Almost done with clinic

Now that Boards are over most of my time is spent getting ready for precepting and moving across the country! We have two weeks left of classes for my trimester, and I still need to get two more physical exams to finish my graduation requirements. I have a bunch of paperwork to get turned in after I finish up those physicals.

I started packing up and cleaning out my apartment last night. I threw away a lot of things, gathered a lot of things for a garage sale and textbooks to donate, and started packing up the things that will come with me! My apartment looks too bare right now, but I have less than a month before moving day!

I am very excited to start this new journey. I’ve talked to the doctor I am precepting with, and we’ve set up a start date. We are both very excited to start working with each other. I am very excited to see the difference between how her office is run and how we run the clinic. I can’t wait to learn all aspects of how to run and operate an office, and I’m excited to start adjusting again! Having to take a month off from adjusting is going to be dreadful. I love adjusting, and when it’s been a long weekend or a break, I find myself missing it. I love that I’ve found a profession where I miss doing what I do when I’m unable to work for short periods of time.

I know I will be busy enough to keep my mind off it, though. Moving across the country is not an easy task. I’m glad I only had to do it once. I came to the Quad Cities from Burlington, Iowa, so it was a short trip to move here. Moving 18 hours away is a whole different story, but I couldn’t be more excited. I can’t wait to be a short drive from the beach and never having to freeze again. I will not miss Iowa winters, that’s for sure. I will miss several things about Iowa, but maybe that will be my first entry once 10th tri starts!

-Allisha

Part IV Boards are done … whew!

The end of April and most of May was dedicated to studying for Part IV Boards. Part IV is the last of the National Board exams we are expected to take. I took them on May 15 and 16. I was lucky to test on Friday and Saturday. Some of my classmates had to test Friday and Sunday, meaning they got an extra day to study for Sunday’s exam but they also didn’t get that extra day after to relax and unwind. So I was very happy to test and have it over with and have Saturday night and Sunday to just relax and try and declutter my brain.

Part IV is the practical portion of the Board exams, so it’s formatted differently than all the other Board exams. We’re tested over orthopedic and neurologic exams, physical exams and technique. There are 25 rooms where we are given real cases with actors who portray real life conditions that will present in our offices. We’re graded on how well we perform the exams, if we can diagnose the condition, if we know the follow up care, if we are professional and on how we interact with our patient.

The practical portion took about three hours for us to get through, but you’re not allowed to leave the test site until everyone in the country has finished testing (there are testing sites across the U.S.). Lucky for me I only had to stick around for an extra hour and a half. The first group that tested had to stay on campus for, like, five hours after their exam. They watched quite a few movies, from what I understand.

Anyway, the exam was tough, but I feel like I was prepared enough in my education and what I studied to do well. Unfortunately I won’t know for six weeks until the results come back to us. That’s Boards for ya! Take some of the worst exams of your life, study for weeks and don’t know how you did for a month and a half after you’ve taken it.

The good news is, the Palmer Davenport testing site has a very good pass rate, and I’m taking that as we are taught well and we know what we are talking about. Another great reason to choose Palmer!

-Allisha

What I did on my winter vacation

This is the trimester with our holiday break, which always makes the trimester feel super long. This break was nice because we got about two weeks off, and, being in a higher trimester, we didn’t have anything to study for over break and didn’t have a lot of homework. So I just got to relax and enjoy my break.

I remember in lower trimesters hating this break because there was always so much to study for over break and not wanting to study–because I wanted to spend time with family and do holiday things.

This break I did a bit of traveling around spending time with family. The first part of the break, I went to visit a friend in Minneapolis for a few days, just to get away and relax. On my way back from there, I stopped in Ames to visit my cousin then headed back home to spend a few days with the family. Then I went back to Ames so I could get a bridesmaid dress for my cousin’s wedding. Then I went back to Minneapolis for the New Year.

I ended the break by going to see Trans-Siberian Orchestra in concert at the iWireless center in Moline (right across the river in Illinois) the Sunday before classes started up again. It was a great show this year. This was the 11th time I’ve seen them in concert, but this year was the first year I had floor seats. We were in the 8th row, and it was an amazing way to end my break!

I spent a couple days in Davenport somewhere in there to get my homework done. I seem to work better in my own element, so I knew I would have to spend a couple days at my apartment or I would never get my work done. It was really nice to have a relaxing break with a bit of traveling and getting away before things pick up. Then when I got back to school in the New Year, I was able to start seeing outpatients, which was a great way to start the new year!

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

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

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

Finals and break

(written during finals week) Ah, finals are finally upon us. Which means two things: Goody bag Friday and endless studying. Goody bag Friday was a success. Although I showed up kind of late because I had a later final, and I didn’t get a yellow Laffy Taffy or Snickers like I had hoped. The pink Laffy Taffy and Milky Way did just as fine, though.

Unfortunately, the endless studying hasn’t been going as well. I seem to be very easily distracted this trimester when it comes to studying. Like right now I should probably be studying, but writing this seemed more appealing.

We are over halfway through finals, and I have two more to go before the break starts. Both finals are for my Technique classes. The last one is tomorrow at 8:55 a.m. Then I have to see a patient in the rehab department, and then I am free to relax and not think about school for the next ten days. Then boards scores come in, and I will either be celebrating a lot or crying a lot. Either way the break should be a great one. I’m going to Des Moines to shadow a doctor in the area, and I’m going to think about doing some things for my wedding. We will see, though. I might just do a lot of sleeping.

Halloween is at the beginning of the tri like usual, but this time it’s on a Friday which means costumes. I am going to finish up my costume over break, and my friend and I are going to pass out candy to the neighborhood children and find costume contests to enter! Halloween is my favorite holiday, so I’m happy I finally get to partake in the festivities!

For now I must get back to studying! Happy finals week!

-Allisha

The trimester winds down

We are getting down to the last few weeks of the trimester. Things are winding down and getting wrapped up within the next three weeks. We are getting all our final practicals, quizzes and tests out of the way before finals approach. Gladly, it actually hasn’t been very busy and won’t be for my trimester until finals. We only have a few things a week, which is a nice change. I’ve been seeing one or two patients a day in the clinic, which has been a lot of fun. I get to do my first physical/re-evaluation on one of my patients at the end of this week. It’s just been kind of a steady month this month. Boards studying and exams took up most of the month, and it’s kind of been smooth sailing since.

Alligator

Gator!

Last weekend I went to Ames/Des Moines (Iowa) to visit my cousin and go bridesmaid dress shopping. We had a lot of fun just hanging out. It was a nice break from the craziness of school. On Saturday night we went to the World Food and Music festival in downtown Des Moines. I tried a gyro, tacos, crab ragoons and a couple different dishes from Ecuador. It was all very delicious and a lot of fun. There were food vendors for all sorts of countries. I just wasn’t brave enough to try the crazy things! They also had salsa dance lessons and various bands playing throughout the night. It was a really cool festival, and there were a lot of people there trying a lot of different things. My cousin tried to get alligator bites, but luckily they were out when went to buy them because she was going to make me try them!

Now it’s just trying to stay focused and not check out too early before finals. There is still quite a bit to do!

-Allisha

Boards are over!

Boards are finally over. Things are officially starting to slow down for this trimester, and I am finally able to get back to a normal routine.

We took National Boards test last weekend. It was, as Boards normally are, exhausting. I tested Friday through Sunday, and we got a rest day on Monday (no classes). So this week was a short week, but I came back to two patients a day, two tests and a couple practicals and quizzes, so it was still pretty busy.

Yesterday was Founder’s Day! Happy 119 years to chiropractic! The school had a little celebration today. I was not able to attend on account of having to cram for my test today.

Within the last two weeks not much has really been happening besides a lot of studying and preparation. Now that that is over, I’m trying to get back into the swing of things and trying to remember how to study for regular exams!

I was able to make it back to hot yoga this week, but I still haven’t gotten caught up on sleep! This weekend I am headed to Ames/Des Moines to go bridesmaid dress shopping with my cousin. I think we are also going to go to a world food and music festival, so that should be a nice treat!

-Allisha