Nothing says fall quite like the changing of the leaves, the
crisp afternoon air, or a good pumpkin spice latte from your café
of choice. But wait, I'm sure you were thinking, "HOW could she
forget pumpkin carving?"
This week, SACA (short for the Student American Chiropractic
Association) hosted a pumpkin carving event for students and
faculty. After a disastrous creative attempt last year, I channeled
all my energy and precision into one artistic pumpkin, which also
serves as a proud reminder of my home, Ohio. I was told that there
was to be a contest for the best pumpkin, but unfortunately for me,
this is college football season, and despite my artistic abilities,
my allies are few and far between. ;)
So what is SACA, you may ask? The Student American Chiropractic
Association is a local, student-run chapter of the American
Chiropractic Association (ACA). This club is our opportunity to
get involved in our profession early, and there are endless
benefits for being involved while being a student.
Every year, SACA brings students from NUHS to the National Chiropractic Leadership Conference
(NCLC) in Washington, DC, where we meet with current doctors in the
field, leaders within the ACA, and members of congress who will
fight for our profession. Students join the fight to educate our
country's political leaders about the benefits of chiropractic and
why we deserve an equal place in the health care field.
On a more local note, SACA holds weekly informative meetings
open to students of all programs. Recent workshops include
practicing "elevator speeches" to use when asked about
chiropractic, discussing the role of ethics in health care and
especially alternative medicine, interviewing new physicians about
their experiences in practice, and many other valuable topics. Our
student leaders within SACA have done a terrific job at encouraging
student involvement and a sense of community among our student
population, and I look forward to future opportunities the club
To learn more about what SACA has to offer, check out
the ACA's website.
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
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
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! :)
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!
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.
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!
Mr. NUHS - Tom Blum
I hope everyone has a great end to July! Enjoy what's left of
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.
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.
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
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.
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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• What I Learned in 6th Tri
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