Oftentimes in my early trimesters, I would wonder what a day in
clinic would look like. From the beginning, students dream of that
white pressed coat and intern nametag, dreaming of how exciting it
will be to finally work with real patients (aside from our fellow
classmates!). How much work would be involved with the paperwork?
How much freedom would our clinicians give us? What really cool
cases would we see?
Here is an example of a typical day at the Salvation Army
Our hours begin at 7:00 a.m. in the busy River West area of
downtown, right near the intersection of Halsted Street and Grand
Avenue. Since many of us arrive by 6:45, we spend some time
scouting for street parking and often walk 5-10 minutes to the
building. After four flights of stairs, we've reached the
Photo taken of the city while I was exploring this
Dr. Erin Quinlan begins each Monday by giving us an overview of
the week. We review who is on the mandatory "new-man" exam each
morning and make sure we have the appropriate paperwork put
together. Patients who come up to the clinic for their "new-man"
exam are people who have recently entered Salvation Army's work
therapy program, so it is our job to give them a full physical and
take an extensive history to determine if they are well enough to
participate in the program.
Most of our interns see patients independently by 9th trimester.
We have gotten into the routine of making our own schedules with
patients, completing thorough SOAP notes about each visit, and
oftentimes preparing one week's worth of supplements for the
workers to take with them. Within the intern room, we can share
patient cases and consult each other for treatment ideas. Overall,
we spend most of our time working, but we still find opportunities
for laughter and fun.
By about 1:00 p.m., all of our patients have gone to eat lunch
and the clinic is calm again. We tidy up our belongings, make sure
our routing slips have been sent down for upcoming appointments
that week, and we give our tally sheets one last review for all of
the names of patients we had seen that day. We keep very busy in
the 6 hours that we are at the clinic, but it makes for a much more
relaxing rest of the day.
If you have any questions about my experiences at the Salvation
Army Clinic, I look forward to hearing from you at email@example.com!
One of the biggest changes that comes with your chiropractic
internship in trimesters 9 and 10 is this dramatic increase in free
time! Instead of being on campus for 40 hours a week, then going
home to study and do schoolwork, all of a sudden, your commitments
are cut in half!
My clinic shift begins at 7 a.m. and ends by 1 p.m. Our mornings
at Salvation Army are filled with new patients, new learning
opportunities, and plenty of laughs. This makes our time spent in
clinic even more valuable during the small window of time that we
We're always bouncing ideas off of each other and sharing
Overall, we try to share knowledge from our different
specialties, so that we can offer the best treatment options for
I know that discussing the weather is one of the most monotonous
topics you can have, but it seems to be quite the topic these days!
For the past three weekends in Chicago, the weather has just tanked
from the sunny mid-80s to the rainy mid-50s. There's no doubt in my
mind that the weather has a tremendous impact on a person's mood
and well-being. Despite the dreary, chilly weekend with some very
moody weather, I made the best of my time off!
One of my best friends, Michelle, visited from Ohio last
weekend. I love having the opportunity to take friends around the
big city and explore all Chicago has to offer! We did our best to
sightsee the city from the Navy Pier Ferris wheel, however the fog
was a little difficult to see through! We had the chance to spend
Saturday afternoon on North Avenue Beach, and the scene was
definitely a little more picturesque. :)
Life in 9th trimester is flying by! I'm finding myself
constantly referencing old textbooks and notes, reviewing the best
treatments for various musculoskeletal conditions and then applying
them to patient care.
I've also found myself being much more focused on understanding
Process products and other various supplement companies. So
many of the patients I see have underling nutritional
insufficiencies, and even offering them a small dosage multivitamin
can provide them with the building blocks for physiological
function. As we've learned in school, addiction of any type has
such profound effects on the physiology of the brain and the body,
and sometimes the best treatments we can offer them are palliative
care and supplementation to support overall health. Being in clinic
is the perfect opportunity to try new things, figure out what
works, and identify what doesn't. I have so much more to learn!
Wishing everyone a productive and positive week!
In today's world, the human race has forgotten what it means to
be in touch with our inner selves. With our fast-paced jobs, busy
family schedules, and packed social lives, when do we find time to
reflect on our purpose in life?
Wanderlust 108 is nationwide "mindful triathlon," bringing
people together for a 5K run, outdoor yoga, and meditation session.
This past weekend, I attended the Chicago Wanderlust festival with
my friend Krissa in the beautiful Morton Grove Forest Preserve.
Unfortunately, the weather wasn't exactly on our side that day,
turning from a cloudy overcast to a cold morning rain. Talk about
getting in touch with nature! Nonetheless, the festival prevailed
and the hundreds of attendees enjoyed the morning of
Despite the wind and the rain, we participated in an amazing
movement that brought together people from all across the Chicago
area. Yoga in the rain brought about so much peacefulness, and I
found myself feeling at one with nature. Joining together with
hundreds of people, all there with a common purpose, was truly an
uplifting experience. The practices of yoga and meditation give us
the opportunity to connect not only with our physical bodies, but
also our minds.
This week, as a beautiful new month begins, I encourage everyone
to take a step back from your busy lives and find your inner Zen.
Welcome back everyone, after a long Memorial Day weekend! I had
been looking forward to this break for months, as it was the
weekend my parents and sister came to Chicago to visit!
Both my sister and dad celebrate birthdays in late May, so they
wanted to come and spend one last weekend in the big city before I
graduate in December and say farewell to the state of Illinois.
My sister, Dad, and me
Our activities included sightseeing, brunch atop the Hancock
Building, listening to live Blues music at the world-famous
Kingston Mines, and wrapping up the holiday with a home Cubs game.
What's more American than baseball?
My sister and I at brunch
Actually, one thing that is more symbolic of America is our
patriotism. Every year, we commemorate all of the fallen soldiers
who have served our country, and far too often do forget that
Memorial Day is a day of remembrance. As a future chiropractor, I
may never serve my country the way that our brave men and women
have, but I hope to do my part by serving our veterans.
Through the work of our professional organizations, we are
fighting to provide chiropractic care to our veterans within the VA
systems across the country. Not only are we working to provide care
on base to our active military members, but also within the TRICARE
system to retirees, dependents, and survivors of our military men
and women. With our collaborative efforts, we hope to someday
provide the care and services our soldiers deserve. It is such a
simple way to show our gratitude and appreciation for their
dedication to our nation.
Now, having had the opportunity to reflect on the loves ones
lost for such a noble cause, we can stride forward to provide
much-deserved care to our veterans who are still among us.
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