Holiday Party fun

Friday was the Palmer Holiday Party! Every December, Palmer puts on a holiday party for all the students to go out and have a good time. I like to think it’s to celebrate all our hard work.

I had just finished my rotation at the Outreach Clinic and still needed to pick up some jewelry for my outfit and start getting ready. My friend was having a get-together before hand that started at 6 p.m. Another friend and I ran to the store then back to my place to get ready. We had an hour and half, plenty of time to run to two stores and for two ladies to get ready. We couldn’t have been more wrong.

We showed up to the pre-party an hour late. But it was fine; we had brought lots of snacks with us. We had fun playing some board games and taking lots of pictures before we headed down town.

A couple friends and I stopped by another pre-party on our way to the Redstone Room for more snacks. The Holiday Party started at 8 p.m., and I think we got there around 9:30 p.m., but I had been behind the whole day so that was inevitable. I was surprised that when we got arrived, there was still a decent amount of appetizers still there. This was my third time attending the Holiday Party, and I had never made it in time for the appetizers. Unfortunately I had filled up on snacks at all the other parties, so I only ate a couple pieces of pineapple when I got there.

The party was a lot of fun. It’s a lot of dancing and hanging out with friends, and we get to dress up nice. We ladies love a good reason to wear a dress. The school brought in a band from Chicago that was really good; they played great music and sounded awesome. We danced until midnight, and it looked like everyone was having a really great time. Everyone loves the “Palmer Prom!”

– Allisha

Clinic rotations get us ready for outpatient care

Dr. Marriott and a student intern with a patient in the AHC

Dr. Marriott and a student intern with a patient in the AHC

We have several rotations we have to complete before we are able to clear for the AHC (Academic Health Center clinic) and start working with outpatients. Those are radiology, rehab, outreach and front desk. We also have to observe several adjustments under the staff doctor we to which we are assigned. We do the rotations so we can get a feel for all of the departments we will be going into. Last week I did my radiology, outreach, front desk and clinic II rotations. The only one I have left to do is my rehab rotation.

First I had my radiology rotation. We went down into the AHC radiology department, got a tour and got to see how the machines worked. They are a bit different from the CHC (the student clinic, the Campus Health Center) X-ray machines so we got to move them around a bit and just see how they work. I am glad we did too, because today I had to take impromptu X-rays down there, and I am glad I knew how to work the machines.

We then got to look over some films and go over some cool or unusual cases that had come up through the clinic system, which was good practice. We finished up the last part by sitting in on Dr. McLean’s X-ray reading for local field doctors. This part was really awesome. It was great practice and exposure to reading X-rays, and Dr. McLean was really helpful in answering our questions and helping us just read the images better.

After radiology rotation, I sat in on the front dest rotation. This is just getting some extra exposure to what the ladies at the front desk do all day. Let me tell you, it’s a lot more than scheduling. They are all in charge of bigger projects that need to be done each day and sorting through paperwork and billing, on top of the demands of the interns to get patients scheduled and to check out equipment. Don’t take these ladies for granted! And be patient with them. They are wonderful and do a lot for you.

The last rotation I went to was in the outreach clinic in Davenport. It’s located on 6th and Harrison and is available for patient care for people who can’t afford care. From what I understand there are guidelines to qualify for care at this facility, but it’s a great asset to the community and it allows the students to help out in another clinic setting. It was a little slow while I was there but picked up and got pretty busy at the end of my shift.

I really enjoyed all of the rotations and observations I did and thought they were a great learning tool. I was really glad we had to do them before we get over into the outpatient clinic. I felt like it better prepared us for what we have to do and gave us a better idea of what our options were for the coming year.

-Allisha

Mock clinic for Clinic Abroad

An example of one of Palmer's Clinic Abroad clinic in India

An example of one of Palmer’s Clinic Abroad clinic in India

We had our first mock clinic for Clinic Abroad. We met in the gym and went over a few rules and just discussed how a regular clinic day would go while we were in Bequia or India. Then we took our equipment up to the second level of the gym to set up our clinic the same way we would be setting up the clinics each day in the areas we were visiting.

We were given limited space, so we knew how it would feel while we were actually there. The clinic we are going to be working in, in Bequia, is actually going to be smaller than where we were in the Palmer gym. So we all will be working very closely.

This was our first exposure to the actual paperwork we will be using in the clinics. It is quite a bit different from what we use in our campus clinics, since there are different requirements that need to be met abroad, as we are not seeing patients that get regular care.

Bequia Clinic Abroad

A Palmer student intern adjusting a patient at an orphanage during a recent Clinic Abroad trip to Bequia (Photo by Taryn Foster)

We ran through the full exam exactly how we are supposed to with our patients to get some exposure, so we don’t get there and have no idea what we are doing. I think it just got everyone really excited.

We got to work through some actual patient cases so we knew what kind of patient care we would be providing and what some of the past cases had been. It was something fun and enjoyable to come back to after the Thanksgiving break. I am really looking forward to going.

-Allisha

I survived OSCE exams

Hang in there cat

Hang in there cat poster

I had the first part of my OSCE exams this week. In our 8th trimester, we have to take two exams that allow us to go onto Level II clinics and eventually graduate. One portion is a clinical aspect where you go in and perform a full evaluation on a mock patient. The second portion is a radiology portion. I had to take my radiology portion this week. It’s done on a computer, and we’re given 10 different cases with films then asked questions over the cases. Then we have to identify what the most significant diagnosis is and how we would manage that patient’s care.

It wasn’t so bad. I wish I had studied more, but life calls sometimes and you just run out of time. I don’t have to take the clinical portion until Dec. 4, so I’m going to start studying for that soon so I am more prepared for that one than I was for the radiology portion. Really, though, these two exams have been all I’ve really had to study for this trimester so far, so I’d say that’s not bad at all.

It’s weird going from having to study every night for multiple exams to only having to study occasionally for a couple exams weeks apart. So it actually does happen! You won’t always be swarming with exams. Don’t get me wrong, we are still very busy but it’s a different kind of busy, a better busy. I would rather be taking care of patients in clinic than studying constantly and sitting in class all day.

So it does get better, I wouldn’t say easier, I would say better with a different kind of busy. It will all be worth it in the end, just keep at it!

-Allisha

My first set of X-rays

stock X-ray image

Random stock X-ray to avoid HIPPA issues :)

Last week, I had a week full of radiology. I got to shoot my first set of X-rays. We did a Palmer upper cervical series and a lumbar series.

It was fun to actually be able to get in and take the films. In class, we do the set-ups a lot, but we aren’t able to take films on an actual patient. It’s easy to shoot an X-ray on a phantom, they don’t move at all!

Our patient kept leaning to one side, so we kept having to reposition him so he would be centered in the film. After we took the films, we had to write a radiology report on them. We had to use the actual films for interpretation because the program we use on the computers wasn’t working that day. Then the next day we had to go to a radiology reading to make sure we didn’t miss anything on the film.

It went really well. Our diagnosis was right, and there wasn’t really anything we missed. We just didn’t word things well on our report. It wasn’t too bad, though. We were lucky our first experience wasn’t traumatic. Sometimes you hear horror stories about radiology review, but there was nothing like that for anyone that was analyzing films while we were there. I think some people must not be prepared when they go in there. Just be prepared, know your patient and do your best. You will come out all right.

-Allisha

AHC, here I come!

Academic Health Center, aka the AHC

Academic Health Center, aka the AHC

This trimester we have to complete a few rotations and do observations in the AHC (Academic Health Center) before we clear for Level II clinic. We have to go observe in the rehab department, the front desk and the outreach clinic. I have all of those scheduled for the first week of December.

I went in an observed patient care under my staff doctor this week for a couple hours. It was really cool getting in there and seeing the differences between how the clinics work. It’s weird to think in less than a month I’ll be over in that clinic working with outpatients. I think that was one of the most interesting things I observed. We get so use to being in our close-knit community here at Palmer surrounded by people that are on the same page as us and understand what we say and the things we’re doing. When you work with outpatients, they haven’t had the exposure to chiropractic that the patients in the CHC (Campus Health Center) have–because the patients there are mainly students. So they don’t always understand what’s going on, and it takes a little extra explanation that we’re not use to giving.

I am excited to start over there and get that whole new experience. It’s amazing how quickly things are going, and I can’t believe that I graduate in less than a year. It’s hard to think of this point when you first start, but now that I am here, it seems like the last two plus years didn’t even happen. Just enjoy the experience and take in as much as you can, because before you know it, it will gone.

-Allisha

Spizz Night and more

Chiropractic meme

What’s “Spizz”? It’s excitement about chiropractic!

We recently had Spizz Night. I was only able to stay for the vendor fair and the dinner before my friends and I left for a girls’ weekend in Wisconsin. Spizz Night went really well, from what I saw. There were a lot of people there. We got into the food line early, but when we were leaving, the food line went all the way to the other side of the building, which I have never seen before.

From what I heard, there were a couple phenomenal speakers there, too. I had a friend say it was one of the best Spizz Nights she had been to. The tacos were delicious, like always. There were several clubs there again. They were also doing a coat drive; if you brought a gently-used coat, you could get put in a drawing for a portable adjusting table, which is pretty cool.

I was there working at the Sigma Phi Chi information booth. We had a lot of people come by. There were several visiting potential students there, too. There must have been a campus visit going on that weekend (there was the next day). From what I heard from the visiting students, they seemed to be having a good time.

My friends and I left at about 5:30 p.m. to head to Wisconsin to do some shopping and just hangout with my friend’s family. It was a nice break before our OSCE exams. I have my radiology part next week and the clinical part the first week of December. So I have to start studying for that really soon!

Clinic Abroad is getting closer!

Getting ready to fly

Getting ready to fly

We had our first Clinic Abroad meeting of the trimester. We got information on where we’re going financial aid information and our itinerary. In total, to get to Bequia and back, we will be taking nine different flights and possibly a boat ride! A lot of people are a litttle uneasy about it. I’m excited. I love everything about traveling, even the airports.

We got to see pictures of the places we will be adjusting … and the place in which we’ll spend the most time overlooks the ocean! We will also be visiting a lot of schools during the day and taking care of a lot of preschool children. I am excited and nervous at the same time. We haven’t gotten a lot of hands-on experience with small children, so it will be a complete learning experience.

Whales

Whales

We get a couple free days to go and do as we please, and one day we’re going to go on a boat cruise! Bequia is also one of the last countries where whaling is legal, and we will be there during whaling season. I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about this. I thoroughly enjoy whales, but this is part of their culture and they aren’t doing it for sport. We were told the island is full of whale bones and there are even restaraunts that have them on display. That I’m looking forward to quite a bit because, even though the fate of the whale was unfortunate, who wouldn’t want to see whale bones? I can’t believe we leave in 3 months! It came up so quickly. I really just can’t wait to be adjusting all day and changing some lives!

More on Halloween

Trick-or-treat!

Trick-or-treat!

The night before Halloween was trick-or-treat in Davenport. Some friends and I decided to hand out candy over at the sorority house. We had a pretty good turn-out. The church across the street was doing a trunk-or-treat event so they sent a lot of their trick-or-treaters over to us.

I think we ended up having a little over 30 kids come trick-or-treat. We had a whole variety of costumes come through. A few princesses, ninjas, Power Rangers, superheroes. Kids in regular clothes saying they are wearing costumes but they actually weren’t. It was a lot of fun, though. I usually don’t get to participate in a lot of Halloween activities so I was excited that this year I was able to.

On the actual Halloween my friends and I all dressed up as characters from the Batman series. I went as Poison Ivy. We also had Batman, Robin and Bane. We stopped by a friend’s house for a small get together before we headed downtown to participate in all the fun Halloween madness. It was a lot of fun.

That Saturday was the welcome to the new trimester party over at DDPi It’s a highlighter/masquerade get-together. It was a good time. The decorations were great and really in the Halloween spirit!

-Allisha

Planning for the future

Is Florida in my future?

Is Florida in my future?

I wrote this on the second day of classes of my 8th trimester here at Palmer. It seems hard to believe. My schedule this tri is also a little unbelievable.

Most days we’re done by noon. Tuesdays and Thursdays, we’re done at about 3 p.m., and Monday I only have one class. I was told this time would come where we wouldn’t be in class from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. straight, but as I got further into the program, I got less and less hopeful that I would see it. But, alas, I have reached it and it’s beautiful.

The first half of the trimester we’re still in the CHC (Campus Health Center, the student clinic), so we can’t get into clinic until later in the day. So we are still in clinic until about 7 p.m., but it seems we’ll have a little more time to do other things this trimester. We clear for the AHC (Academic Health Center, where our outpatient clinic is located) in mid December. Then, whenever I’m in not in class, I will be over in the outpatient clinic, but I still get a couple months of smooth sailing.

Being in clinic is enjoyable and doesn’t feel like school, so I don’t mind being there. It’s also only the second day, so I really have no idea how the trimester is going to go. All I know is we are transitioning into clinic phase, and I am excited for that. We also have to start thinking seriously about precepting and finding doctors that are willing to host an intern.

I am Florida bound! I emailed several doctors yesterday in Pasco County. I’m just waiting to hear back, and if I have no success I shall look around Orlando. I’m excited to be able to start looking and talking with potential doctors in that area. I feel like I don’t have much time to get it done, though.

Trying to find time to get to Florida to meet with doctors has become an issue, since over our next break I’ll be in Bequia for the Clinic Abroad Program! That’s okay, though. I’ll get it all figured out, and I’m excited about it all. There are a lot of good things coming along in the next year and I can’t wait to see where my chiropractic journey takes me!

-Minda

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