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Know Your Scope: Variation in Chiropractic Scope of Practice

Scope chart snip

A recent article in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiologic Therapeutics lays out the scope of a Doctor of Chiropractic in each state.

At New York Chiropractic College, there is an unofficial pre-final exam tradition of taking pictures clad in the blue coat and stethoscope of a chiropractic intern. For students, it signifies a significant step in their education. Learning the skills and tools of patient assessment is a step towards the full competencies of a doctor of chiropractic. “Frame it, give it to your mom, make her cry,” the doctor teaching the class instructs.

Yet travel to practice in the booming college town of Ann Arbor, or provide services in the struggling city of Detroit, and the same picture could be used as legal evidence. Read more…

A letter to the NYCC Office of Academic Affairs

Dear sir or ma’am,

Local authorities have informed us that you are to thank for our recent spate of success.

The structure and scheduling assembled for your students during this time of examinations Read more…

The Seneca Falls Bucket List

When you’re a student at New York Chiropractic College, there are certain things that are simply essential experiences. Though there is little free time when you have class 32 hours each week, we still live in the Finger Lakes. Despite a relatively rural setting, there are a surprisingly endless number of things to see and do before you can say you’ve truly experienced the region.

Flipping into Cayuga Lake

NYCC students study on campus for 7 trimesters, or just over two years, and then have the option to intern in school-run clinics throughout New York. I myself will be located in Rochester, NY. For those of us leaving, it means a limited time to do it all, in the company of the friends alongside whom we’ve studied, played and slept. And that’s just the activities in the classroom!

Fear not. With help from the class of December 2015, I have compiled all of the things you need to do to say you had the Seneca Falls experience.

Essential Eats

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Over the Hill: 6th Trimester

Thirty students ready for trail building

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…

10 Things I’ve Learned from Being President

NYCC SACA Leaders

Alongside two of my fellow NYCC chapter leaders

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…

Insight into chiropractic classes: Radiology

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…

Sleepless Before Boards

20140322-002250.jpgA message to my classmates:

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.

The 100-Year Lifestyle

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…

Washington Never Saw It Coming

Among my lobbying visits, I had a great experience in NH Sen. Kelly Ayotte's office.

Among my lobbying visits, I had a great experience in NH Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s office.

When it comes to lobbying Congress, there are a lot of strategies thrown around with the intent of maximizing impact. None of them involve 10-year-old passers-by. So even a seasoned Washington veteran could not have planned the conversation I had in NH Senator Kelly Ayotte’s office two weeks ago.

On a Wednesday evening in late February, I arrived in our nation’s capitol for the National Chiropractic Legislative Conference , along with 36 of my friends and doctoral classmates from New York Chiropractic College. Having traveled from snowy upstate New York, our moods were already high not only from Read more…

Current Events: National Chiropractic Legislative Conference

STARTING TOMORROW, chiropractors from around the United States converge on Washington, DC, for the National Chiropractic Legislative Conference. Students from NYCC’s chapter of the Student American Chiropractic Association have worked over the past year to raise funds for this trip, and 37 of us leave tomorrow morning to attend this huge chiropractic gathering, along with our advisor, Dr. Bill Lauretti, and a handful of alumni and school representatives.

The centerpiece of the conference, as its name implies, is legislative action. Doctors of chiropractic face a surprising number of law-related hurdles, which Read more…

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