Halfway mark!!!

I am just about to finish my 5th trimester which marks the completion of the first half of my Palmer education! With that being said, it is very exciting to think that i am half way there, but at the same time a little scary! I mean, in about 6-7 months I will be seeing patients in the Campus Health Center.  When I first started at Palmer I thought that this would never come, but I have to say it has flown by!

Fifth trimester has been a crazy and busy tri, but at the same time I have learned many skills that will be used in future practice. Currently I am taking a class called Physical Diagnosis where I have learned the many skills needed to perform a thorough and efficient physical examination.  With all the practice in class, I have gained confidence in my skills.  This tri I am also taking Cervicals, which has been a great experience.  We have been taught both Gonstead and Diversified techniques for adjusting cervicals.  Along with those two classes, I have NMS Diagnosis which has taught me multiple different tests that can help to better determine patients’ conditions. It is cool to think that I am starting to learn more hands on applications and adjusting techniques this trimester.  I am very much looking forward to what next trimester has to teach me!

Stephanie Tronnes, 5th Trimester Student
Davenport Campus

A “halfway done” reflection

Hello faithful blog readers,

Welcome to another fascinatingly fun filled blog from the king of campus guides. As I sat down to write this latest blog, I thought about what’s been on my mind as of late. Being that I am wrapping up fifth trimester here at Palmer I feel that it’s time for a little celebration and reflection.

So here we go….

Let’s celebrate first. I’m hitting a milestone at the end of this trimester and really can’t believe that I am halfway through my time at Palmer. It truly seems like yesterday that I was in the same place that a lot of you are right now. Checking out various colleges, trying to decide which college would be the best fit for me, nervous about starting the program, starting and thinking I’ll never see the end, finishing my first year and thinking how crazy it is that I was a third of the way done, etc. What’s really cool about fifth trimester at Palmer is it’s the trimester where you start some real application of what you have been learning thus far in the classroom and get your hands on some fellow students. In cervicals class you learn all the set ups for Gonstead & Diversified techniques from occiput down to T2. And at the end of the trimester you have the opportunity to work up a student patient, and if they are subluxated, adjust them while your professor is watching (of course). In fact, I had that opportunity today and it was really cool, nerve-racking, but very cool. It was the culmination of a lot of hard work and diligent effort over the past year and a half. It was definitely a day that I won’t forget.

Let’s reflect a little. Palmer is, in my humble opinion, the greatest chiropractic college there is. We are where it all started. Each and every day I walk the very halls that D.D. Palmer, B.J. Palmer, Mabel Palmer and many other greats of our profession have walked. I read the quotes of B.J. on the walls and in the halls all over campus. It fills me with pride to feel the greatness that fills every nook of this campus. But don’t think for one moment that Palmer is relegated to the past. We are poised to produce the greatest chiropractors in the coming years. If you haven’t come to campus for a visit and a tour yet, I strongly encourage you to. We are the only college with a Business Development Center that will give you all the tools to run a successful and very fulfilling practice once you graduate. We have an amazing clinic that is gorgeous and
staffed with amazing clinicians who are there ready to prepare you for practice. We have amazing clubs and organizations to enhance and complement your Palmer education. Wow, when I started this paragraph it was to reflect on my time here and look at me just bragging about how great Palmer is and the fact that it’s only getting better.

Well I’m going to wrap this up, my friends. As always if you have any questions please drop me an email, or get in touch with me on Twitter (@kingcampusguides). I hope that your new year is off to an amazing start and that it has nothing but greatness for you in the coming months. All the best to you in your future chiropractic pursuits!

Matt Sharples, 5th Trimester Student
Davenport Campus

Halfway done…almost

I can’t believe I have almost made it to the half way point here at Palmer. I made it through the first year which I hear is the hardest, delivered my first adjustment in toggle recoil class, and passed round one of boards! It has been a crazy ride so far, but looking back on what I have accomplished I have to say it was worth it!

There are, of course, a few things I would do differently and many things I would not change. One thing I would do differently is I would have become involved with clubs here on campus right from the start. I have learned so much in the past few trimesters from the very knowledgable club representatives and wish I would have started sooner. There is only so much time in class so clubs allow you to explore the different techniques and determine which ones suit you best. There are so many fabulous clubs to attend but the two that I have come to know and love are the Animal Chiropractic Club and Motion Palpation Club. My first experiance with chiropractic was when my horse got adjusted so natually I got involved with the animal club and I am now vice president and loving every minute of it. I got involved with Motion Palpation Club when my friend became a club representative and dragged me to club one day during third trimester. I can’t thank her enough for making me go to club instead of sitting around doing nothing during the club hour!

I look forward to next trimester where there are even more technique classes and I get to start observing in clinic. It is hard to believe that in August I will get to start taking care of patients in the student clinic. It is exciting and scary all at the same time. As for the next seven months prior to entering clinic I plan to continue attending club meetings on campus and seminars off campus in order to master my adjusting skills because there is always more to learn.

Kaitlin Bowen, 5th Trimester Student
Davenport Campus

 

As the Holiday season approaches…

With the holiday season here I want to take a few moments to look over the last year.  I realize that I have learned so much in a short time and that I am almost halfway through my chiropractic education.  When looking back on the time I have spent at Palmer so far I realize that I have grown a lot as a person and am starting to grow into the doctor I will become!  Another awesome part of the holiday season is that I get time to go home to spend quality time with my family.  This also means that I can share all the amazing things I have learned with them in hopes that it can help them with their health.  The education I am receiving at Palmer is top notch and I couldn’t ask for anything better.

Also, as the holidays approach it is nice to know we have a two week break from school.  The break is timed perfectly so that students can recharge the batteries and come back in the new year ready to rock.  One thing I have always believed is that everyone needs time for themselves, including students.  One thing I can emphasize to perspective and currents students is to take time to enjoy yourself and give your brain a break. This doesn’t mean neglect studying 🙂 just take a break once and a while!  So go home and enjoy the break!

See you all in the new year!

Stephanie Tronnes, 5th Trimester Student
Davenport Campus

Allow me to introduce myself…

Hello all! My name is Stephanie Tronnes and I am a current 5th trimester student at Palmer. I am from a small town in Wisconsin called Edgerton, which is about 25 miles south of Madison.

The beginning of my chiropractic experiences started at a young age, actually before I can remember.  My parents took me to the chiropractor when I was a baby because I was suffering from ear infections.  Luckily the chiropractor was able to ease my ear infections and prevent me from having to get tubes.  I continued to go to the chiropractor on a somewhat regular basis from then on.  All of my experiences with my chiropractor were amazing, and this made my decision to become a chiropractor clear!

Once the decision to become a chiropractor was made, it came to deciding on which school I would go to.  After some conversations with my chiropractor and family it was an easy decision!  Palmer was the only place for me, and I am LOVING it here!

I am also very excited to share with you that my fiancé, Zach, recently graduated from Palmer and will start work soon!  Watching him graduate and start his journey as a new Doctor has been an amazing experience and makes me all the more excited to continue my journey at Palmer!

Stephanie Tronnes, 5th Trimester Student
Davenport Campus

Boards are almost here

Ahh… Boards time is approaching faster than I wish! Part 1 boards are only a few days away. My stress level is starting to rise. I am getting nervous because this is the first time I have had to take a test like this. Although I studied quite a bit over summer break, I do not feel as though I have studied enough to this point. Time management is getting harder for me because I can’t say “no” to anything and I don’t leave enough time for myself.

I am learning that I must dedicate certain times everyday to things that need to be done. Studying for classes and trying to study for boards while working part time and being involved on campus has led me to believe I may have bit off more than I can chew. The classes at school prepare you well for boards but it is trying to find those facts in your head is difficult. Board reviews are available to those who wish to use them based on their learning style.

I decided to not take the board review because I learn better on my own. Keeping my stress level down until boards are over is difficult. I can’t let the nervousness get to me or all my grades would go down because of it.

Christa Scheffler, 5th Trimester Student
Davenport Campus

5th Tri/Boards/Palmer Spine!

Hello to all prospective Chiropractors! I think you will all enjoy following this blog hearing about great things going on around Palmer’s Davenport campus. I am a current 5th trimester student and I LOVE it!!! The greatest thing about 5thtrimester is that you are finally beginning to apply all of the information you learned in the 1st year but may have wondered why you even needed to learn it. It’s great when classes bring things together so it all makes sense.

I am working on time management between studying for classes and trying to prepare for part 1 boards coming up in September. I am nervous to take them but ready to get them over with all at the same time.

One fun thing I did with some other Palmer students last weekend was the Bix 7 Race. I am not running the Bix, but I am supporting Chiropractic and Palmer by walking part of the route in a vertebrae costume. Each year, Palmer students get together in vertebrae costumes to form the whole vertebral column. This gets people in the community talking about Chiropractic and what it’s all about. Enjoy the pics!

Christa Scheffler, 5th Trimester Student
Davenport Campus

Some segments!

Some segments!

The whole group! SO fun!

The whole group! SO fun!