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!
The sun is shining, the leaves are turning colors, and football
season is in full-force!
I had the amazing opportunity to return to Columbus this past
weekend to watch an Ohio State game this season. Since I've
recently decided that I may not be returning to Ohio to practice,
each visit home is cherished more and more. I was fortunate to go
to the game with some fellow Buckeye fans stuck living here in
Chicago, and we made some great memories on the trip to Columbus!
In recent weeks, my search for an associateship has focused on
the Chicagoland area. Interviewing with practices has really
challenged me to evaluate my personal goals as well as career
goals. We spend over three years trying to determine what type of
populations we want to focus on, what seminars we want to take, and
what certifications we want to obtain! Until the interview process
began, I didn't consider what criteria were most important to me
when searching for an employment opportunity, and for me, money
isn't the number one driving factor. I will keep you updated as the
Salvation Army is full of life now that our new 8thtrimester
interns have begun at the clinic! We were all excited to welcome
Monisha, Amanda, Brandon, and Andrew to our new "Salvy crew." I've
finished many of the numbers required for graduation, so I am
slowly introducing my patients to new interns so that they may
continue care. It's rewarding to see your patients feel relief from
their physical pain while they are also healing mentally and
emotionally during their recovery.
With the enforcement of electronic medical records (EMRs), we
interns have found ourselves keeping busy cleaning out patient
files in the meantime!
For interns in clinic, we don't have the usual 2 weeks off
between trimesters since we are no longer enrolled in classes, but
the clinic tends to be quieter with less interns and patients. The
past month has also been an awesome opportunity for me to enjoy the
last weeks of summertime, focus on my job search, and really
explore what I want to do after graduation.
Paddleboarding in Chicago
In clinic, I'm nearly finished with all of my graduation
requirements, but it seems as if I still have so much to learn! The
past handful of patients I've encountered at the Salvation Army
have been (mostly) females with chronic headaches, neck pain and
low back pain -- a chiropractor's dream! It's incredible to see how
powerful adjustments can be in terms of pain control and restoring
function, so when you add in fascial taping, soft tissue techniques
and active patient exercises, you see the best results! I even had
one woman come up to the clinic specifically for weight loss and
digestive complaints, so that was an excellent opportunity for me
to bust out some of my training in nutrition and functional
Out with Friends
The job search is still moving forward, although I haven't
reached my final destination yet. I have very few strings tying me
down anywhere, so I'm keeping an open mindset! I will always be in
love with Columbus, Ohio, and the idea of being close to my family,
but I've also been considering other small cities such as
Charlotte, Boulder, and even Chicago.
Chicago Cubs Game
Two months ago, I knew I was going to move right back to Ohio
and resume the life I left behind three years ago. These days,
staying in the Midwest in Chicago doesn't sound like such a bad
idea! Interviewing with practices and doctors is intimidating, and
it definitely forces you to conceptualize how you see yourself
practicing. However, I'm also trying to go into each interview with
an open mindset, remembering that every new graduate needs to learn
the ropes from someone with lots of experience, even if that may
not be the way you envision yourself practicing down the road.
Rockin' Out in Nashville
For leisure, I took a weekend trip to Nashville to visit
Michelle, one of my best friends from Ohio, as we both celebrated
our September birthdays!
Caitlin Visits Chicago
I had both my sister and friend Caitlin come to visit Chicago a
couple weeks ago, and I spent one weekend in August visiting "The
Fountainhead," Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport,
National Students Visit Palmer in Davenport
It's been a fun-filled and busy end to summer, and there's
plenty more excitement to come this fall!
This week's interview with a 10th trimester intern
Intern: Thomas Slowinski
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Certifications & Specializations:
What are your graduation plans?
I plan to go directly into private practice working as an
independent contractor in an office in Chicago's southwest suburb
of Orland Park. My focus will not only be in the treatment of
neuromusculoskeletal disease but also relating to the management of
internal disorders. In addition I will practice acupuncture as I
know it to work nicely in conjunction with many treatments.
What is your favorite memory/most memorable experience
at Salvation Army?
All the stairs!! Hahaha, just kidding. It's a close knit
environment which builds a well rounded character. We're all in the
same room the majority of everyday together so when we talk about
patients, it's nice to be
able to bounce ideas off one another. We all get along and
let's not forget the constant lunches at Iguana. In short- there's
not just one thing to like about the Salvation Army Clinic
experience. It's a shame all students don't get the chance to see
our place here. As many of our patients have said "We're doing good
work up here, really making a change in these guys' lives."
What advice would you give to incoming chiropractic
students/ those interested in chiropractic?
If you're one who's wanting to help others, are enthused at the
thought of healing by touch, and are personable- this is the
profession for you! Although there's no specific recipe for the
perfect physician. Through the training however, you do have to do
your part, get through it, and take the worst times with a grain of
salt. Majorly stressing over classes, boards, etc. Letting stress
get yo you is worth the negative effects on your health--because if
you're in poor health--how can you get others out of bad
Intern: Kelsey Botterman
Hometown: Huntley, IL
What are your plans for after graduation?
After graduation I will be continuing at NUHS to finish the ND
program as well as continuing to work on the MS in Human Nutrition
degree through the University of Bridgeport. After completing these
degrees, I hope to open my own practice in the Chicagoland
What is your favorite memory or most memorable
experience at Salvation Army?
My favorite part of Salvation Army clinic was the feeling of
community both within the "National Family" and with the patients.
I really loved being able to bounce ideas for patients, practice or
just life off of my fellow interns and clinician. It was an awesome
experience having such a close-knit group that still all had their
own interests and specialties to work with or just goof off with. I
will definitely miss being with my Salvy family!
What words of advice would you give to incoming
chiropractic students and people interested in the chiropractic
Try as many clubs and seminars as you have the time and/or money
for! This can really help you to narrow down what you like (and
don't like!) and will only make you a more well-rounded doctor in
the long run.
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