The "Job" of Being a Chiro Student

Hello all, and hope everyone enjoyed their Memorial Day weekend as much as I did. I was lucky enough to spend the weekend at Indian Rocks Beach with friends, a little perk of attending the Florida campus.

Dex -beach _webSunset at Indian Rocks Beach

It was back to work today (Monday). Started the day cracking open Dr. Yochum's book, The Essentials of Radiology, and ended the day closing a packet on antiarrhythmic drugs provided by Dr. David Seaman. I know I've mentioned before to make sure to keep up with your classes, and today I had to practice what I preach. Anything worth having in the world requires hard work and dedication and a DC degree is no different. I think it's important for all prospective students to realize the commitment required for this degree.

Dr. Joe Stiefel, our Florida campus dean, spoke at our new student orientation and stressed the "rigorous" nature of our education, and the man was not lying. The program we embark on as DC students is like no other education that I personally, have been a part of. My degree and education at FSU did a great job to prepare me for a lot of classes in our first phase ("basic science" phase), but my first trimester at NUHS taught me how to study.

It may seem that I'm harping on this whole studying thing, but hear me out. What we are doing is a job, and why not attack it in the same manner you would at any other work place? I just think of it as working a regular 9 to 5 (the usual class schedule) and having to be prepared for each day at the office. Besides, from what I've been told and have seen from other docs, the workload doesn't lighten once we graduate, so prepare yourselves now.

Special Guest Star Dr. Humphreys

Dex -group _webL-R: Dex, Dr. Bob Humphreys, Guy, Margo,
and Dr. Tim Stark (NUHS-St. Pete faculty)

This past week, we welcomed back Dr. Bob 'Capt. Right-Sided Brain' Humphreys to the Florida campus. Dr. H is the neurology guru at National's Lombard campus, and last week he was back in Florida to teach us live and in person.

Part of our education down here in Florida is via interactive classrooms, where we join in with the help of cameras and microphones to lectures going on in Lombard. Neuro and EENT (Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat) E&M classes are taught by Dr. H, and last week he taught them from sunny St. Pete, Florida. Guy and I had the opportunity to sit and have lunch with Dr. H while he was here, and had a great discussion on the importance of right-brain activity as practitioners.

The function of the right side of the brain is to add and understand the emotional component of every day living. As physicians, it's crucial to pick up on emotional cues from our patients. Much of the input we get from those entering our offices, and the input our patients get from us as well as, is non-verbal. As practicing doctors, we must be able to sit and have a sincere conversation with our patients and colleagues, so every now and again it is important to set the books aside and go have a conversation with someone. In my experiences, having a cold one at a bar, and striking up a conversation with someone doing the same has always been a rewarding learning experience (as well as a good excuse to head to the bar for a beer).

So in summation…study hard, and drink a beer with a stranger (ha ha ha).

All you Tampa Bay Lightning fans keep your heads up! We had a heck of a season, and hopefully next year we'll just have to worry about our opponents and not the referee staff as well! I hope everyone enjoyed their 4-day weekend, and keep your heads on a swivel; midterms are creeping around the corner.