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.
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:
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!
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
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
Always take responsibility for what you are doing, and remember
that self-help is the best-help. Never stop learning, and never
Catch you guys on the flip-side,
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.
Purvi Patel, Dustin Bledsoe, and myself at Campus Visit
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
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
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.
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
Go NOLES! #3 RANKED!!
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, everyone. The office in our clinic was eerily quiet this
morning. Everyone seems to be still waking up from his or her
4th of July holiday, and I'm definitely one of
them. It's a tradition here in Florida to hit the beach on the
4th, and far be it from me to break a tradition.
Tuesday night my buddies and I took off to The Friendly Tavern on
Reddington Beach to sing some karaoke with the beach locals, and on
Wednesday, we fried on the beach the majority of the day. I wasn't
finished with the beach, so my buds and I went back out Friday
after work and stayed out till Sunday morning. Fun in the sun will
definitely take it out of you, but it's important to have some time
to unwind and clear your mind every now and again so not to get
burnt (pun intended) out.
Sand Key Beach
Starting at National
I always get a kick out of receiving emails from prospective and
current students about what's concerning them, or what they're
taking from the blog, plus it gives me a direction to follow. After
all, this blog is for you guys.
This past week a prospective student sent me a killer email
asking what he could expect when starting at National, how he could
prepare, and how he could be sure that he and his future classmates
would be eventually ready for the next step of their education. I
wrote the student back, and today I'd like to paraphrase what we
discussed, just in case anyone else out there has the similar
In my opinion, preparing for this program is more of a mental
game than anything else. Too often I see students enter this
program with the mentality that they are still in undergraduate.
Please realize that you will be entering a doctorate program
equivalent to med school and quite a bit of work and responsibility
will follow. I made this mistake myself my first trimester, and I
had to work twice as hard in subsequent trimesters to make up for
it. So please, learn from my mistake in this regard, and work hard
from the beginning. Aside from being mentally prepared for this
program, I think the next best thing to do to prepare for Trimester
1 is to review basic anatomy, as it will be a large part of your
1st year and provides a solid base for further
Fellow classmate Sue studying.
The first year or phase at National is dedicated solely to basic
sciences. I still don't understand why it's called "basic"
sciences--microbiology, biochemistry and pathology are anything but
basic--but anyway. This is done to ensure that each student is well
versed in the framework of being a physician, and so that in the
second phase of your education, a clinical thought process can be
applied to this foundation. I know this can sound pretty
intimidating, but in actuality it is very doable. Everyone here at
NUHS wants you to do well, and the school takes a ton of steps to
The Florida campus currently has a 20-student cap on its class
sizes, which ensures a unique almost 1-on-1 learning environment.
In addition to the smaller class sizes, there are peer tutors
available (I'm your guy for radiology, shameless plug), professor
office hours, and open lab times for practice. The key to having a
successful education here is to allocate enough time to study every
day, keep current with the material, and like what you are
There will be a ton of work ahead of you, and there should be.
With the title "doctor," comes a lot of prestige and even more
responsibility and it's our duty to be prepared for whatever is
thrown in front of us. The workload has chilled out quite a bit
since making it to clinic, and looking back on it, I would do it
all over again. When that first patient thanks you for helping
them, it makes all those hours in the library in front of books and
notes worth it.
I hope this entry was more inspiring than intimidating and sheds
some light on what to expect when entering NUHS. It's not all work;
there is definitely time to play also. I'll be the first to tell
you that. I hope everyone has a great week.
Welcome back! That had to have been the shortest 2-week break
ever. I can't complain; I had an awesome break. I had never been to
California, so over the break I shipped off to San Francisco for 5
Wednesday morning, my pals Joe, Alex, Meghan, and I walked off
the plane in San Francisco to mountains and water surrounding us.
We did everything in San Fran, from dive-bar hopping through
Chinatown at night, to renting bikes and biking through Golden Gate
Park. As if San Francisco wasn't enough, we also hit Sausalito,
Napa, and Sonoma, all of which were a wine-tasting blur.
I hope everyone had a great time celebrating Mother's Day. My
mom is the sweetest person alive. I have no idea how I turned out
the way I did (HaHa). My younger brother Zack and I washed Mom's
car in the morning then took her to lunch in the afternoon. All in
all it was a pretty great day, and most of all Mom loved it.
Last trimester we had to say goodbye to our 10th tri interns
Mark and Katie. It seemed so empty in the office after they left.
All that changed last Monday morning when we welcomed the incoming
student interns, Khong Lamvichit, Brandon Fields, Sue Bedair, and
Rachel King, along with our Lombard classmates Jeff Bourguignon and
Dan Johns. The office is filling up almost as fast as our patient
schedules, so I'm sure this tri's blogs will be full of helpful
"Do's and Don'ts" for seeing patients.
The break was one to remember, but it's time to throw my intern
hat back on and get these patients better. It's easy to fall into a
somber groove, but one must always remember why we are here--to
help people. So as difficult as it is to get back to the grind,
pull up a chair, open up a book and get the trimester off to a good
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