Third quarter has turned out to be the quarter of miscellaneous things, and I mean that in a good way! In addition to our regular classes, in third quarter we take a CPR course (part of Emergency Procedures) and also go to one of Palmer’s Outreach Clinics to do our first “rounds” (part of our Chiropractic Clinical Evaluation I). Rounds turned out to be a pretty interesting experience, and definitely something to look forward to.
I was in the first group from my class to go to Rounds, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect; all I knew was that we were going to a homeless shelter and would be helping out with taking vitals before the patients saw the student interns for a chiropractic adjustment. It turned out to be a really valuable and interesting experience, as it was one of my first experiences working with real people (instead of my classmates). I saw four patients and took their blood pressure and temperature, then performed a few general hearing tests and also tested their vision. I probably spent about 20 minutes with each patient and the questions they asked really validated some of the points I was learning. One patient and I talked about hearing via bone conduction and how that can differ from air conduction, why that matters, and what it means. In turn, I learned the turning fork I was using to perform the test is the same type that’s used by some musicians, and it’s in the key of C (fun fact!). One patient had blood pressure that was on the higher side, and was really interested to know what all the numbers meant and what he could do to help make them lower.
Although at first, I was a little concerned about how this extra assignment was going to fit into the busy first couple weeks of the new quarter, I’m really glad it was set up as part of the course. All the patients at the clinic were really nice and appreciated the service we were providing. For some of these folks, it may be the only health screening they have this year, so it was important to be accurate. For me, it was a great opportunity to talk about what I was learning with patients and also really helped me get my clinical skills in order.
- Jennifer Nolan, West Campus