Well, here we 10th Trimester Interns sit working on our final
'check-offs', competency skill evaluations, and patient
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.
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!
Hi, everyone! Welcome back for my final trimester!
I hope each of you had a wonderful holiday season and you were
able to be with the ones you love! This has been quite the four and
a half year journey at NUHS. It began with my prerequisite classes
in Fall 2009, through the basic science curriculum of the
naturopathic program, the clinical course portion of my education,
and now culminates with the Internship for the past year.
A sunrise view of downtown Chicago from the window of the
Salvation Army Clinic (beautiful!)
My winter break consisted of time at the main clinic at the NUHS
Whole Health Center in Lombard as well as time at the Salvation
Army clinic in downtown Chicago, along with my part-time job. Great
for getting patient visits, patient hours and income, yet not much
I also had to finish my final Grand Rounds presentation as a
naturopathic intern at NUHS over the break as I was the first to
present this trimester (sometimes having a name starting with 'A'
has its drawbacks). :) My topic was about a suitable treatment for
Lyme disease when prescription antibiotics have failed to eradicate
the disease. It is titled "Can Dipsacus sylvestris (Teasel Root)
administration with concurrent biofilm reduction diminish the
presence of chronic Borrelia burgdorferi?"
In this presentation, I examined Lyme
disease distribution globally, its associated stages and symptoms,
treatment with antibiotics, and antibiotic efficacy based upon in
vivo studies. Next, I compared researched methods of biofilm
reduction along with a look at Teasel's effectiveness versus
Borrelia burgdorferi (the bacteria that causes Lyme). Finally, I
outlined a treatment plan for a chronic Lyme patient along with
body systems support. This protocol is quite promising for reducing
the presence of Lyme, yet the topic was very hard to keep focused,
as Lyme is such a complicated and fascinating disease to
understand, formulate a plan of attack, and treat.
Well, enough about Lyme and the clinics. I promised to talk
about naturopathic philosophy this trimester and I will follow
through on that promise. Beginning next week, I will talk of the
basic tenets that we follow in our philosophy at NUHS, a solid
foundation that sets NUHS apart from the other ND schools. I may
just look back a bit at my time here throughout the trimester as
Until next week, stay warm and talk to you soon!
• Combined Classes
• Observing in Clinic
• Botanical Medicine
• Minor Surgery
• Intern Skills
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