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!
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 email@example.com
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! :)
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!
I can't believe we've reached the end of November already. It
seems like just yesterday we were beginning the fall term and
watching the leaves change color. The weather here in Illinois sure
has been brutal lately, but I am optimistic for safe and sunny
driving conditions this upcoming Wednesday as I join the other 46.3
million Americans on the road home. (Good thing gas prices are low
A couple friendly tips on how to stay healthy this
In the spirit of the holiday season, I hope everyone has a safe
and wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with friends and family. We have
so much to be thankful for!
Ah yes, another busy week has come and gone as a student in the
I began Week 9 with a larger level of anxiety and a smaller
amount of free time. In our Physical Diagnosis class, we were
expected to perform our Head-to-Toe physical exam in the Training
and Assessment Center (TAC) of the clinic. Although we had been
practicing for weeks, nothing can fully prepare you for the
nervousness that accompanies a 50-minute physical exam, memorized
in a specific order and graded for accuracy. Since the exam was
held in the TAC, we performed the practical on a standardized
patient, and what you don't realize is that giving sufficient
patient instructions throughout the exam are half of the battle!
The Head-to-Toe exam consists of an examination of the head and
neck, EENT exam, cardiac exam, pulmonary exam, abdominal exam,
neurological exam, and a handful of other miscellaneous tests
thrown in between. Whew, am I glad that practical is over, but I am
proud to say I took away a tremendous amount of knowledge and
In Tri 6, the Imaging of Tumors course is the class that
challenges many students. (It sure is tricky to differentiate 30
different types of skeletal tumors on black and white X-ray films!)
Fortunately, I felt sufficiently prepared for both the practical
and written portions of the midterm, so I was content with my
performance and had a nice confidence boost to end the week. :)
Thursday night, I took off for Bemidji, Minnesota, with my
friend and classmate, Bethany. Having both grown up in the town and
been a collegiate athlete at the Bemidji State University, I was
excited to experience this scenic, friendly Minnesota city that she
had so often talked about! We spent the 4th of July with her family
on one of Minnesota's 10,000 lakes, and although the weather that
day was not cooperating with the holiday festivities, we celebrated
later that night by watching fireworks on the water. On Saturday,
we made up for the previous storms by spending the day relaxing on
the lake, jet-skiing, tubing, and most importantly, laughing. It
was hard to say goodbye to her family and make the 10-hour drive
home on Sunday afternoon, but the memories we made throughout the
holiday weekend were worth it! My first trip to Bemidji was a
terrific experience, and I look forward to (hopefully) going back
to visit next summer!
Back at National, we still have midterms and quizzes for the
next couple weeks, but I can see the end of the trimester in sight!
Summer sure flies by when you're having fun!
Classes are picking up and I'm beginning to find myself studying
pretty regularly now. The first few weeks of the trimester, it's
easy to occasionally glance at your notes and remember what the
instructor was teaching. Now that we've compiled more material and
midterms are upon us, I've been organizing my notes into binders
and prioritizing my various classes, preparing for our first exams
in a couple weeks.
Physical and Lab Diagnosis
(or as we like to say Phys DX) is the course I mentioned in my
first blog, and it is definitely proving to be one of my favorite
classes. This past week, we observed our instructor perform an ear
lavage to dislodge and wash out any built up cerumen in the
external ear canal. I can't imagine the noise of a water-pick
blasting fluid in my ear for 30 seconds at a time, but believe it
or not, it works! It appears to be a very effective way to increase
hearing in people with conductive hearing loss due to "gunk" in
your ear, and a lavage may actually be safer than the possibility
of jamming a Q-tip into your tympanic membrane!
This week, we also completed our SECOND blood draw in phlebotomy
lab, and I'm still alive! (With only minor bruising!) Now that our
class has been taught the procedure, we're perfecting our needling
techniques and still getting rid of the jitters that come with
poking our classmates. :)
I must admit that the majority of my week was spent anticipating
my trip back to Ohio for the long Memorial Day weekend. After class
on Friday, I packed my bags and traveled to the Dayton area to
visit some people very close to my heart. During my visit there, I
slept under the stars watching a meteor shower, enjoyed a couple
holiday cook-outs, and spent one whole afternoon canoeing down the
river with friends. The weather was warm, the sun was bright, and
the air was clean and fresh. It is weekends like these that make me
so thankful for where I come from and the people I'm blessed to
have still in my life back home.
Another week has passed, this one ending with a remembrance of
all the brave men and women who have served our country and
preserved our freedom. We are so fortunate to stand here today, to
have the right to follow our dreams and the opportunity to pursue
our goals. I can't wait to someday change other people's lives
through healing and do my small part in giving back to the
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