The Countdown Begins

Well, here we 10th Trimester Interns sit working on our final 'check-offs', competency skill evaluations, and patient numbers.

Between the patient visits, acting as mentors for our rising classmates, completing outreach hours for the clinic, sitting and discussing conditions with our clinicians, preparing our grand rounds presentations, and double checking charting and paperwork, we don't have much time for anything else.

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For some reason, I thought this part of the internship experience would be a time to sit back, relax and enjoy the clinical experience. I suppose I was pretty far off target on this notion. I am thoroughly enjoying myself however. The clinicians have given the 10th Trimester Interns a bit more autonomy with the diagnoses, treatment plans and conversations with our patients. We are now expected to train our underclassmen in clinic protocol, procedures and patient interaction. This is an exciting time!

The clinic is hopping today and is chock full of naturopathic patients! What a great problem to have in our little clinic! The word seems to be getting out about the services, therapies and treatments available at the NUHS Whole Health Center.

As the weather changes, the temps rise and spring arrives here in Chicagoland, the NUHS Whole Health Center, the naturopathic medical school and our students are rising to the occasion, growing and sharing our knowledge, skills and healing therapies with our neighbors in greater numbers!