It appears that fall has hit in Chicago. The weather has begun
to get cooler, the trees are slowly beginning to change colors, and
I love it. This is my favorite time of the year for many reasons:
the weather, fall clothing, apple picking, Halloween, October
Fests, haunted houses, pumpkin flavored everything, costumes, and
it's the best time of year for scary movies. This year will be
especially fun because it is my first fall living in Chicago. I
can't wait to see what the city has to offer this time of the
My time in clinic has been moving along very well. I have gotten
fairly comfortable in my new clinic setting. As the weeks progress,
the 10th trimester interns are slowly giving more responsibilities
and patient care to us 9th trimester interns. Our clinician, Dr.
Miller, has us on a one-week rotation with each 10th trimester
intern. By doing this, all of us 9th trimester interns will have an
opportunity to see how all the other interns practice and be able
to assist in patient care for a larger variety of patients. As the
10th trimester students finish with their numbers for graduation,
their patients are transferred to one of the 9th trimester
students. By keeping all of us on a rotation, it keeps the
amount of patients per intern even.
On Thursday evenings from September until early February, I am
enrolled in the 100-hour acupuncture certification course. The
course is taught by Dr. Duarte at NUHS. Dr. Duarte graduated with
his doctor of chiropractic degree from National University in 1986,
and he received his master of acupuncture degree from National in
2013. Dr. Duarte also is a Diplomate of the American Board of
Chiropractic Orthopedists and the American Chiropractic Board of
The acupuncture course is very comprehensive. It covers oriental
medicine history, acupuncture theory, meridian therapy, electrical
stimulation, auricular therapy, and much more. Each week in the
beginning of class we cover lecture topics that include theory,
techniques or meridians. In the second portion of the class, we
practice the techniques and meridian points we learned that evening
in class. So far, the class has been far more interesting than I
originally thought it would be. Acupuncture and oriental medicine
have such a different way of thinking and practicing than western
medicine does. And I think as a physician, it will be extremely
beneficial to my future patients to be able to wear two different
hats as I practice.
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.
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