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!
It was a short school/clinic week, which was greatly needed.
Every trimester has a point where everything seems to pile up
whether its school, patients, work, or summer travel. This week
that point was reached, so having Thursday and Friday off for the
Homecoming celebration in Lombard was great.
On Wednesday, Student Clinic interns took a field trip to Standard
Process in Palmyra, Wisconsin; I'm pretty sure it was my first
field trip since high school. Standard Process is a supplement
company that prides itself on high quality products that are sold
through health care professionals. The trip includ0ed a tour of the
manufacturing facility, the certified organic farm, and several
lectures from employees and doctors on staff there.
Standard Process' mission statement includes a dedication to
My week concluded with a trip to Cincinnati, Ohio, to visit my
partner's family. We arrived Thursday evening and had a late dinner
of homemade lasagna and chocolate cake. My partner's mother
recently redid her kitchen, living room, and added a deck onto her
house. So, Friday consisted of lots of shopping for furniture,
décor, and paint colors to finish the project.
On Saturday, we went to downtown Cincinnati for dinner and
drinks, and I have to tell you, I was really impressed. The
downtown is really beautiful and consists of many different
"areas," each with their separate vibe. We spent most of the
evening in the "Banks" area, which is new development right along
the Ohio River. For the most part, it was a really relaxing weekend
with the majority of it being spent lounging on his mother's
beautiful new deck.
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