Good morning, and I hope everyone's weekend went well. I spent
the weekend in bed as it rained and I fought off the flu; at least
I was able catch up on some movies I had wanted to see. I was also
sad to see the Rays leave the post season, losing to the Texas
Rangers. It was a disappointing end to an exciting season. The
Tampa Bay Bucs and Florida State Seminoles also blew it this
weekend, all adding to my already dismal weekend.
Today is a new a day, and it's Monday, which means more
simulated patients and having to leave my weekend at the door, and
put on my happy pants. When we walk in with a patient, we have to
portray hope and confidence. The more a doctor can ensure
confidence that their patient will get better, the better the
patient feels, and the better their prognosis.
This past week the NUHS-Florida chapter of the Student American
Chiropractic Association (SACA) heard Dr. Mark Wieland, Florida
Chiropractic Association (FCA) president, speak on the topic of
business and business planning. Dr. Wieland is a 1985 National
graduate, and is one of the newest editions to the Florida clinical
sciences staff. I have the opportunity to learn from Dr. Wieland on
a weekly basis, as he is teaching the seventh trimester Business
Dr. Mark Wieland speaking to SACA members at
His presentation given to SACA members revolved around time
management and the success of business. Being able to manage time
in the clinic and eventually in your own practice is a skill in and
of itself. I am already starting to find this out with my sessions
with simulated patients. Efficiency in all aspects of patient
interaction is key to providing quality care in an allotted time.
Dr. Wieland brings this point up quite a bit. Patients are
accustomed to waiting when they visit their MD, but do not expect
(and shouldn't have to) to wait when they visit their
So what's the magic bullet for patient efficiency? Practice!
Everything from watching the patient rise from the reception room
chair, to observing how they walk back to the exam room can provide
you with an abundant amount of information on which to focus the
rest of their visit. Once in the exam room, be prepared. It's
important to have a game plan before even greeting the
patient. If it is a first patient encounter, have a constant
routine in taking a history; this will not only conserve time, but
also give you a sense of confidence over repetition. The same
follows for a physical exam. These skills will be unique to each
doctor, and will only be honed over repetition and trial and
Hopefully, this week's post gets some people thinking about the
bigger picture a bit. It's so easy to get sucked into the class and
grades aspect of our education that we sometimes forget that we are
here learning how to treat patients, not fill out scantron sheets.
Study hard, be prepared for each day, and remember that we are
learning how to help people. Have a great week.
Last week I was talking about the business end of our
profession, and I was revisiting that topic this past weekend as I
was putting together a business/marketing plan for my future
clinic. As I sat down at my computer, staring at a blank word
document (much as I was doing about 2 minutes ago), I had to come
up with somewhere to start. I was making a plan to become a doctor,
but what is a doctor? What kind of doctor do I want to become? In
all my experiences with physicians in my life (there's been a few,
I was a sickly fella when I was young), one stood out to me, my
allergist Dr. Adler.
I've known Dr. Adler for as long as I can remember, and for that
long he's been more of my teacher than my doctor. I am allergic to
just about everything in nature, so it was crucial for him to
explain to me how to avoid certain triggers. For Dr. Adler, it
wasn't about pushing drugs down my throat, or allergy shots in my
arm, he found it critical for me to understand my problem and find
practical ways to keep it under control.
To be a doctor should also mean to be a teacher. A successful
physician forges relationships with his patients and ultimately
wants them well--what better way than to help teach your patients
how to achieve that goal. It's a "better to teach a man to fish
then to plop a filet down in front of him" kind of a thought. I
hope this is a tip that some of you will take to heart.
One my favorite teachers here in Florida, David "Coach"
Seaman, DC, teaching Tri 5 GI/GU E&M class.
Our Tri 6 crew and I have taken over teaching/mentoring the
Florida chapter of Motion Palpation Club, in hopes to sharpen our
skills as teachers. Start learning how to teach, and practice your
skill where you can.
Time to step down from the soapbox.
I hope everyone has a great week and has a little time to
recharge their batteries before finals roll around. I've
recently tried to pick up a new hobby to get my head out of the
books for a while--helping a buddy make some home-brewed beer. For
those of you who know me, you probably wouldn't be surprised that
my new hobby has something to do with beer. In my opinion, one
needs some kind of hobby to keep their sanity during these nearly 4
years of chiro-madness, and why not have that hobby include making
your own alcohol? Ha ha ha.
Hello all, hope everyone's weekend was a relaxing one. Last week
finally concluded nearly three weeks of midterms for us. It was a
stressful three weeks, filled with just about everything but sleep
and free time, but we got through it and now look ahead to
Guy Reshamwala, Brandon Fields (Trimester 5 student), and myself at
the SACA meeting.
I've spoken before how National's focus on the sciences and
clinical application of our skills tends to set it apart from most
other chiropractic schools, but these aren't the only tools
National teaches us to succeed. As far as I know, National is one
of the only institutions that focuses on the business end of our
profession throughout the curriculum as well. It is very easy to
get lost in the incredible amount of clinical knowledge and skills
we are amassing from trimester to trimester, and forget about an
extremely important part of our lives after school--making money.
Everyone that gets into the medical field has that underlying urge
to help people, unfortunately, a good heart and good intentions
don't often pay the bills.
This trimester's gambit of classes includes a business marketing
class, which is preparing us, and forcing us to think about what
kind of practice we want to open. Are you going to have a cash
practice? How about sports medicine driven clinic? Is pediatric
chiropractic something you are interested in? What is going to set
your clinic apart from all the others in your area? We will be
physicians when we graduate NUHS, but we will also have to be
business people and small business owners as well.
The best advice I can offer here is to do your research! It's
never too early to scout the area you plan to practice in. Begin to
notice the major demographics of the area, and then start to focus
on a field of care for them. Seek out some chiropractors in the
area that have successful practices, and try to spend some time in
I personally I have three docs in my area that I cycle through
and work with for a few days here and there during our breaks. This
is not a profession for the shy. The saying, "It's not what you
know, but who you know," does pertain to an extent. Try it out;
you'd be surprised how much you can learn from other people's
Have a great week. The MLB all-star game is Tuesday; be sure to
cheer on the reps from the Tampa Bay Rays!
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