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Internship Stress

Patient Population

Each clinic has a different patient population they treat depending on their area. At the National University of Health Sciences Whole Health Center - Chicago, our patient population consists of a mix of Polish, low income, and some students. A majority of our patients come to us from Community Health Center, which is a clinic that serves people without medical insurance. Once they are seen at that clinic, most of the treatment is 100% covered when they see us.

We do see some University of Illinois - Chicago (UIC) students, but not a large number. This is due to the fact that UIC offers their students excellent and affordable insurance through the university, which has almost 100% coverage when they see UIC MDs or DCs. We do offer the students 50% off at the NUHS Chicago Clinic for all services that we provide including: chiropractic, acupuncture, physical rehabilitation, and much more.

Internship Stress

Ever since the beginning of my education at NUHS, upper trimester students would constantly say, "Just wait until you are in your internship; it's so much easier." To those people who told me that, I have to say, "LIES!!!" Once you are in your chiropractic internship, you have a new kind of stress -- the stress of what is going to happen when you are finished.

For me, that stress has been decreased slightly due to the fact that I am finished with all my board exams (Part I, II, III, IV, and PT) and that I have job as an independent contractor lined up when I finish. But there is still so much to handle in order to get started as an independent contractor:

  • Your paperwork for your license along with a significant fee needs to be sent into the state.
  • After you receive your license from the state, you need to get an MPI number.
  • Then you need to apply to each health insurance provider you are planning to enrolling with.
  • And you need to buy malpractice insurance.

Photo of contract
The beginning of my contract as an independent contractor when I graduate.

On the business end of things:

  • You need to hire a lawyer and an accountant.
  • You need to get liability and disability insurance.
  • You need to file with the state as a limited liability corporation.
  • You need to start marketing your for your business.

Needless to say, it's a ton to think about, prep for, and the worst part is wait and wait for the state to approve the applications.

I think the reason I have found this process so stressful is because these are things I don't know anything about. I wear my health care hat very well, but I still need some time to figure out how to wear my business hat. Long to-do lists have become by best friend.

Clinical Internship Placement

Internship Placements

On Monday after Student Clinic, all us 8th trimester students signed up for our clinical internships for 9th and 10th trimesters. I was lucky enough to get Chicago clinic placement. The NUHS downtown clinic is a whole health center providing full service primary care services including: chiropractic care, acupuncture, laboratory services, diagnostic imaging and X-ray services, rehabilitation, physical therapy, and nutritional counseling. The clinic is located on historic Maxwell Street in the heart of the University Village Marketplace, which is part of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) campus. 

Lambda Chi Sorority Members

Mr. NUHS Pageant

On Thursday evening, the NUHS sorority, Lambda Chi, hosted the 2nd Annual Mr. NUHS pageant. The president of sorority, Candace Gesicki, was kind enough to take time out of her busy day to give me all the details. The competition consisted of clinic attire, interview, swimwear, and talent. According to Candace, "Last year was the first year it was put on and it was a big success. But I have to say, this year was even better and the competition was fierce. Everyone did so well!" Guest judges for the evening included: Dr. Sue Darby, neuroanatomy professor; Kendall Banning, reigning Mr. NUHS; Mary, manager of the campus store; and Dr. Tony Bifero, microbiology professor.

The talent portion of the show was especially riveting. One of my favorite performances was AcroYoga by 8th Tri intern, Nolan Lee. While the song "Gravity" by Sara Bareilles was played, Nolan lifted and contorted the sorority's secretary into several amazing positions. Another great performance was by 6th Tri students, Nick Miramontes and Adam Altman. Together they re-enacted a memorable SNL Chippendales skit by Patrick Swayze and Chris Farley. Other talents consisted of singing, rapping, dancing, playing instruments, and comedy. Hats off to Candace Gesicki and the rest of the Lambda Chi board for a wonderful event and fundraiser. 

Editor's Note: The winner and new Mr. NUHS is Taronté Venable, who played guitar and sang an original song.

City Museum in St. Louis

Weekend Trip

The week concluded with a trip to St. Louis on Saturday and Sunday for a baptism. We got into town early Saturday afternoon and had some time to kill, so we went to the City Museum. I am not entirely sure how to describe what the museum was all about, but I will try. The museum is in downtown St. Louis in the former International Shoe Company warehouse. Housed inside is an eclectic mixture of children's playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel made out of unique "found objects." The mind behind the museum is Bob Cassilly, an internationally acclaimed artist and sculptor. Some of the interested found objects included old chimneys, salvaged bridges, construction cranes, fire trucks, miles of tile, and even two abandoned planes. Very strange and interesting place!

Introduction to Internship

This week marked the start of my clinical internship, which means orientation week. There are so many rules, policies, procedures, forms, protocols, manuals, and responsibilities to go over before our first day with patients. And of course, since we are grad students and love taking exams, we have one covering the list above this first week. 

We were also introduced to all the clinicians/directors/mentors at the clinic and given a tour of our soon-to-be new work environment. The clinical internship is the start of what several upper tri students have called the "number's game." As of next week, I start accumulating numbers toward graduation on different procedures and techniques that I have mastered throughout my time here at NUHS. 

This week was also my first week of classes, and the great thing this trimester is I only have classes two days a week. Such a relief! Some of the classes include: Jurisprudence (aka business law), Dermatology, Clinical Natural Medicine, Doctor/Patient Relationship, Radiographic Positioning, Radiology Management, and Report Writing. It seems like it will be the first trimester where the class load should be very manageable. The remainder of my time will be dedicated to my patients in Student Clinic. 

Along with orientation and classes, I also had lots of organizing and unpacking to do from my move from Lombard to Chicago. I'm mostly done with the unpacking, but it seems as though the organizing may never end. Part of the organizing process involved switching my driver's license and car plates to Illinois. That's right; I'm officially an Illinoisan now. I thought getting those two things done at the DMV wouldn't take too much time, but four hours later I walked out frustrated and finished. The rest of my organizing was basically finding spots for all my things and doing some massive editing of stuff I don't have room for. The really fun part of the move has been exploring my new neighborhood, Lakeview, aka Boystown, USA.  

Spring has finally hit here in Lombard. It seemed as though winter was not going to let go, but the weather is consistently beautiful and warm every day. And since we have gotten large amounts of rain this spring, now that the weather is nice, everything is blooming and green! 

Some fellow NUHS students and myself enjoying ourselves the evening of my birthday.

Finally, this week I celebrated my 27th birthday, which I usually make a weeklong celebration. On Monday evening, my actual birthday, I went out for dinner at a wonderful Mexican steakhouse, Revolución. I capped the week off with a house warming/birthday celebration with good friends, good music, and great times in my new home.