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Different Points of View

Over the past few weeks, our main clinician at the Chicago Whole Health Center has been out on leave. So during her time away, we have had a few clinicians rotate through. We all thought it was going to be a nightmare having different doctors rotating through, but it actually was a great experience. Each doctor brought a different point of view, different experiences, different techniques, and new ideas on what a practice should be. Each day we were taught things that the doctors felt were important to teach the interns at their own clinics. As interns, we also have a certain number of student chiropractic manipulations and observed chiropractic manipulations that must be performed in order to graduate. While doing these, the doctors that rotated through made it a point to show us new techniques to use on patients who are not responding to other adjustments that we are using.

Overall, it was not the nightmare that we thought it would be, but quite the opposite. We all learned so much and were exposed to things we might not have been had they not stepped in as the clinician. As an intern, it is important to be exposed to as much as you can be. Go out and shadow other doctors, ask questions, take seminars, etc., because when you are done, you are a doctor with all the responsibility that comes with that title. A special thank you to Dr. Cynthia Winston and Dr. Frank Frydrych, who spent most of the time with us, and taught us many valuable techniques. 

Tri 10 interns hard at work in the Chicago clinic's conference room

On Sunday morning, I had another outreach event to attend with Dr. Rick Ezgur. The event was for the Chicago AIDS Ride, which will take place in July. The ride is a 200-mile bike ride from Evanston, Illinois, to Racine, Wisconsin, where the riders camp overnight. At the campsite, Dr. Ezgur and I will be treating riders for any injuries, aches or pains before they bike back to Evanston the following morning to the finish line. 

The event on Sunday was at one of the many cycling training sessions for the riders at the Lakeshore Athletic Club. The training session consisted of a two-hour cycling class, which was followed by an educational session. The session gave riders information on proper bike fit, nutrition, and stretching to avoid injuries during the AIDS ride. We have four more of these sessions in February, March and April to prep the riders.

Fall Is in the Air

It appears that fall has hit in Chicago. The weather has begun to get cooler, the trees are slowly beginning to change colors, and I love it. This is my favorite time of the year for many reasons: the weather, fall clothing, apple picking, Halloween, October Fests, haunted houses, pumpkin flavored everything, costumes, and it's the best time of year for scary movies. This year will be especially fun because it is my first fall living in Chicago. I can't wait to see what the city has to offer this time of the year.


My time in clinic has been moving along very well. I have gotten fairly comfortable in my new clinic setting. As the weeks progress, the 10th trimester interns are slowly giving more responsibilities and patient care to us 9th trimester interns. Our clinician, Dr. Miller, has us on a one-week rotation with each 10th trimester intern. By doing this, all of us 9th trimester interns will have an opportunity to see how all the other interns practice and be able to assist in patient care for a larger variety of patients. As the 10th trimester students finish with their numbers for graduation, their patients are transferred to one of the 9th trimester students.  By keeping all of us on a rotation, it keeps the amount of patients per intern even.

On Thursday evenings from September until early February, I am enrolled in the 100-hour acupuncture certification course. The course is taught by Dr. Duarte at NUHS. Dr. Duarte graduated with his doctor of chiropractic degree from National University in 1986, and he received his master of acupuncture degree from National in 2013. Dr. Duarte also is a Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists and the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians. 

The acupuncture course is very comprehensive. It covers oriental medicine history, acupuncture theory, meridian therapy, electrical stimulation, auricular therapy, and much more. Each week in the beginning of class we cover lecture topics that include theory, techniques or meridians. In the second portion of the class, we practice the techniques and meridian points we learned that evening in class. So far, the class has been far more interesting than I originally thought it would be. Acupuncture and oriental medicine have such a different way of thinking and practicing than western medicine does. And I think as a physician, it will be extremely beneficial to my future patients to be able to wear two different hats as I practice.