Different Perspectives

I think one of the most rewarding things about being a campus guide is the variety of experiences that I receive. Just this last trimester I was able to give tours to individuals from practicing alumni, to our national congressman, to prospective students. It is always interesting to see the different perspectives from the various groups. I love the excitement that I see in prospective students. It reminds me of the excitement and the eager anticipation that I had when I started this program. It also helps lift my spirits if I am having a long day or just received a bad score on a test or practical (not that I ever do).

What is even more encouraging to me is when I see that same eagerness and anticipation from alumni who have been practicing for several years. It is awesome to see chiropractors that have the same love for their profession at the end of their careers as those who are taking the first baby steps towards becoming a chiropractor.

As I prepare to leave the student clinic for the outpatient clinic, I am starting to see tangible ways that chiropractic helps people not only feel better, but it helps them become and remain more active, alive, and free. Stay tuned for stories of patient encounters as I begin to discover my own chiropractic “miracle” stories.

Joe O’Tool, 7th Trimester Student
Davenport Campus

Halfway mark!!!

I am just about to finish my 5th trimester which marks the completion of the first half of my Palmer education! With that being said, it is very exciting to think that i am half way there, but at the same time a little scary! I mean, in about 6-7 months I will be seeing patients in the Campus Health Center.  When I first started at Palmer I thought that this would never come, but I have to say it has flown by!

Fifth trimester has been a crazy and busy tri, but at the same time I have learned many skills that will be used in future practice. Currently I am taking a class called Physical Diagnosis where I have learned the many skills needed to perform a thorough and efficient physical examination.  With all the practice in class, I have gained confidence in my skills.  This tri I am also taking Cervicals, which has been a great experience.  We have been taught both Gonstead and Diversified techniques for adjusting cervicals.  Along with those two classes, I have NMS Diagnosis which has taught me multiple different tests that can help to better determine patients’ conditions. It is cool to think that I am starting to learn more hands on applications and adjusting techniques this trimester.  I am very much looking forward to what next trimester has to teach me!

Stephanie Tronnes, 5th Trimester Student
Davenport Campus

A “halfway done” reflection

Hello faithful blog readers,

Welcome to another fascinatingly fun filled blog from the king of campus guides. As I sat down to write this latest blog, I thought about what’s been on my mind as of late. Being that I am wrapping up fifth trimester here at Palmer I feel that it’s time for a little celebration and reflection.

So here we go….

Let’s celebrate first. I’m hitting a milestone at the end of this trimester and really can’t believe that I am halfway through my time at Palmer. It truly seems like yesterday that I was in the same place that a lot of you are right now. Checking out various colleges, trying to decide which college would be the best fit for me, nervous about starting the program, starting and thinking I’ll never see the end, finishing my first year and thinking how crazy it is that I was a third of the way done, etc. What’s really cool about fifth trimester at Palmer is it’s the trimester where you start some real application of what you have been learning thus far in the classroom and get your hands on some fellow students. In cervicals class you learn all the set ups for Gonstead & Diversified techniques from occiput down to T2. And at the end of the trimester you have the opportunity to work up a student patient, and if they are subluxated, adjust them while your professor is watching (of course). In fact, I had that opportunity today and it was really cool, nerve-racking, but very cool. It was the culmination of a lot of hard work and diligent effort over the past year and a half. It was definitely a day that I won’t forget.

Let’s reflect a little. Palmer is, in my humble opinion, the greatest chiropractic college there is. We are where it all started. Each and every day I walk the very halls that D.D. Palmer, B.J. Palmer, Mabel Palmer and many other greats of our profession have walked. I read the quotes of B.J. on the walls and in the halls all over campus. It fills me with pride to feel the greatness that fills every nook of this campus. But don’t think for one moment that Palmer is relegated to the past. We are poised to produce the greatest chiropractors in the coming years. If you haven’t come to campus for a visit and a tour yet, I strongly encourage you to. We are the only college with a Business Development Center that will give you all the tools to run a successful and very fulfilling practice once you graduate. We have an amazing clinic that is gorgeous and
staffed with amazing clinicians who are there ready to prepare you for practice. We have amazing clubs and organizations to enhance and complement your Palmer education. Wow, when I started this paragraph it was to reflect on my time here and look at me just bragging about how great Palmer is and the fact that it’s only getting better.

Well I’m going to wrap this up, my friends. As always if you have any questions please drop me an email, or get in touch with me on Twitter (@kingcampusguides). I hope that your new year is off to an amazing start and that it has nothing but greatness for you in the coming months. All the best to you in your future chiropractic pursuits!

Matt Sharples, 5th Trimester Student
Davenport Campus

How do you do it?

People outside of the Palmer community really don’t have any idea of what kind of coursework we take on each trimester, and I find that their new-found understanding is the result of three typical questions. The first question I usually get asked is, “How long are you in school?” My answer of three solid years isn’t that surprising to most people. They will then follow up with, “How much schooling do you have left?” When I reply with, “I’m in my third trimester,” I am met with confused expressions as the person scans my abdomen assuming I’m talking about pregnancy! I quickly add that Palmer is a ten trimester program. (Sometimes I just play that little trick to mess with people!) The third question is along the lines of, “What is your credit load?” The answer to this question is what really shocks people…The average credit load of a Palmer student is right around 28 credits per trimester. (It makes our 15 credit semester in undergrad seem like a day at the beach!) While the credit load is heavy, it is not impossible. Here is what I have learned along the way to help me be successful and still live a balanced life.

1. Plan ahead: You cannot study for exams at Palmer the night before. Well, you probably could, but I would guess you would not be that happy with your grade, and you will be exhausted for the rest of the week with possible other exams.

2. Use a calendar: You will know at the beginning of each trimester the exact dates of all your exams. Reference this frequently!!! Don’t plan a weekend getaway before a week of three exams.

3. Know when it is time to take a break: There are nights when I know that I just need to take the night off from studying. If I tried to force myself to sit down and study, it wouldn’t be productive anyway, so I might as well relax and get a good nights sleep so that I can feel refreshed to study the next day.

4. Do what you love: Every trimester at Palmer so far, I have managed to get out on my bike, hike a trail or two, visit friends and family on a weekend, and read at least one fiction book apart from my studies. These are things that I love to do, and school should not keep me from them. You have to keep investing in relationships; life doesn’t stop when you come to Palmer.

So with that being said, prepare yourself for some hard work ahead, but keep it all in perspective. And strive to live a full life while you are here at Palmer. It’s an exciting ride!

Leah Hetebrueg, 3rd Trimester Student
Davenport Campus

A seminar weekend

This weekend I had an exciting opportunity to attend a free seminar with doctors in the field from Omaha, Nebraska! I went with a fellow Campus Guide friend who is from Fremont, Nebraska, Stacia Kampschnieder. The seminar was very unique because it was held in a small office with many chairs, mimicking how BJ Palmer used to set up talks in his own office. If you have ever toured the mansion, you may remember the room he used to have lots of people come and discuss chiropractic with him in. The place we visited was bought and fixed up by a successful doctor in Omaha and it’s nicknamed “The Source”. He wanted it to be a place of philosophy just like the founders of our profession! It had BJ and DD painted on the walls inside, along with many of BJ’s epigrams that you see around the school!

We got to join the doctors who had been in practice anywhere from 3 to 30 years and listen to their discussions on topics ranging from Caljam, green books, Chestnut wellness, insurance practices, goals in practice, how to explain chiropractic, universal and innate intelligence, success stories and what they do for fun! The list goes on! They even included us in the conversations and asked us questions. It was a really neat experience and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to join Stacia!

That being said, I am happy there are so many learning opportunities, seminars, clubs, and speakers once you arrive here on campus. These are all great ways to supplement our classroom education! We can never be done learning, right?? Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City and Des Moines are all popular seminar locations as well, and are an easy weekend’s drive away. There are often many events right on campus or in Davenport as well because of the amount of eager Palmer beavers that want to learn! It truly is what you make of it and it is about how much time and effort you can devote to becoming a great chiropractor while you are here. Sleep lots, but spend your waking hours wisely, my friends! I’m trying! Ha, ha!

Kaileigh Strath, 4th Trimester Student
Davenport Campus