Archive for tag: campus life

The Eagle Has Found Its Nest

All right, so my title is a bit silly, but it's also quite fitting. This week, students, faculty, and staff joined together to celebrate the grand opening of the Eagle's Nest at our Lombard campus.

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Move that bus!

The Eagle's Nest is the new "student hub" here at NUHS, serving as a place for people to congregate for lunch, conversation, study-breaks, and relaxation. The Eagle's Nest is open 24/7 and is now the best location available on campus for students wishing to study at any hour of the day. Beginning the first day, students and faculty have been taking advantage of this gorgeous new lounge located in Janse Hall. This was a much-needed space for students, who have been looking for a casual place to relax between classes and gather with friends.

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With President Stiefel in the Eagle's Nest

We also held a mascot-naming contest in October to promote school spirit and get students involved. Our official NUHS mascot is "Fitz" the Eagle, named after our institution's founding father, John Fitz Alan Howard.

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Eagle Pride

Integrative Pediatric Care

Over the weekend, I took a course offered by our Lincoln College of Postprofessional, Graduate and Continuing Education titled "Pediatrics for the Integrative Medicine Practitioner." The instructor, Dr. Robert Dumont, is an MD who realizes the importance of integrative medicine and utilizes natural therapies to help relieve children of illness.

We covered different therapies such as traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, homeopathic medicine, and dietary modifications. All of these categories of therapies can be utilized and combined to naturally treat common pediatric conditions without intervention of pharmaceuticals.

One of the biggest concepts I took away from the seminar was the importance of diet and nutrition in childhood wellness. Food sensitivities to dairy, soy, and gluten can have a myriad of negative effects on different systems throughout the body, and they present as an incredibly diverse array of symptoms. Sometimes, a thorough lifestyle evaluation and simple observation of the child tell us exactly where the problem is arising, and exactly where we can intervene. It was a very unique and beneficial seminar that provided me with great reference material for treating children in my future practice!

Physician in Training

One of the most exciting courses in 7th trimester is Advanced Diagnosis and Problem Solving, and I am definitely doing a lot of problem solving, that's for sure!

Two days a week, we are in the clinic with simulated patients, or "sim patients" as we have grown to say. We encounter a brand new patient, gain practice taking a thorough history, performing the appropriate physical exams, establishing a diagnosis or diagnoses, and reporting our findings with the patient. Nobody said becoming a doctor was easy, and this class is a representation of the challenges many students face when learning to interact with patients.

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Sometimes, the patient's clinical presentation is simple, and you know exactly what steps need to be performed to establish the diagnosis. Other times, the pieces don't fit together and you find yourself researching a condition you studied a year ago, trying to ask the appropriate questions to ensure you are on the right track. This is the challenge of becoming a doctor: having the responsibility of someone's health and wellbeing, but also being able to think critically on your toes and establish a comforting relationship with that patient, all in a 30-minute period. I have a long way to go until I feel more confident during my patient encounters, but I accept the challenge!

Tri-Mixer

On Friday night, Student Council hosted its Fall Tri-Mixer at a local venue that we all know fondly as Rita's. Between the dancing, the photos, and all the laughter, I hope everyone had a great night out! It's important to spend time with your peers outsidethe classroom, getting to know people for who they are and as friends. To all of the new 1st trimester students who attended, we hope you got to know some of your other classmates and enjoyed a night off from studying all that anatomy! :)

Relived of Duties

Lambda Chi Sorority is a social and educational club at NUHS designed for female students in both the chiropractic and naturopathic programs. Once a week, we meet after class to learn and practice adjustments with Dr. Terry Elder, one of the professors of our technique classes and a national instructor for Motion Palpation Institute. Toward the end of the trimester, the club brings in various speakers from the community and university, educating us on different topics such as sports medicine, pediatric adjusting, opening up your own practice, or even just the current state of the chiropractic profession. For the past year, I have been the president of Lambda Chi and have had an array of responsibilities each trimester. I have finally reached the bittersweet end of a very rewarding leadership position, but I am excited to pass on my duties to the next group of officers!

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The current group of officers finished off our term with a big bang of events! We started out our week by hosting Dr. Joseph Stiefel, the president of National University of Health Sciences, as our speaker. He brought our members up to speed on the state of the university, current renovations taking place on our campus, an assessment of our school's performance of board scores, and an overview of the direction that the chiropractic profession is moving. On Wednesday night, the outgoing and incoming sorority officers met at Kona Grill for our officer transition dinner, where we passed on our binders of instructions, gave suggestions and words of advice, and enjoyed a nice meal together.

Our 3rd Annual Mr. NUHS Competition was held on Thursday in the gymnasium. The event showcased eight terrific male students who competed in categories of clinic attire, beach attire, and a talent/lip sync performance. Our four judges consisted of both faculty/staff members and last year's reigning Mr. NUHS, Taronte. Based on the judges' scores and the popular vote of audience participation, we crowned Tom Blum as the 2014-2015 Mr. NUHS! Tom performed a terrific rendition of "Let It Go" from the hit Disney movie Frozen, and the gymnasium was filled with laughter and confetti as the song went on. This event served as both a fun school-wide function open to all students as well as a great fund raiser for Lambda Chi.

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Beach Attire Category

Friday night was an opportunity for all of our members to relax and unwind at our end-of-the-trimester event held at Brickhouse Tavern and Tap. The girls enjoyed appetizers, drinks, and a chance to sit back and socialize with each other. This was also the last big event held by the current club officers, so it served as an unofficial transition back to being simply a member of the club, rather than a leader. I am excited to say that I'm finally relieved of my duties as president of Lambda Chi Sorority!

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Mr. NUHS - Tom Blum

I hope everyone has a great end to July! Enjoy what's left of summer! :)

You Mean I Have to Study INSIDE

Another week of gorgeous weather in Illinois, and I am finding it more and more difficult to study inside for our upcoming exams. During the day, you'll often find National students eating their lunches or reviewing their notes on the many park benches and tables we have set up around campus, but this is only a temporary activity. Many of us realize that by sitting outside and "studying," it's much easier to find yourself people watching, staring at the swans on the pond, or wanting to close your eyes and daydream. All right, it looks like I'll have to keep the sun bathing in moderation until midterms have passed.

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Abdominal Exam

This week, we covered quite a bit of ground in classes. In our Phys/DX course, we continued to practice different regional exams of the body, specifically the abdominal exam and neurological exam. In phlebotomy lab, students are still perfecting their needling "abilities" and learning different techniques for drawing blood. Specifically, we are spending a lot of time on the butterfly needle technique and drawing blood out of smaller veins. It's definitely nerve-wracking, but a valuable experience none-the-less.

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Phlebotomy Lab

On Friday afternoon, Student Council hosted the summer's Tri Games competition. The sport of the season was flag football, and like any other trimester, each group of students sported their tri's respective color and played for 4 months of bragging rights. I unfortunately was not able to attend the event, but I don't doubt it was a great showing! Maybe my 6th tri classmates took home the trophy? :)

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My weekend was spent in Rochester, Michigan, for my older brother's wedding. As a Buckeye myself in a family of nearly all Ohio State grads, I never thought I'd see the day when one of my sibs married a Wolverine! Despite our differences, the two families came together and threw a terrific celebration.

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Congratulations, Ben and Jenny! I loved the opportunity to get away for a weekend and spend time with my family, but I miss them already! It's a good thing I have plenty of studying and work to keep me busy now that I'm back.

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Sun, Study, and Socializing

Hello everyone! I know I've said it once, but I'll say it again: this weather is gorgeous! I am one of those people that thrive in sunshine, and my week's activities definitely reflected it.

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Brad Paisley Concert

It was Week 4 here at National, and with classes back in full gear, there was lots of studying to be done. One of the most challenging classes in Trimester 6 is "Imaging of Tumors," where we are learning about all the possible bone tumors and how to differentiate them on traditional X-rays, MRI, and other various imaging types. Learning pathologies like these can be intimidating, but it's also a true reflection of our chiropractic education at NUHS. It is both a challenge and a compliment to be bestowed with such a well-rounded curriculum that teaches us to be responsible physicians. Some chiropractors choose to have X-ray machines in their practice, and some choose to send patients out for imaging, but whatever the case, it is critical that we are trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of a more progressive disease such as skeletal tumors.

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Lambda Chi Sorority Lunch

Outside of the classroom, this week was a blast! To kick-off the summer, Lambda Chi sorority had its sorority lunch, catered by Pinched Mediterranean Grill, a locally-owned restaurant offering gluten-free, freshly made food. All of the girls enjoyed the opportunity to get together and enjoy a fun lunch hour while discussing some upcoming events this trimester. The goal of Lambda Chi is to offer more opportunities for us to practice our adjusting skills outside of class, but it's also to foster meaningful friendships among the women of our profession. :)

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Lambda Chi Sorority Lunch

On Friday night, students from our school attended the Tri Mixer at Gnarly J's and Rita's Roadhouse, which was a perfect way to end a busy school week and take a break from studying.

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Tri Mixer

I spent my Saturday night at the Brad Paisley concert with some girls from school, and then all day Sunday laying by the pool and studying for upcoming midterms.

Overall, this was a very well rounded week of studying, sunshine, and social events that will have to last me until midterms are over. Time to really hit the books! Enjoy the week ahead!