Recently at NUHS, I attended a weekend course taught by The
McKenzie Institute USA. This educational foundation has
developed a method to diagnose and treat patients suffering with
musculoskeletal pain originating from the spine and extremities.
Robin McKenzie was the founder of this institution, which began
researching disorders of the musculoskeletal system in 1982. Since
its beginning, McKenzie Method was utilized primarily by physical
therapists, but it has in recent years become more accessible to
(Photo courtesy of The McKenzie Institute, New Zealand)
One of the most unique features of McKenzie Method is the
concept that patients have the power and responsibility to help
treat themselves through exercises and lifestyle modifications.
This also adds a component of compliance to each patient's
treatment plan, assuming that they will actively work to help
correct and maintain proper posture and movement patterns. McKenzie
treatment involves the patient in actively caring for their
symptoms, which has an empowering effect that is able to eliminate
pain for each person in the end.
I was enrolled in the Part A course, the first of the series
toward certification that is geared toward focusing on the lumbar
spine. With our class size of about 20 people, an even mix of both
students and practicing doctors, we were able to work hands-on with
two patients who were coming in complaining of low back pain. We
practiced running through a McKenzie-based physical examination,
taking a thorough history with the patient, and going through the
diagnostic protocol that are used to help identify the
classification of different pain presentations.
Once we were able to identify the type of mechanical back pain
we were dealing with, we proceeded to work on exercises with each
patient to help reduce and relieve their pain in different regions.
The most rewarding aspect of the weekend was to see both of the
patients leave the seminar with a reduction in their low back pain
as well as in their radiating pain.
Getting to work with current DCs throughout the seminar was such
a tremendous experience, and there was much clinical knowledge to
be gained from these doctors! I even had the opportunity to meet
Dr. Anthony Hamm, the current president of the American
Chiropractic Association! In a couple weeks, we will be returning
to complete Part A of the seminar.
Now that I am an intern in clinic, I'm beginning to hone in on
what seminars I hope to take in the next year and what types of
additional skills I want to obtain for practice. At National and in
the Chicago area, there are so many tremendous seminars and
certifications available for us as students. With all of the
developments in the field of medicine, it will be valuable to have
other skill sets such as McKenzie to offer to my future patients
when I am in practice.
Last Friday night was our tri-mixer where all of the students
were invited to come out and meet each other. As an officer for
Student Council who helped plan the event, it's always fulfilling
to see tons of students come and participate in social events! The
cold and the snow can't hold us back from enjoying a weekend night
out with friends (like my friend KC and I)! :)
One of the most crucial steps to success in the chiropractic
profession is active involvement in your state and national
professional organizations. Intending to move back to Ohio and
practice after graduation, I recently attended the annual
convention in Columbus, Ohio, for the Ohio State Chiropractic
Association (OSCA). What a weekend! Myself and four other DC
students, all from different stages of the curriculum, attended the
convention to learn more about the future of our profession,
why we need to maintain our presence in the field of
health care, and what we can do as students to become more
Brent, Stephen, Jess, and myself enjoying a night out in
Our students attended a session about treatment of shoulder
conditions, which are said to be the 3rd most common reason that
people present to a chiropractor's office for care. We were taught
by Dr. Brett Winchester, a well-known educator and instructor for
Motion Palpation Institute, DNS, and other valuable organizations.
He emphasized the importance of understanding the kinetic chain of
movement, rehabilitating more than just the site of pain, and
teaching patients correct lifestyle modifications they can make to
prevent re-injury from occurring.
Saturday night was the beautiful gala for all attendees of the
convention -- physicians, students and office staff alike. I
watched in amazement as Bharon Hoag, the Executive Director of the
OSCA and a dear friend, presented prestigious awards to members of
the Ohio Senate, Ohio House of Representatives, Ms. America 2014
(who is a chiropractor!), and other incredibly influential people.
Ohio is the first state in America to have passed
legislation allowing chiropractors to be on the front-line for
concussion care, which is PHENOMENAL. If it weren't for the hard
work of the board members, directors and current doctors in Ohio
fighting for our rights, we never would have achieved this
monumental step for chiropractic.
Me with my brother and sister-in-law, Billy and Kelly
My brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Kelly, were in attendance
at the convention as well, both also practicing DCs in northeast
Ohio. Visiting with my family and discussing our profession was
such a perfect way to spend my weekend, and I amsothankful to have
them as role models and inspiration for my career! This weekend was
also a tremendous opportunity to meet current doctors, hear their
advice and success stories, and bring back this spirit to our
fellow students at NUHS. I took away so much valuable information,
leaving with an overwhelming sense of excitement and hope for our
profession, and there is no doubt in my mind that I will be
attending the convention again next year!
Why Become Involved?
Participating in professional organizations such as the OSCA
gives us a greater sense of purpose. We entered this healthcare
profession to touch people's lives and positively impact our
communities, but who says that our influence has to stop there? It
is our duty to take pride in our career of alternative healthcare
and therefore fight for it. At times, we are so unaware of the
overwhelming sacrifice and dedication that our predecessors
contributed to the advancement and success of our profession.
Photo booth fun with NUHS peers and Bharon Hoag, OSCA
We are the future leaders of chiropractic medicine, and
we are the ones responsible for the success and
continuation of our craft. We are given the tremendous opportunity
to change lives, so if we do not do all that is in our power to
protect and preserve this right, we are selfish. Becoming involved
in these organizations is not only of value for us and our future
practices, but for the success of our profession as a whole.
One of the most exciting courses in 7th trimester is Advanced
Diagnosis and Problem Solving, and I am definitely doing a lot of
problem solving, that's for sure!
Two days a week, we are in the clinic with simulated patients,
or "sim patients" as we have grown to say. We encounter a brand new
patient, gain practice taking a thorough history, performing the
appropriate physical exams, establishing a diagnosis or diagnoses,
and reporting our findings with the patient. Nobody said becoming a
doctor was easy, and this class is a representation of the
challenges many students face when learning to interact with
Sometimes, the patient's clinical presentation is simple, and
you know exactly what steps need to be performed to establish the
diagnosis. Other times, the pieces don't fit together and you find
yourself researching a condition you studied a year ago, trying to
ask the appropriate questions to ensure you are on the right track.
This is the challenge of becoming a doctor: having the
responsibility of someone's health and wellbeing, but also being
able to think critically on your toes and establish a comforting
relationship with that patient, all in a 30-minute period. I have a
long way to go until I feel more confident during my patient
encounters, but I accept the challenge!
On Friday night, Student Council hosted its Fall Tri-Mixer at a
local venue that we all know fondly as Rita's. Between the dancing,
the photos, and all the laughter, I hope everyone had a great night
out! It's important to spend time with your peers outsidethe
classroom, getting to know people for who they are and as friends.
To all of the new 1st trimester students who attended, we hope you
got to know some of your other classmates and enjoyed a night off
from studying all that anatomy! :)
Lambda Chi Sorority is a social and educational club at NUHS
designed for female students in both the chiropractic and
naturopathic programs. Once a week, we meet after class to learn
and practice adjustments with Dr. Terry Elder, one of the professors of
our technique classes and a national instructor for Motion
Palpation Institute. Toward the end of the trimester, the club
brings in various speakers from the community and university,
educating us on different topics such as sports medicine, pediatric
adjusting, opening up your own practice, or even just the current
state of the chiropractic profession. For the past year, I have
been the president of Lambda Chi and have had an array of
responsibilities each trimester. I have finally reached the
bittersweet end of a very rewarding leadership position, but I am
excited to pass on my duties to the next group of officers!
The current group of officers finished off our term with a big
bang of events! We started out our week by hosting Dr. Joseph Stiefel,
the president of National University of Health Sciences, as our
speaker. He brought our members up to speed on the state of the
university, current renovations taking place on our campus, an
assessment of our school's performance of board scores, and an
overview of the direction that the chiropractic profession is
moving. On Wednesday night, the outgoing and incoming sorority
officers met at Kona Grill for our officer transition dinner,
where we passed on our binders of instructions, gave suggestions
and words of advice, and enjoyed a nice meal together.
Our 3rd Annual Mr. NUHS Competition was held on Thursday in the
gymnasium. The event showcased eight terrific male students who
competed in categories of clinic attire, beach attire, and a
talent/lip sync performance. Our four judges consisted of both
faculty/staff members and last year's reigning Mr. NUHS, Taronte.
Based on the judges' scores and the popular vote of audience
participation, we crowned Tom Blum as the 2014-2015 Mr. NUHS! Tom
performed a terrific rendition of "Let It Go" from the hit Disney
movie Frozen, and the gymnasium was filled with laughter
and confetti as the song went on. This event served as both a fun
school-wide function open to all students as well as a great fund
raiser for Lambda Chi.
Beach Attire Category
Friday night was an opportunity for all of our members to relax
and unwind at our end-of-the-trimester event held at Brickhouse Tavern and Tap. The girls enjoyed
appetizers, drinks, and a chance to sit back and socialize with
each other. This was also the last big event held by the current
club officers, so it served as an unofficial transition back to
being simply a member of the club, rather than a leader. I am
excited to say that I'm finally relieved of my duties as president
of Lambda Chi Sorority!
Mr. NUHS - Tom Blum
I hope everyone has a great end to July! Enjoy what's left of
When you spend 5 days a week inside of a classroom, it's hard to
remember what's going on outside in the "real world." I always joke
that professional school is a perfect transition from college into
true adulthood. Many of us students still have the opportunity to
learn every day and work toward our dream careers, yet we still
don't quite have the full responsibilities of adulthood such as
taxes, mortgages, or supporting a family.
Some weekends, I sit and gaze out the library windows, wondering
what all my friends are doing on a beautiful sunny day. I sometimes
feel as though I'm missing out on the "grown-up things" people are
doing back home, and I definitely am a little envious of the free
weeknights and weekends that those in the working world enjoy.
None-the-less, I always take a step back and reflect on how
fortunate I am to be in this rewarding program, and then things
don't seem so bad. I'm in the company of other great people going
through the same challenges of exams and practicals. Once midterms
are over in a couple weeks, I'll be able to enjoy more of the pool,
the warm weather, and the sunshine of summer. :)
This trimester has flown by, and it's already half over. Most of
my time lately has been spent studying, reading, and occasionally
working. One of the biggest highlights of this past week was the
Big/Little Reveal Night we held for Lambda Chi Sorority. This is my
last tri as president, so I wanted to begin a small but memorable
tradition for the next officers to carry on.
The purpose of the Big/Little mentor/mentee program is to offer
younger students the opportunity to ask questions about classes,
board exams, clinic experiences, and other various aspects of the
program. We believe that the ladies of our sorority would benefit
from having a role model in their same program, and so we began the
One night after our weekly sorority meeting with Dr. Elder, we
had the younger members participate in a scavenger hunt for clues,
and then everyone met their Bigs! I hope the girls had a great time
meeting their new mentors and are looking forward to maintaining
this professional and fun connection with another student in their
I hope everyone has a great week ahead! Happy 4th of July!
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