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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

Welcome Back

Hello all and welcome to my final trimester's blog! I can't believe that in 3 short months I will be a full-fledged Doctor of Chiropractic.

It seems like last week that I was sitting listening to Dr. Joe Stiefel warn us of how rigorous the next few years will be. He wasn't joking either. Now, as I look back on the trimesters past, it seems like it was all a breeze; but if I really sit and remember how my life was just a few years ago I realize that I was a hermit and slave to everything chiropractic. I would wake up and arrive on campus hours before my first class to study, duck out of lunch early to review material, and get home and read for another few hours before passing out to be ready to do it all again the next day. After remembering all of that, I still would not change a thing.

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The truth is, I love what I've gotten into and after working in the clinic for the past 8 months, and I can honestly say I have a passion for what I'm doing. For all the prospective DCs reading this, that is the key to not going crazy and being a successful student and eventual doctor. Have a passion for what you are getting yourself into, and please do not trick yourself into thinking that this program is an easy way get a doctorate degree, because it most definitely is not. Sorry, I'm not sure where that rant came from. Anyway, I'm stoked to get my final trimester underway and even more excited for graduation in December.

This is only the first blog of the tri, and I plan on hitting as many topics as I can regarding different treatment options, getting ready for graduation, what I'm planning for after graduating, and probably some embarrassing stories from the weekends or when something goes amiss with a patient. If anyone out there ever has a question, please shoot me an email (dexalvarez@student.nuhs.edu) and I will do my best to answer your query--and you may get a shout out on the blog--after all, this blog for is you guys, the readers.

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For anyone who may have missed it, my birthday was last week (yes, I am still accepting presents), which meant a weeklong celebration, all kicked off by a killer surprise from my fellow interns, Dr. Heiser, and Shirley Raychel. The remainder of the week was taken up by dinners with family and friends, a few drinks here and there (Ha Ha, "a few""), a weekend at the beach, and 3rd row seats to the Bucs season opener on Sunday. Not too shabby. I hope everyone is getting settled into the fresh tri and if there is anything I can help with please don't hesitate to ask.

Catch ya on the flip side,
Dex