While all my colleagues are freaking out about studying for Part
IV boards Nov 12th and 13th, I am freaking out that I am studying
for MIDTERMS while fitting in Part IV boards all at once. So I
guess the word OVERWHELMED does not really fully explain the mental
state that I'm in currently.
So what do I do now to get through this huge hill that I'm
struggling to get over? Pray and study. I'm not sure if senoritis
is taking over and I am overwhelmed or if I am REALLY overwhelmed
with the amount of work that I have put in my lap. I am reminded
everyday of the struggle I am going through to maintain my sanity
by doing two programs.
If you want me to be honest and tell you if I ever question my
decision or if I ever think of not continuing with the naturopathic
program, the answer would be YES. OF COURSE. I've heard here and
there from colleagues that have already graduated and ones yet to
reach clinic say things like "Well it's only __ longer to get your
second doctorate, it can't be that bad!" I beg to differ.
For all of you out there that want to jump head first into a dual
program endeavor, think long and hard about the benefits of it for
you and your patient. Do not think about the prestige or respect
level you choose or expect to gain from others. I may question my
decisions here and there in the heat of stress and midst of
midterms and boards, however I am so grateful for the knowledge
that I will have to be the BEST physician for my patients that I
It's so disappointing to see people fall into the trap of "simple"
without seeing a patient as a global being with more than spinal
abnormalities. It is not that hard to adjust every person that
walks in your door, but it IS hard to sit down, diagnose, and offer
the best care to the patient that may or may not include a
chiropractic manipulation. Don't be a part of the first
Among all of this, I look at that picture I posted of Dr.
Winterstein and I about seven days after I stepped foot into the
Chiropractic program (about 3.5 years ago), and it gives me hope
that I will make it through a couple more years to finish all my