At Palmer, we have some truly amazing faculty. Many of these teachers are chiropractors (who also have their own chiropractic practices on the side) and give of their time so freely. They live and breathe chiropractic to their core and have so much knowledge, passion and philosophy to pass on to us students.
Just in the past week, I heard the “student favorite” Dr. Burns speak in pediatrics club about SIDS and the numerous research studies showing that nearly all babies dying from SIDS had atlanto-occipical subluxations such as an “AS occiput” causing upper cervical cord pressure. I also had numerous 1-on-1 conversations with technique professors regarding clinical situations and adjusting procedures. I couldn’t ask for better faculty-student relationships than I’ve had here at Palmer.
I am currently in 6th trimester and so excited for what lies ahead in my remaining year and a half at Palmer. I completed my first observations in the Palmer student clinic the other day and got a good taste for what my own clinic experience will be like. I can’t wait to have patients of my own and begin using all of the skills and techniques I’ve accumulated along the way.
I am currently in two technique classes, thoraco-lumbar and pelvic. Therefore, after this trimester, I will have officially learned the entire spine, which is so exciting! So upon entering the clinic in 7th trimester, the only technique class left to take is extremities. The progression of technique classes is very logical, and I love how we now get to start getting hands on in 2nd trimester.
Last we left off I was waiting on paperwork from financial aid and the verdict on my scholarship.
Well, the verdict’s in … I GOT THE SCHOLARSHIP!!! And I can’t be happier. My aid came through, and everything is set for my arrival.
As of today I have 25 days till I leave Florida, I’m a little stressed out, but that’s just because I’m trying to get everything ready. Palmer has done a really great job with making my transition as smooth as possible, and this was big for me cause I couldn’t make the trip up there to visit or anything. So everything has been strictly word-of-mouth from various correspondence throughout the departments at Palmer.
Oooh, my son is coming with me now. So, yeah, single dad in chiropractic school with a 12-year-old. I’m tackling it all this year!
I would be interested to hear from other single parents out there doing this as well. Any tips on how to juggle everything?
Well, thanks for listening. Stay tuned for my next blog.
I’ve noticed these days that when someone asks me what trimester I’m in and I reply with, “Second,” his or her typical response is, “Second tri is rough.” Yes, the dreaded second trimester is upon me. I’ve been warned that this is the hardest trimester at Palmer, and so far it has lived up to its name. However, in the midst of the negativity that surrounds second trimester, I choose to be positive. I choose to attack it head-on. I choose to look at it as a rite of passage. Yes, this trimester demands a lot, but I won’t back down. No one said becoming a doctor was going to be easy. I’m going to earn every bit of that title, and I choose to be positive while doing it.
Another holiday break came around. It is kind of crazy the time that is flying by. I am currently in Toggle Recoil Technique class, and within the next year I will have taken the rest of the technique classes that will be the foundation of my whole future!
Toggle Recoil Technique is viewed by some as an old and outdated technique that we are only taught because of the historical significance not only to our school, but to the whole world! I have had some students from other chiropractic schools ask me if we were taught Toggle Recoil, and I would reply that it is a required class for everyone who passes through our program and graduates from Palmer. Their replies have always been almost apologetic.
From my point of view, I feel apologetic towards them because they are not being taught a technique that is rooted in the history of Chiropractic–one that is backed-up with lengthy research projects that were performed within the same clinic space where we have our first clinic experience during 7th trimester.
It is true that we are not suppose to live in the past or to hold onto events from the past as if they are everything and “it.” However, we are to revere events of the past and, as we embrace significant moments, we are to build upon them and to improve upon them to better society as a whole.
An interesting experience for me took place in the student clinic the other day (where the B.J. Palmer Clinic was). The Clinic doctor was trying to instruct the students in some hands-on training, and he stated that the thrust should be a “toggle-like” thrust. How often do we actually go through a class or an experience in life that at the moment we feel it is a waste of time, skill, money, etc.? On the flip-side, we need to look into these experiences with more long-term-vision spectacles to see how these can benefit our lives as well as those we will help heal themselves through not only our chiropractic care that we will offer, but also the healing as we take time to hear and communicate with our patients! (And please do not take this as something I have mastered … I am yet a peon in this aspect of enJOYing life.)
I joined Campus Guides during my third trimester because I felt
something was missing from my Palmer experience. While trying to
think about the things that could make my journey through school more
meaningful than solely taking classes, I looked around campus to see
who I envisioned making the most of their time. During that time of
reflection, I saw several Campus Guides giving tours to prospective
students, and I remembered what type of impact those tours had for me.
Then I realized that all of the Campus Guides I knew were the
students that strived to do well in classes, were generally positive
people, and absolutely loved Palmer’s education and history.
I had led prospective student events at previous institutions and
saw this being a natural fit for me to help engage students and
families with questions, meet the faculty outside of class, and build
connections with our awesome alumni base. Learning about the school’s
history in depth has given me a lot more pride in what I am doing here
and what the school has to offer. Like most things in life, because I
enjoy giving my time and knowledge to others, I actually reap the
benefits, too. Campus Guides was the perfect fit for my desire to
make a bigger impact, and I am glad I accepted the challenge.
Very exciting news that I got recently! Last week I received my class schedule and orientation schedule that I will be attending on March 4, 2013.
I must say, they aren’t kidding when they talk about “owning” you the first year. I will have 11 classes my first trimester (with labs) and around 32 credits in total. My first class at 7:30am (which made me choke on my drink) is Neuro-Anatomy, and is quite the wake-up call as a first class. I can honestly say these aren’t any introductory courses …
Regardless of the courses it’s still very exciting to finally be going into something that I have completely struggled to obtain over the last 4 years. Moreover I obtained a very nice apartment near campus that Palmer currently owns. So check this out! 1000+sq ft. all utilities included except electric for…wait for it…. $550 per month WHAT!!! I must say Palmer is taking very good care of their student body thus far (no complaints).
For the most part I’m now 31 days away from my move to Davenport, IA. And the anticipation is building for this most epic event. At this point the only thing I’m waiting on is my award letter from financial aid, and the verdict on my scholarship. I’m keeping you posted as fast as everything unfolds here in Florida. I’m still working on a video blog to send in, but for some reason I keep making myself laugh every time I get started, and it’s not coming out right. So in the mean time, I’ll just write it out.
Each trimester at Palmer is very different from the last, in that your class schedule has changed, you have new professors and are switching gears and learning entirely new material. For these reasons, I always look forward to another new trimester and getting one step closer to being a chiropractor!
I have really enjoyed being on a trimester schedule at Palmer (on the Davenport Campus; Florida and West are on a quarter system), verus the semester schedule everyone is used to in undergraduate studies, because just about the time you are getting sick of a certain class and ready for a change, the tri is over!
The start dates for entry into Palmer are in March, July and November, and as students we get about 10 days break inbetween each tri and during the summer break we get about 3 weeks. These breaks may not seem very long, but I am always ready to get back in the swing of school and keep the momentum going!
I am so happy with my decision to come to chiropractic school!
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is William Fleetwood, and I will be new to the (Davenport) area as of February and will be attending Palmer College of Chiropractic in March. I’ve been asked to document my journey while attending Palmer and even into the future as a practicing physician. By doing, this I plan to give a different prospective through my point of view and sharing it with others (such as you all).
I’ve spent the last year shadowing a Davenport Campus alumnus here in Florida, and gaining much insight and knowledge into what it takes to run a practice. I’m 44 days from my move to Iowa now, and I’m equally as excited as much as I am nervous about coming North. I’ve never seen snow, so this whole winter thing will be a first for me in its true meaning. I have much to share with you all, so stay tuned for my postings.
Thank you for your time today – PEACE OFF!
– William Fleetwood, future Palmer student
William will have his own blog coming soon, and he’ll also be sharing videos of his Palmer journey. Stay tuned!