How are everyone's midterms going? I'm on break from the
master's program. I had finals last week. I'm glad to have a couple
of weeks off to catch up on a few things, including all the reading
that I didn't get done during the quarter. My pile is still
astronomically large. We'll see how much I can get done. I figure
if I don't get it done before classes start there again, it's
probably a lost cause.
Last weekend, my friend and classmate Julia, went to homecoming
at the main campus in Lombard. I want to say, to everyone there in
Lombard, thanks for taking such great care of her! She had glowing
remarks for everyone that she met. There were meetings and events,
information sessions, etc. She was able to meet Dr. James Cox (of
Cox flexion-distraction fame), and many of our illustrious
Dr. Strauss and Florida students with Dr. Cox at
Julia was able to reassure us students about one of the issues
that we find frustrating. We are always hearing that we'll not be
able to find jobs or make a decent salary. Even though I've yet to
meet anyone at school that's "in it for the money," we're all
hoping that we'll be able to make enough to at least pay back our
student loans, and maybe have enough for food. Even speakers that
have come to the school (non-alumni) have commented that it would
be tough for us to make a living.
The problem is, with all of my research, and all of the alums
that I've spoken to and heard from indirectly, this is FAR from the
case. Julia confirmed this when she spoke with alumni at
homecoming. She said that everyone that was doing VERY well for
themselves. People were not only successful and able to pay back
their loans, but also contribute back to the school. It was
inspirational for her that not only would we be out and in the
community, but thriving. I'm glad she shared that with me, because
I needed the inspiration as well.
We're finally starting to see the light at the end of the
tunnel. It's halfway through 8th Tri. In a few months, we'll only
be in the clinic. No more classes. No more random exams. No more
quizzes, papers, or random presentations. It's been REALLY easy to
lose track of time this tri. Alarmingly easy. I've been caught up
with patients, in my own stuff, with the master's, and classes. I
honestly can't wait for classes to be over.
I was asked today how I liked clinic. I've said this before, and
I'll say it again -- I love it. I love the idea of being able to do
this every day. Even with the challenging cases (my favorites), the
idea of being challenged to learn all the time is exciting. I never
know what I'm walking into, and I find that absolutely enthralling.
I can't imagine any kind of job, ever, that would be anything like
this. When I'm in clinic working, I am more than pleased with my
Have a great week everybody!
Greetings and Salutations, blog readers!
It's been an interesting week. I can honestly say I don't much
know what to do with myself since there aren't any boards to study
for, and it's early in the trimester so there aren't exams (not
that there aren't things to study--mind you). We have had quizzes
and assignments already. The professors certainly aren't wasting
any time! Last week was the first full week of school for me--since
we were taking boards the previous week. It was a LONG week.
The 6th Tri schedule is pretty long and involved. I feel
like we're moving classrooms and changing topics every few minutes.
Everything from Pediatrics to Rehab is on the docket. But, we have
a couple of projects in different classes that are tied together.
Both of which are associated with where we'll be in just a couple
In marketing, we're challenged with setting up a business
plan--a real one. That means I have to research where I think I
might set up my practice, what type of practice I want to have, the
cost of setting up and maintaining a practice, and a million other
things. I'll be honest. I'm a little overwhelmed. On one hand it
seems a little bit premature, and at the same time, now is the time
to do all of this research--before I'm in the clinic and focused on
St. Pete at Dusk
So, the quest is on. I already know what kind of practice I'll
have (Go Functional Med!), but I have no idea where. So I'm looking
into scope of practice in a variety of locations. From there I'll
be searching demographics--to see if the area can support a
practice of this type, and also--if I'd even want to live there.
One more slight complication--are any of these locations anywhere
near where Grey wants to go to college?
So, things can never be simple--can they? I accept this
challenge. It's exciting--to be thinking about and essentially
planning that kind of future--the one where I'm done with school.
Honestly, I can't remember a time when I wasn't in school (well I
can, but it's been a WHILE). All this work that I've been
doing--that all of us have been doing--is starting to come to
fruition. We're building our futures. That's pretty exciting!
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