To those of you who have followed my blogs over the past year,
you've heard all about my experience at the Salvation Army clinic.
What began as an ambitious decision to move to Chicago for my last
year of school transformed into one of the best decisions I've ever
View of Chicago taken from Lake Michigan
Living by myself in a big neighborhood taught me so much about
myself, everything from identifying my living habits to realizing
how much I love the energy of the city. I had the opportunity to
work with patients I never would have imagined treating: People
suffering from addiction, depression, challenging upbringings, and
people who just wanted to live a better life. My patients taught me
about patience, about humility, and most importantly, about
perseverance. Working with these people was such a rewarding
experience, and I learned so much along the way. Thank you to all
of those who allowed me into their lives to connect and grow with
over the past year.
Shehab, me and Johnny being inducted into the "Salvy Wall of
It was difficult saying goodbye to my fellow interns. Shehab,
Johnny and I became very close over the past 11 months, and I am so
excited to stand by these gentlemen at graduation and watch them
change the world.
Student housing at the VA hospital
As I write this blog, I find myself sitting at my quaint little
desk that faces a westward window in my room in Danville, Illinois.
I'm watching the sun set on a beautiful November afternoon, gazing
at the beautiful leaves changing color outside my window, and I am
eager to begin working with the veterans here at the VA hospital. I
have no doubt that the next four weeks will be challenging -- but
also rewarding -- as I spend time with men and women who have
served our country.
Until next time!
I hope everyone enjoyed learning about Johnny and Shehab in the
Salvy Series the past two weeks! In the chiropractic profession,
it's important to appreciate all of the different backgrounds
students come from and focuses we have while going through school.
I look forward to sharing my own Salvy Series blog closer to
View from the Salvation Army clinic on a beautiful October
The past few weeks of clinic, I have been passing off my
patients to 8th and 9th trimester interns who are eager to get
more hands-on with patient care! I've been keeping myself busy
studying for Part 4 board exams in mid-November, working on my
Illinois state license application, and studying material for my
Nutrition and Functional Medicine courses that I'm currently
enrolled in. With the University of Western States program, I am
learning about gastrointestinal and immune system imbalances,
classes that I find both incredibly fascinating and invaluable. We
have always been taught in school that food itself is NOT medicine,
yet eating a properly-balanced diet and incorporating a wide
variety of nutritious foods can have a life-changing impact on your
health! Making these lifestyle changes can be a challenge, so I'm
enjoying using myself and my friends and family as guinea pigs
before I'm in clinical practice!
View from the rooftop of my new apartment in Lakeview
overlooking the city
For the month of November, I will be interning with Dr. Donald
Owens (a 1992 National University grad) at the Illiana VA hospital
in Danville, Illinois. I'll be moving down Sunday afternoon and
preparing for my 4-week experience working with veterans.
Fortunately, there is housing provided for me while I am
participating in the internship, and I plan on returning on the
weekends to Chicago for seminars, Part 4 boards, and the
Thanksgiving holiday. November is already booked up, and before I
know it, December will be here. Woah, time has flown! I think it's
safe to say our entire class is eager for Week 15 to arrive!
I look forward to sharing my experiences with you from Danville,
I can't believe we are approaching October! Where has this year
gone? Another week has passed, and things are starting to wrap up
here in clinic.
No one ever complains when we bring donuts to clinic!
Our 8th trimester interns are really getting the hang of things
around here, and they're beginning to take on much more
responsibility with new patient exams and learning the details of
the clinic. One intern, Andrew, sat in with me on a new patient
visit and since then, he has almost completely taken over
View of the city from Navy Pier
Being an intern is quite a comprehensive task! We build up our
tools throughout the curriculum, learning to take a comprehensive
history, perform a full-body physical, and develop a treatment plan
for the patient with appropriate outcomes to achieve. Oh yeah, and
actually treating the patient! There are so many other steps in the
process, and our clinical internship is the time where we really
perfect these skills. Teaching a new intern the ropes makes me
realize how much responsibility we have as doctors, and it really
has been a challenging journey!
Birthday dinner at Bub City
KC and I celebrating on Friday night
Over the weekend, I celebrated my 25th birthday with some
friends and fellow interns. I made it to a quarter century! We
listened to live music at Bub City, one of my favorite country
music venues in Chicago. I don't think I'll ever get tired of
exploring this beautiful city!
I hope everyone enjoyed the past few weeks of the Salvy Intern
Series! I think it's important to hear other students' experiences
in the program and their interests. After all, we are such a
diverse group of doctors coming from different curriculums and
schools of thought, and that is what has allowed the chiropractic
profession to persevere over the years!
It's hard to believe that that just three years ago, I was
packing up my life in Ohio to move out to Lombard and begin
chiropractic school. I remember being nervous, excited, and full of
big dreams. As my 9th trimester dwindles down, I am optimistic
about what the next months of my life will bring. I have had
terrific experiences as an intern at the Salvation Army clinic, and
I am confident that I have developed both my communication and
treatment skills with patients. Working with such an
underprivileged population has opened my eyes to what the world
will be like outside of my educational bubble. I am so appreciative
of all the people who have shared their stories and experiences
with me over the past 8 months.
As I prepare to enter 10th trimester, my head is buzzing
with thoughts. Will I find the right practice to join as an
associate? Will my path lead me back to my home in Ohio where my
family and friends are awaiting my return? Will I pass Part IV of
the national chiropractic board exams? Will I graduate having
gained all of the necessary skills and knowledge to be a successful
chiropractic physician? When will my LOAN PAYMENTS kick in? There's
a lot to think about during this transition.
What do I do when I have a lot on my mind? I go for a run.
Yesterday, to prepare for the busy week ahead, I spent my evening
running along the lakefront and enjoying the Chicago summer sunset.
There's something so calming about being one person in a city of
millions, being able to just blend in and savor each moment as it
passes me by. So for the next few weeks, I will enjoy each day one
at a time, continuing to learn from each patient I see and each
experience I encounter.
Best wishes to everyone as they prepare for finals, board exams,
and a relaxing fall break!
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!
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