Start of 7th tri and patient care

I got to start off my 7th trimester welcoming members of Class 212 to Palmer on their Orientation Day. I love being a mentor, especially for Orientation Day, since I get to meet all the incoming students and help them with any questions they might have that day, and throughout their first few trimesters here.

Group of new students from Class 212 at orientation.

Welcome to the students of Palmer Class 212!

A lot of students travel from all over and it can be a big transition for them, so it’s always nice to have someone there to help you during the process. Each mentor is given a group of new students to follow through the tour and chat with during orientation. Throughout the future trimesters we usually get coffee with them, let them know about big events or help them get extra resources they might find beneficial when studying for classes. I had a great group to hang out with during the day. They were all chatty and seemed like they were having fun even with the abundance of information they receive during orientation.

This trimester always has a busy beginning due to St. Patrick’s Day and Easter coming around the corner. I have enjoyed running the CASI’s St. Patrick’s Day 5k run each year I’ve been here in Davenport, but unfortunately due to some back issues I was having I was unable to run in it. I did get to celebrate and watch the parade with my friends! I love this parade since it starts in Illinois and then makes its way across the bridge to Davenport, Iowa. It lasts a few hours and there is always some yummy candy or necklace beads to try and catch throughout the parade. My friends and I decided to have a big breakfast at a friend’s apartment before heading down to the parade. Afterwards we stayed downtown in Davenport and celebrated at the bars for the rest of the evening. It’s fun to see everyone dressed up and enjoying the holiday.

Jennie and friend at St. Patrick's Day parade.

St. Patrick’s Day fun!

The start of 7th trimester came quickly and I started doing a lot of assignments that we had in our clinical methods course. This class helps us get prepared for clinic and seeing student patients under our assigned doctors. Some of the assignments included observing intern appointments, observing radiology reviews and practice taking notes and putting them in the system on the clinic computers. These all prepare you for clinic and help make you feel more comfortable for the first few appointments when entering clinic.

I really enjoyed going to the radiology reviews since you get to see how people examine X-rays, how to write a report and you get to see different cases that could possibly come into your future clinic someday. Our other classes have also been more clinically based with differential diagnosis, extremity adjusting, X-ray positioning for extremities and more. These classes have helped me take what I’ve learned over the trimesters and put it towards clinical situations to help me find out the problem and provide the best care for patients. It’s great to feel confident with what you know and apply it to real-life situations. These classes make me more and more excited to start see student patients in clinic in only a few weeks!

Rugby in the snow and a new trimester begins

Living in the Midwest, you don’t know what weather you’ll be hit with in the next week. This past weekend when we played our final game we realized while we traveled up to Minneapolis that it was going to be cold and snowy for the match. We knew we had to put our hearts, mind and every part of us in this game to succeed. From the start, we were letting the weather get to us and we weren’t running our system like we usually do. By the end of the first half, we were down by 10. We picked up speed in the beginning of the second half but eventually the Amazons overcame our defense, and eventually won the game. It was heartbreaking to see that happen but we later found out that the Amazons were going to forfeit their place in playoffs due to other obligations of a few players on the team. This gave us their place in playoffs in Grand Rapids, Michigan! We were so surprised, but at the same time, excited to continue our season and hoping to continue through playoffs. We are preparing this week during practices, working on our weaknesses and fitness to make sure we are at our top for this game this coming weekend.

With the start of our trimester this week, the first trimester students and the new undergrad students had orientation on Monday. Since I’m a mentor I get the opportunity to join them on their tour of campus and lunch to help them with any questions or finding things around campus. My group was a little more quiet than I expected, but after a trip around campus they talked more about where they’re from and asked questions about classes and material they will need. It was great seeing students from all over — not just the United States, but all over the world. There were quite a few students from Wisconsin, so we made connections there but usually the new students have so much information given to them in a little amount of time during that morning, which causes many to be a little overwhelmed. The first day of classes weren’t too stressful but I know I will have to get used to scheduled days again. A lot of the students in my group from orientation didn’t feel as comfortable with their way around campus yet, so during our club hour at 9:20 a.m. I took a group of them around campus to show them the different ways to get to each of their classes. Palmer has a few buildings but once you get yourself oriented, walking to class and around campus becomes easy. I can’t wait to get to know these new students more and see them succeed here at Palmer.

I’m very excited to be in my 6th trimester because I’m taking my first couple electives here at Palmer and we have more technique classes involved in our schedule. With my schedule for the winter I knew it was the perfect time to take SOT due to its time slot. Since we don’t play rugby during the winter, this allows this elective and practice to not interfere with the time of each activity. I also decided to take the activator elective to learn more about this technique and its benefits. My classmates and I will also be taking thoracolumbar and pelvic technique courses where we will learn about the set-ups, subluxations and more with the different techniques taught for these areas of the body. I’m excited to have more hands-on experience but I know this will be a crazy, busy trimester!

Playing rugby in the snow is a challenge overcome by teamwork.