Fall trimesters

There's a light at the end of the tunnel!

There’s a light at the end of the tunnel!

If you are a prospective student there is one thing you need to know about the fall trimester–it seems like it lasts forever! With Thanksgiving break, then the Christmas break and MLK Day off, it seems like it will never end, even though it is the same amount of time as the other trimesters. Since December, we have had a very mild winter, in my opinion coming from Wisconsin. Only in the past two weeks we have had snow and colder days, which seem to make the time slow down, too.

Although it seems like this trimester will never end, there are a few great things with the fall trimester: you have more time to keep up with classes and study! For example, we had off for Martin Luther King Day Jr. Day, and that was extremely helpful with a Spinal Anatomy exam the same week. Knowing there is full day to study and not having to worry about class was great.

There is now less then a month until left until finals! In most of the classes we have now moved on to the final material, so I finally feel like there is some light at the end of this trimester tunnel. On another note, after this trimester, I have been at Palmer for a full year!

-Jen

SICA auction

The Student International Chiropractic Association auction!

The Student International Chiropractic Association auction!

The SICA auction took place early in December, and I was so excited with everything there was to bid on. But my main goal was to bid on the ticket to Cal Jam … which I WON! Within my family, it’s a long-running joke to say that you won something that you actually paid for in an auction. 🙂

Anyways, I have been listening to the Chiropractic Philanthropist podcast for a few months now, and it’s by far one of my favorite podcasts. One day he interviewed Billy DeMoss, and I knew that I needed to figure out a way to get to Cal Jam in March. It just so happened that about a week after listening to that podcast, the list of what would be auctioned off was posted to our Facebook page. And to my surprise, they were auctioning off a ticket!

My brother attended the event with me, because he was looking to bid on some Green Books. Dr. Hynes (also known as He Hynes) was the auctioneer, and he was hilarious! He brought a ton of jokes and definitely was the best person for the job. There was a book written by B.J. Palmer from his printing press that had never been opened. The book went for over $250! It was one of the most exciting items that was bid on.

I walked home with my ticket to Cal Jam, a book and some posters. My brother ended up winning two books.

I’m so excited for the event in March. I haven’t figured out how I’m getting there or where I’m staying yet, but I’m hoping it will all fall into place!

Jen

Palmer Prom

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My brother (Michael) and his girlfriend (Sara, on the left) and myself at the dance.

In December we had the Palmer holiday party, but it’s better known as Palmer Prom. A few of the girls in the sorority (and their dates) met up at the house first before heading to the party. It was nice to go out as a group!

Since this was my first year attending, I wasn’t sure what to expect. When we got there, I was surprised by how many people were already there. I met up with Callie, Madison, Ruth, Katie and Taylor, who are some of the girls in my class. There were a lot of appetizers, and they were all amazing.

The event was downtown and there was a band playing cover songs. The band was great, and they played some of my favorite cover songs. I was surprised how full the dance floor was all night and by the amount of people who came. It was so nice to get dressed up, go out and relax.

Like normal, when you are having so much fun, the night flew by! Needless to say, the next day my feet were super sore from all the dancing.

I can’t wait for next years Palmer Prom!

-Jen

 

 

 

Picture: My brother (Michael) and his girlfriend (Sara) and myself at the dance

My brother’s white coat ceremony

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My brother’s class at their Clinic White Coat Ceremony. He’s now officially a student intern!

The day after my birthday, my brother had his white coat ceremony, which is his official welcoming into the clinic as a practicing student intern.

It was nice that our parents were able to come down for it and celebrate this big day for him, as well as my birthday! Sometimes when you are in the trenches of all the exams, it’s hard to keep your eye on the target. It was so exciting to see him move on to the next step. Since Mike can’t work on family in the clinic, I’ll need to find another intern, but I’m sure he’ll do great!

The time sure does fly by at Palmer, even though some days it doesn’t feel like it. I’m sure Mike feels like he has been in school forever since he came straight from his undergrad program instead of working for a few years like me.

Class 171 is an average size class, and the ceremony took about an hour. Just over a year left for them! I’m looking forward to the day I have my white coat ceremony!

The ceremony took place on a Friday afternoon, and then after we did a little shopping around Davenport. In the evening we went out to eat at a German restaurant in Moline called Bierstube. The food was delicious, and they had some amazing desserts, which included Nutella!

-Minda

Spizz Night!

November started a new trimester, and, boy, did it get busy quickly! The second Friday of the month was Spizz Night. Normally, it’s the first weekend with the prospective student event but for some reason it was changed this trimester.

Spizz Night is one of my favorite nights of the trimester because I love hearing the practicing D.C.s speak about their experiences. This trimester Dr. Frank Lombardozzi, Dr. Mark Mouw and Dr. Nate Hinkeldey all spoke.

I started the night out helping at the booth for the sorority. A lot of first-year students stop by to see the different clubs on campus and for the free food (normally tacos). Things can be very hectic the first trimester because of all the events/clubs going on so this gives the sorority another chance to talk about the different professional events that happen.

Dr. Frank Lombardozzi and Dr. Mark Mouw spoke together, and it was very interesting to hear their story.  Especially Dr. Lombardozzi’s story about when he started his business thinking that patients would just show up. Instead he realized he needed to get his name out there and meet people. This has been something I’ve been hearing a lot lately, that in the beginning you will need to take the time and go speak and different groups or market yourself. I haven’t decided exactly what my plan is for after school, but it’s good to hear others’ achievements and failures so that I know what to repeat and not repeat!

Dr. Nate Hinkeldey started his presentation with BJ Palmer’s definition of Spizzerinctum (Spizz)! Which, before attending the prospective student event, I had never heard of this word. B.J. Palmer referred to it as “if a chiropractor is loaded with Spizzerinctum, his adjustments could make a bald man grow hair like a collie dog! You have no chiropractic practice without Spizzerinctum, everything else is just mechanics. Great chiropractors are loaded with Spizz, their magnetic and abundant energy flows through every cell of their being.” Or in simpler terms, enthusiasm for chiropractic!

Dr. Hinkeldey shared his experience working with M.D.s while working with his patients. His enthusiasm around chiropractic to fight for his patients’ well being showed tremendously during his speech, with working at the VA and within his own practice.

Spizz Night is always an exciting night and is always worth attending! There are also lots of giveaways throughout the night, for instance this Spizz Night there was student membership to the ICA, Green Books and gift cards to the Bookstore!

Jen

 

Spinal practical … sublux midterm … and BIRTHDAY!

Last week was one heck of a week with my spinal practical, sublux midterm and my birthday (which all ended up being Thursday and Friday). If you are a prospective student, you may not have already heard that Spinal is one heck of a class but on a positive note, Mr. Morter really prepares you for National Boards exams (from what I hear)!

Classes have changed slightly in the past year or so. When my brother, who is in 7th tri, took spinal it was broken out in two classes, now it’s one class.

I spent the beginning of the week working through bones (spine, ribs and sternum) so that I could how to write out the order quickly with correct spelling during the timed exam. So, for example, if the posterior tubercle was colored in on C1 you would need to write it out as following: C1, posterior arch, posterior tubercle. Not so hard, but sometimes under pressure you can easily forget something! Then Wednesday night was a late night in the library with another classmate, Jen. I was so excited (you could say) Wednesday night that I couldn’t sleep, and I don’t think it was because my birthday was Thursday!

Thursday was the big day for spinal, and it was my birthday! I started the first hour of the practical in the wet lab going over muscles and ligaments, which ended up being a good confidence booster. Then ended the second hour with the bones. So many people had said it was going to be super difficult and that they had left the practical exhausted. I think I prepared myself pretty well because I felt great leaving it and was very satisfied with my grade!

Thursday evening I met up with some friends to study for the sublux midterm, which was Friday. This class can also be challenging because it is one of the first classes where you have to think more outside the box instead of just memorizing things. Anyway, my friends were great and baked me a cake, ordered some food and had some amazing gifts! It was the best way to end my birthday with a very busy day and busy day ahead of me!

Jen

Thinking back to Thanksgiving break

109412262.thbHaving a break during the trimester to go home is always nice! Although, sometimes it can get a little trying to jam pack visiting with family and friends along with spending time studying. I headed back to my parents house Wednesday afternoon, and it was about a four-hour drive.

Thursday morning my sister-in-law came to my parent’s house with my niece and nephew (my older brother is a firefighter, so he had to work on Thanksgiving). It was so nice to spend time with them, as Griffin is 3 and Myla is 6 months. Sometimes I’m not sure if Griffin or Guinness (my dog) is more excited to see each other, and I think they spend a majority of their time doing laps around the house.

Since I want to work with children once I graduate, I also spend some time palpating the two of them, mainly Myla because she sits still for me whereas Griffin is a busy 3-year-old boy. Every now and then there is a child at the Pediatric Club, but I don’t have the pediatric class until 6th or 7th trimester. So when I can, I like to compare the difference between children and adults to work on my palpation skills.

One of my friends also let me know earlier in November that she is moving to the Cayman Islands in January for a job. I’m so excited for her and was able to get all the details around her new job and I can’t wait for one of our trimester breaks to visit her!

Besides spending time with family on Friday, I was able to spend the day studying on Saturday. I initially thought I would spend the day at a library, but then my entire family left the house for the day so I didn’t have any distractions there. We’ll see how Christmas break goes at home because I think I’ll be spending a lot of my time at a local library so that I don’t get behind relaxing and eating to much!

Prospective Student Event!

The Palmer campus! Davenport, Iowa.

The Palmer campus! Davenport, Iowa.

This weekend was the big Prospective Student Event on campus, which I attended to work the Pediatric Club booth. It seemed like there was a great turn-out of excited prospective students. I had a chance to speak with a few one-on-one when they stopped at our booth.

One person was telling us her story about watching a baby getting adjusted. Some people who stopped by said they were interested in pediatrics, too, but didn’t really think about babies getting adjusted. Before I was getting adjusted by my chiropractor back in Milwaukee, I didn’t think about babies getting adjusted, either. Now knowing what I know, I wonder why more babies and children are not getting adjusted!

Another person who had stopped at our both was really excited about pediatrics and started asking about how I liked Palmer. I told her that it had been a year since I had attended the Prospective Student Event and how I applied for the D.C. program that weekend when I got home–and then started in March. She was surprised with how quickly my process went, because she was looking at taking a year off and then coming next fall to Palmer. I was telling her that this event ended up making up my mind on what my next step in life should be, which ultimately was to quit my job and move to Davenport. It has been one of my best life choices!

I’ve talked about why I choose Palmer and chiropractic in a previous blog; but it was great getting a chance to be on the other side of the table, talking to those who might still be on the fence. Deciding to attend the Prospective Student Event and then deciding to attend Palmer has forever changed my life. I am very grateful to be a part of Palmer and chiropractic community.

If you are still on the fence about chiropractic or even Palmer, definitely check out a Prospective Student Event or even a tour! The students at Palmer are awesome and are always willing to help anyone out. So don’t ever hesitate to ask any question, whether it be to one of us bloggers or even the group on Facebook (Future Chiropractors – Palmer College of Chiropractic). I had my brother and his friends to ask questions of, and believe me, I had a lot!

Jen

Dr. Lovejoy … Success leaves clues!

A while ago I attended an amazing event put on by SICA (Student International Chiropractic Association) with Dr. Alan Lovejoy as the speaker. This was the first time I had heard him speak. Two of my friends in my class, Katrina and Hira, spoke so highly of him from a previous event they attended that I didn’t want to miss this one! And, of course, they were spot on, Dr. Lovejoy was an amazing speaker filled with lots of energy and passion for chiropractic. Here are a few things that really stood out to me.

• Spinal care classes: Dr. Lovejoy recommended having spinal care classes for your patients. This is a great way to educate your patients on the benefits of chiropractic care. He recommended having a two-minute story to go along with the safety-pin theory with a small or large safety-pin and spine. I really liked this idea because it keeps things simple.

• Know your vision, purpose and mission: Understanding these three things is truly important because it helps you get through the more stressful and difficult days of exams. He recommended that as students, we should start living our “why” and mission now, so that when we get out in the field, we have our purpose down and we can explain this clearly and easily. This also goes along with keeping a clear vision and visualizing what you want your future office to look like.
• Success leaves clues: This was probably one of my favorite topics that Dr. Lovejoy talked about. He discussed keeping in contact with professors and current doctors practicing what you are interested in. For example, if you want to become a pediatric chiropractor, you should shadow those D.C.s and find professors that focus on this as well. I’ve understood this before, but one thing that stood out to me was staying closely connected with a professor and asking lots of questions.
I am very grateful for doctors like Dr. Lovejoy who take time out of their busy schedules to come speak to us. I think this is great information for me to absorb before graduating. In the future, I’m pretty sure I won’t have access to all of these successful chiropractors for FREE (which included dinner, too)!

Running the Arsenal bridge!

Sunrise over the Mississippi River, as seen from the Arsenal Island bridge.

Sunrise over the Mississippi River, as seen from the Arsenal Island bridge.

Morning workouts are my favorite, mainly because I don’t have enough time to talk myself out of it that early. And then, before I know it, the workout is done!

Two of my awesome friends (Sara and Danielle) and I have started running in the mornings, which has been great because we all hold each other accountable for getting up in the morning.

I’ve always been a morning person, so getting up before sunrise isn’t an issue for me. I think being a morning person annoys people sometimes, but I love the fresh start of a new day, and I don’t understand how people can be grumpy with the morning! So, I tend to be most productive in the morning with school, too. One of my favorite places to run is across the Arsenal Bridge (check out the picture and you’ll understand why!). You just don’t get these views running in a gym or sleeping.

I also told a friend from back home that I would run a 15K with her Oct. 31 in the Milwaukee area. So I will be expecting a lot more of these beautiful sunrises for the next month as I train to run with her! Thankfully the race is over our break between trimesters.

If you aren’t a morning person, I’m sure you could get an amazing view of the sunset during a run, too. If I’m going to workout in the evenings, I would prefer yoga or Zumba, so I’ll stick with the sunrise.