New trimester, new goals, new challenges, new location, and new
people. This week started my 9th trimester of chiropractic school.
This trimester I am a full-time chiropractic intern at the NUHS Whole Health Center -
Chicago, located by the UIC campus on Maxwell and S. Halsted
St. The Chicago clinic offers a wide variety of services, some of
which include chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage therapy,
diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation, physical therapy, and much
It's been an interesting start to the trimester. Interesting in
that, there are so many new things to get used to. The biggest
challenge this first week was trying to find a convenient public
transportation route to take from my place to the clinic. Turns out
there isn't a good one really, and it's faster for me to drive most
days. Otherwise, I really like my new clinic location. There are
five 10th trimester interns and four 9th trimester interns, all of
whom are under the supervision of Dr. April Miller.
Since we are so close to the UIC campus, Dr. Miller and all of
the Chicago clinic interns did an outreach event on Wednesday at
the UIC new student welcome. We set up several chiropractic and
massage tables, and offered students massages, trigger point work,
and information on stretching that would be helpful for students to
do on a daily basis. It was a very successful event with over 100
students stopping by for some wellness care. Students were also
given information on the university and care they can receive at
our clinic (all of which is discounted for UIC students).
My main focus last week was prepping for the many hours of exams
I had this past weekend. Friday afternoon I took the Physiotherapy
board exam. Saturday morning was the Part III board exam followed
by the first section of the Part II board exams all afternoon.
Finally, Sunday I finished the last sections of Part II in the
morning and afternoon. So, last week was a lot of studying any free
minute I had. I was doing a lot of prep all summer long, but it's
amazing how nervous and stressed you can get the week leading up to
exams. Needless to say, I didn't have a decent night's sleep all
week long. Tension was high, but the great news was, come Sunday
night, all the exams were behind me, and life can go back to
normal. If you want to learn more about the NBCE board exams and
what they entail go to www.nbce.org.
This week's blog is a short one, but I promise to have all the
details of how board exams went in next week's blog. It's back to
books for me.