Week 12:
Closing the door on something special

Arthur Vining Davis Fellow in Chiropractic

Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research | Davenport, Iowa

August 18, 2019

My last week at the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research was spent in the basic science lab, the clinical research lab, and in my office completing paperwork. I am glad that my last time in the lab was spent seeing this procedure. Knowledge that I gained during my chemistry classes at Cornell College have prepared me well, when learning and observing these research procedures. I believe my familiarity in the lab that I had gained from my college courses made the transition into summer research very smooth.

Me with the basic neuroscience research team. Mr. Sozio on the right and Dr. Stephen Onifer, my primary mentor, on the far right.
Me with the Basic Neuroscience research team. Mr. Charlie Arendes on the right and Mr. Sozio on the far right.

I also had the privilege of attending another Journal Club meeting. The meeting was conducted by Dr. Zacariah Shannon where he presented on a systematic review of evidence for managing chronic low back pain in primary care. In the article they reviewed recommendations from high-quality clinical practice guidelines. The discussion was good. We discussed some of the challenges with developing guidelines for best health practices for the whole world. Some of those challenges pertain to the many cultural and infrastructure differences across the globe.

In addition to observing some final lab procedures, I spent some time in the clinical lab where I participated in a simulated part of the clinical team’s study. After the simulation was over, I provided some feedback to steps or actions that could be improved. Participating in the simulation was fun and I loved providing feedback. Their study is close to being approved, so I cannot wait to hear how everything goes. I am going to try and stay in touch as much as possible so that I can keep learning about study progress.

Me and the Clinical Research team.
Me with my Clinical Research Mentor, Dr. Robert Vining.

The majority of my time was spent in my office completing paperwork for both my fellowship and internship. I revised and submitted my final internship assignments, my resume, and my end of internship evaluation to my faculty sponsor. I also completed drafts of the thank you notes I plan on sending to all of my mentors at the PCCR. I then packed up all of my things from the office and uploaded all of my computer files to my google drive.

Last photo of me in my office.

To round out my last week at the PCCR, the Assistant Director of Research, Ann Hileman, hosted a going away fish fry at her home overlooking the Mississippi River. Almost everyone from the PCCR was able to attend. It was nice to see everyone and say goodbye before I left. I cannot wait to see them all again when I attend Palmer in November of 2020. My research and chiropractic experience at the PCCR was amazing. I hope that in the future, more students from Cornell take advantage of this amazing opportunity.

On Friday, it was time to move back to Cornell College for Cross Country Pre-season camp. I woke up early, packed up all of my things and hit the road for Mt. Vernon, IA. In years past, back at home in southern Indiana, the drive to Cornell took around eight hours to complete. However, since I was living in the Quad Cities this summer, the drive to Cornell only took around an hour. The shorter driving time was great, and I felt much less stressed and more refreshed.

At Cornell I was able to reunite with some of teammates and get unpacked before our first team meeting. We did a lot of introductions. Talked about our goals for the season, and our new Coach, Jerry Frawley, formally introduced himself and sort of let us know how he was going to coach us this season. So far, I like our new coach, and although I am still sad that our previous coach Dan Schofer left, I am excited to see how this next season comes along.

During the weekend, we had our first team practice, some additional team meetings, and team bonding exercises. So far, I think the freshman are starting to get more comfortable with the rest of the team, and I think, like previous years, team cohesion is going to great if not better. I am really excited for this upcoming season and I cannot wait to see how everyone grows and improves throughout the year.

This summer was great. I had the opportunity to experience something amazing and learn a lot of useful information that will help me in my academics for years to come. Writing this final blog post has been bitter sweet, it means that I am closing the door on such a great experience, but the things I have taken away from my experience make me excited for the future.

Paul Zemba '20

Paul is a kinesiology major with a minor in biology from Leavenworth, Indiana.