Summer is in full swing here (not that it hasn't been for
several months). The temperatures are consistently over 90; the
daily Florida rainstorms are happening; and we're expecting our
first Tropical Storm/Hurricane tomorrow. By the way, I'm not even
White Coat Ceremony
I had the great joy of being a part of the White Coat Ceremony
for the 1st Trimester students. It's such a different experience to
be on the opposite side of the stage. As an 8th trimester student,
I'm looking at this from the other side of Basic Sciences, Phase 2
Clinical Sciences, and the first round of boards. I know that I
didn't have any idea what was in store for me when I was on that
stage. I was nervous, excited, and scared. I didn't know how hard
of a road it was going to be, how much I would learn, and what
challenges I would face. If I could give one piece of advice to
incoming students and students in the early tris, it would be this:
be dedicated; be tenacious; but be kind to yourself. This is a
long, hard road--but all the stress, work, and pain is worth
Educating the Uneducated
I want to revisit a topic that I've touched on before:
education about the profession. Misconceptions
about chiropractic, our education, and what we do run rampant in
society. Just yesterday, I received a graphic on Facebook from a
very popular site that listed us as "Quacks." They've published
similar graphics/articles before. I'm not going to name them,
because I don't want to endorse; that's not the point here. There
is still the misconception out there, that we're all trying to
alter "the force," and that by believing the body has the ability
to heal itself, we're a bunch of lunatics. A large portion of the
public believes that we only associate well-being with the spine,
and that we only treat the spine. They're uneducated about how
extensive our training in physiology, microbiology, pathology,
pharmacology, biochemistry, and nutrition (to name a few) actually
is. They don't know that many of us are evidence-based,
research-oriented, internal medicine-focused students and
This is a call to arms, my friends and colleagues. We have to
change this; right now. Chances are that if your friends and family
have kept touch with you during your educational escapades, that
they're familiar with what you're doing, and probably support you.
For those reading the blog that aren't students (or prospective
students), chances are you're reading this blog because you support
the institution or someone involved in it. So I realize, by saying
all of this, that I'm preaching to the choir. But what about
everybody else? What about the people we meet on the street? What
about our Facebook friends that live far and wide? What about all
of the misconceptions floating around about who we are and what we
Chiropractic Association lobbies in Washington for chiropractic
legislation, but we don't have a cohesive organization that handles
education of the public. We are it. We are the educators.
I'm going to challenge each and every one of you, to go out
there and share what you do, what your training is, how our
education is different, and how we are making a difference in
health and well-being. For those that are supporters of the field,
I thank you for that. I'm going to challenge you as well, to share
your knowledge and experience of the field of chiropractic with
those around you. Let them know how we're making a difference.
Have a great week everybody, and a safe and happy 4th of
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!
We made it! Well, almost. It's week 14 -- which means there's
only one week left. This week and next week are finals. This week
is mostly practical finals, but I have a few written as well.
Acupuncture, the practical, was over the weekend. We also had the
clinical entrance exam for physical therapeutics. We have to pass
that exam, in order to progress to the clinic and treat (using
those modalities). We were all pretty nervous -- because we're all
anxious to get to clinic.
After next week, I'll be in Tri 8. Tri 8. (did you hear that
sang angelically and see the beams of sunlight streaming down onto
those two words?). They did. We've been talking about schedules and
who will take what shift -- and how nervous some of us are. I'm not
nervous -- at least that's what I'm telling everyone. I'm anxious
to see what all we'll end up doing. What most people don't know is
that any of the St Pete College and NUHS students can come to our
clinic for free (and their immediate family too). We're really
hoping that we see a lot of people -- that need all kinds of help.
We do more than MSK -- just to let you know. I'm really hoping to
get some functional medicine and nutrition patients as well.
So, after the "festivities" of the next 2 weeks, we have break.
Break (did you hear the angels again?). This will be the first
break that I've actually had since Fall of 2012 -- not because we
didn't have a break, but because I was so busy. I worked, moved,
studied for boards, worked -- and now, I finally get a break. I'm
so excited! What will I do? I am going to a festival, the first
weekend of break -- and I'm really looking forward to it. I haven't
been to one here in about 4 years. I'll be volunteering as a Medic
(only requires CPR certification), and I always have an amazing
time. I also still have Master's work to do (which starts back this
week), and random stuff around the house -- projects, prospects,
and purpose. I'm trying to stay focused on finals and studying, but
the allure of "free time" is haunting the back of my mind.
So, I figured you all needed to see something new around the
area, so I went to Gulfport. I don't know why I haven't taken you
all to Gulfport before -- it's only a hop, skip, and a jump from my
house. While most people spend their nightlife in Ybor in Tampa or
in Downtown St Pete, I tend to go to Gulfport. My favorite karaoke
bar (O'Maddy's) is there -- where on random weekend nights I might
be found singing Pink, Bonnie Raitt, or Evanescence. Really,
Downtown Gulfport feels like a really small town right on the
beach. There are some little shops, open air bars/restaurants, and
a beach. It reminds me of the little beach towns in movies from the
50's and 60's.
So, featured in the pictures today is the Gulfport Casino --
right at the center of Downtown Gulfport. Here's some history about
Then And Now: The Gulfport Casino Ballroom. The Casino, as it
stands now, was built in 1934 -- and architecturally it fits into
the time -- beach-Craftsman era. They host all kinds of events
there now -- including ballroom dancing. If you're in town --
before or after you come by the school, I recommend stopping by.
And if you see me at karaoke, I might even sing you a song. I know
that I'll be spending some time there over break. I'm really
looking forward to it.
So, I'll see you guys after break. Good luck on finals. Enjoy
the time. Next Tri means big, big things.
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