I Must Be Crazy


Ok, I did something really crazy this year. Something I had not done in 24+years and it was something I did not have to do.  It did not seem too out there when I started but as I got going I began to realize how I should have my head examined for doing it!

Where do I start? I guess at the beginning (no, I won't take you back to my birth!)  I graduated from Chiropractic College in 1995.  At that time there were 3 parts to the National Board Examinations. Once you passed all three sections, you then went to the individual state you were going to practice in and you sat to take their state practical examination.  After successfully completing all of that you were then issued a license to practice Chiropractic in that state. If you wanted to go to another state, you had to go to that new one and sit for their test as well.

Well, a few years after I graduated they developed a part 4 to the National Board Examination.  A practical examination covering both X-ray pathology, clinical diagnostics as well as a chiropractic technique, that would take the place of all the individual state examinations.  So, someone graduating now if they passed all 4 parts could go to any state and get a license.

So here is where the crazy set in.  I thought since I was coming up on 25 years in practice that it would be a challenge and a fun idea if I took the part 4 examination. I figured it would be good to “bone” up on the clinical and X-ray information.  I thought it would be good for my patients too as their chiropractor would be up to date on the latest in the profession while also having years (and years) of experience.

Well let me tell you, there is a lot of information on that test!  I came up with a plan of attack to get through and own the information on the test. I studied and reviewed for 3 ½ months, spending my nights, lunch hours and weekends in the library like I was back in college. I have seen my fair share of flash cards, X-rays and my family is tired of being mock patients for physical, orthopedic and neurological exams.  Yes, there were a few times I thought I should really have had my head examined.  My wife, by the way, was very patient and supportive (thank god- she knew I don’t do anything halfway and that I really wanted to complete this challenge).

I recently went to Atlanta and took the test with all these 20 something “kids”. The students were really nice to me and were surprised someone so “seasoned” was taking the test.

I have been in practice longer than most of them have been alive, but they have been fully immersed in all the material for the past 3 plus years, and have taken many practice test to prepare them for this day.  Needless to say, I felt a little old and more than a little out of place.

So to take the suspense out of it, I recently found out I passed the test with really high scores! It was a real journey, with its challenges and struggles but I truly am glad I did it.   I feel like I sharpened my sword, and I feel I am a better Chiropractor today because I tested myself and went outside my comfort zone to do something totally crazy.

Now it is a good thing I can’t take it again (you can only take it if you never have taken  it or have not passed it)  so I will have to come up with something else for my 50th anniversary in Chiropractic, but I have a little time to figure that out : )

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