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Board Prep

The first week of September I will be taking Part II, III and Physiotherapy Board Exams. Throughout the summer months, I have been studying reviews and old notes in preparation for the exams. The main review book I am using, which was very helpful for Part I Boards, is Mosby's Review Questions for the NBCE Examination, Parts I and II. The book is an excellent resource in that it covers material from every subject that is covered on both exams. Also, every question not only gives you the correct answer, but it also covers each of the incorrect answers with a detailed explanation. By going over these review questions and reading through the explanations of the answers, you are covering a large portion of the material for the exams. 


Along with the reviews, I also have been noting subjects/topics that my professors have mentioned during lectures that are usually covered on board exams. I kept a document on my desktop and when my professors mentioned any of these "hot button" board topics, I added it to the document to look up, take notes on, and review later. My biggest piece of advice is start studying early! I get very stressed around exam time, especially with exams as involved and intense as national boards. By starting the review process early on, I am able to alleviate a lot of the nerves, which was a big help on my previous exam performance. 

Sunday evening, Rob and I went to the Steppenwolf Theatre to see the play "Belleville." I am a member of the Red Card program at the theatre which offers discount tickets for members under 30 years old. The play is about a newlywed couple that lives a very hip existence in the colorful, multi-ethnic neighborhood of Belleville, Paris. As the play progresses, small cracks in their relationship slowly begin to surface and expose themselves as large lies. By the end of the play, their world implodes when everything comes to light, and they are forced to deal with their new reality. The quality of theater that comes out of the Steppenwolf is in a category all its own. The performance by the lead actress, Kate Arrington, was a tour de force of emotion, vulnerability, and the human spirit. I would highly recommend this play and the Steppenwolf Theatre.

Following the show, we went to dinner at RPM Italian in downtown Chicago. We have been trying to get reservations for this restaurant for several months before we finally got in Sunday evening--and it was worth the wait. The food, drinks, service, and ambience were top notch resulting in the best dining experience we've had in a very long time.

Clinical Pearls

I had a little bit of disheartening start to my week when eight radiology reports were returned with failed written on them. These reports are part of my Radiology Management/Report Writing class. A big part of the class is getting 30 approved reports finished before the end of the trimester. Although these first few reports did not go well, I have plenty of time to get the remaining ones completed. It is also a learning process, so not doing great on the first couple reports is a chance to learn from my mistakes. 

During my downtime in class and clinic this week, I began reading Migraine Headaches, Hypothyroidism, and Fibromyalgia  by Alex Vasquez, DO, ND, DC. It's a great read and loaded with excellent clinical information. The first part of the textbook is an outstanding clinical reference for patient intake, physical examination, laboratory tests, and orthopedic tests. I just began reading the second half of the book which covers pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of the three disorders listed above. Dr. Vasquez lays out several different treatment options for patients suffering from these conditions. My favorite part is the "clinical pearls" he has along with treatments that outline reasons why treatment may not be working, red flags, and other tips to make your treatment more beneficial. His textbooks are excellent, very well organized, and I highly recommend them. If interested, check out his website:

It was a short clinic week with Monday off for Memorial Day. I saw a few patients, and I have to say I'm getting very comfortable with clinic setting. It's so nice to finally being doing hands-on techniques on a daily basis. On Friday, I planned and organized a potluck for all us new Student Clinic interns. Everyone brought a dish to pass, and there were meatballs, stuffed peppers, deviled eggs, bacon-bleu cheese dip, mini strawberry cheesecakes, and so much more.  And of course, all the food was calorie-free and guilt-free, too! It made for a very pleasant Friday morning in clinic. 


I had a great ending to the week with a good friend staying with us from Dallas. On Saturday night, my partner and I had a few friends over for a dinner party and much needed "catch-up." The dinner menu was comprised of steak and chicken kabobs, grilled veggies, quinoa salad, Caprese salad, and lots of wine. Dinner turned out great, and I was slightly impressed with my skills as grill master. The grill is usually my partner's domain, but I am slowly getting better at cooking on it. Overall, it was a really fun evening with great friends.