As the summer trimester rolls to an end, I've decided to reflect
on the past 14 weeks to evaluate everything I've learned and the
experiences I've had.
Trimester 6 is a big deal, because it signifies the completion
of your second year in the chiropractic program. I've walked away
with the knowledge of performing a full physical exam on a patient,
evaluating different types of lab work, and learning how to collect
samples of my own for lab work. I learned about the protocol of
performing blood, urine, and strep tests, as well as male and
female sensitive exams. The jitters of "stab lab" eventually
subsided and I began to appreciate the privilege that we have in
our scope of practice to be able to perform phlebotomy. Holy moly,
I punctured someone's skin and actually drew blood!
Between the three radiology courses I've taken, I've learned to
identify and differentiate all the various types of arthritides
that can occur, the various fractures commonly seen in trauma, and
the red-flag signs of skeletal tumors and metastasis. We have been
educated to not only perform orthopedic tests to determine what
muscle or ligament is causing symptoms, but also how to identify
these pathologies on imaging such as X-rays, CT and MR imaging.
Our pharmacology courses have given me the skills I need to
converse with other medical professionals about various drugs and
medications, in addition to educating patients about the potential
side effects of the pharmaceuticals.
I learned first-hand how difficult is to develop a unique
business plan, analyze the population demographics in a target
area, and excel in marketing your brand and your practice to those
people seeking health care.
The Bottom Line
Of the many things I have learned from my second year here in
chiropractic school, the most important take away is this: WE have
the opportunity to TRULY change peoples' lives through the power of
chiropractic care. We listen to our patients, we relate to our
patients, we have the power of physical touch and interaction with
our patients. We are going to impact the health and lives of so
many human beings, and THAT hope in itself is worth waking up for
each day. Despite the endless assignments, group projects, quizzes,
practicals, and written examinations, I know in my heart this is
where I belong: earning my Doctor of Chiropractic degree at
National University of Health Sciences.
I truly hope you have enjoyed reading my weekly blogs and that
I've helped influence your life in some way. Please feel free to
contact me with any questions or comments you may have! Until
September, take care everyone! :)
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.
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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