This week we had a huge blizzard blow through Chicago that
brought almost 2 feet of snow! In some places it felt like much
more due to the high winds causing the snow to drift. As we sat in
clinic and watched the snowstorm roll in, we finally got word we
were able to leave early to get home safe before it really got bad.
Unfortunately for some, their normally 20-minute commutes were
turned into a 2-hour plus ordeal! Luckily for me, I had gone
grocery shopping the night before and could go straight home and
prepare for my first snow day of 2011!
Aside from catching up on television watching on my extra day
off, my boyfriend and I painted our living room and began
organizing my things into the apartment. It always sounds like a
good idea to paint until you realize how much prep work there is!
Filling nail holes, sanding bumps and priming… I will be glad once
it is done! By the end of the month I will be completely moved out
of my old apartment and finally know where all of my things
Saturday Clinic Shifts
This past Saturday was our first Saturday naturopathic clinic
shift. We were surprisingly busy with each intern on shift having a
new patient. Being open on a weekend day will help patients who
work during the weekdays to be able make an appointment. We have
had many new patients since the beginning of the year, which goes
to show that word about our clinic is being spread in the
community. With our newest staff member, Julie Martin ND, coming
from a strong oncology background, she has referred several
recovering cancer patients to our clinic for adjunctive care. This
is an awesome experience for the naturopathic interns as many of us
have a specific interest in oncology.
The search for a job continues! I have had some promising leads
in the Chicagoland area but am still unsure where I want to set up
shop permanently. I am looking forward to graduation, which will
open up a lot more time for job searching. One step at a
Have a great week and let's hope for no more snow!!
Hello everyone! This week in clinic literally flew by and with
the "falling back" time change I have felt discombobulated. It is
going to take a while to get used to the sun going down before 5:00
pm! This is the time of year we have to adjust to less and less
sunlight, which makes it difficult to not get sleepy in the
afternoon… that's for sure!
Trimester 9 Phase Exams
This week was extra stressful in clinic with the Trimester 9
Phase Practical Exam that all Tri 9 interns are required to pass
before moving into 10th Trimester. We are set up in the TAC
(Training and Assessment Center) where a simulated patient is
trained to pretend to have a specific symptom of a disease. It is
our job to ask the appropriate questions and perform the
appropriate physical exam and to then formulate a treatment plan.
There is a clinician in the room taking notes while you complete
the 30-minute intake and physical exam. Next, you move to another
room where you formulate a list of differential diagnoses based on
your findings and formulate a treatment plan for your mock patient.
After your clinician approves of your plan, you then go back into
the treatment room and give a report of findings and treatment plan
to your patient. The simulated patients are told to ask questions
Although I knew the sim patients were told to ask a myriad of
tough questions, I know that real patients will be coming in with
similar questions just as tough if not more difficult to answer. It
was good practice to run through an entire patient visit from start
to finish and to get feedback from our clinicians.
Dr. B's Birthday!
Thursday was our main clinician's birthday so in honor of this
my fellow intern Sarah and I made her a crown out of construction
paper. Being a sport, she wore it during our preview session at the
end of the day to humor us! It made for a good laugh at the end of
a long day!
This weekend a group of friends from Eastern Iowa came into
Chicago to attend an Iowa Hawkeye football game followed by a
Chicago Bears football game. I did not get to attend either game…
one of the perks of being a poor college student. But I did
manage to go downtown Saturday night to the Hancock building for a
little wine and amazing views. I love going up to the lounge on the
96th floor and looking down on the city at night. It was a nice end
to a hectic week!
Next week a group of ND interns and I are set to go for a tour
of the CTCA (Cancer Treatment Center of America) in Zion, Ill. We
are going to meet with ND residents and see how they practice in an
integrated hospital setting. I'll be sure to report how it goes
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