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OSCA Convention 2014

One of the most crucial steps to success in the chiropractic profession is active involvement in your state and national professional organizations. Intending to move back to Ohio and practice after graduation, I recently attended the annual convention in Columbus, Ohio, for the Ohio State Chiropractic Association (OSCA). What a weekend! Myself and four other DC students, all from different stages of the curriculum, attended the convention to learn more about the future of our profession, why we need to maintain our presence in the field of health care, and what we can do as students to become more involved.

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Brent, Stephen, Jess, and myself enjoying a night out in Columbus

Our students attended a session about treatment of shoulder conditions, which are said to be the 3rd most common reason that people present to a chiropractor's office for care. We were taught by Dr. Brett Winchester, a well-known educator and instructor for Motion Palpation Institute, DNS, and other valuable organizations. He emphasized the importance of understanding the kinetic chain of movement, rehabilitating more than just the site of pain, and teaching patients correct lifestyle modifications they can make to prevent re-injury from occurring.

Saturday night was the beautiful gala for all attendees of the convention -- physicians, students and office staff alike. I watched in amazement as Bharon Hoag, the Executive Director of the OSCA and a dear friend, presented prestigious awards to members of the Ohio Senate, Ohio House of Representatives, Ms. America 2014 (who is a chiropractor!), and other incredibly influential people. Ohio is the first state in America to have passed legislation allowing chiropractors to be on the front-line for concussion care, which is PHENOMENAL. If it weren't for the hard work of the board members, directors and current doctors in Ohio fighting for our rights, we never would have achieved this monumental step for chiropractic.

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Me with my brother and sister-in-law, Billy and Kelly

My brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Kelly, were in attendance at the convention as well, both also practicing DCs in northeast Ohio. Visiting with my family and discussing our profession was such a perfect way to spend my weekend, and I amsothankful to have them as role models and inspiration for my career! This weekend was also a tremendous opportunity to meet current doctors, hear their advice and success stories, and bring back this spirit to our fellow students at NUHS. I took away so much valuable information, leaving with an overwhelming sense of excitement and hope for our profession, and there is no doubt in my mind that I will be attending the convention again next year!

Why Become Involved?

Participating in professional organizations such as the OSCA gives us a greater sense of purpose. We entered this healthcare profession to touch people's lives and positively impact our communities, but who says that our influence has to stop there? It is our duty to take pride in our career of alternative healthcare and therefore fight for it. At times, we are so unaware of the overwhelming sacrifice and dedication that our predecessors contributed to the advancement and success of our profession.

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Photo booth fun with NUHS peers and Bharon Hoag, OSCA Executive Director

We are the future leaders of chiropractic medicine, and we are the ones responsible for the success and continuation of our craft. We are given the tremendous opportunity to change lives, so if we do not do all that is in our power to protect and preserve this right, we are selfish. Becoming involved in these organizations is not only of value for us and our future practices, but for the success of our profession as a whole.

Opportunities Outside the Classroom

Things have been getting busier here at National. Spring has sprung! (Well, kind of.) Aside from the unfortunate rainy days and 50-degree temperatures, campus activity is picking up and everyone is antsy for summer!

This week, students enjoyed our beginning-of-the-tri Club Lunch Day, catered by Chipotle and sponsored by Student Council. On Friday at lunch, all active clubs were represented at tables throughout our gymnasium, offering the opportunity for new students to learn more about and potentially join each student organization. I think it's safe to say that everyone enjoyed the delicious meal and many clubs gained new prospective members! It's great to see younger students getting involved in our school.

Saturday morning, many students drove downtown to attend the Chiropractic Wellness Symposium, organized by Cancer Treatment Centers of America. We had the opportunity to learn about functional endocrinology and a chiropractor's role in treating autoimmune disorders, diabetes, and other widespread diseases. What an amazing experience! I walked away from that seminar with such inspiration and hope! Chiropractic and all other alternative medical professions need to embrace the impact we can have on human health. We truly do have the power to change people's lives. :)

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After exploring downtown Chicago a little bit after the seminar, we drove back to Lombard, just in time for a youth soccer game. My friends Brandon and Jake are earning off-campus service hours by volunteering as coaches for a 4- to 5-year-old soccer league in our community of Lombard.

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In case you were not aware, one of the requirements of the DC and ND programs at National is to participate in a certain amount of on- and off-campus service hours before graduating. Many clubs on campus offer opportunities for students to gain these hours, but the most rewarding experiences are those when students get involved with our community.

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For Brandon and Jake, this soccer league is simply about encouraging kids to be active and involved at a young age. However, for these adorable kids, kicking the ball in the right direction is an accomplishment enough! Best of all, the parents are excited to see local students being involved in the community, and we are able to represent our university with high spirits and good will!