This is my last week of classes! I'm filled with anticipation
and excitement for what this next chapter will bring. I am thankful
to all of you for reading my blog. I appreciated your emails and
feedback. Writing this blog has been a highlight of my week over
the past two years. While graduating feels exhilarating, leaving
this blog, NUHS clinic and classes, and daily interactions with my
friends/students feels bittersweet.
The parting from NUHS feels bittersweet because in many ways
NUHS has become like family. Looking back at the past couple of
years, I have spent almost as much time at NUHS as I have spent at
home. Then, when I have been home, NUHS has been prevalent through
homework, studying, and papers. NUHS was a dominant role in my
life, so now that I'm graduating, I realize all the parts of NUHS I
will miss. That solemn feeling is partnered with gratitude for all
NUHS has offered me. I have learned information and experienced
opportunities more than I imagined upon enrolling at NUHS. I
desired to work with pediatric patients, PTSD patients, in a
hospital setting, write a scholastic blog, learn AOM information
rarely found in books, and much more. But, I assumed many of these
experiences would come once I graduated. I am so thankful I have
experienced all these and more, allowing me to bring a much broader
skill set into my practice.
Now that the chapter of earning my MSOM is closing, I have a new
career chapter opening. I will be going into practice treating all
conditions. I am specializing in pediatrics, fertility support, and
pain management. I have many goals set for this chapter of my life.
My primary goals are along the lines of teachings I read many years
ago by Mother Teresa; they are very simple: "Love strongly, do as
much good in this world as you can in as much time as you have.
Remember, love first begins by taking care of those at home." These
teachings are the main foundation of all my other goals in
Thank you again for reading my blog. I have enjoyed writing it
each week. Next trimester, Dia will be the new AOM blog writer. An
introductory blog was written about her a few weeks ago. I am sure
you will find her blogs very informative and helpful!
I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and Happy
I recently had the opportunity to interview Erika and Carlin.
Erika is currently an NUHS AOM student. She is in her final
trimester at NUHS. She has already successfully passed one of her
boards, and is currently in the process of taking her national AOM
boards. Erika shares with us how this experience feels for her.
Carlin is an alumna of NUHS. She graduated with her MSOM last
trimester. She has completed all her licensing boards and is in the
process of preparing for her herbal board. To become a licensed
acupuncturist in Illinois, practitioners are required to pass 3
boards: Foundations, Acupuncture Points, and Biomedicine. To
receive herbal certification, an herbal board must also be
I hope this video helps you have an idea of how it feels to
reach the desired goals as an AOM student. If you are considering
becoming an AOM student, hopefully this video conveys how
gratifying it feels to begin attaining graduate and professional
• What is AOM?
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• Pedatric AOM
• Learning Through Clinic
• Journey into AOM
• Hospital Residency
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