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.
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.
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!