The After Boards Fog

Well Boards are over, and now it’s time to get back to reality. The trimester is moving full steam ahead, whether we are ready for it to or not.

This week has felt a little like slamming into a brick wall where all of the things I was ignoring or putting off to focus on Boards and study need to get done, and I am unprepared for them. This weekend is going to be a much-needed reset. I need to actually look at my calendar and figure out all of the assignments and exams and practicals I have and when they are, do laundry, get groceries and maybe even sleep in a bit.

It has been hard to focus in classes this week. I feel pretty exhausted from studying all the time and like I just want a break to relax and not spend every minute studying. But, on the other hand, I also feel like I have so much spare time on my hands. When school is done and I don’t have to spend the next six hours in a study room cramming information into my brain and I can just spend an hour or two going over things, it feels pretty good.

I think by next week things will be back to normal, but it’s definitely been a bit of a crazy week, feeling like I don’t know what is going on and like my brain isn’t working all the way, resisting putting more information into it.

A Reflection on Part 1 Boards

National Boards is about studying, studying, studying.

National Boards is about studying, studying, studying.

The weeks before Part 1 Boards were pretty crazy. Fifth trimester was just starting up, and our class load that tri was fairly substantial. At the same time as this, we were all feeling pressure to review everything we have learned over the past year here at Palmer so as to prepare for Boards.

The days were long. I would be up at 5 or 6 a.m. to get ready for the day, sometimes going for a run or heading to the gym to clear my head before a long day of school and studying. Classes this trimester start at 7:30 a.m. and go until 4 p.m., so the day was long already and then after all this I would find a study room and start reading through review material until about 10 p.m. each night. This was a pattern for the first three weeks of the trimester.

It felt like there were so many concepts and details to go through, and the more you dove in to learn something, the more information there seemed to be and it was almost overwhelming to think of all the questions they could ask.

It is a bit of a game studying for Boards. There are things you focus on because professors and other students and even review classes will tell you certain things that boards will focus on and that you should know a certain thing really well. So the entire time you are studying, you’re trying to learn all the exceptions and rules and trying to guess what things seems more important to know that they would ask.

The stress was high for sure, but I think it’s good to be a little stressed about doing well, I think this means you care about it. You want to do well, and it’s important to you, so you worry and you stress, which helps you to focus and move through all the review material.

Overall the studying was good. Going over some things made me feel really smart, and it helped me to start putting things into a bigger picture instead of just small details. It has proved to me how much I have learned and how far I have come in a year and made me really proud of myself.

I hope all my classmates feel that way after taking Part 1 Boards. And if you haven’t yet, I hope you feel like that when your time comes.

-Kailey

 

 

Part 1 Boards – The Exam Process

National Boards security is serious business ... well, not this serious, but serious enough!

National Boards security is serious business … well, not this serious, but serious enough!

So a lot of people were right–they tell you Boards aren’t that bad and that you are going to be fine and that you are a good student and you know more than you think, so you will survive. They were right.

When you arrive at the school in the morning, you need to make sure you aren’t wearing or holding or have in your pockets anything that the NBCE has on their “not allowed in” list, which includes everything except the clothes your wearing, two pieces of ID and a key (but the clothes can’t have hoods or baggy pockets, and the keys can’t have a key fob on them).

You come to the test zone and go through a security checkpoint, and then you find the room where you are supposed to be writing the exam. Once you go into the room you check in by showing your two pieces of ID, and they give you a lanyard with your picture on it, which you are expected to wear all the time. The seats are assigned, so you go find your seat at which there is a name card, a mechanical pencil and some ear-plugs.

Once everyone has checked in and found their seats, the proctors hand out the exam (which is sealed) and you are not allowed to open it until they have read through the entire instructions and allowed you to open the exam. They read through these same instructions before each exam so you get used to the process pretty quickly. Once the instructions have been read through and you have filled out your exam scorecard, you wait until the proctor says you may begin the exam.

Once the exam has begun (90 questions to be completed in 75 minutes), they will only allow you to leave the room during scheduled breaks or escorted by a proctor. If you have finished your exam by the time there is 30 minutes remaining, you may leave but if you haven’t, you must stay and wait until the 15-minute remaining mark at the next allowed break.

When you have been let out of the room, you can go do whatever it is you want to until the next exam start time. Then you have to go through the entire process again, starting with going through security.

It was a pretty crazy few days!

-Kailey

Part 1 Boards – The Exams

test timeSome were hard and some were not. There were definitely questions that I knew on all the exams, but there were also questions that I didn’t know on the exams, too. I was really surprised by spinal and general anatomy at how straightforward and easy the questions were. These exams were the ones we had on the first day. And I felt really good after finishing that day. I was thinking to myself, “If only they were all that straightforward. I can’t believe I spent so much time stressing out about a lot of little details!” But the next day was a little harder.

I thought general anatomy and spinal anatomy were going to be the hardest exams because they cover the most material and seem the most pertinent to being a chiropractor. But they were, in my opinion, by far the easiest exams, and it was physiology and microbiology that seemed to ask the most random information instead of the big concepts.

That was the most frustrating part about the exams. You would think that they would ask you questions relating to the things that are the most important to know or that will be information you will use every day. For example, plexus information or cranial nerve information or even facet orientation and receptors in the skin. But none of that stuff was heavily tested. One or two questions were asked about things that I thought were going to be a large portion of the exams.

But the end of the day on Sunday, I was definitely burnt out, and I could tell as I was writing the exam that I was being a little impulsive. They would have questions about things that I didn’t review or that I didn’t remember anything about, so I would just choose an answer I thought sounded right by breaking down the word or going with my “guess letter,” which is a letter we all decided we would pick if we didn’t know the answer.

But looking back on the day, I think it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be, And it was a bit of a relief to see others felt the same way that I did or that I did know some things in the exams.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens when the scores come out in a month, because there is nothing we can do now!

-Kailey

Headed home

It's true, there's no place like home.

It’s true, there’s no place like home.

So I unexpectedly headed home to Canada for the break. On these short breaks that are only about a week, I don’t usually try to get home because the idea of traveling and having to meet with everyone at home and flying seem too stressful. Usually all I want to do is just get outside and get fresh air with my pooch or lay on the couch and watch Netflix. But this break, since I hadn’t been home for a pretty long time, my parent’s both really wanted me to come home. So it was last minute, and we were booking flights and organizing to get me home.

I knew I would have to be disciplined and use a lot of the day to study and not get too caught up in meeting with friends and relaxing because I needed to review for Boards. But I was excited to see my family, and knew I’d get a chance to watch my brother play some hockey, do some wedding planning and pick up some new contacts. So I figured it would be a great break, but it would go by too fast.

Every time I go home I feel like I have to plan to get all my chores done, see the doctor and the dentist, go to the bank, pick up more contacts and visit with friends. But these things definitely needed to get done. They’re hard to do over the phone or when I am living out of the country.

I hope everyone had a great break and that some of you got some much needed family time like I did.

Cheers,

Kailey

40 percent a doctor!

I'm almost half-way there!

I’m almost half-way there!

Well, everyone, I made it this far! I successfully completed my fourth trimester at Palmer, and can say I am 40 percent of the way done. Saying it this way really puts into perspective how fast the time has gone. With National Boards testing right around the corner at the beginning of 5th trimester, I am really looking back and realizing just how much I have learned in such a short amount of time here.

I am looking forward to moving into 5th trimester where we will have cervical technique class and will get to start learning more about technique and putting everything we have learned over the past year here together. All the small details and facts that we have learned are finally coming together to form pathologies and patient complaints and things we can use to actually solve the puzzle.

I have heard 5th trimester is a lot of people’s favorite trimester because of that mental switch that begins–going from cramming in information to applying it and using it.

The only thing to dread is Part I Boards. But that’s unavoidable, and I will be using each day of my break to study for it and review everything we have learned over the past year. So I’m ready!

Congrats to everyone completing another trimester! One more down, one more step to being doctors!

Cheers,

Kailey

Snowpocalypse 2015

Check out the crazy snow!

Check out the crazy snow!

Well, winter finally decided to show up in Davenport at the beginning of February! We got about two feet of snow overnight, which earned us a snow day! The trimester is winding down, and I think most people were happy to have a day to take it easy especially with finals looming and an even bigger storm (Boards) growing in the background.

Most of my snow day was spent shoveling and getting chores done that I don’t typically have time to do during the week because we are in school most of the working hours of the day.

My dog, Sota, really appreciates the snow. He enjoys it so much, it’s hard for me not to enjoy it. When we go out for walks and he is just smiling away jumping through the huge piles of snow, digging under them and running around beside himself with happiness, it’s hard not to smile and roll around in the snow with him. He definitely helps lift the stress a little and let me wind down from long days at school.

If it weren’t for all of the shoveling (which I substituted for my workout today), I would have to say that the snow does make the QC look pretty nice.

Stay warm out there everyone!

Cheers,

Kailey

Art with Alfie

Art with Alfie

Check out our painting and some of the others!

So we held another class fundraiser called “Art with Alfie.” A student in my class, Alfie, was an art major for his undergrad, and he has done some classes for fun with his wife that he thought would be fun for us to do with people who would be interested in our class.

He took a picture and blurred it out so much you couldn’t tell what it was at all, other than just a few color streaks here and there. So he split our teams of two up into person A and person B, and one person would get a turn to try to make a small part of our canvas look like the picture we had as a reference. Then the next person would get a turn to work on another area. Then we would go back and forth this way for a while until most of the canvas was covered with some kind of color.

Then he told us to flip our canvas counter-clockwise 90 degrees and start adding other colors and shapes into our pieces. It was really cool to learn how to mix the colors and to add light areas and dark areas to make the photo seem more three dimensional and then blend the colors to take away harsh edges.

We would get up and walk around and look at the other couples’ art work and look at our own from afar to get a different perspective of each part of the painting. You would notice the difference between another couples art and your own, and it was crazy how different they could all be even when we were all getting the same instructions and trying to create the same things.

In the end, he let us add what we wanted to it and play around with the colors and make it into our own painting, which was really cool. Then, after it was all said and done, he showed us the original painting that he had blurred out for the basis of our own painting, and it was nothing like what any of us had painted!

The original artwork was a photo of a Santa holding some puppies or kittens. And our artwork was just a bunch of abstract swirls of color, but it was amazing how we came to it and how different each person’s was. You could really see each couples’ personalities come out into the art!

Looking forward to doing that one again!

Cheers,
Kailey

Fall Festival

Pie a Palmer Professor

Pie a Palmer Professor

My position on Student Council is the second vice president. Some duties that I have for being the second vice president are to plan events for the student body at Palmer!

The event we hold for the fall trimester is called Fall Festival. Each year we plan this event in which we celebrate fall and Thanksgiving! We hold these events to bring the students together to foster the close-knit family relationships we have here at Palmer and also to help raise money to donate to our local community.

Fall Festival usually includes a couple of things. First the Chili Cook-off. This is where we have students enter in their best chili recipes, and we have faculty members judge the competition and choose their favorites in each category. Winners from each category and a best overall are awarded!

Also at the festival we have a pie-a-professor activity. Students purchase whipped cream pies to toss at professors who have volunteered to partake in the activity. All the money from the pie-a-professor event is donated to a local charity. This year we raised more than $700 to donate to United Neighbors. This is an organization that runs after school programs for kids to help keep them out of trouble, help them with their homework and offer some fun for those kids whose parents have to work and can’t pick them up right away after school is done.

I love helping plan these events for our students. It is so fun to be able to plan things and see students come out and get to socialize and have fun at school doing something that isn’t schoolwork, studying or taking exams.

It is so rewarding to know I helped plan an event in which we raised enough money to make an impact on our surrounding community members!

Our next event, next trimester will be the faculty appreciation brunch, so I am looking forward to planning that and I will keep you posted on the details next tri!

Cheers,
Kailey

Portable table!

My new portable table!

My new portable table!

I finally bought a portable table, and after a ton of hassles, I finally picked it up today. If choosing a table wasn’t hard enough, dealing with the delivery process was even more frustrating!

I was so excited to get my table, and when the day came and went when it was supposed to be delivered, I was pretty sad it was going to be late. But then when it was four days after the delivery date and I still hadn’t heard anything, I finally called to get the tracking number for it.

When I got a hold of someone at the place where I bought it from, they notified me that the delivery company had tried to deliver it to me four times already and if I didn’t answer to sign for it, they would send it back to where it came from. I was a little upset because there had been no door tag left that would let me know they had tried to deliver it and I really wanted to get the table, so I was nervous they would send it back and I would have to wait even longer!

In the end I got a hold of the delivery place and told them to hold it for me there so I could pick it up. I didn’t want to risk trying to plan for them to deliver it, and I wouldn’t be home again to get it.

So I picked it up and set it up at home!

I ordered my table from Astralite. It was a hard choice trying to choose between getting all the bells and whistles and everything a portable table can have on it or going with the simple route. In the end I decided with simple and hassle free. I chose this table because I want to practice A.R.T., and some students I spoke with in upper trimesters who are doing A.R.T. said it would be nice to have a table with adjustable height, and this table has that! It it super light, so when I fly home it won’t be hard to check as baggage, and I can manage bringing it around and setting it up quick when I go to seminars!

I can’t wait to use it for my upcoming seminars and at home!

Cheers,
Kailey