After a long and well-deserved break, I am back in Florida to start my last trimester of classes before I start clinic. I am still on the fastest track the school has, meaning I will finish the clinical sciences phase in four trimesters. I was four-track for basic sciences, as well, so I am used to the large workload. This trimester I am taking 11 classes:
- Physiological Therapeutics – Modalities
- Botanical Medicine II
- Clinical Nutrition
- Psychopathology and Health Psychology
- Functional Rehab – Advanced Manual Medicine
- Fundamentals of Imaging – Chest and Abdomen
- Business Planning
- Advanced Diagnosis & Problem Solving
- Ambulatory Trauma Care
- End Range Loading & Flexion Distraction
- Applied Evidence-Based Practice
This trimester is the largest workload of all the trimesters with 28.5 credits. Thankfully the classes are not as difficult as previous trimesters. These classes are like the icing on the cake. I have learned all about diet and nutrition, how to adjust, how to practice in an evidence-based healthcare system, and I have a good understanding of diagnosis and treatment. These classes are putting those previously learned skills to the test and helping us refine them.
While I was home in New Jersey, I shadowed at Thompson Healthcare and Causeway Chiropractic. I previously shadowed at both of these practices but now that I am further in the program, I know more and was able to better comprehend what the doctors were doing.
Thompson Healthcare is a multidisciplinary practice with physical therapy, pain management, massage therapy, acupuncture, and chiropractic. It was nice to see how all the employees worked cohesively to treat their patients. Causeway Chiropractic is on the other side of the spectrum. It is a small family practice with a doctor of chiropractic and three employees. Both benefitted their patients, and I was able to see what I like from both and what I dislike from both. I am starting to picture exactly how I want to practice.
I try and do something productive each break. Shadowing is perfect because it revitalizes my passion and motivates me to want to continue school. For those of you who are interested in the chiropractic profession, I suggest you shadow different chiropractors and see if it is for you.
I returned to Florida after three weeks in New Jersey. Upon returning, we went out to lunch for my colleague and friend Michael’s birthday. It was nice to socialize with everyone outside of school. Now it is time to begin my last full trimester of clinical sciences!
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