Chirogames!

This November, 20 Palmer West students literally traveled across the country to compete against other chiropractic schools at the Chirogames in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

We had teams playing flag football, women’s soccer and beach volleyball. The teams enjoyed playing the sports and competing on the beautiful sunny Florida coastline while being able to enjoy team sports, the warm beach and a little time away from home. It was a great opportunity to get to know new people around the school on a level outside the hallways.

Palmer West is one of the smallest chiropractic schools in the United States and had a smaller turnout than the other schools. But despite our low numbers, the teams put up a tough fight in all their games on Saturday and Sunday. The teams had a competitive mind set, but most of all wanted to go out and enjoy playing the games that they love.

The weather was hot, the food was fried and the nights were full of dancing. The nightlife in Cocoa Beach was filled with chiropractic students from across North America from both the United States and Canada, with a report of over 600 students on the small island over the weekend. This was a great opportunity to meet other chiropractic students that will one day be our colleagues.

Overall, the weekend was a blast, being able to play in the sun and compete.

Nichelle Francavilla B.S., ART, CSCS
Palmer College of Chiropractic, West Campus (9Q-Student Intern)

Here’s to a great fall quarter!

We just began the second week of fall quarter and I must say it’s crazy to think that I’ve already completed one year here. It’s true what they say about how quickly it moves. I remember back in spinal palpation lab in first quarter, thinking that I would never be able to feel the structures we were asked to find. Everyone said that after a year our skills would improve dramatically. I’m sure it’s all relative, but I would have to agree that it’s amazing how much your hands-on skills improve over the course of your first year. It’s exciting to think how much more I will improve this coming year … and then a year from now it’s clinic time!

It was fun to welcome the new first quarter class last week at various events that were going on at school, such as SPIZZ Night, the all-school Welcome Assembly and the party that the 2nd quarter class always throws for the 1st quarter class. We are no longer the largest class on campus, and we also got to move into a larger room with a window! Small victories! As a Campus Guide, it was fun to see some of the prospective students I had on tours show up as a new students this quarter.

Currently, we 5th quarters have started the frantic rush of studying for our CCEP exam in three weeks. This test is a cumulative review of the material learned in our first year here at Palmer’s West Campus. It involves 14 stations: seven practical and seven written. We will be asked to perform clinical and adjusting skills, along with being asked to do basic diagnosis of common metabolic conditions, etc. It’s kind of overwhelming but at the same fun to review the information!

There are about 10 people from my class that are taking a 100-hour certification course in Applied Kinesiology with a local chiropractor. We have six sessions this quarter and six next quarter. Our first session was great and, while it makes for a long week, it is a great way to bring in a very different aspect to what we learn in school.

As for me, cross country season is in full swing with the team I coach, and we are hoping to have our boys’ team win their league meet in two weeks and move on to state! Here’s to a great fall quarter!