Early in the week, the eighth, ninth, and tenth trimester
interns had a mandatory presentation to attend in Lombard from
NCMIC and an NUHS alumnus, Dr. John DeMatte. NCMIC is a malpractice
insurance company that specializes in covering the chiropractic
profession, and their motto is, "We Take Care of Our Own." The
presentation was beyond helpful.
At the beginning of the session, both the insurance
representative and Dr. DeMatte opened by asking what questions and
concerns we all had about insurance, business, our future
practices, and much more. They then tailored the presentation to
try to answer as many of those questions for us as they could. For
me, I have a list a mile long of questions about what I need to do
before I start, so having a chance to listen in a comfortable
setting and get those concerns addressed was so valuable.
Some great topics or suggestions were (and I am just going to
list because they covered so much!):
Overall, the entire presentation was super helpful and somewhat
stress relieving. The fact that you are in a room with 50
other soon-to-be graduates all feeling the same way, made me feel
like I am right where I need to be in terms of stress level for
what's to come post-graduation.
The Next Step
This marks my final blog as an NUHS student. I will soon walk
across a very important stage and start my career as a chiropractic
physician. That moment is going to be filled with so much
happiness, pride, excitement, fear, and anticipation. And that
moment is only a few short weeks away.
I have to say, when I was first approached to write this blog,
my first thought was, "No way, that's way out of my comfort zone."
But, when you are pushed outside your comfort zone, you grow as a
person. This blog has challenged me, let me express my feelings and
experiences, and I am so happy I didn't let my fears stop me from
doing it. Thank you for letting me share part of my life with you.
Thank you to those who read my blog week after week. Thank you for
the emails with questions, I loved to get them! And finally, thank
you to Marie Olbrysh and Victoria Sweeney for having the faith in
me and approaching me with this awesome opportunity. I am so glad I
This is me signing off. Good luck prospective and current
students! If you have further questions, want to hear about life
after chiropractic school, or need treatment for any aches and
pains, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit me in my practice at Progressive Chiropractic Wellness
Center in Lincoln Park, Chicago.
Patient care is winding down here at the NUHS Chicago Clinic for
me. I am slowly turning over all my patients to ninth trimester
interns as I finish with the last of my numbers for graduation. It
is a bittersweet moment with a lot of the patients because we have
been working together for the last six months. Although the
patients are sad to see us moving on, they have been super
supportive and excited for all us as we move on as doctors.
Over the past few months, my favorite pastime at clinic has been
learning more and more about acupuncture. It has been such an
effective treatment options for many of my patients. The results I
have gotten when using acupuncture for treatment nine times out of
ten have way exceeded my expectations.
Auricular therapy with ear seed
The newest facet of acupuncture I have been using with some of
my patients is auricular therapy. Auricular therapy consists of
needling specific points on or around the ear that correspond to
the rest of the body. Auricular therapy is a very effective
treatment for depression, fatigue, post-traumatic stress disorder,
smoking cessation, facial rejuvenation, appetite suppression/weight
loss, energy, and focus. For lasting results of an auricular
therapy treatment, ear seeds can be placed in the patient's ear on
specific pressure points. The ear seeds can be covered with a small
bandage and left in the patient's ear for a few days after the
Close up of ear seed
I have been treating a patient at the NUHS Chicago Whole Health
Center for fatigue, focus, and increased energy using a lot of the
acupuncture points in the ear. The patient is a student and also
works two jobs. On average, the patient gets about four hours of
sleep a night and her fatigue is mainly due to the stress of the
her hectic schedule.
After the initial treatment, the patient has seen a significant
increase in focus. Before starting treatment, she typically would
doze off when attempting to study for long periods of time. Now,
while studying, the patient stated she is able to maintain focus
for a much longer period of time. With continued treatment, the
patient has noticed increased energy levels throughout the day,
decreased fatigue, and a more restful night's sleep.
Each clinic has a different patient population they treat
depending on their area. At the National University of Health
Sciences Whole Health Center - Chicago, our patient population
consists of a mix of Polish, low income, and some students. A
majority of our patients come to us from Community Health Center,
which is a clinic that serves people without medical insurance.
Once they are seen at that clinic, most of the treatment is 100%
covered when they see us.
We do see some University of Illinois - Chicago (UIC) students,
but not a large number. This is due to the fact that UIC offers
their students excellent and affordable insurance through the
university, which has almost 100% coverage when they see UIC MDs or
DCs. We do offer the students 50% off at the NUHS Chicago Clinic
for all services that we provide including: chiropractic,
acupuncture, physical rehabilitation, and much more.
Ever since the beginning of my education at NUHS, upper
trimester students would constantly say, "Just wait until you are
in your internship; it's so much easier." To those people who told
me that, I have to say, "LIES!!!" Once you are in your chiropractic
internship, you have a new kind of stress -- the stress of what is
going to happen when you are finished.
For me, that stress has been decreased slightly due to the fact
that I am finished with all my board exams (Part I, II, III, IV,
and PT) and that I have job as an independent contractor lined up
when I finish. But there is still so much to handle in order to get
started as an independent contractor:
The beginning of my contract as an independent contractor when
On the business end of things:
Needless to say, it's a ton to think about, prep for, and the
worst part is wait and wait for the state to approve the
I think the reason I have found this process so stressful is
because these are things I don't know anything about. I wear my
health care hat very well, but I still need some time to figure out
how to wear my business hat. Long to-do lists have become by best
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!
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