Archive for tag: phlebotomy

Goodbye Tri 6

As the summer trimester rolls to an end, I've decided to reflect on the past 14 weeks to evaluate everything I've learned and the experiences I've had.

Trimester 6

Trimester 6 is a big deal, because it signifies the completion of your second year in the chiropractic program. I've walked away with the knowledge of performing a full physical exam on a patient, evaluating different types of lab work, and learning how to collect samples of my own for lab work. I learned about the protocol of performing blood, urine, and strep tests, as well as male and female sensitive exams. The jitters of "stab lab" eventually subsided and I began to appreciate the privilege that we have in our scope of practice to be able to perform phlebotomy. Holy moly, I punctured someone's skin and actually drew blood!



Between the three radiology courses I've taken, I've learned to identify and differentiate all the various types of arthritides that can occur, the various fractures commonly seen in trauma, and the red-flag signs of skeletal tumors and metastasis. We have been educated to not only perform orthopedic tests to determine what muscle or ligament is causing symptoms, but also how to identify these pathologies on imaging such as X-rays, CT and MR imaging.


Our pharmacology courses have given me the skills I need to converse with other medical professionals about various drugs and medications, in addition to educating patients about the potential side effects of the pharmaceuticals.


I learned first-hand how difficult is to develop a unique business plan, analyze the population demographics in a target area, and excel in marketing your brand and your practice to those people seeking health care.


The Bottom Line

Of the many things I have learned from my second year here in chiropractic school, the most important take away is this: WE have the opportunity to TRULY change peoples' lives through the power of chiropractic care. We listen to our patients, we relate to our patients, we have the power of physical touch and interaction with our patients. We are going to impact the health and lives of so many human beings, and THAT hope in itself is worth waking up for each day. Despite the endless assignments, group projects, quizzes, practicals, and written examinations, I know in my heart this is where I belong: earning my Doctor of Chiropractic degree at National University of Health Sciences.

I truly hope you have enjoyed reading my weekly blogs and that I've helped influence your life in some way. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you may have! Until September, take care everyone! :)

You Mean I Have to Study INSIDE

Another week of gorgeous weather in Illinois, and I am finding it more and more difficult to study inside for our upcoming exams. During the day, you'll often find National students eating their lunches or reviewing their notes on the many park benches and tables we have set up around campus, but this is only a temporary activity. Many of us realize that by sitting outside and "studying," it's much easier to find yourself people watching, staring at the swans on the pond, or wanting to close your eyes and daydream. All right, it looks like I'll have to keep the sun bathing in moderation until midterms have passed.

Abdominal Exam

This week, we covered quite a bit of ground in classes. In our Phys/DX course, we continued to practice different regional exams of the body, specifically the abdominal exam and neurological exam. In phlebotomy lab, students are still perfecting their needling "abilities" and learning different techniques for drawing blood. Specifically, we are spending a lot of time on the butterfly needle technique and drawing blood out of smaller veins. It's definitely nerve-wracking, but a valuable experience none-the-less.

Phlebotomy Lab

On Friday afternoon, Student Council hosted the summer's Tri Games competition. The sport of the season was flag football, and like any other trimester, each group of students sported their tri's respective color and played for 4 months of bragging rights. I unfortunately was not able to attend the event, but I don't doubt it was a great showing! Maybe my 6th tri classmates took home the trophy? :)


My weekend was spent in Rochester, Michigan, for my older brother's wedding. As a Buckeye myself in a family of nearly all Ohio State grads, I never thought I'd see the day when one of my sibs married a Wolverine! Despite our differences, the two families came together and threw a terrific celebration.


Congratulations, Ben and Jenny! I loved the opportunity to get away for a weekend and spend time with my family, but I miss them already! It's a good thing I have plenty of studying and work to keep me busy now that I'm back.


Week and Weekend Wrap Up

Classes are picking up and I'm beginning to find myself studying pretty regularly now. The first few weeks of the trimester, it's easy to occasionally glance at your notes and remember what the instructor was teaching. Now that we've compiled more material and midterms are upon us, I've been organizing my notes into binders and prioritizing my various classes, preparing for our first exams in a couple weeks.

2014-05-30_ohioPhysical and Lab Diagnosis (or as we like to say Phys DX) is the course I mentioned in my first blog, and it is definitely proving to be one of my favorite classes. This past week, we observed our instructor perform an ear lavage to dislodge and wash out any built up cerumen in the external ear canal. I can't imagine the noise of a water-pick blasting fluid in my ear for 30 seconds at a time, but believe it or not, it works! It appears to be a very effective way to increase hearing in people with conductive hearing loss due to "gunk" in your ear, and a lavage may actually be safer than the possibility of jamming a Q-tip into your tympanic membrane!

This week, we also completed our SECOND blood draw in phlebotomy lab, and I'm still alive! (With only minor bruising!) Now that our class has been taught the procedure, we're perfecting our needling techniques and still getting rid of the jitters that come with poking our classmates. :)

I must admit that the majority of my week was spent anticipating my trip back to Ohio for the long Memorial Day weekend. After class on Friday, I packed my bags and traveled to the Dayton area to visit some people very close to my heart. During my visit there, I slept under the stars watching a meteor shower, enjoyed a couple holiday cook-outs, and spent one whole afternoon canoeing down the river with friends. The weather was warm, the sun was bright, and the air was clean and fresh. It is weekends like these that make me so thankful for where I come from and the people I'm blessed to have still in my life back home.


Another week has passed, this one ending with a remembrance of all the brave men and women who have served our country and preserved our freedom. We are so fortunate to stand here today, to have the right to follow our dreams and the opportunity to pursue our goals. I can't wait to someday change other people's lives through healing and do my small part in giving back to the world.