Well, another tri has come and gone. I can't believe my
9th trimester is already coming to an end. I have
to say it was a pretty eventful tri. Clinic is a great experience
and I'm amazed at how much I still continue to learn. I hope some
of my stories of triumphs and failures were helpful and maybe a
Some of the 8th and 9th Trimester interns.
Finals week is a stressful time everyone. It's important to
continue to prepare for your tests, and be confident that you know
your material. When you know that you have your material down, it
takes the anxiety down to a manageable level. There is a light at
the end of the tunnel, I promise. There are only two weeks of
exams, then a nice break to regroup.
A sunset picture from the boat Friday night.
If you have a chance during the break, reach out to a local DC
to see if you can shadow them. I know you probably want to be as
far away from anything chiro after finals, but shadowing doctors is
one of the best professional moves you can make as a student. I
would try to shadow at least two doctors during each break to
create a relationship with future colleagues and try to see what
works and what doesn't in the real world. It's only a day off your
break and it's extremely worth it.
Sunday night's Rays game.
I hope everyone has a killer break. I had an awesome weekend,
fishing Friday night (caught a 22 inch Snook, and a 40 lb. drum, no
big deal), went to the WaZoo beer and food festival at the zoo on
Saturday, and capped off the weekend at a Rays game on Sunday.
There is always something to do down here in Florida, and with your
break coming up, take advantage and recharge for another trimester.
Thanks for reading; I'll be back in a few weeks.
Catch ya on the flip side,
Hello all, and welcome back! I hope everyone is refreshed
and his or her breaks were as great and carefree as mine.
Personally, I had a great two weeks off.
I'm sure Lombard has its share of activities, but there's nothing
like spending the day on the beach, then looking out on Tampa Bay
as the sun's setting with a cold one (or two). I suppose the
scenery and plethora of things to do here comes with the territory.
The one downside of this seemingly perfect paradise is having to
get back to the grind after a two-week tease. (The above photo is
the view from aunt's dock that I frequented over the
I did take care of some business during my break by shadowing a
great DC in Tampa. Shadowing doctors in your area, and especially
in the area where you're planning on practicing, is invaluable to
your soon-to-be professional career. Our education here at National
is insurmountable in my opinion, but real-world experience has no
I spent a day in the office of Dr. Carl Conforti over the break
and not only affirmed my own knowledge, but I learned a lot about
creating personal relationships with patients and some of the
behind the scenes work that goes along with having your own
practice. It was only a few half days out of my break and it paid
My seventh trimester here at National is beginning and I can
already tell I will not be at a loss for things to do. This is my
last trimester before heading into Student Clinic, and it's time to
get on my "doctor face." As I'm writing this, I'm in shirt and tie,
with my white coat occupying the back of the seat beside me. Today
is our first day being recorded with a simulated patient, and
needless to say I'm pretty stoked. This is what I've been working
towards for as long as I can remember--not being filmed in a room
with a stranger--but being a doctor. I'm curious as to how I'm
going to do. Stay tuned for next week and I'll let know how it
Me, Margo, and Guy getting ready to meet our first recorded
Finally, I'd like to wish everyone taking national boards this
upcoming weekend the best of luck! I have only taken part one, and
though it was challenging, our professors have a done a great job
preparing us, and I made it through just fine, as I'm sure you will
all do as well.
It's going to be a great trimester. Good luck to everyone, work
hard, and I'll catch ya on the flip side….
• The Florida Campus
• Shadowing a Chiropractor
• President's Visit & Lecture
• What to Do in Florida
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