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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
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 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.
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! :)
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.
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
I look forward to sharing all of my clinic experiences with you
over the next 8 months!
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.
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!
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
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
In the meantime, our 8th tri interns are spending their hours
practicing adjusting each other. After all, practice makes perfect,
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
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
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