To add to last week's blog... Watching the Olympics as
chiropractic intern has been really interesting. In the past, while
watching I was entertained and amazed at what the athletes could
do. Now, I am both of those things, plus I am diagnosing and
contemplating what athletes would need for treatment based on the
sport they are competing in. I mentioned the moguls last week; the
amount of ground reaction forces the athletes take to their knees
and low back must be astronomical. As the athletes go through their
runs, the commentators mention the multiple surgeries most of the
seasoned athletes have had throughout their skiing career.
As a chiropractic physician, I would be an excellent addition to
an athlete's training and medical team. By providing preventive
care through a tailored treatment plan for the specific athlete,
their abilities, and their sport, the athlete would most likely
need fewer surgeries with less time taken away from training and
competing. I do not think that chiropractic care would remove the
need for some surgeries throughout their career simply based on the
high amount of force their knees, low back, and posterior kinetic
Talking to a student at the UIC health fair
Health Fair Benefits
On Thursday afternoon, I participated in a health fair on the
University of Illinois (UIC) campus. There were several booths set
up with information for students on nutrition, cholesterol
screening, exercise, family planning, massage, and many others. At
our booth, we had information for students on chiropractic
medicine, acupuncture, and other therapies we provide at the
National University of Health Sciences Whole Health Center -
Chicago. It was a great opportunity for students and teachers to
ask questions about what we have to offer and how we can help them.
UIC students receive a 50% discount on all services at the Chicago
clinic. Most of the students seemed very intrigued about
acupuncture. What is it? Does it hurt? What can it be used to
treat? How does it work? Etc...
I had several interactions that might be very beneficial for the
NUHS Chicago Whole Health Center. One of the professors at the UIC
Nursing School had no idea that we were right in the UIC
Marketplace. She has been to a chiropractor in the past for
musculoskeletal issues and was very happy with results that she got
with treatment. Now, knowing that our clinic is so close and
affordable, she took several pamphlets for herself and to share
with others at the UIC Nursing School.
The other interesting conversation I had was with an employee of
UIC Campus Care. UIC Campus Care is a self-funded insurance program
for students, which offers comprehensive health insurance at a very
reasonable cost. She mentioned that they are always looking for
chiropractors and other doctors to add to their network. So
hopefully at some point in the near future, the NUHS Whole Health
Center - Chicago will be one of the preferred providers offering
chiropractic care to more UIC students.
The ninth trimester interns have joined us at the NUHS Chicago
Whole Health Center. The new interns do not have patients in the
beginning of the trimester, so they help out with the tenth
trimesters' patients and shadow us. It's a weird feeling knowing
that you have people looking up to you. I remember when I started
as an intern at this clinic back in September; I was slightly in
awe of how much the tenth trimester interns knew and how smoothly
they worked with patients. That all comes with time, and now there
are new interns that might be feeling the same way.
In my acupuncture course this week, electroacupuncture, cupping,
and fire cupping were covered. Electroacupuncture is a form of
acupuncture in which a small electrical current is passed between
pairs of needles. Electrical currents have stimulating effects,
which can influence the cells, tissues and entire systems. It can
be looked at as an amped up form of acupuncture and is particularly
good for treating pain. I personally have used electroacupuncture
on patients with muscle atrophy and certain pain syndromes.
Cupping therapy before and after
Cupping or fire cupping therapy is an ancient form of
alternative medicine in which a cup is placed on the skin to
produce a local area of suction. The suction is created using
mechanical devices or by using heat (fire). Cupping is considered
safe, but it can cause areas of bruising and swelling following
treatment. This therapy is used for respiratory conditions such as
bronchitis, asthma, and congestion. It is also used for certain
gastrointestinal disorders, muscular disorders, and certain types
The end is very near for me. I received a reminder email from
Student Services to petition for graduation. They needed my size
for my graduation gown, how I would like my name on my diploma, how
many people I expect at the graduation ceremony, etc. This also
begins the process of auditing all my classwork and credentials to
ensure graduation eligibility. Very exciting!
Over the past few weeks, our main clinician at the Chicago Whole
Health Center has been out on leave. So during her time away, we
have had a few clinicians rotate through. We all thought it was
going to be a nightmare having different doctors rotating through,
but it actually was a great experience. Each doctor brought a
different point of view, different experiences, different
techniques, and new ideas on what a practice should be. Each day we
were taught things that the doctors felt were important to teach
the interns at their own clinics. As interns, we also have a
certain number of student chiropractic manipulations and observed
chiropractic manipulations that must be performed in order to
graduate. While doing these, the doctors that rotated through made
it a point to show us new techniques to use on patients who are not
responding to other adjustments that we are using.
Overall, it was not the nightmare that we thought it would be,
but quite the opposite. We all learned so much and were exposed to
things we might not have been had they not stepped in as the
clinician. As an intern, it is important to be exposed to as much
as you can be. Go out and shadow other doctors, ask questions, take
seminars, etc., because when you are done, you are a doctor with
all the responsibility that comes with that title. A special thank
you to Dr. Cynthia Winston and Dr. Frank Frydrych, who spent most
of the time with us, and taught us many valuable
Tri 10 interns hard at work in the Chicago clinic's conference
On Sunday morning, I had another outreach event to attend with
Dr. Rick Ezgur. The event was for the Chicago AIDS Ride, which will
take place in July. The ride is a 200-mile bike ride from Evanston,
Illinois, to Racine, Wisconsin, where the riders camp overnight. At
the campsite, Dr. Ezgur and I will be treating riders for any
injuries, aches or pains before they bike back to Evanston the
following morning to the finish line.
The event on Sunday was at one of the many cycling training
sessions for the riders at the Lakeshore Athletic Club. The
training session consisted of a two-hour cycling class, which was
followed by an educational session. The session gave riders
information on proper bike fit, nutrition, and stretching to avoid
injuries during the AIDS ride. We have four more of these sessions
in February, March and April to prep the riders.
Welcome back! It has been an interesting and some might say
difficult start to the New Year. 2014 has brought almost 15 inches
of snow and temperatures around -35º Fahrenheit. As Chicagoans, we
should be used to weather like this, but the past three winters
have been very mild, so this has been a rough awakening for most
people. Hopefully this is the worst of the winter, but chances are
we have a few more months of this before we see spring weather.
Chicago + Siberia = Chiberia!
A snapshot of the snow on my balcony.
With the New Year, I started my 10th and last trimester of my
chiropractic education at National University of Health Sciences.
This trimester consists solely of my clinical internship with no
other course work. I still am enrolled in the acupuncture elective,
which will finish up around the end of January or the beginning of
February. The material we still have to cover in acupuncture
includes: San Jiao (triple warmer), gallbladder, liver, governing
vessel, conception vessel, and auricular therapy.
I had a couple exciting developments since my last blog. On
December 26th, I received my score for Part IV Board
exams. A passing score for the exam is above 375, and some states
require a score of 475 in order to practice. Not only did I pass,
but also I received a score high enough to practice in any state.
Needless to say, it was the best Christmas gift ever!
Since my first trimester in chiropractic school, I have been
shadowing and volunteering with Rick Ezgur, DC, at Progressive
Chiropractic Wellness Center. Over the past few months, we have
been in talks about me joining the practice as an independent
contractor. This can be a lengthy process in that there are initial
talks, drafts of the contract, negotiations, second opinions, and
final drafts of the contract. It is also important to have a lawyer
look at the contract to make sure everything is up to par.
As of Tuesday this week, Dr. Ezgur and I finalized and signed
the contract for me to join the practice as of May 2014. It was a
very exciting day that was the culmination of all the hard work
that I have put in over these past three years. Now my focus is on
what I will do to get my name out there, market, and advertise
about my start at Progressive Chiropractic Wellness Center, which
is located on Sheffield Avenue in the north Lincoln Park
This last week wrapped up my two-week rotation at the Salvation
Army clinic. It was an interesting experience with many patient
care challenges not seen at other clinics. The patients at
Salvation Army are part of a drug and alcohol rehabilitation
program. Along with musculoskeletal issues, many of the patients
also have associated chronic health issues like diabetes, heart
disease or liver disease.
Due to it being a holiday week, the clinic hours/days were less
than normal with a very light patient load. With it being such a
busy time of year, many patients were not able to keep their
appointments or had to reschedule.
Wednesday evening, Rob and I had to prepare a pumpkin cheesecake
to take home with us for Thanksgiving. We make the same cheesecake
every year, but when the time comes to make it we forget how long
the process actually takes. We started the preparation and baking
around 7 p.m. and didn't finish until close to midnight. There's
the prep, baking the crust, making the filling, baking the cake,
letting it cool, making the sour cream topping, and letting the
entire cheesecake set. But when all is said and done, the cake
turned out wonderful and tasted great!
Early Thursday morning we drove down to Indianapolis to spend
the holiday with family. We had a lovely day of cooking, catching
up, great food, wine, and lots of laughter. The quote of the day
came from Rob's nephew when he let us know what one website listed
as the most common topic brought up at Thanksgiving dinners.
Apparently the topic most brought up is sad stories about relatives
or family friends that most people either don't remember or have
never met. We all had a good laugh about that one.
This blog marks the last blog for this trimester. I hope I have
given some good insight into what life as a chiropractic intern is
like. I have enjoyed sharing my experiences with you and will have
lots more to share come spring 2014, my 10th and last trimester of
Have a safe and happy holiday season! Wishing you all the
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