This week marked the start of my clinical internship, which
means orientation week. There are so many rules, policies,
procedures, forms, protocols, manuals, and responsibilities to go
over before our first day with patients. And of course, since we
are grad students and love taking exams, we have one covering the
list above this first week.
We were also introduced to all the clinicians/directors/mentors
at the clinic and given a tour of our soon-to-be new work
environment. The clinical internship is the start of what several
upper tri students have called the "number's game." As of next
week, I start accumulating numbers toward graduation on different
procedures and techniques that I have mastered throughout my time
here at NUHS.
This week was also my first week of classes, and the great thing
this trimester is I only have classes two days a week. Such a
relief! Some of the classes include: Jurisprudence (aka business
law), Dermatology, Clinical Natural Medicine, Doctor/Patient
Relationship, Radiographic Positioning, Radiology Management, and
Report Writing. It seems like it will be the first trimester where
the class load should be very manageable. The remainder of my time
will be dedicated to my patients in Student Clinic.
Along with orientation and classes, I also had lots of
organizing and unpacking to do from my move from Lombard to
Chicago. I'm mostly done with the unpacking, but it seems as though
the organizing may never end. Part of the organizing process
involved switching my driver's license and car plates to Illinois.
That's right; I'm officially an Illinoisan now. I thought getting
those two things done at the DMV wouldn't take too much time, but
four hours later I walked out frustrated and finished. The rest of
my organizing was basically finding spots for all my things and
doing some massive editing of stuff I don't have room for. The
really fun part of the move has been exploring my new neighborhood,
Lakeview, aka Boystown, USA.
Spring has finally hit here in Lombard. It seemed as though
winter was not going to let go, but the weather is consistently
beautiful and warm every day. And since we have gotten large
amounts of rain this spring, now that the weather is nice,
everything is blooming and green!
Some fellow NUHS students and myself enjoying ourselves the
evening of my birthday.
Finally, this week I celebrated my 27th birthday,
which I usually make a weeklong celebration. On Monday evening, my
actual birthday, I went out for dinner at a wonderful Mexican
steakhouse, Revolución. I capped the week off with a house
warming/birthday celebration with good friends, good music, and
great times in my new home.