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!
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! :)
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! :)
Hello everyone! I know I've said it once, but I'll say it again:
this weather is gorgeous! I am one of those people that thrive in
sunshine, and my week's activities definitely reflected it.
Brad Paisley Concert
It was Week 4 here at National, and with classes back in full
gear, there was lots of studying to be done. One of the most
challenging classes in Trimester 6 is "Imaging of Tumors," where we
are learning about all the possible bone tumors and how to
differentiate them on traditional X-rays, MRI, and other various
imaging types. Learning pathologies like these can be intimidating,
but it's also a true reflection of our chiropractic education at
NUHS. It is both a challenge and a compliment to be bestowed with
such a well-rounded curriculum that teaches us to be responsible
physicians. Some chiropractors choose to have X-ray machines in
their practice, and some choose to send patients out for imaging,
but whatever the case, it is critical that we are trained to
recognize the signs and symptoms of a more progressive disease such
as skeletal tumors.
Lambda Chi Sorority Lunch
Outside of the classroom, this week was a blast! To kick-off the
summer, Lambda Chi sorority had its sorority lunch, catered by
Pinched Mediterranean Grill, a locally-owned restaurant offering
gluten-free, freshly made food. All of the girls enjoyed the
opportunity to get together and enjoy a fun lunch hour while
discussing some upcoming events this trimester. The goal of Lambda
Chi is to offer more opportunities for us to practice our adjusting
skills outside of class, but it's also to foster meaningful
friendships among the women of our profession. :)
On Friday night, students from our school attended the Tri Mixer
at Gnarly J's and Rita's Roadhouse, which was a perfect way to end
a busy school week and take a break from studying.
I spent my Saturday night at the Brad Paisley concert with some
girls from school, and then all day Sunday laying by the pool and
studying for upcoming midterms.
Overall, this was a very well rounded week of studying,
sunshine, and social events that will have to last me until
midterms are over. Time to really hit the books! Enjoy the week
• 5-Minute NUHS Campus Tour
• What I Learned in 6th Tri
• Opportunities Outside the Classroom
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