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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.


A New Trimester and New Experiences

Welcome to my first blog! I'm very excited for this opportunity to share my thoughts and experiences with you, and I hope you'll enjoy it, too. Feel free to check out my "About Me" section as well.

This week, I began my 6th trimester of chiropractic school. It's hard to believe that I've finally reached the half-way point in my education, with only 5 trimesters to go! I am currently in Phase 2, which consists of the clinical science aspect of National's program. My classes this tri include advanced adjusting technique lab, a handful of radiology diagnosis classes, and a physical and lab diagnosis class. My schedule begins at 8am every day, which is getting me in shape for the "real world," I like to think. Especially in the summer, there's no better feeling than getting an early start to your day, with the sun and chirping birdies outside serving as an alarm clock!


The class we have focused most on during the first week is physical and lab diagnosis. Since it is an 8 credit hour course, we meet for lecture and lab three days each week, and we're already moving right along with the curriculum. We began by reviewing some of the fundamental evaluations we were taught in our evaluation and management courses in previous trimesters. At this point in our education, we can never practice our skills enough. Our first week's activities consisted of performing vitals, a head and neck evaluation, and an eye exam. Fortunately, all of the diagnostic tools needed for these exams are included in our "doctor bags" that we were given when we entered the program, so the difficult part now is remembering to keep our ophthalmoscopes charged for class!

This week seemed to fly by! As the new Student Council president, I spent many of my lunch hours attending university meetings or leading discussions of my own. Our first Student Council meeting of the trimester is coming up, and I look forward to meeting all of the club representatives and incoming students in the professional programs. All students are welcome and encouraged to come the weekly meetings, and increasing attendance is something I hope to accomplish during my term.

With any luck, the weather will remain warm and sunny, and we can have another beautiful summer tri. Enjoy your week! :)