This week marks the end of my classes at NUHS and only one more
trimester of clinical internship to go.
I have shared time for the last two weeks between at the
Salvation Army rotation in downtown Chicago and the NUHS Whole
Health Center in Lombard, Illinois. Working at both clinics makes
for long days (typically 5am-7pm). At the same time, some of the
most rewarding patient interaction I have experienced has been over
these two weeks with our patients at the Salvation Army clinic!
There is the combination of compelling patient histories
combined with the opportunity to quickly examine, diagnose (under
the guidance of our clinician at Salvation Army) and treat our
patients in a high-speed clinical setting, solely because the
patient volume is so great.
Michael and Candice, two of the incredible interns at
Salvation Army who share their time,
patients and expertise with the ND Interns who rotate through
This trimester has helped me to grow as a future doctor through
improving my examination, diagnostic and charting skillsets. What
used to take more than an hour to chart can now be accomplished in
a matter of minutes through efficient use of charting during the
visit, as well as charting the necessary and relevant information
as a means of documenting the patient visit.
Now, as I enter what may well be my final Christmas season here
in Illinois, say goodbye to many friends who are graduating this
week, and prepare for the final trimester here at Illinois, I also
look forward to the opportunity that the next five months are going
The opportunities for externships (the chance to work in a
practice outside the NUHS system) are available for those who
finish their competencies (or specific numeric and knowledge based
goals) with time left in their final trimester. I am on track to be
able to compete for the externships and hope to have the
opportunity to put my education to use outside these hallowed
grounds prior to graduation. After all, what better way to see how
we "size up" to practice in the real world, than seeing patients in
a true private practice setting!
I wish each of you a joyous and fulfilling holiday season! I'll
start up the blog upon returning in January.