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! :)
If there's anything I've realized about
myself over the past year of my life, it's that I love live music!
To those of you who keep up with my blog, you may have noticed a
trend of country concert followed by country concert. To me, the
combination of soothing guitar solos, compassionate lyrics, and a
positive atmosphere of fans is a recipe for the perfect
I packed my first couple weeks back with shows by Carrie
Underwood, Craig Campbell, and the highly anticipated Garth Brooks
2014 world tour. Whew! Nothing could have prepared me for the
energy and emotion that accompanied Garth's show up in Rosemont,
Illinois, this past weekend, and the memories I made were
I'm thankful that I have found such a
rewarding hobby for all of the hard work I spend involved in the DC
program. With any luck, I'll find time for an opera or philharmonic
concert this fall concert season, and I can then continue to expand
my appreciation for music of all genres.
This trimester is looking to be an exciting, yet intimidating,
series of classes and assignments! Last week, we encountered our
first "simulation patient" in Tri 7's Advanced Diagnosis class.
These actors and actresses are such a tremendous experience for us
to interact with patients of various disease states, both
physically and mentally, and react appropriately to the challenging
cases we will encounter in practice.
I look forward to perfecting my technique when it comes to
history taking, the physical exam, diagnostic skills, and most
importantly, building a relationship with the patient. No amount of
knowledge can replace the necessity for a kind, understanding, and
compassionate doctor, especially in today's age of "Doctor Google,"
when the most crucial component of a doctor-patient relationship is
trust. Gaining these skills is my top priority both in this class,
as well as over the next year before I am practicing on my own. I
can't wait to take advantage of every opportunity to learn this
Until next week, take care!
Happy Fall, everyone!
Welcome back to the beginning of a new trimester at National.
Since I last blogged, I have been traveling non-stop to see friends
and family, so I wanted to write about my experiences away from
NUHS. By the time finals week had concluded, I was in much need of
a mental break!
I spent my first few days of vacation still here in Chicago,
seeing various country artists such as Miranda Lambert and Chip
Esten (Deacon on ABC's hit series Nashville), as well as
working at fun events such as the Arlington Million up at the
Arlington Heights Race Track.
I eagerly traveled to northeast Ohio to spend time with my
family, including my little sister, before she went back to Ohio
University for her last fall semester of classes. I spent some time
shadowing and visiting with my older brother and his wife at their
very successful chiropractic practice, which always serves
as a friendly reminder of WHY I am going through this challenging
One of the best parts of my break was traveling to the scenic Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio with my
boyfriend Taylor. He and I spent a long weekend hiking, exploring
the caves and trails, zip lining through the forests, and canoeing
down the Hocking River. You may never have been to Ohio or explored
its state parks, but Hocking Hills is an absolutely beautiful
experience for people and families of all ages. Being able to see
the stars at night isn't so bad either, since I spend most of my
year staring up at streetlights. It was a perfect trip full of new
landscapes, new experiences, and plenty of relaxation.
While passing through Columbus, Ohio, I shadowed two National
graduates currently practicing in the central Ohio area: Dr. Jennifer Wente-Moeller and Dr.
Let me tell you that observing doctors first-hand is
the absolute BEST experience you can gain as a student. Shadowing a
doctor teaches you things that the classroom sometimes cannot, and
I am so thankful for the opportunity to have met with two unique
and inspiring doctors!
I'm looking forward to a very busy, yet exciting trimester. It's
hard to believe I am beginning my 3rd year in the chiropractic
program and enrolled in Tri 7 classes! Wow, time flies when you're
in chiropractic school! As I say to some of the younger students
beginning the program, I worked incredibly hard to get where I am
now, but looking back, I wouldn't trade it for anything. :)
As always, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com with any
questions about my blog or my experiences here in the
DC program at National!
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! :)
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
• 5-Minute NUHS Campus Tour
• What I Learned in 6th Tri
• Opportunities Outside the Classroom
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