As my December graduation date quickly approaches, I've begun
the daunting search for an associate chiropractic position. I'm
looking forward to returning to my home state of Ohio, where I was
this past weekend for the holiday, and I'm jumping into the
interview process headfirst!
I've been keeping a close eye on the Ohio State Chiropractic
Association's (OSCA) website for associate postings in the central
Ohio area, near Columbus, and have sent my CV to a few
On Friday afternoon, I met with the first practice that I am
considering in my job search. I took with me the interviewing
skills and advice we have been given throughout school, however,
there is no better measure of your preparation than a first-hand
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I wanted to share with everyone a couple important questions or
topics that either I was asked or that a potential interviewer may
ask when applying for job. I hope these questions spark your
thought process and excite you for the opportunities that lay
It's also important to keep in mind that asking questions of the
interviewing doctors is JUST as valuable!
One of my favorite times of the year at National is our annual homecoming
weekend. Younger trimester students take advantage of the
four-day weekend and break from classes, but once you're in clinic,
it is so valuable to participate in the festivities!
With Alumnus of the Year Dr. Tony Hamm and Megan
Dr. and Mrs. Ken Dougherty were kind enough to sponsor my
attendance to this year's homecoming. Dr. Ken and his wife live in
Florida, where he practiced for 28 years in his own private
practice, and now serves the university on various committees.
With Brent Heitmeyer, Mrs. and Dr. Ken Dougherty
At this point in my education, I cherish every opportunity to
gain free knowledge. The doctors that presented covered a wide
variety of topics, and you can bet I was sitting there soaking it
With Dr. Erin Quinlan, my SA clinician
With Dr. Kristine Tohtz
The gala held on Saturday night was a perfect ending to the
weekend. President Joseph Stiefel spoke of our university and
recognized many individuals for their contributions to our
university, most notably, the late Dr. Vrajlal Vyas. Although I
never knew Dr. Vyas while he was still at the university, it was
clear that this man made a lasting impression on students, faculty
and friends within the National community. He was remembered
through the words of Dr. Robert Shiel and inducted as the newest
member of the NUHS Hall of Honor. We spent the rest of the evening
eating a delicious meal, conversing with others, and dancing the
With the university administration
A tremendous thank you to the alumni office for all of the time
and hard work they contributed to making yet another homecoming
weekend successful. I hope in years to come, I will be equally
involved with our university and be able to pay it forward to
future students at National! #TGIHomecoming15
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 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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