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What a Good Week!

Hello, prospective students! If you are new to my page you may not know that I will be graduating in August. Yay! 

About a month back I took the first of my four board exams. Some states only require three, so to see what your state requires you may go to and browse for state requirements. Usually when you take the computerized board exam it will tell you if you passed, but since the biomedical portion is so new they are still working out kinks so they mail the results. It's grueling because you have to wait 30 days. I received my results this week and I passed! It is such a good feeling to see the results. 

Besides my results, I had a good week in clinic. I had 16 patient visits to add to my tally sheet to meet my 450 total patient visits for all my clinic shifts. I saw my continuing patients but also a few new cases. I filled in for an intern who usually sees PTSD patients. These patients receive specific auricular points to help cope with their stress and anxiety. These patients are so grateful because they are experiencing results and receive the treatments for free.

Something Different

Dr. Yihyun Kwon has started to see stroke patients in the clinic. This is part of his ongoing stroke clinical study on the results of acupuncture and herbs in stroke victims with any kind of paralysis. I have been very lucky to be able to observe his cases as he takes a history, needles and gives the patients instructions on home exercises and dietary changes. Some of the points he uses are not commonly used in clinic, as well as his needling method, so it is fascinating!

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On Thursday I had the pleasure of eating with one of my favorite professors. She wanted to cook for a fellow acupuncture grad who has treated her in the past. It was her way of saying thank you to the grad and she invited me as well. We had a feast, as you can see in the pictures. We had noodles, fried rice, tofu, shrimp, fish, baby bok choy, dumplings, and egg drop soup. Oh my, it was so much food and so yummy! 

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This weekend was of great importance for the school because it was Homecoming Week. The celebration brings together many people. All alumni are invited back to the school and often to an Oak Brook hotel where the event is held. It is much anticipated by many of the staff and planned for months in advance.

Many of the departments have tables where they display important projects or improvements to that department. Dr. William Bogar, chief of diagnostic imaging and residency, was at the hotel where he displayed many of his radiographic findings in light boxes.

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Homecoming is a great time for students to mingle with fellow graduates. The weekend is full of speakers with a broad range of topics and a great way for alumni to earn CEUs. One of the speakers was discussing the role of chiropractors as primary care physicians and utilizing that role to serve those unable to afford health care. The keynote speaker on Friday before the pig roast was an ND, Dr. Joe Pizzorno, who spoke of the role of the natural medicine professional in the new health care paradigm. That was a great way to kick off homecoming.

Alumni can also mingle with old classmates and tour the university to see all of the updates that have been occurred, including the small garden planted by the ND students. The garden contains many botanical plants as well as a few Chinese botanicals. There were student opportunities, such as the chiropractic students manning a clinic and giving free adjustments for alumni. Students are able to attend some of the festivities and lectures for or a minimal fee.  

I like the idea of homecoming because it is a great way to mingle and make contacts with other professionals. It is especially important for those soon to be graduating. My husband talked with a few doctors and we will soon be contacting them to visit their office. Many of the doctors like to share the wisdom they have learned along the way during their careers.

Acupuncture is fairly new to the university, but, hopefully, it won't be long before we see more acupuncture grads at homecoming as well as speakers. Next year, I will be attending homecoming as an alumni. :)  

Only 67 days till graduation!

Happy Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is on Monday this week and I have clinic in the afternoon (1pm-5pm) and then class (5-10 pm), so my husband and I celebrated on Saturday. We wanted to try a new restaurant and I had heard good reviews of a Mediterranean restaurant called Reza's. We made reservations and a good thing we did because it was busy.

The food was very good with an excellent variety of vegetarian dishes. We had more than enough to eat with plenty to bring home. Yum! Saturday's dinner was a nice way to end a long day of class on the weekend.  

Strategy Class

This was the second weekend of two that we held our Acupuncture Treatment Strategy class. The class is taught by Dr. HB Kim, who resides in Kentucky. The two weekend hours equal the same amount of hours if we had held the class every week for two hours of the trimester. Those who have clinic on Saturday are excused from clinic for those weekends.

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In addition to his PhD, Dr. HB Kim is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist. He teaches both the Acupuncture and Herbal Treatment Strategy classes. National students are blessed to have this class because it is very good preparation for the Acupuncture and Herbal boards. If you memorize everything he teaches, you will pass the boards. Sounds easy enough but in reality it is a review of everything about acupuncture that we have learned in our seven trimesters of school.

Technically the class is a fourth trimester class but I waited till my eighth tri to take it. I figured I would have most of my classes completed and it would be a nice review. The class provides new two point strategies that some might have heard of and I can't wait to use them. Having it in fourth tri might be a little overwhelming for some. However, if a student wishes to wait to take it, they should be aware that the acupuncture class is offered every other trimester with the herbal class offered in the alternate trimesters. If a student is confused on when to take it, I would recommend talking to Dr. Kwon or an upper tri student. 

Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Belated Chinese New Year (February 3)! It's the year of the Rabbit!  If you are interested in astrology, you can search for your birth year to figure out what animal you are. After talking with one of my Asian professors, I learned that their birthday is determined by how many days it falls from the date of the New Year. Therefore, their birthday may be celebrated on different days each year. How interesting!    

'Til next week. Email me with any questions.

This and That

Site Visit

The site visit wasn't as bad as everyone made it sound like it would be. I think the university and the students were well prepared for the members of the accreditation site team. The program has made improvements since they last came and I feel confident we met their standards. The program is still new and it does have its growing pains (such that I felt with having to make up an extra credit of Biomedical Science). However, the school itself is prestigious and the teachers in the program are top notch. 

Nutrition 101

Speaking of top notch, our Western Nutrition class is great. Dr. Keith Hartley, a National DC grad, teaches the class. He makes the class enjoyable because he lectures in terms not above our head and shares clinical information useful in real life encounters. There are some classes that give all the facts but don't present them in a manner that can be utilized outside the classroom, but not this Nutrition class. It is enjoyable because not only do we learn but also Dr. Hartley loves to answer questions.

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We have learned about digestion and all the mechanisms involved. We also have learned amino acids, carbohydrates, fats, and my favorite, the vitamins. We discussed water soluble and fat-soluble vitamins as well as minerals. We have talked about the different forms of vitamins and why some brands are cheaper than others, probably because they don't have the active form of the vitamin, which makes it almost impossible for the body to utilize and therefore is flushed down the drain.

Journal Club

Another neat thing we do is something called Journal Club. Dr. Hartley used to do these in his undergrad days, and what they are is just that, discussing journal articles. Each student gathers an article based on nutrition that they are interested in and passes it along to each student and Dr. Hartley. The next week, after having read the article, the chosen student also gathers articles that either support or disregard the topic. They then present the additional articles to the class and everyone discuses the topic.

For instance, Dr. Hartley prepped us with an article about the Atkins diet. The next week he shared articles that were in favor and against the diet. It is a fun way to keep up to date on research and not have to do all the work.

So needless to say, now that the trimester is coming to an end, it's the 14th week and finals are near, I won't mind studying because I really like all my classes this trimester. I hope you all had fun learning about my classes this trimester and let me know if you have any questions.

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The pictures posted are of Dr. Hartley teaching and Dr. Jia Xu, my Friday clinician, who I have blogged about in the past.

Making Herbs


I have probably already shared that Dr. Cai is my favorite professor and clinician, so having a class taught by her is refreshing. I am currently taking Herbal Treatment Strategies with Dr. Cai. The class is small with only five students but it is nice because everyone is able to ask questions or speak up if so desired. I like the fact that we can choose what we would like to learn. The topic each week is determined by the student. Dr. Cai requires each student to give two presentations based on cases of our patients, so in fact it is similar to grand rounds. We present our patient and patient's case to the class.

So for instance, last week was my turn to present a case to the class. My patient's chief complaint is hepatitis B. I prepared a presentation for the class that included the patient's medical history of the chief complaint, TCM 10 questions (for those of you not familiar, 10 questions is one of our diagnostic methods, and we also look at the patient's tongue and feel their radial pulse), TCM diagnosis, treatment strategy, point prescription, and herbal formula.

After presenting my case to the class, any other questions from classmates are directed to the patient. Everyone will look at my patient's tongue and take pulse. Then everyone states what they feel the diagnosis is. (It's kind of like the TV show House because every idea is written on the white board.)  After narrowing down to the correct diagnosis, a formula is selected based on the patient's condition and TCM diagnosis.

Finally, the formula is modified based on the patient's constitution. Herbs may added or removed and dosages modified. The whole three hours is a true learning experience. Each class may be different from trimester to trimester because each student chooses the topic/illness for that week. So far we have discussed herpes, psoriasis, hypertension, abdominal pain, insomnia, ADHD, IBS, and hepatitis, and we still have five more weeks to learn even more. After lecture the patient is needled for free as a token for their time.

I hope I didn't confuse you, and if I did, shoot me an email, I'd be glad to clarify any questions.