The Adventures of Chiropractic School

As I reminisce about my first year at Palmer West, I realize that I have only just begun this chiropractic journey.  Being a student in a chiropractic school you understand that the field is progressing so rapidly that what you PALMERPALOOZA 2013-Z28learned last year could be negated next year. What you tested on to be the “truth” will only be proven incorrect in the next upcoming research and the information provided to you is somewhat negotiable. Isn’t that the fun of the field? Nobody chose chiropractic as a career choice thinking, “ I’d love to sit in an office all day; edit papers, write emails and make phone calls to people that don’t really want to talk to me.” We entered this field knowing that its internal upheaval only leaves room for more progress and more creativity. Think about it…you can be any kind of chiropractor you want once you have that certificate, you can see as many or as little patients a day as you’d like, you can specialize in rehab, weight loss, functionality, chronic pain, endocrine, etc. People in pain need help and we have the potential to have a tool belt overflowing with some of chiropractics greatest tools. So my advice, look at each subject, each club meeting, each certification course and each seminar as a way to add another tool to your growing tool belt. If something disagrees with your philosophy or negates what you were taught last quarter, research it and debate it. The best way to add tools to your belt is to prove that you know how to use them.

Jennifer Drivick
San Jose, Calif. Campus

Stepping out into the real world

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

The more I want to learn.


This is a tough program that stretches a person. I have pushed myself out of my comfort zone while at Palmer by just being here. I recently heard a quote that said something along the lines of, “once the mind gains new information and is stretched it can never again regain its original dimension.” The new dimension that I have been stretched to is this idea of what I am capable of. I have learned how to organize, focus, and prioritize better than I ever had to before. What I have enjoyed about this is that it has been a refining process. I am able to learn faster and comprehend more. My investigative skills of knowledge have expanded and the more I learn the more I want to learn. Seeing the personal development has been a very rewarding thing for me.

Dylan Clark – Iowa Campus

The two-way street of communication is always open

One thing I have done at Palmer that has been out of my comfort zone is getting in touch with the faculty and administration. I’ve always been very comfortable talking with other students, even support and office staff, but in the past I have limited my interactions with my professors. In my head, they didn’t have time for me, they weren’t interested, they had no idea who I was. At this school there is an illusion that you can fade into the background in the classroom. It’s an illusion indeed, because as I began to talk with faculty I realized how aware professors are of their class, no matter how big the class size. Many professors knew my name or face without ever having a conversation with me. Once I was realized that recognition here was a good thing, I was able to ignore the previous intimidation that held me back from obtaining tips, tricks, knowledge, and advice from those who are here to do just that. The faculty and administration at Palmer are genuinely interested in the thoughts, suggestions, and questions from the student body. My experience at school has become much more enjoyable since I acknowledged that the two-way street of communication between faculty and student is wide open.

Hannah Anderson – Iowa Campus

Remember: always take time to step back and enjoy the ride

Where has the time gone?

As I sit down to write this, I think about where the time has gone since I started at Palmer. I am almost done with my 6th quarter, just completed national boards, and gearing up for finals. I rarely take time to step back and look at all the time that has passed, all the exams I’ve crammed for, and all the memories I’ve made with my new friends. School has a way of doing that to you; it makes you focus on the moment, on cramming for the five tests you have that week, and not giving you much of a chance to look ahead. Before you know it, another set of midterms have passed and another quarter has come to an end. There are definitely times when I appreciate how fast the time flies by, but then there are others where I would like to just slam on the brakes and take this experience for what it is; a time where my friends will soon be my colleagues, where reading for pleasure happens only about twice a quarter, and making it to Friday without pulling an “all nighter” means it was a good week. Chiropractic school has a way of sucking you in; sometimes taking your focus off the big picture so you can make it just one more day. But, taking the time to see the light at the end of the tunnel, to see that you will be a health professional who will be positively changing lives on a daily basis without drugs and with just the use of your hands is an important thing to always remember. I constantly remind myself that this is just school, the real reward comes when I graduate and get the opportunity to better the lives of those who come to see me.

Ajay Iselin – West Campus

Campus Guide Question of the Month:

What change did you hope to make by joining Campus Guides?

I hoped to change the perspective of some of my peers who only ever see the negative in Palmer. Campus Guides has allowed me to understand our history and appreciate the school more, which allows me to share all the great things about Palmer.

–Brian Hall

I was hoping to help people get real answers about Palmer and chiropractic from student’s point of view. Taking a tour at Palmer is what helped me make up my mind about coming out here instead of going to Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City.

–Ryan Etherton

Each individual personality has the ability to change and benefit a group. By joining Campus Guides, I hoped to add my experiences to the team’s dynamic, help prospective students enjoy their visit, and aid them in making the best decision for them in finding a chiropractic school.

–Jaclyn Andrews

I want to specifically reach out to those prospective students who are deciding if chiropractic is the right choice for their second career. I want to share with them that giving up the job, selling the house, and/or moving their family to Iowa, will be worth it the end when they think of all the lives they will change as a chiropractor.

–Brook Peters

During my Undergraduate Studies at Brigham Young University-Idaho, I was lured (by a tall blonde haired, blue eyed girl- of whom I never dated anyhow) in to a student-lead organization that was in charge of the new student orientation, Student Spirit Events. This luring was at first because of the networking of “future potential” dates, but eventually my drive to help with New Student Orientation came from within myself to help these new students become connected with a “new life” or a “new chapter” in their lives.

 

I brought this same drive with me in to the Campus Guide Organization. I want people to choose to come to Palmer College of Chiropractic. This needs to be their decision and I want to help them in their search to answer questions that they might have. There are always rough times in life and at Palmer this is no different! Every student has moments of “why am I really here?” or “Is this worth it?” At this point the student needs to reflect back at the time when they felt like they needed to be here and when they made the decision to come here. Referring back to these moments can give us the courage and the self-will power that we need to bear another hour, another day, another week until we find that answer once again- “THIS is why I am here!” “THAT is why I am learning these things!” “THIS is why I am becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic!”

 

As an organization, Campus Guides thrives on networking. I love that about this organization. If I do not have an answer, give me some time to write a few emails and to hear back. I will then have a good answer to your question or some good direction on what other students have done or accomplished.

 

Much like at Brigham Young University-Idaho, the vast majority of the student body knows that they are supposed to be here for the continuation of their education and many more need a support group. I want to be one who helps people feel “at home” and to be a support when they need/ want it. That is one great reasons I joined the Campus Guides Organization- to serve my fellowman (woman, too), to “help other people at all times,” and “To Do A Good Turn Daily” (Boy Scouts of America, Scout Oath & Slogan).

–Anton Keller

I wanted to feel the love from leading with service! I believe that energy frequency rises to the person in the room who is giving off the most positive energy. What effect does the collective group of positive guides have? What if a guide has a great feeling after serving and leading a tour and they bring that energy back to their classrooms? What if it lifts all of Palmer’s spirits? You never know how far reaching…

–Kalleigh Strath

I hope to make the student body appreciate more what awesome educational experience Palmer is offering us all. To help keep them focused on the positives and in working together, make better that which makes us feel gloomy sometimes.

–Afua.Adjei-Kwayisi

My goal in joining campus guides was to surround myself with positive productive individuals. By doing this I have grown in so many ways, the friendships we build within Campus Guides provides us with a group of peers in which we can rely on for support and continuous personal growth. I also hoped to get more involved in our Palmer community, which has happened in tenfold, being more involved has allowed me to appreciate Palmer on another level which I would not have seen otherwise.

–Jennifer Katzer

 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed. It is the only thing that ever has.”

-Margaret Mead

 

Campus Guides fundraiser at Applebee’s

This past Saturday, we had a great event to raise money for our West Campus Guides. We had spent the previous two weeks selling breakfast vouchers for pancakes and bacon at Applebee’s. Those folks were nice enough to open their doors three hours before they normally open to accommodate breakfast to all of the people we sold vouchers to!

It became a great inter-club competition. Guides brought out their best salesmanship skills, and it was fun selling against my fellow peers. Once at Applebee’s, we set up the entire restaurant and then served everyone who bought a voucher. We had a great turn-out of almost a hundred people!

Folks were well satisfied, and although we didn’t get enough contestants for the all-you-can eat pancake challenge, we are hoping next year that will come to fruition. All in all it was a successful event in that we raised money for our club, provided an affordable and delicious breakfast to our customers, and we got to have fun talking to people on a beautiful Saturday morning. I’m excited for next year’s event and hopefully I can sell the most tickets!

Why I chose Campus Guides …

I joined Campus Guides during my third trimester because I felt
something was missing from my Palmer experience. While trying to
think about the things that could make my journey through school more
meaningful than solely taking classes, I looked around campus to see
who I envisioned making the most of their time. During that time of
reflection, I saw several Campus Guides giving tours to prospective
students, and I remembered what type of impact those tours had for me.
Then I realized that all of the Campus Guides I knew were the
students that strived to do well in classes, were generally positive
people, and absolutely loved Palmer’s education and history.

I had led prospective student events at previous institutions and
saw this being a natural fit for me to help engage students and
families with questions, meet the faculty outside of class, and build
connections with our awesome alumni base. Learning about the school’s
history in depth has given me a lot more pride in what I am doing here
and what the school has to offer. Like most things in life, because I
enjoy giving my time and knowledge to others, I actually reap the
benefits, too. Campus Guides was the perfect fit for my desire to
make a bigger impact, and I am glad I accepted the challenge.

– Brian R. Hall

A season for everything

This dawn of a new trimester has come with some great changes including my perspective on life. Over the short break in between my first and second trimesters my wife delivered our first baby–Olivia Dumond. The whole experience was one that cannot be put into words. Reflecting upon the duration of the pregnancy and then looking at this little one, of whom we have been very blessed to receive, helps me realize that these short years at Palmer will soon pass by.

It is true that I am only commencing my second trimester, but I try to look at it like this: I have less than three years left to soak in as much as I possibly can through training, opportunities, and learning about the legends who walked the same halls that I do each day.

As I ponder this time in front of me, it gives me the courage and motivation to give back while I am here, hence my early involvement with Palmer Campus Guides.

Within this short involvement, I have had the wonderful opportunity to meet some of the great leaders of this school, both of faculty as well as students. I have also been able to learn more about campus and the B.J. and Mable Palmer Residence (The Palmer Mansion). The history is rich which helps us keep things in perspective that we are truly not alone in this great struggle of gaining our education to benefit mankind as a whole.

I have also had the opportunity to have lunch with a prospective student and her family. This was a choice experience that I hope I remember for all time. During the great discussion we had we got on the topic of what the philosophy of chiropractic is. While smiling and having Dr. Victor Strang’s voice in my head from Philosophy, I replied that chiropractic is about allowing the body to heal itself.  I gave my personal philosophy to help illustrate this.

We are products of Deity.  God never has created nor will ever create anything imperfect.  Thus, our bodies have the needed knowledge of how to get and stay well.  In chiropractic lingo this is called “Innate Intelligence.”  I went on to explain that at times we do need intervention from the pharmaceuticals for when need to keep in mind that “there is a time and season for everything.”  Why else would God grant unto us the opportunity to obtain the knowledge and discover the products we have?

This became all too real for me over this last break as I witnessed my wife going through labor and delivery.  She and I both were exhausted from being up throughout the whole previous night and our strength was gone.  She was not coming along very well in dilation and needed to have some help with the contractions and so Pitocin was administered.  As Pitocin started to have full effect the immense pain started to set in, which commonly comes with the “synthetic Oxytocin.”  My wife started to look at me sternly and let me know that she wanted something to help her.

I recalled how we wanted to proceed through labor and delivery as natural as possible, however I had to take into consideration some of the events that had recently taken place.  She had been administered a synthetic hormone that causes intense contractions. She was also extremely exhausted and I knew that if she was not given anything she would not have the needed strength to deliver the baby, therefore causing more problems and complicating the end goal of the last nine months: a healthy baby. 

Pain medications were administered in degrees which would allow her to rest (fall asleep actually) in between contractions as well as not feel the full effect of the Pitocin.  As I watched her fade into the sleep she desperately needed I felt we had made the correct decision.  Even though my wife did feel some of the contractions, which were getting more frequent and more intense, she was not feeling the full effect.  The interesting event was when it was time to push my wife was immediately “back in the game” and ready to get the baby out.

After only 20 minutes of pushing (which is DARN good for a first baby!) Olivia Dumond was delivered by her dad (yep, that is me!) with a little help, of course, from our midwife. =)

 This whole experience was one that awakened my outlook on medicine.  I will never forget the thought and feelings that I received sitting on my little cot-bed next to my wife while we were deciding on medication or not for the labor.  I had thoughts come to me that explained that we, in this day and age, have been blessed to have this knowledge and ability to help people when the time and season are correct.  This was the right season and the correct time for my wife to receive help.  I am forever grateful for the thought that, yes, we are blessed to have the knowledge and technology!

We cannot dismiss the effectiveness of allopathic medicine when it is used properly.  My recent personal experience has reminded me of its blessing in my life through assisting my wife during that pinnacle time in her life and Olivia’s.

When to properly use holistic or allopathic medicine is a matter of wisdom—knowledge applied at the right time and during the correct season.  It is up to us, as lifetime learners, to receive the needed knowledge through many avenues, gain the experience of applying it correctly, and be open for true intelligence to whisper to each of us when we need that extra help.

Anton L. Keller, 2nd 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