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!
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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