Spring Quarter ’16: Week 1

The first week back went really well. Honestly, I was dreading going back. I wasn’t really in a social or learning mood, but once I got to class I felt really motivated and excited to get back into the grind! So here’s a little 411 on me…I’m not the greatest with time management. It’s been a problem of mine since high school (maybe even middle school? I can’t remember that far back…). Now, if it’s something really important that I’m stressing about then I will for sure be early and on time. However, when it comes to classes man I just get burnt out and stop caring about being on time. Last quarter I would show up to biochem ~20-30 minutes late, and that really screwed me over. SO, this quarter – no more procrastinating, or being late for class, or goofing off when I should be studying. At least that is what I’m aiming for.


    • (8:00AM) Integrated Nervous System – we are finally going into depth about the nervous system! This is some pretty neat stuff. Our first lecture was just on the arteries/veins/nerves and meninges of the brain.
    • (1:00PM) Integrated Nervous System Lab – in lab we were actually in the gross lab taking out the brains from our cadavers…ahh! To get the brain out we needed to use an electric bone saw (well, technically we would have been fine with a manual bone saw but this took way less time), a manual bone saw, and a chisel/hammer. The brain is SO COOL in person!!! It was surprisingly heavy and dense.
    • (3:00PM) Clinical Skills Lab III – we didn’t learn anything new. Just basic review of a full body examination from last winter.
    • (8:00AM) Naturopathic Theory and Practice III – lecture was on primary care physicians (definition, what they do, etc…). We also discussed the community service project that we need to do in groups. We can pick any kind of community service to do.
    • (9:00AM) Physical Medicine II (Physiotherapy) – lecture was on therapeutic ultrasound (what it is, what equipment is used and how to properly use it, and how to apply therapeutic ultrasound in a clinical setting).
    • (10:00AM) Fundamentals of Counseling – honestly, I zoned out during this class. It was just an intro to what to expect from the class and things we will learn…went over the syllabus…and had a little lecture on the fundamentals of counseling.
    • (1:00PM) Physical Medicine II Lab – professor gave a demonstration with the therapeutic ultrasound therapy on the TA (teaching assistant) who had chronic pain in her right shoulder (she tore her supraspinatus muscle when she was 12). Basically, the treatment is just heat being applied to the skin which penetrates deep into the muscle tissue. He did basic range of motion (ROM) tests with her arms before the procedure, and afterwards as well. Overall it took about 5 minutes at least with treatment. Her ROM with her right arm improved significantly! I was amazed. This treatment is so simple, yet has such a profound impact on those with ROM/pain issues.
    • (3:00PM) Fundamentals of Counseling Lab – didn’t really do much, just went over the syllabus and talked about a mock counseling session that we need to videotape and present as a final project.
    • (8:00AM) Integrated Nervous System – introduction lecture to the nervous system.
    • (10:00AM) Integrated Endocrine and Metabolism – biochemistry lecture on gluconeogenesis vs glycolysis.
    • (1:00PM) Naturopathic Theory and Practice III Lab – discussed naturopathic doctors as primary care physicians and why the individuals who oppose naturopathic medicine (a small minority in all actuality but with a loud voice) think naturopathic doctors could not be primary care physicians. Here’s their reasoning:
      • 1) Lack of residency training (this is a little complicated – there are very little residency opportunities for naturopathic students currently. Something to do with getting financed by insurance companies).
      • 2) Lack of clinical training – emergency medicine and varied acute/chronic illness (while we may lack clinical training in emergency medicine, we definitely have enough clinical training to handle acute/chronic illness. Plus, residency training will enhance such training and experience.)
      • 3) No vaccines support (eh this varies from person to person. I support vaccines as long as the vaccines are clean without additional harmful chemicals/preservatives. Someone mentioned in class the concept behind vaccines is similar to homeopathy – like cures like.)
      • 4) No evidence-based medicine (EBM) – voodoo medicine or risky treatment (this is bull! Our modalities and treatments are evidence based. However, it is important that we tune into our senses and intuition when it comes to treating patients to provide the most accurate diagnosis/treatment plan.)
    • (8:00AM) Integrated Endocrine and Metabolism – biochemistry lecture on glycogenesis vs glycogenolysis.
    • (10:00AM) Physiology Lab – introduction lecture to the endocrine system and lecture on the hypothalamus and pituitary gland.
    • (1:00PM) Gross Anatomy Lab III – just worked on dissecting the back muscles that correlate with the spine (eractor spinae mm. – spinalis, longissmus, and iliocostalis mucles).
    • (3:00PM) Integrated Case Studies III – was an easy class the first week. We discussed hypothetical situations and had to decide whether or not they violated HIPAA, and what we would do in each case scenario. For instance, you hear a couple students from your observation shift loudly talking about a patient (including identifiers), what do you do? Well if you hear something like this then it’s your job to report it to their supervisor. Also, it wouldn’t hurt to mention to them that their conversation is not appropriate and that you need to report them.

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