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Catch Ya On the Flip Side

It's a bittersweet entry this week, as this is my last blog as an NUHS student. Sad right? I can't believe it's been a year and half that I have been sharing my "wisdom" with everyone. It's been an incredible three and half years. I know its cliché, but the time really did fly by. It seems like yesterday I was sitting in orientation with Dr. Stiefel, listening to how rigorous the next 3+ years of my life were going to be. He wasn't joking either. Those first 2 years, I was a slave to my textbooks, notes, and presentations. The load thinned out over this past year in clinic, but the practice and studying was still and will always be a huge part of my week to week. 

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Jeff, Guy, and I at a graduation dinner on Saturday.

I cannot thank our professors enough for the countless hours of help and dedication they've put towards us:

  • I'd like to thank Dr. Jennifer "Vice-Grip" Illes for being patient with me constantly nodding off during her post-lunch E&M courses, and of course for teaching me how to adjust!
  • The incredible Dr. Jaya Prakash helped me understand pathology and microbiology in a way I never thought I could.
  • Dr. Richard Leverone, Dr. Terry Sandman, Dr. Heather "Awesome DACBR" Miley, and Dr. Rudy Heiser made me realize how much I love radiology, and who knows, maybe one day I'll follow in their DACBR footsteps.
  • Then there is the always smooth, Dr. "Wiki-SRI-dia" Sridharan Manavalan, who along with Dr. Leslie Pearlstien, taught us the ins and outs of the human body in anatomy class.
  • Who could forget the dynamic Lombard duo of Dr. Robert Humphreys and Dr. Daniel Richardson? Dr. Richardson always made class a blast, especially when he couldn't find his glasses that were always resting on top of his head. I can't thank Dr. Humphreys enough for allowing me to co-manage his Florida neuro cases, and teaching me a lot of his tricks of the trade along the way; and yes, I still owe you lunch, Doc.
  • How could I have gotten by without the incomparable Dr. David "Coach" Seaman? I can break down the conversion of just about anything you throw in your mouth to the enzymatic level thanks my advisor and pal, Dr. Seaman.
  • I am more than confident in rehabbing just about any condition that will walk into my office, thanks to Dr. Tim "You can always be faster" Stark. Dr. Stark has always been there with either quip or advice whenever I've approached him. Thank you.
  • For the past year, Dr. Rudy "wild-assed-clinician award recipient" Heiser, has molded and refined my clinical skills. Dr. Heiser has let me learn through mistakes, treat in my own way, and all the while made sure I was doing it correctly while offering great advice along the way.
  • None of this would've been possible without the countless time and effort put in by Dr. Joe Stiefel. Dr. Stiefel not only taught, but administrated, and handled all the behind-the-scenes activities that made the Florida Campus what it is today.
  • Finally, I'd like to thank my mentor and friend, Dr. Chad "The Intimidator" Maola. There is no way I would have been the student, or the intern, or the doctor I am without all the extra time Dr. Maola put in with me. I'll never forget the day during my last final exam of third trimester, when he came in halfway through the exam and told me to report to his office as soon as I was done. The conversation Dr. Maola and I had that day in his office is the reason I am as good and confident at what I do. I know Dr. Maola has taken some flack over the years for the extra time he has taken with me, but I want to let him know that it never went unnoticed.

Enough with the goodbyes. My time at NUHS has been great. I can't believe all that I've learned over the years, and all the friends I've made along the way. Congratulations to the graduating class of 2012!

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Jeff, Guy, Dan, me, and Margaux

All of us down here have plans on practicing in Florida. Margaux plans on pursuing veterinary chiropractic in the St. Petersburg area, Dan Johns has his eye on a practice in Fort Lauderdale, Guy Reshamwala is taking over one of his older brother's practice in Hudson, Jeff Bourguignon will be independently contracting in Tampa, and of course I will be opening my practice in Tampa as well. My door will always be open, and I will continue to answer any emails that come my way. Thank you to everyone who has read the blogs, and Ms. Marie Olbrysh for allowing me to send in my thoughts each week.

I'll leave everyone with an excerpt from one of my early blogs, a fable I took from Aesop's fables: "Hercules and The Wagoner":

A carter was driving a wagon along a country lane, when the wheels sank down deep into a rut. The rustic driver, stupefied and aghast, stood looking at the wagon, and did nothing but utter loud cries to Hercules to come and help him. Hercules, it is said, appeared and thus addressed him: 'Put your shoulders to the wheels, my man. Goad on your bullocks, and never more pray to me for help, until you have done your best to help yourself, or depend upon it you will henceforth pray in vain.' 

Always take responsibility for what you are doing, and remember that self-help is the best-help. Never stop learning, and never stop practicing.

Catch you guys on the flip-side,
Dex

An Exciting Weekend

Welcome back. I hope everyone's weekend went well. I definitely feel as if I need at least one more day off to recuperate. Seemed as if my weekend was jammed full of activities.

Friday kicked off the weekend when I met with the doctor I will be associating with once I graduate. The doc I'll be working with has 5 offices in the Tampa/St. Pete area and I will be lucky number 6. For the past 4 months it has been my job to find a space for my future clinic, and Friday was the day I presented the space to my future partner for approval; needless to say it was a big meeting. It has taken close to two months of going back and forth between the owner of the building, and the person currently leasing the space to concede to allowing us to take a look and hopefully take over the building.

The space is perfect. It is currently a doctor's office and therefore there is almost zero build out necessary. In addition to being a killer building, it is in the heart of South Tampa directly across the street from Palma Ceia Country Club on a major roadway. I guess I didn't need to be as nervous as I was with all things considered, but the nerves were there nonetheless. Long story short, the doc loved it, and he asked for the lease to be drawn up! So it looks like I have a place to set up shop, and we even set a tentative opening day of March 1, 2013.

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Purvi Patel, Dustin Bledsoe, and myself at Campus Visit Day.

After a heavy night of celebrating, I was up bright and early on Saturday to speak with prospective students at our Campus Visit Day. We could not have asked for a better turn out. I highly recommend the visit day to anyone reading who is considering the chiropractic program down here in St. Pete. This was the first time I was a part of the day, and I was completely impressed.

We began with a brief introduction of NUHS, its philosophy and the DC program, then proceeded on a campus tour. The first stop was our evaluation and management lab where Dr. Jennifer Illes spoke a little more on the curriculum, and Purvi Patel, Dustin Bledsoe and myself worked up a mock patient to show off some of the skills we've accrued throughout our education. From the technique lab we hit the always-popular anatomy lab, and finished up at the clinic. The day itself wrapped up with a question and answer period that put us students in the hot seat. We answered a lot of great questions, and did our best to give as accurate a portrayal of student life as we could. Even after all the talk of studying and practicing we had 7 applications turned in at the end of the day.

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Tailgate party with friends.

I wasn't done after the visit day. Saturday my FSU Seminoles played the USF Bulls here in Tampa at Raymond James Stadium. The visit day concluded at 12:30 p.m. and I was at a tailgate at 1:30 p.m. I had a blast catching up with old college buddies who were in town, and even more fun watching the Noles put another "W" on the board.

As, if my weekend couldn't get any better, I was invited to the Bucs game Sunday against the Washington Redskins. The Bucs didn't have the same fate as the Noles, but the game was exciting nonetheless. The Bucs went up 22-21 with about 45 seconds left. Unfortunately, the Skins used those 45 seconds to march 80 yards down the field and kick a field goal of their own to win the game 22-24. Regardless, we had a good time.

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At the Bucs game.

If anyone has any questions on Campus Visit Day, or getting going on a new practice, please let me know. Have a killer week.

Go NOLES! #3 RANKED!!

Dex

Welcome Back

Hello all, and welcome back! I hope everyone is refreshed and his or her breaks were as great and carefree as mine.

Dock _2011-09-13Personally, 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 break.) 

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 equal.

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 off greatly.

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 goes.

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Me, Margo, and Guy getting ready to meet our first recorded standardized patients.

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….

Dex

What's Your Definition of Doctor?

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.

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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.

Cheers,
Dex