am to be in this rewarding program, and then things
don't seem so bad. I'm in the company of other great people going
through the same challenges of exams and practicals. Once midterms
are over in a couple weeks, I'll be able to enjoy more of the pool,
the warm weather, and the sunshine of summer. :)
This trimester has flown by, and it's already half over. Most of
my time lately has been spent studying, reading, and occasionally
working. One of the biggest highlights of this past week was the
Big/Little Reveal Night we held for Lambda Chi Sorority. This is my
last tri as president, so I wanted to begin a small but memorable
tradition for the next officers to carry on.
The purpose of the Big/Little mentor/mentee program is to offer
younger students the opportunity to ask questions about classes,
board exams, clinic experiences, and other various aspects of the
program. We believe that the ladies of our sorority would benefit
from having a role model in their same program, and so we began the
One night after our weekly sorority meeting with Dr. Elder, we
had the younger members participate in a scavenger hunt for clues,
and then everyone met their Bigs! I hope the girls had a great time
meeting their new mentors and are looking forward to maintaining
this professional and fun connection with another student in their
I hope everyone has a great week ahead! Happy 4th of July!
This past weekend, National held its annual homecoming event,
marking the 51st year of our establishment on our Lombard campus.
Attending as a student, I was so graciously sponsored by a National
alumnus, Dr. Holly Furlong, who has been very involved with the
chiropractic profession and our university since her graduation.
The weekend was jam packed with clinical case presentations,
vendors, and phenomenal speakers educating students and alumni
about current issues of the chiropractic profession.
One great highlight of the weekend was watching the installation
of a new time capsule into the foundation of Janse Hall. At
last year's 50th anniversary, the administration removed the time
capsule initially placed in the building during its establishment
in 1963. This year, Dr. Charles Tasharski, who witnessed
the installation as a new student in 1963, helped reinstall the
time capsule this year, a tremendous milestone in our university's
President Stiefel did his best to get NUHS up to the 21st
century by plugging #NUHShomecoming2014 throughout the weekend.
Although we really appreciated his effort, I think current students
were the only ones participating in "hash-tagging." :)
Throwing up the hashtag with President Stiefel
The homecoming festivities were great networking experiences for
many of our current students, as well as educational opportunities
for our chiropractic physicians. We learned about using ultrasound
as a non-invasive, non-ionizing diagnostic tool to evaluate the
neuromusculoskeletal system, and it's even more exciting now that
we have an ultrasound for student use in our clinic system! And one
of my favorite lectures was about the upcoming change from ICD-9 to
ICD-10 diagnostic codes, a huge transition that will be taking
place throughout America's health care system.
At the banquet event with Dr. Cox
We also had the honor of meeting Dr. James Cox and learning
about his Cox Flexion-Distraction technique that is taught in our
curriculum and so widely used in the chiropractic profession.
Saturday night, we concluded homecoming with an alumni
banquet/gala. What girl doesn't love getting all dressed up?
Seeing our alumni have such pride in their alma mater was truly
inspirational to me as a student. It makes me excited to be
involved after graduation and gives me hope for a successful,
rewarding career as a chiropractor. All of this hard work in school
is worth it! A tremendous thank you goes out to our alumni
department for putting together such a wonderful weekend for all
our alumni and students. I look forward to participating again next
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