I am now in my fifth week of 6th trimester at New York Chiropractic College, and I am sleeping less than usual already.
To be fair, summer in the Finger Lakes presents its many distractions, and I have done little to resist. Yesterday evening I left a trail of dust along 25 miles of wandering roads between Cayuga Lake and Seneca Lake, east and west of campus, as I enjoyed some good weather from the seat of my road bike. And I even took one of my big projects outside.
This part of the 10-trimester doctor of chiropractic curriculum has a reputation for Read more…
Today marks the end of my fifth trimester of chiropractic college! I have completed a full half of my doctoral education now, and gained incredible perspectives and experiences. But far from being limited to the classroom, a great portion of these lessons come from outside experiences.
One of my greatest opportunities was as president of the New York Chiropractic College chapter of the Student American Chiropractic Association, or SACA. I arrived at NYCC just waiting for the chance to get into a leadership position, somewhere that I could put my excess of Read more…
Note from Brendan: I’m in the middle of final exams, but the essay I wrote for my Bone and Joint Imaging class last week gives some insight into one of the coolest classes in the NYCC curriculum, and sends a message that I felt is important for all doctors. So here is my adaptation:
Satisfaction of search. Meaning the tendency to stop reading a radiograph after turning up one interesting finding, it comes naturally to all beginners in the field of radiology. It is but one of an extensive list of biases Indiana University School of Medicine radiologist Dr. Richard Gunderman highlights in an important 2009 article in the American Journal of Roentgenology (geek speak for the study of x-ray imagery). These biases can pose a risk to patients and create extra burden on healthcare systems, but persistent awareness of these biases truly can create a more effective physician. Read more…
Tomorrow begins part one of four of our national board licensure exams. Of the process that gives us the legal right to practice as doctors. We aren’t playing dress-up here.
Six subjects, each with 110 questions in 90 minutes, consume our Saturday and Sunday. Nearly two years worth of study material.
And yet nerves are not what’s keeping me up. (Nor is it Neurology, I got through that this afternoon.)
It is because I can almost taste the freedom of clinic. Things are about to get real. And I don’t just mean real challenging. We get to stop being beyond-full-time studying machines, and start contributing to the world.
Maybe I am a bit ahead of myself. But when you get a chance to take a breath, take a look at where you are. Big picture.
You’ll be sitting in a room with 200 or so of the brightest, most dedicated people in the country.
And they’ll all be peeing their pants too.
When you choose a profession, you have to know what you need from life. Myself, I love working with a variety of people, and I hate sitting. Among other things, satisfying those requirements in my career will grant me much more happiness- and according to National Geographic writer and longevity coach Dan Buettner, likely a longer, healthier life.
This past week, our professor of nutrition assigned a bonus opportunity, reflecting on Buettner’s 2009 presentation at TEDxTC in Minneapolis. In his talk Buettner discusses nine key principles common to all of the world’s longest-living cultures. These fall into four categories: moving naturally, right outlook, eating wisely, and connecting with others. Read more…
Zombie problems? I turn away no patients. But I need your help.
Whole-food supplement company Standard Process is offering the chance for each of 4 chiropractic students to win $2,500 scholarships to continue work on their doctoral studies. They have narrowed the field of competition to eight video finalists, and until Monday the 25th, public opinion can weigh in.
Classmate Nick Maio and I together created videos to creatively convey the complementary benefits of chiropractic and smart nutrition. And, yes, mine did end up being a zombie flick. I would love to have your support!
There are some aspects of chiropractic college that I didn’t see coming. Thirty human cadavers in one room is a bit shocking at first. Underground passages between academic buildings are pretty cool. Learning pretty much every structure in the human body over the course of a year sounds pretty impressive. But I can say with certainty that I did not expect to learn venipuncture- the art of doing a blood draw.
One of our fifth-trimester classes is Clinical Laboratory Diagnosis. The lecture introduces us to an array of biological testing, how it works, and how to interpret lab test results. Many of the test results Read more…