It's been another busy week at National!
Midterms in Tri 8 are all crammed onto Tuesdays and Thursdays
when we're in class, so although we have a lot of exams in a few
days, at least we get them all done in a short period of time. Now
that the middle of the term has come and gone, we're anticipating
warm weather and dreading national board exams. March is always
such a bittersweet month!
Outside of the classroom, our interns have been getting busier
with new patients in clinic. I completed my first full "new-man"
exam on a patient at Salvation Army. It's quite rewarding to see
all of the hard work and studying I've done over the past two years
finally come together. From learning to take a thorough medical
history, to the extensive neurological and body system exams we are
taught to do, all the way down to confidently treating the patient,
we have all progressed so far! I scheduled my first follow-up visit
with a patient, and I look forward to seeing him again next
In the meantime, our 8th tri interns are spending their hours
practicing adjusting each other. After all, practice makes perfect,
The next couple weeks will be entirely devoted to studying for
national board exams. I am taking Parts II, III, and Physiotherapy,
all of which are held at separate times throughout the weekend.
Although each exam builds off the others and they cover similar
topics, this will be twice the amount of exams I took last March
for Part I, so I have my work cut out for me the next couple
To those of you in Illinois, I hope you enjoy this warm week of
weather! I'll be dreaming of spring from inside the library
Ask not what your profession can do for you. Ask what YOU can do
for your profession!
All right, so I'm no JFK, but walking through the halls of our
nation's capitol sure made me feel like it! :)
Last week, chiropractic physicians and students gathered
together in Washington, DC, for the annual NCLC (National
Chiropractic Leadership Conference). During our first day
there, I spent eight hours wandering around the different House
Office Buildings, attending various appointments with five of the
14 Ohio representatives in Congress. I was in the good company of
executives from the Ohio State Chiropractic Association, learning
their tricks of the trade.
NCLC 2015 focused on lobbying for three different bills, two in
the House and one in the Senate, all focused on increasing
chiropractic care in VA hospitals and for retired veterans after
their service. I soon realized how complex our government is, and I
have a new appreciation for the many different steps that are
required for a bill to become a law. Wow!
It was terrific to get to meet so many different students from
other chiropractic schools, in addition to well-known leaders in
our profession. We were able to spend quality time with Dr. Anthony
Hamm, current president of the ACA, as well as very influential
past presidents. We discussed the future of chiropractic and our
integration into the new health care system, and I realize now more
than ever how important it is to become involved in our
In our down time, we had the opportunity to attend educational
classes hosted by various experts in our profession, spend time
exploring the capitol, and I even had the opportunity to sit in
while the House of Representatives was in session. The
representatives were bustling about, casting their votes, and ended
up declining the bill that had been placed on the floor. I got to
witness U.S. history!
NCLC was a tremendous experience, and I wish I had started
attending the conferences earlier in my education. I strongly
encourage all students to attend as early as possible, because the
connections you make and the memories you bring back with you will
last a lifetime. :)
It is a both a privilege and a requirement that all students in
the chiropractic and naturopathic programs take a one-day
field-trip to the Standard Process factory and farm in Palmyra,
Wisconsin. What is Standard Process, you may ask? It is a
whole-food-based supplement company that is committed to providing
quality products for distribution through health care
professionals. Standard Process has one of the largest organic
farms in the state of Wisconsin, and they are continually improving
their agriculture methods to ensure the highest quality organic
crops to utilize in their hundreds of different whole-food dietary
On Wednesday, we embarked for our trip to Palmyra and were
greeted with such kindness from the executives and employees at the
factory. We were walked through the various different processes of
production: from the biochemistry labs that test for quality of the
crops, to the state-of-the-art tablet-cutting and capsule-filling
machines, to the assembly line where the products are all packaged
and shipped at 2,000 orders per day. It was truly an incredible
display of innovative technology meeting the core fundamentals of
whole foods and quality nutrition.
Our afternoon consisted of a series of breakout sessions with
various different speakers and educators from the Standard Process
company. We learned about a handful of clinical findings that
correlate with nutritional deficiencies. For example, did you know
that those little white marks that can occur on your fingernails
may be indicative of a zinc deficiency in your diet?! We were also
educated about some of the core supplements that Standard Process
has to offer and when to prescribe them to certain patients. It was
a very informative and exciting day for our interns!
In other news, I actually am one of the finalists for a
scholarship being awarded by Standard Process! The four top-rated
videos on YouTube will be awarded scholarships this week at the
NCLC (National Chiropractic Leadership Conference) in Washington,
DC. The video topic is: "The most important thing I want to teach
my patients," and I hope you enjoy my thoughts on the importance of
living a healthy lifestyle! :) Voting is open until Wednesday by
clicking the "thumbs up" under my video.
I look forward to writing all about NCLC next week! DC, here I
In an effort to continue to expand my skills and techniques, I
traveled to Columbus, Ohio, this past weekend to take the Perinatal
Care: Webster Certification course of the International
Chiropractic Pediatric Association's diplomate program. This first
module offers the opportunity to learn and become certified in
Webster Technique, a method of diagnosis and treatment for
correcting dysfunction in the pelvis of pregnant women.
Good morning from the beautiful city of Chicago!
The Webster Technique has been taught by Dr. Jeanne Ohm for over
30 years, and she has truly changed the lives of so many women with
whom she has worked. The concept of Webster is to optimize pelvic
function, alignment, and movement, in order to potentially decrease
the difficulties associated with pregnancy and labor. The protocol
consists of analyzing the direction in which the sacrum may be
fixated, increasing motion in the pelvic joints, and affecting the
correlated soft tissue structures such as muscles and ligaments.
The technique has tremendous success with easing pain and
challenges associated with pregnancy, so women are always searching
the online database for local Webster providers. It is exciting to
have earned my certification and be able to work with this
population of patients! :)
The entire seminar was so inspiring. We discussed the changes in
obstetric care over the decades and how chiropractic care can offer
tremendous relief for women seeking alternative options during
their pregnancy. It was so empowering, realizing that I am going to
make these important changes in women's lives, and in the lives of
their future children.
National has always been a very science-based chiropractic program,
aiming to train its students as primary care physicians. Although
we don't focus too much on the traditional philosophy of our
profession, this weekend taught me how important it is to keep an
open mind about this topic. Some chiropractic schools really focus
on the concepts of innate intelligence and subluxation, and
although National does not, Jeanne Ohm truly made a valid argument:
Despite what each of us believes, she kept emphasizing that "Life
is intelligent," and there is no reason to argue with that.
Two cells can come together and develop into a fully functioning
human being. Pregnancy and birth have been occurring in our species
since the beginning of time, and it is important to realize that
the body truly does know what it is doing. Life IS intelligent, in
that even before the development of modern medicine, miracles have
been occurring naturally and without all of the interventions we
use today. Maybe it's time that we take a different approach to the
way we bring infants into this world, and the way in which we
support a woman's natural ability to carry and care for a
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! :)
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