It is safe to say it has been a rather quick first year with CMCC. As a student, who has almost completed 4 modules in 9 months, it is easy to become overwhelmed by all the knowledge and resources. Despite the intimidating amount of knowledge that was thrown our way this past year, once you take time to think about the first year experience as a whole, it becomes evident that each and every teaching and lesson was selectively chosen to contribute to a larger picture. This year’s purpose was to prepare us for the vigorous curriculum that we will face other the next three years. It sets a strong foundation on which our ideas and potential may grow over our time with CMCC, and has opened our minds to diverse topics in chiropractic. This is especially true for the Foundations of Chiropractic Principles and Practice course, which has covered the most “real-life” and practical topics in the profession.
Undoubtedly, becoming knowledgeable of the history and ideologies of chiropractic in the preliminary stages of the course was an essential strategy to facilitate our thinking “outside of the box”. Instruction of the profession’s past and the metaphysics that fuelled its development served students by being a tool that enabled us to become more open minded. Perhaps this has even made student better equipped to educate the public about the professions origin, resilience, evidence and dedication.
When comparing the various courses available to students this year, it is evident that the Chiropractic Principals course has evolved from previous years to modify and assure lessons reflect the current issues faced by the profession. Even though some of the sessions seemed redundant and trivial, issues explored are of great value. I believe the issues even play a large role in shaping future DCs. From teachings on the responsibility and power that come along with the DC title, to ethics, cultural diversity, to law and legislation. These have all made me more aware of my actions, and how others perceive them. These topics definitely prime our minds for the type of chiropractic etiquette we wish to achieve and begin to manifest.
I strongly feel as though this course has instilled a professional identity in myself, one that I channel in everyday life. I am proud to be a professional student learning at CMCC, and I feel as though it is important to take these lessons and apply them everyday. This course has made me more aware of my peers, more respectful to my colleagues, more knowledgeable of my resources. Most importantly, it has pointed out areas of weakness, and what I wish to learn more about. For example, I would like to know more about the business aspect of the profession; how to become an entrepreneur, facilitate my progression, while still serving the public to my best capabilities.
Given the fact that the Chiropractic Principles course merely touched on many subjects, I feel compelled to learn more and explore topics such as business and finances in chiropractic. With many more courses to come, I know the opportunity to learn more about the topics will present themselves in time, yet there is an urgency to become more proficient in these areas, for personal benefit. Based on this, it is evident that the course left an imprint on my ambition for the future.
In conclusion, the CP course has surely increased my knowledge of the chiropractic profession, and not to mention prepared me to further define my personal ideas, conceptions and morals in chiropractic. With the fundamentals set in place, I can now focus on establishing more resources and knowledge in all areas of the course. This task may seem daunting, however the portfolio component of the class erases any doubt in my mind that I cannot build from the base I now have. Unlike other courses that require you to learn and evaluate comprehension in the form of an exam, the requirement of the CP course to have a professional portfolio is proof of my efforts and learning. Possibly the best purpose of the portfolio is to ensure that learning and development are never complete. I enjoy having the ability to review my work, visualize progress over the course of the program, and have an outlet for my work that I can be proud of and satisfied with. I will be great to one day look back and appreciate all my hard work, effort, and development facilitated by the CP course.