I am SO stressed! But that’s okay

Hello! My name is Courtenay, and I am almost halfway through my sixth quarter here at Palmer’s West Campus. Man, am I stressed! Midterms are hitting full force, and so is the realization that Part I boards are right around the corner (end of the quarter with finals). Trying to balance school, friends and health can be challenging, especially in times like these. However, the great thing about my class is that we are all in this together, and everyone is so supportive! It makes the endless hours of studying seem not THAT bad.

The deeper I get into the curriculum, the more I get to learn adjustments and the better I get at them–so that is honestly what is getting me through right now. Regardless of how much studying I have to do, exams I have coming up, or the fact I need a nap SO bad doesn’t deter me from practicing my adjusting skills every chance I get. Seven more quarters to go, but who’s counting right?

Starting into practice module gives me hope

I finally attended my first business module over the weekend. The module was called “Starting into Practice,” and the speaker was a Palmer alumnus who shared his experience starting his own practice. I would imagine for most of us, our ultimate goal is to own our practice. I know for me it seems very daunting. After attending the module, I left with some hope, and also with some steps that I can be taking now to prepare. Whether you have business background or not, I highly recommend taking advantage of the tools and seminars through the Palmer Center for Business Development. We are lucky to have such wonderful resource available to us for FREE! Sure, it seems like graduation is far away, but it will sneak up quicker than you think. Time to start preparing!

 

Should I start my own practice?

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I finally attended my first business module over the weekend. The module was called “Starting into Practice,” and the speaker was a Palmer alumnus who shared his experience of starting his own practice. I would imagine for most of us, our ultimate goal is to own our own practice. I know for me it seems very daunting. After attending the module, I left with some hope and also with some steps that I can be taking now to prepare.

Whether you have business background or not, I highly recommend taking advantage of the tools and seminars through the Palmer Center for Business Development. We are lucky to have such a wonderful resource available to us for FREE! Sure, it seems like graduation is far away, but it will sneak up quicker than you think. Time to start preparing!

‘Adjusting’ to clinic

Hello, everyone! I am not new to Palmer, but I am new to blogging so allow me to introduce myself. My name is Brittany Garcia, and I am a tenth quarter student at the Florida Campus. I am a little less than one year from graduating—it’s so crazy (and amazing) to think that I am graduating THIS year! The past nine quarters went by so quickly, and I can only imagine the next year will pass by even more rapidly. Up until this point at Palmer, I have spent most of my time in class, which means I have done a lot of studying and exam taking (a necessary evil). Now, as a tenth quarter student, I have made the transition from the classroom to the clinic. It was five weeks ago today that I started working at the student outpatient clinic and treating people from the community.

My new role at Palmer as a student intern has been full of highs and lows. On a positive note, I already have nine outpatients! Some of them got passed to me from students who are graduating, some I recruited from the community, and one of them was given to me as a lottery patient who called in to receive care. Even though I am starting to accumulate patients now and becoming busier, the first few weeks were quite slow—as they are for most new interns.

Last quarter I began the transition by treating student in the clinic. I had already been adjusting in class for over a year at that point, so this transitional period was necessary to gain familiarity with electronic health records, exam forms and clinic protocols. The time I spent in the clinic in ninth quarter gave me the experience I needed to feel confident when working with outpatients. I felt a little nervous during my first new patient exam and adjustment, because it was the first time that there was a real person in front of me, with pain, who wasn’t a student, and I was expected to help make them well?! Of course there were a few hiccups—I would be lying if I said otherwise—but my first exam and adjustment went pretty well. It helped that I had another student in the exam room helping me along way. I’ve noticed over the past few weeks that with every patient I become more efficient, and my confidence in examining, diagnosing, and treating goes up little by little.

I have a lot going on this quarter (as I do with most quarters), so I am really excited to be able to share my experiences with you all. There will be many interesting blogs to look forward to from me in the coming weeks. I am currently studying to take my Part II and III National Boards, as well as preparing to travel to India in March for a Clinic Abroad trip through Palmer!

Stay tuned,

Brittany

Stress, organization, procrastination, diligence (aka The Life of a Student)

We are getting to that point in the tri again … it is Tuesday with three weeks to go in a 14-week trimester. In seventh trimester, since it is so busy, it is really nice that my Radiology IV class ends early this week. My 12:05 class is now a free period and added onto my 11:10 lunch to make for a longer study break during the day. Or I will use it to catch up on clinic paperwork or eat lunch with a friend! I think visceral disorders class is also done next week! Only two and a half to go, then finals! Though I have learned not to wish my time away and say ‘I can’t wait until this trimester is over,’ because the next one just may not be as peachy as that sweet upper tri-man said last year, and I know I can learn to be happy in the moment. (Right?! Eventually?!)

Last night I felt frazzled as I left the gym, even though I thought it would help calm me down and burn off some steam. I have been thinking way too much about my schedule lately and letting it get to me and not acting upon it. How about instead of staring at the pages and organizing it, or procrastinating and cleaning your house, Kaileigh, you open your book and READ what you need to learn this week? It is funny how I have to keep learning the same lessons … take care of the small things, and life becomes easy and I love and enjoy every second. Palmer is fantastic if you can be diligent enough to study and get the small things you need to get done each and every day. It makes life so much easier, and then you are more prepared for tests when they come your way, you don’t have to catch up so much because you aren’t stressed so it is easy to listen in class. Also, you feel like you deserve a beautiful Friday night off with friends and maybe even a fun Saturday if you have worked hard during the week to do well.

Landslide, Iowa snowstorm, Cali earthquake, let’s shake things up a bit, though, because it isn’t always as easy to ‘stay on top of things’ for me as I make it sound. Especially by week 12 in January, when I feel like staying in bed allllll day when I wake up to an alarm, on a wee bit o’ sleep, and can feel the cold air pouring in my not-so-sealed-up window. Not so easy to make sure you keep school a priority each and every day for two years. I think this has happened to me almost every trimester, but I start to get a little down around week 12 and talk to my friends about what is going on, and we figure out that I am trying to do waaaaaaay too much yet again. So I clear my schedule, cancel a few plans, get to work on what needs to be done, do some reorganizing, and I’m back in the game!

The good news is, by seventh trimester I am starting to recognize this habit of mine, to try and do too much, a little earlier, before I call my mom sobbing and emailing her that I am having a total meltdown, hahaha! She said that two early trimesters in a row (maybe second and third) I emailed her with the same subject line of ‘breakdown’ about three weeks before the end of the tri. Sooooo Palmer isn’t an easy walk in the park. But if it were easy, everyone would do it. We as graduates of chiropractic college will get to reap the rewards of helping people move toward functioning at their optimum potential everyday.

In clinical psych class, Dr. Littrell tells us we will have patients genuinely thanking us every single day. We will get to contribute to improving the quality of their lives! That to me is worth a few weeks of feeling down and being sick of studying a couple times a year. Stay on top of your game, manage your time well, be disciplined, but have fun on weekends, listen in class, laugh with friends when you are delirious from studying, eat food that is nutritious for you, don’t feel guilty when you want something sickeningly sweet or heavenly salty, move your body, go to sleep, have a drink, and love yourself!  Maybe not in that order. Haha. Palmer is amazing place to learn a lot about yourself and go through fantastically fun times with wonderful people and gain really close relationships. We are in this together, my Palmer peeps! As my soon to be sister-in-law would say … love y’all!

~Kaileigh