Archive for tag: sports


Midterms are FINALLY over! Talk about a roller coaster week! The euphoria of earning an A on one exam, followed on the same day by discovering a "less than stellar" grade in another class, immediately prior to entering a midterm for Psychopathology class...of all things! When considering how appropriate entering a midterm dealing with psychological pathologies is compared to any other exam that could have been scheduled at that time, at that place, in the wake of the experiences of the day, the only thing I could do was laugh (not during the test of course). 

This past week has truly been a blur. When sitting to review tests with my instructors, I had some difficulty remembering specific content or details around large concepts. This is the first time I have experienced this feeling since second trimester (the Terrible Triad trimester of Neuroanatomy, Neurophysiology along with Head and Neck Anatomy...alliteration unintentional here). I'm starting to think that the notion of taking 28 credit hours while planning the Gathering involved a bit of masochism in my planning objectives for this term. :)


Well, my mighty Carolina Panthers came to Chicago this week and ALMOST pulled off the victory from the hometown Chicago Bears. I did my share of talking up my team in the week prior to the game, though tempered a bit as the Bears are looking great this year. My good natured classmates, who are true fans and have great respect for a good contest, didn't give me a hard time at all even though we lost in the waning minutes of the game. Here's to my classmates and all the fans of the Chicago Bears! Good people all! We'll get you next year, though! :)

Gathering Update 

I'm very happy to report that the administration of NUHS opened all resources necessary on campus to ensure that the Naturopathic Gathering is a complete success for our university! While I am not surprised at all regarding the support of the administration, the entire Gathering Team and I have been thrilled at the cooperation and support from our school. This is teamwork among colleagues, trust in the student leaders of the conference, and good will built within the naturopathic community from the original (and newest) naturopathic medical school.


I'll close this week with best wishes for our colleagues, their families, friends and everyone impacted by the path of Hurricane Sandy this week. May the first responders safely care for those in the wake of the storm and may those who are watching over others be safe in their duties as well. Everyone hunker down, stay safe, and keep thoughts and prayers strong for this storm to be over quickly and with as little damage to lives and property as possible.

Physical Diagnosis and Tri Games

Hi Everybody! The wheels are starting to churn this trimester! We had two cases due, another midterm in Physical Diagnosis class, as well as helping to make some Chinese Angelica (Angelica sinensis) salve in our botanicals class this week. The week was capped off with Tri Games and my trimester, Trimester 6, finished in second place out of 8 teams. More about that in a moment, though. 

I'll highlight Physical Diagnosis this week. Physical Diagnosis is the culmination of evaluation classes beginning in Trimester 2 all the way up through Trimester 5. In the evaluation classes, we combine patient intake skills such as taking vitals, heart and lung exams and neurology exams with physical medicine. The physical medicine part includes musculoskeletal adjustment and soft tissue work. When we reach Trimester 6, we put all of the pieces together in one huge class that is 8 credit hours. We spend 10 hours per week (6 in the classroom, 4 in the lab) rehashing each system of the body along with how to inspect, evaluate and determine if something is going wrong. We apply pathologies that can impact that system or group of systems as we go. To top everything off, we spend time learning these systems through 'hands on' training.

This is a vast amount of time and information, so we have alternating written exams and lab practicals every 5 weeks. These combined exams will culminate in finals week with an hour-long lab practical and two-hour written comprehensive exam. Needless to say, I have been spending quite a bit of time on 'Phys DX'! This is a fun class with many of our clinical professors lending a hand on various subjects. In my opinion, it's a great way to learn from each subject matter expert as we learn of their specialty!

Tri Games 

Now!  About Tri Games! Tri Games is a competition held three times a year at the Lombard campus. Each of the trimesters (1 through 7, and 8,9,10 combined) competes with each other in a team sport. This spring, co-ed flag football was the game!


After classes last Friday, everyone packed up a cool beverage, donned their trimester's color (Tri 6 was red) and readied themselves to defend their trimester's honor on the gridiron--well, the field in front of Lincoln apartments. The favorite is usually the clinic team (students from trimesters 8, 9, and 10) as they have the opportunity to combine forces.

Although Trimester 6 (ahem) put up a great fight after battling through the ranks to make the Championship Game, the "Mighty Swans" of trimesters 8, 9, and 10 were able to barely "squeak by" with a 30-point victory. Even though we were a little bummed at coming in second, we joined our classmates after the game and listened to some tunes from the DJ on the basketball court. A great time! Plus, we'll take the win at the next Tri Games this fall when we are Trimester 7!

This week I'm thankful that my classmates/teammates would let the "wily veteran" come out of retirement to join them on the field! What a great feeling to be welcomed by one's classmates on the sports field, even though a "step may have been lost" somewhere in the past 15 years. The inclusive nature of the student body of NUHS is defined in young, recently graduated college athletes turned naturopathic/chiropractic med students welcoming a middle-aged naturopathic med student to represent our trimester in an athletic competition! Time to hit the practice field and be ready for kickball in the fall!

Until next week!

Phlebotomy, Baseball, and a Birthday

Hi Everyone!

What an event filled week! We started out the second week of the trimester with a presentation in our Advanced Naturopathic Clinical Theory class on a simulated patient case centering on a "Welder with Respiratory Distress." After helping him take care of his bronchitis and getting him back on track to a basis for health, we took our first 'stab' at phlebotomy lab a couple of days later (bad puns are my specialty)! 

Phlebotomy Lab

In phlebotomy lab, we took a few practice turns at drawing blood from fictional patients to make sure that we had the proper technique for a safe blood draw for both patient and future doctor. Once the safety factors were mastered, the technique committed to memory and all checklists covered, we took our first turns at drawing blood from classmates! My partner seemed to have mastered the technique from the first attempt. I barely felt a thing and the entire process was over from start to finish in just a few seconds. Great job, T! I was a little slow on the first try, but had a successful draw on my second attempt. Practice makes perfect as long as your phlebotomy lab partner is willing!

Club Day

My birthday was this past Friday, and it was great! The Student Council sponsored Club Lunch Day, typically the second week of classes, where all clubs on campus set up a table, introduce their club and speak to students who may be interested in each club's focus. This is a great chance to meet all students from those just beginning their degrees to student interns as well as faculty who stop by to grab a bite to eat. Life in medical school is not all work early in the trimester (a few weeks in and I'll be singing a different tune), so Friday evening I had dinner with three great friends and ended up sitting around and chatting about the plans for Saturday!

Cubs vs. Sox

Saturday was the cap on a great week! It was my first trip ever to Wrigley Field to watch the cross-town rivalry between the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox! I'll be clear on this subject, I don't have a stake in the rivalry, so the opinion on the best team in Chicago is best left to the locals! :) I have played baseball since I was a boy (and softball for years as an adult) and always dreamed of visiting both Fenway Park in Boston and Wrigley Field in Chicago. 


I waited for the right time, and this week was it! A very good friend of mine suggested that we go to the game as a birthday gift and we had a blast! Every time something happened in the first few innings, half the crowd cheered, either for the Cubs or for the Sox. I had never experienced such balance in a huge sports crowd before. Before the night was over however, the Sox fans were the happy bunch and the Cubs fans were resigned to endure another game in a 'rebuilding' year, according to the guy sitting next to me at the game. I was filled with the history of the building, the loyalty of both groups of fans to their teams and their unending support in the face of adversity.

Made me think a little bit about the trailblazing naturopathic docs from about 30-40 years ago--their perseverance and the responsibility we new docs carry into the future. We have many happy patients who have seen the success of naturopathic modalities who have cheered when they have become well. We have many naturopathic doctors who are loyal to the principles of naturopathic care and will stick with us new docs as we enter practice and share the work of educating others about our medicine and its benefits.


This week I am grateful for the enduring loyalty and respect of Chicago's people. The City of Big Shoulders believes in her teams and will stick by them through the worst of times, while accepting some good-hearted ribbing from their rivals.

I am grateful that my classmates have that same trust, loyalty and belief in each other's ability to learn, improve and perform, not only when we must, yet also when others aren't looking or gratitude may not be forthcoming. That trust in colleagues and patients is one of the best measures of a good doctor, in my opinion, and I believe our school is packed with great docs, from our most senior professors down through the students in their first trimester.

Be well!