Last weekend was Part II, III, and Physiotherapy board exams.
Physiotherapy exams were on Friday afternoon. The exam covered
passive adjunctive procedures (thermo-, electro-, mechano-, and
phototherapy) and active adjunctive procedures (functional
assessment, exercise physiology, endurance training, muscle,
neuromuscular, and disorder-specific
Saturday morning was the two sections of the Part III board
exams. This exam covers case history, physical examination,
neuromusculoskeletal examination, diagnostic imaging, clinical
laboratory and special studies, diagnosis, chiropractic techniques,
supportive interventions, and case management. Each section of the
exam consisted of standard multiple-choice questions with extended
case vignettes questions at the end.
Saturday afternoon started the first exams of Part II, and they
finished Sunday morning and afternoon. Part II consists of six
separate exams that cover the following topics: general diagnosis,
neuromusculoskeletal diagnosis, diagnostic imaging, principles of
chiropractic, chiropractic practice, and associated clinical
sciences. Overall, I found Part II to be the most challenging exam
of the weekend. That fact might be due to Part II being the last
exam I took, and by Sunday afternoon I was completely physically,
mentally, and emotionally burned out. It was a very long weekend,
but it is such a great feeling have the exams behind me.
Now that board exams are finished, I finally have a chance to
start to get into a normal schedule for this trimester. In clinic,
things have been moving along very well, and I have been helping
out with patients plus seeing some patients as the primary intern.
Besides my clinical internship, on Thursday nights I am taking a
100-hour acupuncture certification course.
A meridian chart that I will be learning in my acupuncture
course. The chart
includes many of the traditional Chinese acupuncture meridians
that are taught.
As physicians, most states only require the 100-hour training to
practice acupuncture. Some states require 300 hours or a master's
degree in acupuncture, and you can find that information out on
your state association's website. For the state of Illinois, which
is where I plan on practicing, the website is www.ilchiro.org. The 100-hour course
consists of 20 weeks of five-hour classes and labs every Thursday
evening. The course covers everything from history to traditional
Chinese meridians to musculoskeletal acupuncture. It is a very
comprehensive course, and by the end of it, you leave with a large
set of protocols and procedures that you will be able to use on a
daily basis in your chiropractic practice.