Clinic Routine

Time to settle into the weekly routine again, albeit things are a bit different this trimester. With class and clinic rotations 5 days each week, along with work on the side during some mornings and each weekend, time is a precious commodity.

This is what a typical clinic schedule looks like for a 9th/10th trimester ND Intern.

Monday 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday Noon (Grand Rounds); 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Clinic)
Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday 7:00 a.m. - Noon

During clinic, we sit down for "preview" each day to discuss upcoming patient cases and strategies for best helping our patients in a roundtable discussion. This is a "safe zone" to bounce ideas, debate the best strategy amongst peers and under the guidance of our clinicians. The idea is to share knowledge through discussion in a practical manner without judgment. This approach allows us to discuss all treatment modalities, their benefits, drawbacks and limitations, then move forward with the best overall treatment for our patients.

After preview, we see our patients, chart, research, develop and bring our suggested treatment plans to our clinicians, who vet the plans and approve or amend as required for the benefit of our patients. We must complete all of these tasks during our shifts as HIPPA regulations dictate that no patient records leave the premises. We learn quickly to be accurate, concise and have all work completed by the end of the day out of necessity.

Even though this seems like a lot of work, clinic is a fun, nurturing environment that I look forward to every day. The smiles on patients' faces when they begin to feel better, heal and share is priceless! The patience, knowledge, skill and care that our clinicians share with each intern on a daily basis set an excellent example for all of us as future doctors.

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Me with Carrie (left) and Juanita (right), both 6th trimester ND students

The photo I'm sharing this week is of two friends and me. I was printing something at the library the other day and ran into them after having not seen either for about two months! This made me realize that I was separated from the rest of campus now that I'm in clinic and needed to visit my old friends still in their clinical courses. Challenge accepted...