Interviewing for the Job

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 practices.

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 experience!


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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 ahead!

  • What type of practice style do you envision yourself having?
  • What is your philosophy/belief of chiropractic care and its place in current healthcare?
  • What techniques of adjusting or manipulation do you use?
  • What is attractive to you about our practice, and what would you like to contribute?
  • Why do you think you would fit well within our practice?

It's also important to keep in mind that asking questions of the interviewing doctors is JUST as valuable!

  • Why is your practice hiring an associate at this time? (Are they trying to save their practice from going under, or do they simply need help to meet the demands of their patients? Are they financially able to hire an associate and support your growth?)
  • What are your expectations for an associate, short and long term?

NUHS Homecoming 2015

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 Procaccini

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 all up!

  • Dr. Georgia Nab provided an introduction to functional medicine, which was very exciting to me since she recently graduated from University of Western State's master's program that I am currently enrolled in.
  • Dr. Nick LeRoy discussed his success in treating cervical dysplasia through conservative measures, and I think it's safe to say that the entire room was in awe after hearing the dramatic improvements that conservative treatment can provide to different grades of cervical dysplasia.
  • Dr. Craig Morris spent an entire afternoon walking us through the progression of rehabilitation over the decades, and he gave us a glimpse of how dynamic neuromuscular stabilization (DNS) can retrain proper motor patterns and through reflex point stimulation.

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 With Dr. Erin Quinlan, my SA clinician

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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 night away.

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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

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. 

Is It Summer Yet?

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!

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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. :)

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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.

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I've also found myself being much more focused on understanding Standard 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!