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.
Welcome to my first blog! I'm very excited for this opportunity
to share my thoughts and experiences with you, and I hope you'll
enjoy it, too. Feel free to check out my "About Me" section as
This week, I began my 6th trimester of chiropractic school. It's
hard to believe that I've finally reached the half-way point in my
education, with only 5 trimesters to go! I am currently in Phase 2,
which consists of the clinical science aspect of National's
program. My classes this tri include advanced adjusting technique
lab, a handful of radiology diagnosis classes, and a physical and
lab diagnosis class. My schedule begins at 8am every day, which is
getting me in shape for the "real world," I like to think.
Especially in the summer, there's no better feeling than getting an
early start to your day, with the sun and chirping birdies outside
serving as an alarm clock!
The class we have focused most on during the first week is
physical and lab diagnosis. Since it is an 8 credit hour course, we
meet for lecture and lab three days each week, and we're already
moving right along with the curriculum. We began by reviewing some
of the fundamental evaluations we were taught in our evaluation and management
courses in previous trimesters. At this point in our education,
we can never practice our skills enough. Our first week's
activities consisted of performing vitals, a head and neck
evaluation, and an eye exam. Fortunately, all of the diagnostic
tools needed for these exams are included in our "doctor bags" that
we were given when we entered the program, so the difficult part
now is remembering to keep our ophthalmoscopes charged for
This week seemed to fly by! As the new Student Council
president, I spent many of my lunch hours attending university
meetings or leading discussions of my own. Our first Student
Council meeting of the trimester is coming up, and I look forward
to meeting all of the club representatives and incoming students in
the professional programs. All students are welcome and encouraged
to come the weekly meetings, and increasing attendance is something
I hope to accomplish during my term.
With any luck, the weather will remain warm and sunny, and we
can have another beautiful summer tri. Enjoy your week! :)
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