I can't believe it's already been a week since I last wrote.
Time at the VA is FLYING by. I'll only be there a couple more weeks
and then I'm back at the student clinic. Six weeks after that is
graduation. I'm having this great realization that graduation is
coming up on me like a freight train. Sometimes I feel like I'm
stuck down on the tracks, and sometimes I'm the one driving.
I'm working feverishly on finishing the master's work. That's
over in about a month. Just in case anyone was thinking about doing
this at the same time as getting your DC, be forewarned: it's a TON
of work -- especially the last quarter. This is not for the
faint-hearted. I honestly can't believe that I've done it. There
are times when I definitely feel like a masochist. It took me 6
quarters (a year and a half), but I'm almost done. Now to get all
of the papers and projects done; that will be a feat.
While I'm working at the VA, I'm finishing up all the paperwork,
volunteering, and other things needed. Last weekend I made a trip
to Sarasota to the American Youth Cup Series I. Apparently the park
where it was hosted, Nathan Benderson Park, is home to a world
class rowing event. In fact, the 2017 rowing championships are
being hosted there. It's a unique facility with a round lake. There
are a number of events coming up there -- including several
additional rowing events, a pentathlon, and a 5k. I'm hoping to
attend a few more of them.
It was a quiet day (no injuries); the weather was chilly and
windy (for Florida). Dr. Guadagno, Dr. Jake LaVere (a distinguished
recent National alumnus), Nick Herrild, and myself braved the
chills to be on hand in case anything should happen. When we
weren't watching the crew members running around or rowing, we were
sharing stories and business information. We had a pretty good time
talking about future business endeavors, practice models,
conferences, and plans.
Here's a wind-blown picture of the 4 of us.
As I continue my time at the VA, I'm seeing what it's like to be
in a completely different model of care. There are things that I've
learned that I know I will carry with me into my future practice,
and others that I know I won't. One thing I really appreciate, and
I touched on this last week, is the willingness to try something
new (or discharge from care) if things are or are not working.
People come in and they get better -- they stop coming in. People
come in and they don't get better -- they stop coming in. It's very
simple. It's ethical practice.
Well, I best stop writing here and get to some of my papers!
I hope that everyone here -- regardless of where you are in the
world, are staying safe and warm.
I'll see you all next week! Have a great one!!!
How are everyone's midterms going? I'm on break from the
master's program. I had finals last week. I'm glad to have a couple
of weeks off to catch up on a few things, including all the reading
that I didn't get done during the quarter. My pile is still
astronomically large. We'll see how much I can get done. I figure
if I don't get it done before classes start there again, it's
probably a lost cause.
Last weekend, my friend and classmate Julia, went to homecoming
at the main campus in Lombard. I want to say, to everyone there in
Lombard, thanks for taking such great care of her! She had glowing
remarks for everyone that she met. There were meetings and events,
information sessions, etc. She was able to meet Dr. James Cox (of
Cox flexion-distraction fame), and many of our illustrious
Dr. Strauss and Florida students with Dr. Cox at
Julia was able to reassure us students about one of the issues
that we find frustrating. We are always hearing that we'll not be
able to find jobs or make a decent salary. Even though I've yet to
meet anyone at school that's "in it for the money," we're all
hoping that we'll be able to make enough to at least pay back our
student loans, and maybe have enough for food. Even speakers that
have come to the school (non-alumni) have commented that it would
be tough for us to make a living.
The problem is, with all of my research, and all of the alums
that I've spoken to and heard from indirectly, this is FAR from the
case. Julia confirmed this when she spoke with alumni at
homecoming. She said that everyone that was doing VERY well for
themselves. People were not only successful and able to pay back
their loans, but also contribute back to the school. It was
inspirational for her that not only would we be out and in the
community, but thriving. I'm glad she shared that with me, because
I needed the inspiration as well.
We're finally starting to see the light at the end of the
tunnel. It's halfway through 8th Tri. In a few months, we'll only
be in the clinic. No more classes. No more random exams. No more
quizzes, papers, or random presentations. It's been REALLY easy to
lose track of time this tri. Alarmingly easy. I've been caught up
with patients, in my own stuff, with the master's, and classes. I
honestly can't wait for classes to be over.
I was asked today how I liked clinic. I've said this before, and
I'll say it again -- I love it. I love the idea of being able to do
this every day. Even with the challenging cases (my favorites), the
idea of being challenged to learn all the time is exciting. I never
know what I'm walking into, and I find that absolutely enthralling.
I can't imagine any kind of job, ever, that would be anything like
this. When I'm in clinic working, I am more than pleased with my
Have a great week everybody!
I can't believe this week is Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving
everybody! A few of my classmates are heading out of town, up
North, over the river and through the woods, but most of us are
staying somewhat local. Those that are going up North are getting
ready to be bundled up. I understand there are record lows --
especially up in the Northeast. We're actually expecting a brisk
temperature of 66ºF on Thanksgiving. Everyone will have their
parkas and snowboots on.
Friday night was Turkey Bowl. If you've never heard of the
infamous NUHS Turkey Bowl, here's where you'll become indoctrinated
in this time-honored tradition. Students, alumni, faculty members,
and significant others launch themselves onto the football field to
non-violently duke it out to compete for (starting this year) the
Stiefel Cup [named for the president of NUHS and former dean of the
College of Professional Studies - Florida].
This year, the victors were from Tri 1 and Tri 6 (including our
own Antoinette Stewart and Lauren Domanski) and our MVPs were Dr.
Chris Arick and Danielle Spratt. It's my understanding that no
severe injuries were met and no one went to the hospital -- so it
was a good game.
We had a HUGE turnout of people! A lot of the faculty came out
-- including some professors that I haven't seen in a really long
time. I saw new students that I'd never seen before. I met spouses
and kids that I didn't know existed. It was just a really great
"family" environment. There was really amazing food provided and
the people that weren't playing just hung out. It was really cool
and made me wish that I'd gone last year. The funniest thing was to
see our professors and Assistant Dean (Dr. Daniel Strauss) don
shorts and T-shirts and blend in with all of the "kids." We really
couldn't tell the difference between them.
So, this is the last week before finals start. Next week is
practical week and the following week has all the written exams.
I'm not looking forward to either -- but I'll be really glad to
move on. I've already taken the Marketing final, the final
practical for Rehab, and the Phlebotomy written final is this week.
I'm checking off boxes and crossing things off my list (and trying
not to go crazy).
Well, that's it from me. I hope everyone has an amazing holiday
-- that you have just as much dinner as you want, just enough
family dysfunction to seem OK, and just enough tryptophan to have a
really good nap. And of course, in true medical student style --
dissect the turkey -- don't carve it.
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