With board exams approaching in a little over a month, most of
my free time has been dedicated to studying. The first week in
September I will be taking the Part II, III, and Physiotherapy
Board Exams, which I became eligible to take after finishing phase
two of the program at NUHS. The examinations are held Friday,
September 6 through Sunday, September 8 on campus.
Part II consists of general diagnosis, neuromusculoskeletal
diagnosis, diagnostic imaging, principles of chiropractic,
chiropractic practice, and associated clinical sciences. Each of
the six sections listed above consists of 110 multiple-choice
The Part III Exam includes case history, physical examination,
neuromusculoskeletal examination, diagnostic imaging, clinical
laboratory and special studies, diagnosis or clinical impression,
chiropractic techniques, supportive interventions, and case
management. This board exam has a total of 110 multiple-choice
questions and 10 case vignettes with extended
This 13-foot sculpture, "Musical Images," is one of the many
on the NUHS campus.
The final exam I will be taking in September is Physiotherapy.
This exam covers passive adjunctive procedures (thermo-, electro-,
mechano-, and photo-therapy) and active adjunctive procedures
(functional assessment, exercise physiology, endurance training,
muscle, neuromuscular, and disorder-specific rehabilitation). The
exam itself is 92 multiple-choice questions and 2 case vignettes
with extended questioning.
After completing this set of exams, I need to start prep for the
Part IV Board Exams, which will be the first weekend of November.
This exam is the practical portion of the four chiropractic board
exams. Included in the exam are X-ray interpretation and diagnosis,
chiropractic technique, and case management. All states with the
exception of Illinois require the Part IV Boards. The good news is
that after the fall trimester, if all the board exams go well
(fingers crossed), I should have a relatively easy spring
At the end of this week, my ever-troublesome laptop died for the
last time. Over the past year, I feel like I had to take my
computer in about every 3 or 4 months for some kind of repair. It
became an ongoing, not-so-funny, joke between the repair staff and
me every time I would come in again. So now, in an effort to save
myself from future technology headaches, I have finally made the
switch from PC to Mac. The funny thing is, it took me so long to
make this switch because I didn't want to spend as much on a laptop
as a Mac costs, but in the long run with my last PC, I probably
spent a lot more when you add up all the repairs, software, virus
protection, etc. Here's hoping I have more success with Macs than I
have had with PCs.