Some of my favorite memories from chiropractic school have been
made on the beaches of Cocoa Beach, FL. Every year, all of the
chiropractic schools in the US (and Canada!) come together in late
October to have a great time and maybe earn some bragging rights
along the way. :)
In the past, the Chiropractic Games traveled around to the
different colleges, but in recent years, Cocoa Beach has become the
prime location. Who wouldn't want to travel to Florida right when
fall is setting in up in Chicago?
This year, NUHS put together both men and women's soccer teams,
a co-ed softball team, and a couple individual runners. Among other
sports offered at Chiro Games are flag-football, swimming, table
tennis, hockey, and beach volleyball. Although I participated in
the volleyball team in 2013, this time we were able to put together
a softball team, and so I chose to channel my inner 8th grade
Saturday consists of pool play and casual games, and then the
bracket is put together for Sunday's tournament. NUHS left Florida
with a 3-3 record, which we were all pretty impressed with,
considering some of the schools have teams that practice year round
and we really just go for the fun! Both of our runners placed in
the 5K race, Mike winning GOLD and Jenn winning bronze. They were
very pleased with their medals and we were excited to come home
with some National pride.
Chiro Games is a terrific opportunity to meet students from
other schools. Despite our different curriculums and different
philosophies, it is fun to be around people who share your passion
and excitement for our profession. We made great friends with the
students from CMCC in Canada, as well as conversing with other
people from all different schools. I am so glad to have represented
National for two years now, and I hope that I am able to enjoy my
third trip to Cocoa Beach next October as a 10th trimester student
ready to graduate!
So I began chiropractic school, wanting to become a doctor,
right? Here at National, many of us are taught and believe that the
term "doctor" means primary care for patients. As chiropractors, we
have a unique practice style, utilizing spinal manipulation,
functional rehabilitation, and educating patients on beneficial
lifestyle modifications. However, the term "doctor" also means
being able to offer whole-body health and wellness, not just
treatment to the musculoskeletal system. In addition to a portion
of our education being focused on internal medicine, another course
in our curriculum is about ambulatory trauma and emergency
Although DCs are not authorized to practice some of the
interventions that allopathic medical doctors are taught, we still
are able to provide efficient and thorough first-aid care in
emergency situations. The course "Ambulatory Trauma" takes first
aid and advances it to the understanding of a medical student or
doctor. We learn how to evaluate different types of burns, wounds,
and even how to care for shock victims. In lab, we have practiced
measuring and using different ambulation devices, so that we may
accurately help patients keep active after injuries.
One of my favorite parts of the course so far has been
practicing suturing! Although suturing open wounds is not part of
the scope of practice for chiropractors, it was still a very fun
and interactive lab. (It also served as a reminder of my queasiness
at sights of wounds and blood!) We learned about proper suturing
techniques, the different methods of closing up a wound, and
practiced these lessons on rubber arms in the lab.
In future weeks, we will be learning about assessing first-aid
situations for spinal cord injuries, musculoskeletal injuries, and
learning how to splint and co-manage these victims in emergency
situations. This course is excellent practice for those of us
looking to assist on the sidelines of sporting events or simply in
every day situations that may arise. Although no one wishes for
injury to occur, it is better that we are educated and prepared to
aid in emergency situations!
As many of us at NUHS prepare for midterm season, I hope
everyone has a wonderful week!
"Your life will become better by
making other lives better."
-- Will Smith
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.
Things have been getting busier here at National. Spring has
sprung! (Well, kind of.) Aside from the unfortunate rainy days and
50-degree temperatures, campus activity is picking up and everyone
is antsy for summer!
This week, students enjoyed our beginning-of-the-tri Club Lunch
Day, catered by Chipotle and sponsored by Student Council. On
Friday at lunch, all active clubs were represented at tables
throughout our gymnasium, offering the opportunity for new students
to learn more about and potentially join each student organization.
I think it's safe to say that everyone enjoyed the delicious meal
and many clubs gained new prospective members! It's great to see
younger students getting involved in our school.
Saturday morning, many students drove downtown to attend the
Chiropractic Wellness Symposium, organized by Cancer Treatment
Centers of America. We had the opportunity to learn about
functional endocrinology and a chiropractor's role in treating
autoimmune disorders, diabetes, and other widespread diseases. What
an amazing experience! I walked away from that seminar with such
inspiration and hope! Chiropractic and all other alternative
medical professions need to embrace the impact we can have on human
health. We truly do have the power to change people's lives. :)
After exploring downtown Chicago a little bit after the seminar,
we drove back to Lombard, just in time for a youth soccer game. My
friends Brandon and Jake are earning off-campus service hours by
volunteering as coaches for a 4- to 5-year-old soccer league in our
community of Lombard.
In case you were not aware, one of the requirements of the DC
and ND programs at National is to participate in a certain amount
of on- and off-campus service hours before graduating. Many clubs
on campus offer opportunities for students to gain these hours, but
the most rewarding experiences are those when students get involved
with our community.
For Brandon and Jake, this soccer league is simply about
encouraging kids to be active and involved at a young age. However,
for these adorable kids, kicking the ball in the right direction is
an accomplishment enough! Best of all, the parents are excited to
see local students being involved in the community, and we are able
to represent our university with high spirits and good will!
• 5-Minute NUHS Campus Tour
• What I Learned in 6th Tri
• Opportunities Outside the Classroom
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