There is no greater feeling than knowing you have just jumped
over your last hurdle in what seems to be the most exhausting race
of your life. That's the metaphor I am using to describe this
overwhelming relief of having completed Part Four (IV) of the
chiropractic national board exams. I haven't quite reached the
finish line yet to cross through that final threshold, but the only
elements that stand between that graduation stage and me are four
weeks and the unknown certainty of board scores.
A beautiful sunrise I witnessed driving down one morning from
Chicago to Danville
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, or as we refer to
as the NBCE, is the organization which administers all components
of chiropractic board exams, and they always have a six-week
waiting period for scores to be graded and posted. All board exams
up to this point had been written exams, consisting of oodles of
multiple choice questions that covered the diverse curriculum of
our education. The last series, Part IV, was a practical style of
exam, which in my opinion, was much more nerve-wracking!
The exam took place over two days:
Saturday was by far the longest and most draining day of the
board exams, but I walked out feeling confident that I was amply
prepared through my education at National University and with my
weeks of independent preparation. It was great to spend time with
my friends and peers again, those who I haven't seen much since
beginning clinic at Salvation Army, even if it was only because we
were all forced to convene in Davenport, Iowa, for exams!
My sister Liz and I relaxing on Saturday night after my long
weekend of board exams
After the exams were finished, I came back to Chicago to spend
Saturday night relaxing and decompressing from the long weekend in
Iowa. I was excited to spend some time with my little sister Liz,
who was in town briefly and was there to celebrate with me when I
Over the next couple weeks, I will be finishing up my internship
in Danville, preparing the last components of my Illinois license
application, and gearing up for graduation. The last hurdle has now
been jumped and the finish line is finally within reach!
I can't believe we are approaching October! Where has this year
gone? Another week has passed, and things are starting to wrap up
here in clinic.
No one ever complains when we bring donuts to clinic!
Our 8th trimester interns are really getting the hang of things
around here, and they're beginning to take on much more
responsibility with new patient exams and learning the details of
the clinic. One intern, Andrew, sat in with me on a new patient
visit and since then, he has almost completely taken over
View of the city from Navy Pier
Being an intern is quite a comprehensive task! We build up our
tools throughout the curriculum, learning to take a comprehensive
history, perform a full-body physical, and develop a treatment plan
for the patient with appropriate outcomes to achieve. Oh yeah, and
actually treating the patient! There are so many other steps in the
process, and our clinical internship is the time where we really
perfect these skills. Teaching a new intern the ropes makes me
realize how much responsibility we have as doctors, and it really
has been a challenging journey!
Birthday dinner at Bub City
KC and I celebrating on Friday night
Over the weekend, I celebrated my 25th birthday with some
friends and fellow interns. I made it to a quarter century! We
listened to live music at Bub City, one of my favorite country
music venues in Chicago. I don't think I'll ever get tired of
exploring this beautiful city!
The sun is shining, the leaves are turning colors, and football
season is in full-force!
I had the amazing opportunity to return to Columbus this past
weekend to watch an Ohio State game this season. Since I've
recently decided that I may not be returning to Ohio to practice,
each visit home is cherished more and more. I was fortunate to go
to the game with some fellow Buckeye fans stuck living here in
Chicago, and we made some great memories on the trip to Columbus!
In recent weeks, my search for an associateship has focused on
the Chicagoland area. Interviewing with practices has really
challenged me to evaluate my personal goals as well as career
goals. We spend over three years trying to determine what type of
populations we want to focus on, what seminars we want to take, and
what certifications we want to obtain! Until the interview process
began, I didn't consider what criteria were most important to me
when searching for an employment opportunity, and for me, money
isn't the number one driving factor. I will keep you updated as the
Salvation Army is full of life now that our new 8thtrimester
interns have begun at the clinic! We were all excited to welcome
Monisha, Amanda, Brandon, and Andrew to our new "Salvy crew." I've
finished many of the numbers required for graduation, so I am
slowly introducing my patients to new interns so that they may
continue care. It's rewarding to see your patients feel relief from
their physical pain while they are also healing mentally and
emotionally during their recovery.
With the enforcement of electronic medical records (EMRs), we
interns have found ourselves keeping busy cleaning out patient
files in the meantime!
I know that discussing the weather is one of the most monotonous
topics you can have, but it seems to be quite the topic these days!
For the past three weekends in Chicago, the weather has just tanked
from the sunny mid-80s to the rainy mid-50s. There's no doubt in my
mind that the weather has a tremendous impact on a person's mood
and well-being. Despite the dreary, chilly weekend with some very
moody weather, I made the best of my time off!
One of my best friends, Michelle, visited from Ohio last
weekend. I love having the opportunity to take friends around the
big city and explore all Chicago has to offer! We did our best to
sightsee the city from the Navy Pier Ferris wheel, however the fog
was a little difficult to see through! We had the chance to spend
Saturday afternoon on North Avenue Beach, and the scene was
definitely a little more picturesque. :)
Life in 9th trimester is flying by! I'm finding myself
constantly referencing old textbooks and notes, reviewing the best
treatments for various musculoskeletal conditions and then applying
them to patient care.
I've also found myself being much more focused on understanding
Process products and other various supplement companies. So
many of the patients I see have underling nutritional
insufficiencies, and even offering them a small dosage multivitamin
can provide them with the building blocks for physiological
function. As we've learned in school, addiction of any type has
such profound effects on the physiology of the brain and the body,
and sometimes the best treatments we can offer them are palliative
care and supplementation to support overall health. Being in clinic
is the perfect opportunity to try new things, figure out what
works, and identify what doesn't. I have so much more to learn!
Wishing everyone a productive and positive week!
It's hard to believe that the fall trimester is almost over.
With the holidays being so highly anticipated by students, it seems
as though there is always something to look forward to that makes
the time fly by.
This past weekend, I spent the Thanksgiving holiday at my
parent's home in Ohio. I did my best to follow my own Thanksgiving
recommendations, but it's safe to say that I still ate my share of
satisfying, home-cooked calories! Having the opportunity to study
chiropractic medicine is a blessing in and of itself, but then when
I think about all the friends I've met, memories I've made, and
life lessons I've learned, life really does seem wonderful. Every
day I am in this challenging program, I am reminded how much I have
to be thankful for.
Alright, so my weekend didn't stop there. I traveled to "old
Columbus town" for the remainder of my trip home to spend time with
college friends and watch the rivalry of the year, the Ohio State
vs. Michigan football game. (This may be the point in my blogs
where some people stop reading!) I have been and will always be a
Buckeye alumnus and diehard fan, so this is commonly my favorite
weekend of the year. I was able to catch up with friends from
college that I hadn't seen since we graduated two and a half years
ago, and I couldn't have asked for a better weekend revisiting
So now I'm back in Lombard, gearing up for 10 days of final
exams, practicals, and papers. These are commonly everyone's least
favorite two weeks of the trimester, when we find ourselves
increasing our coffee intake and our eyes dry out from staring at
endless notes. It's going to be a challenging period, but you just
feel that much more accomplished by the end of it all. Wow, I'm
going to graduate chiropractic school in just about one year!
My 4-week winter break is going to begin by moving to my new
apartment in Lincoln Park, spending time in Ohio visiting friends
and family, and taking a nice tropical vacation over New Year's!
I'm really looking forward to a little R&R and a chance to
unwind before the last year begins.
I wish everyone the happiest and safest of holidays! As always,
I'd love to hear from you if you have any questions about NUHS and
our programs. :) Take care and enjoy the new year!
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