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Welcome Back to National

I hope everyone has been enjoying the beautiful weather of May! So much has happened since I last blogged, and I'm excited to share all my memories!

Once you reach clinic internship, we no longer have a break between trimesters, so I stayed here in Chicago continuing to see patients at the Salvation Army Clinic. I started working 5 days per week, rather than 3, and I no longer have classes at NUHS. I've been spending more time in my Chicago apartment and trying to explore the beautiful sights and sounds of Lincoln Park.

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I spent a few days away from the Midwest and traveled to St. Petersburg, Florida, to visit one of my friends from college, Jenny. While down there, I was able to visit our St. Petersburg campus where our DC program is, and I visited with our previous Student Council VP from Florida, Frank! The sun was shining, the dolphins were out and about, and the summer vibes were flowing. To those of you who are deterred by the Chicago weather, definitely check out our St. Pete campus! :)

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My little sister graduated from Ohio University in early May, so I loved having the opportunity to travel home to my family and celebrate this huge accomplishment.

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In the clinic, my schedule has been picking up with both new and returning patients, and I'm learning more and more every day. I have the opportunity to see many female patients, all suffering from back pain of some type, but also troubled by more hormonal and biochemical imbalances. It's a great chance for me to apply my ongoing training in the online functional medicine program at University of Western States. Every day is a new learning opportunity! 

I look forward to sharing all of my clinic experiences with you over the next 8 months! 

Moving On Up

This past Friday was a tough day for all of us at the Salvation Army Clinic. We celebrated the last day for our 10th trimester interns, Jena and Andy, before they graduate in a couple weeks.

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This was the final time that all of our interns would be together again, so we wanted to make the most of our shift! We all contributed to a delicious potluck, Jena and Andy "passed on" their treatment rooms to us 8th tri interns, and we had a whole morning of endless laughs. Congratulations to all of the 10th tri students who will be out in the field in less than one month!

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As 8th trimester comes to an end over the next couple weeks, it's hard to believe this journey has flown by so quickly! I spent the Easter weekend in Ohio, visiting my boyfriend's family and enjoying a relaxing weekend at home. There's something to home cooked meals, card games, and playing bocce ball in the yard that truly makes me appreciate the slower pace of the real world. In chiropractic school, we commit ourselves to a rigorous program of classes, exams, weekend seminars, and hours in the library, so it's nice to be reminded of what life is like after professional school. It gives me the opportunity to daydream about how my life will be 8 months from now. :) Oh, how I'm looking forward to life after school!

As always, I hope everyone has a terrific week ahead, and enjoy the warm weather and sunshine as we grow closer to summertime in the Midwest!

Another Busy Week

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 week!

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In the meantime, our 8th tri interns are spending their hours practicing adjusting each other. After all, practice makes perfect, right?!

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 weeks!

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 walls... :)

Radiology May Be the Death of Me

It's a pretty fulfilling experience to get to 8th Trimester, be an intern in clinic (finally!), and know you've made it through the majority of the curriculum in the chiropractic program. What they forget to tell you is how much time you'll be spending outside of the classroom studying radiology!

Now that I have passed courses evaluating imaging of arthritides, trauma, congenital deformities, tumors, and chest and abdominal pathology, they roll it all up into a big ball and say, "Here! Apply everything you've ever learned and read this black and white picture to tell me exactly what is wrong with this person." Here I am thinking, "Wait, you expect me to actually remember 2 years of radiology courses?" The answer is definitely "Yes," and I am conquering this challenge every day in 8thtrimester!

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I am currently enrolled in two very important radiology classes: Positioning and Report Writing, as we like to call them. In one course, we spend hours in the X-ray lab, setting up the machines, calculating the numbers, and developing the films in the dark room. In the other course, we also spend hours in the X-ray lab, but instead reading the images in front of us, identifying the pathologies present, and writing reports that summarize our findings and possible diagnoses. It's quite a lot of responsibility, developing the skills to take the X-rays accurately so that we may see all the pertinent anatomy, and then to identify the patient's underlying pathologies so that we can take the proper measurements to resolve or manage their condition.

I will admit, I spend a lot of time with my nose buried in Yochum [Terry R., a 1972 NUHS grad] and Rowe, the bible of skeletal radiology textbooks. I'm excited to use my laterality markers (with my initials on them!) when shooting X-rays, and the Supertech is the coolest sliding, calculating toy for goofs like me. All of this studying will pay off soon, especially for Parts 2, 3, and 4 of National Chiropractic Boards that I will be taking over the course of 2015! Wish me luck! :)

New Year, New Start

Happy 2015 everyone! I hope you all had a relaxing holiday season with friends and family.

As mentioned in my last post, this last year of school is going to be a huge change for me. I'm getting used to leaving my apartment at 6:30 a.m. just to avoid Chicago rush hour traffic, and in the winter months, it's tough waking up before the sun rises. Coming back from break and driving home to my little city apartment was quite a change, knowing I'd left the comfort of the suburbs behind. However, I'm looking forward to a year of experiences as an independent city gal!

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Intern name tag!

Our first week of 8th trimester began with clinic orientation for new interns. We were congratulated for reaching this point in our education, but also reminded of the importance of entering this phase of our career. It is so humbling to have patients put their trust and confidence in us as future physicians, yet I still experience the pressures of accurate diagnosis and treatment with each and every person.

At the Salvation Army clinic, these men and women will be coming from all walks of life, not necessarily seeking relief from their musculoskeletal pain, but needing a thorough full-body physical examination. Internal disorders can have referral pain patterns that mimic musculoskeletal conditions, and so it will be critical that we interns can identify the underlying pathologies in an efficient and timely manner.

It's going to be a challenging internship, both clinically and professionally. Not only will I be learning how to speak about chiropractic care with confidence, but also in a language that patients will understand and relate to. We get so wrapped up in the medical terminology, we forget how to convey the appropriate information in a way that the patient will comprehend. Additionally, speaking as a future physician will be another goal I hope to achieve, as it is critical to express empathy but still authority to our patients.

As always, please reach out to me at erinemley@student.nuhs.edu with any questions or comments about my life as a chiropractic student and intern. I look forward to sharing my clinical experiences with you over the course of the next 11 months. 331 days until graduation: the countdown has begun! :)