Part III and Physical Therapy Boards

This past week I saw the most patients I have seen since starting clinic. It was a busy week and I am happy to be gaining regular patients, seeing new ones and also old patients that former interns have seen. I am seeing a wide variety of age, pathologies, and complexity of cases.

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Oct 20, 2017 4:59:02 PM
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Outreach in Clinic

As an intern, I am required to obtain outreach hours for volunteer work in the community. This past week a fellow intern and I went to a local assisted living facility to give a presentation on posture and health.

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Oct 13, 2017 8:34:00 AM
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The Tri Mixer Fall 2017

We have a triannual event at NUHS as sort of a welcoming party for the new students as well as a chance to mingle with our fellow doctors-in-training. I remember my first tri mixer like it was yesterday. It was at that tri mixer I met some of my best friends from NUHS.

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Oct 6, 2017 4:44:00 PM
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Riverwalk, Tampa Museum of Art, and Dealing with Patient Interactions

The past week was an amazing learning experience, one that only comes from real life scenarios and cannot be simulated in a classroom setting.

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Sep 29, 2017 1:03:00 PM
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Hurricane Irma!

This week was like nothing I have ever experienced before. School was closed all week because of the incoming Hurricane Irma, the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic with winds of 185mph winds. It was a category five hurricane, projected to make landfall at the Florida Keys and come straight up the west coast of Florida. The predictions changed almost hourly but eventually the initial prediction would come true.

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Sep 22, 2017 5:01:00 PM
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Finished with Classes; Starting Clinic Full Time

With the conclusion of Trimester 8, I have finished my lecture and lab coursework at National University of Health Sciences. Over the two-week break between trimesters 8 and 9, I had clinic three days per week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just like during the trimester. 

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Sep 15, 2017 5:01:00 PM
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The End of Trimester 8

With two weeks to go in Trimester 8 and only finals left, I am starting to feel a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. In two weeks, I will be done with classes for the DC program at NUHS. It is bittersweet to think how the end is near. In just two more trimesters, I will be graduating from NUHS. The only thing left for me to do in this program is finish my clinical internship. It has been a great learning experience thus far.

Since I am in Clinical Internship 1, I have had to learn the ropes. My clinician and the students in Clinical Internship 2 have been helping me along these past 13 weeks and I really have come a long way since week one. I had a monumental day last week. I had a patient who had back pain for over two years. The patient was a weightlifter and always experienced the pain during workouts. After one treatment, the patient was out of pain for the first time in over two years. It was humbling to be able to help someone, and the shock on the patient's face when the pain was gone is something I will never forget. It was a much-needed reminder of why I chose to become a chiropractor and why I am proud I chose National.

Even though I am nearing the end of the program, there is still a lot of work to be done. These next two weeks are going to consist of reports, finals, and national board exams. It is easy to get stressed out thinking about all the tasks ahead, but my sister reminded me just the other day to just take them on one at a time. My friends who came through this program before me always told me to find balance between life and school. I have tried throughout the program to live that way though it is not always easy.

Trimester 8 posed a new challenge by adding clinic into the mix. Balancing class, clinic, board review, and a social life has been more difficult than just class alone. It wasn't easy, but I got through it. The classes in Trimester 8 are on the boards so that has been a huge help because I am studying for both at the same time. Besides that, I have been trying to take on one thing at a time, which has really helped when things seem insurmountable. Rome wasn't built in a day and the last two weeks need to be handled the same way.

I am going to miss classes and walking into our building where the NUHS banner hangs from the balcony. Next trimester I will be in Clinical Internship 2, which means I will be in the NUHS Whole Health Center in Pinellas Park for 5 days a week. I am looking forward to starting this new chapter in my schooling and hope to continue to improve my patients' health. 

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Aug 11, 2017 4:43:00 PM
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Guest Speaker and Visit from My Sister

This past week in Sports Council, we had a guest speaker come to talk to us about life in practice. Joe Giovatto, DC, spoke about his experience running a sports practice and working for the U.S. Olympic teams. Dr. Giovatto discussed the modalities he uses in practice and how it is important to have as many tools as possible to treat patients. At NUHS, we also stress using a variety of tools when working with patients. Chiropractic adjustments are a powerful tool, but as a physician one needs to be able to do a functional assessment, use an instrument for soft tissue, adjust extremities, stretch shortened muscles, tape when necessary, and use manual muscle release techniques. 

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Aug 4, 2017 5:02:00 PM
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Preparing for Boards and Finishing our PICO Presentations

Now that I am in clinic, the waves of exams have let up. Since this is my first trimester of clinic, I still have some classes and exams. That said it, is not nearly as rigorous as the basic and clinical science phases. Though I have less exams, I have Parts 2, 3, 4, and PT of the National Chiropractic Board Examination. In order to be a licensed doctor of chiropractic, one needs to earn a DC degree and pass all the parts of the national licensing exam. Each state has their own laws for licensure and many also have state exams.

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Jul 27, 2017 4:58:00 PM
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Exams and Clinical Natural Medicine Presentation

This past week I had two exams and gave two presentations. The exams were in Advanced Technique and Jurisprudence. The advanced technique exam was an open-ended clinically oriented exam, in which the questions were how we would diagnose and treat a patient who presents with a specific set of symptoms. When I first started the program at NUHS, these kinds of questions were pretty difficult, but now that I am in clinic I am able to put all the information I have learned over the past 6.5 years of post-secondary education to use. My clinician has been giving me feedback on what I need to do better and because of that I now understand how some things that may be overlooked in a history, could actually be vital to the diagnosis. I earned an 'A' on that exam, and I credit the constructive criticism I have been receiving in clinic for excelling in the clinically based case study questions.

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Jul 21, 2017 5:02:00 PM
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