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A Typical Day at Salvation Army

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 Clinic:

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 clinic.

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Photo taken of the city while I was exploring this weekend!

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 erinemley@student.nuhs.edu!

Day-to-Day at the Salvation Army Clinic

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!

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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 have.

We're always bouncing ideas off of each other and sharing treatment suggestions.

  • Interns Doug and Johnny are really interested in rehab with patients, so I've learned quite a few tricks and tools about active release technique, post-isometric relaxation, and other muscle strengthening and stretching exercises.
  • Interns Tom and Brad are currently enrolled in the DABCI [Diplomate American Board of Chiropractic Internists], so I'm able to consult them when patients have complications that can be addressed with more internal medicine.
  • Abby has a strong understanding of Standard Process's line of supplements, so she is always a great intern to consult when looking to use their line of products for various conditions.
  • Kelsey is currently enrolled in a master's program similar to mine, so I can bounce ideas off her when it comes to offering my patients nutritional supplements.

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Overall, we try to share knowledge from our different specialties, so that we can offer the best treatment options for our patients. 

Welcome Back to National

I hope everyone has been enjoying the beautiful weather of May! So much has happened since I last blogged, and I'm excited to share all my memories!

Once you reach clinic internship, we no longer have a break between trimesters, so I stayed here in Chicago continuing to see patients at the Salvation Army Clinic. I started working 5 days per week, rather than 3, and I no longer have classes at NUHS. I've been spending more time in my Chicago apartment and trying to explore the beautiful sights and sounds of Lincoln Park.

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I spent a few days away from the Midwest and traveled to St. Petersburg, Florida, to visit one of my friends from college, Jenny. While down there, I was able to visit our St. Petersburg campus where our DC program is, and I visited with our previous Student Council VP from Florida, Frank! The sun was shining, the dolphins were out and about, and the summer vibes were flowing. To those of you who are deterred by the Chicago weather, definitely check out our St. Pete campus! :)

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My little sister graduated from Ohio University in early May, so I loved having the opportunity to travel home to my family and celebrate this huge accomplishment.

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In the clinic, my schedule has been picking up with both new and returning patients, and I'm learning more and more every day. I have the opportunity to see many female patients, all suffering from back pain of some type, but also troubled by more hormonal and biochemical imbalances. It's a great chance for me to apply my ongoing training in the online functional medicine program at University of Western States. Every day is a new learning opportunity! 

I look forward to sharing all of my clinic experiences with you over the next 8 months! 

Moving On Up

This past Friday was a tough day for all of us at the Salvation Army Clinic. We celebrated the last day for our 10th trimester interns, Jena and Andy, before they graduate in a couple weeks.

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This was the final time that all of our interns would be together again, so we wanted to make the most of our shift! We all contributed to a delicious potluck, Jena and Andy "passed on" their treatment rooms to us 8th tri interns, and we had a whole morning of endless laughs. Congratulations to all of the 10th tri students who will be out in the field in less than one month!

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As 8th trimester comes to an end over the next couple weeks, it's hard to believe this journey has flown by so quickly! I spent the Easter weekend in Ohio, visiting my boyfriend's family and enjoying a relaxing weekend at home. There's something to home cooked meals, card games, and playing bocce ball in the yard that truly makes me appreciate the slower pace of the real world. In chiropractic school, we commit ourselves to a rigorous program of classes, exams, weekend seminars, and hours in the library, so it's nice to be reminded of what life is like after professional school. It gives me the opportunity to daydream about how my life will be 8 months from now. :) Oh, how I'm looking forward to life after school!

As always, I hope everyone has a terrific week ahead, and enjoy the warm weather and sunshine as we grow closer to summertime in the Midwest!

Another Busy Week

It's been another busy week at National!

Midterms in Tri 8 are all crammed onto Tuesdays and Thursdays when we're in class, so although we have a lot of exams in a few days, at least we get them all done in a short period of time. Now that the middle of the term has come and gone, we're anticipating warm weather and dreading national board exams. March is always such a bittersweet month!

Outside of the classroom, our interns have been getting busier with new patients in clinic. I completed my first full "new-man" exam on a patient at Salvation Army. It's quite rewarding to see all of the hard work and studying I've done over the past two years finally come together. From learning to take a thorough medical history, to the extensive neurological and body system exams we are taught to do, all the way down to confidently treating the patient, we have all progressed so far! I scheduled my first follow-up visit with a patient, and I look forward to seeing him again next week!

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In the meantime, our 8th tri interns are spending their hours practicing adjusting each other. After all, practice makes perfect, right?!

The next couple weeks will be entirely devoted to studying for national board exams. I am taking Parts II, III, and Physiotherapy, all of which are held at separate times throughout the weekend. Although each exam builds off the others and they cover similar topics, this will be twice the amount of exams I took last March for Part I, so I have my work cut out for me the next couple weeks!

To those of you in Illinois, I hope you enjoy this warm week of weather! I'll be dreaming of spring from inside the library walls... :)