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4th Trimester Preview: Classes and Beyond

by on September 29, 2013

Tri 4 bookshelfYear two has commenced!

Actually, New York Chiropractic College’s fall trimester began a solid 2.5 weeks ago, so this post is overdue. However, last weekend when I should have been writing I was instead on a trip to Milwaukee, WI, for the annual Student American Chiropractic Association leadership conference. What a slacker. Then we started a new local running group for National Chiropractic Health Month. Not to mention lessons I learned from shadowing a primary care doctor before class started. So you can consider this a preview of the topics likely to come up this semester, as I now have a backlog of experiences to share.

First, though, let’s take a look at where my classmates and I are at in our education. September 11th marked the beginning of my fourth trimester of the Doctor of Chiropractic program, out of a total of ten trimesters. With a solid basis in basic sciences, neurology, and anatomy behind me, I am starting to get into more pre-clinical classes, such as Patient Assessment, and Pathology. Check out the specifics:

  • Patient Assessment Methods I (with practical lab) – 5 credits, 7 hours per week
  • Musculoskeletal Physiopathology (with imaging lab) – 5 credits, 6 hr/wk
  • Chiropractic Technique V – 4 credits, 6 hr/wk
  • Visceral Pathology (with histology lab) – 4 credits, 5 hr/wk
  • Public Health & Wellness – 4 credits, 4 hr/wk
  • Chiropractic Theories – 3 credits, 3 hr/wk
  • Upper Extremities Technique – 2 credits, 3 hr/wk

That comes to a total of 28 credits, and a whopping 34 hours in class each week. Seriously. I have friends who make a decent living with jobs that work them fewer hours per week. And they don’t have to spend the rest of their time studying to pass exams. If I sound a little envious it is because I just charted out my 17 midterm exams that span and absorb the month of October. Good thing this was a fun weekend!

I suppose an evaluation of how things look this semester would be incomplete without mentioning my classmates. The composition of the student body has actually changed a bit over the course of a year. There are now about 103 students that share my same class schedule, down from the 122 who started with me one year ago. Some adopted a modified schedule, matching the pace of the curriculum to their individual or family needs. A few changed career paths. A couple never found their groove academically, and were not eligible to continue classes. A couple students switched to or from other schools. One even transferred away, and then decided to transfer back.

One year ago, I was a first-trimester students living in a dorm suite with couple of 4th-Tri guys. I admit I was a little intimidated by the sheer amount of information that they knew. They seemed so far ahead that I was not sure that I could internalize that much information in only a year. But here I am, a 4th Tri myself now, and I am in the same place. And it is still a bit surprising.

So, to my classmates: let’s keep broadening our knowledge and our horizons, and always continue to be surprising.

For more on the chiropractic curriculum check out NYCC’s DC curriculum or my previous posts about schedules.

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3 Comments
  1. The McCanns permalink

    Love your post as always. Ironic though that a McDonalds ad is attached.

    • Elizabeth permalink

      Let me know if there is anything we can do to help you get the word out about the running group for NCHM!

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