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
On Monday after Student Clinic, all us 8th trimester students
signed up for our clinical internships for 9th and 10th trimesters.
I was lucky enough to get Chicago clinic placement. The NUHS downtown clinic
is a whole health center providing full service primary care
services including: chiropractic care, acupuncture, laboratory
services, diagnostic imaging and X-ray services, rehabilitation,
physical therapy, and nutritional counseling. The clinic is located
on historic Maxwell Street in the heart of the University Village
Marketplace, which is part of the University of Illinois at Chicago
Lambda Chi Sorority Members
Mr. NUHS Pageant
On Thursday evening, the NUHS sorority, Lambda Chi, hosted the
2nd Annual Mr. NUHS pageant. The president of sorority, Candace
Gesicki, was kind enough to take time out of her busy day to give
me all the details. The competition consisted of clinic attire,
interview, swimwear, and talent. According to Candace, "Last year
was the first year it was put on and it was a big success. But I
have to say, this year was even better and the competition was
fierce. Everyone did so well!" Guest judges for the evening
included: Dr. Sue Darby, neuroanatomy professor; Kendall Banning,
reigning Mr. NUHS; Mary, manager of the campus store; and Dr. Tony
Bifero, microbiology professor.
The talent portion of the show was especially riveting. One of
my favorite performances was AcroYoga by 8th Tri intern, Nolan Lee.
While the song "Gravity" by Sara Bareilles was played, Nolan lifted
and contorted the sorority's secretary into several amazing
positions. Another great performance was by 6th Tri students, Nick
Miramontes and Adam Altman. Together they re-enacted a memorable
SNL Chippendales skit by Patrick Swayze and Chris Farley. Other
talents consisted of singing, rapping, dancing, playing
instruments, and comedy. Hats off to Candace Gesicki and the rest
of the Lambda Chi board for a wonderful event and
Editor's Note: The winner and new Mr. NUHS is Taronté
Venable, who played guitar and sang an original song.
City Museum in St. Louis
The week concluded with a trip to St. Louis on Saturday and
Sunday for a baptism. We got into town early Saturday afternoon and
had some time to kill, so we went to the City
Museum. I am not entirely sure how to describe what the museum
was all about, but I will try. The museum is in downtown St. Louis
in the former International Shoe Company warehouse. Housed inside
is an eclectic mixture of children's playground, funhouse,
surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel made out of unique
"found objects." The mind behind the museum is Bob Cassilly, an
internationally acclaimed artist and sculptor. Some of the
interested found objects included old chimneys, salvaged bridges,
construction cranes, fire trucks, miles of tile, and even two
abandoned planes. Very strange and interesting place!
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.
• First Patients and Jurisprudence Class
• Ideas for the Future
• Part IV Board Exams
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