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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!

First Patients, Food, and Flowers

As of this week, I have now had my first few patients in student clinic. I remember back in first trimester when I went into Student Clinic as a patient for my freshman physical, and I thought it would take forever to finally get there. But let me tell you, it all flies by and before you know it, you are sitting down with your first real patient. The patient encounters have been going well with the only hiccups being the paperwork involved. It's definitely a learning process figuring out what forms need to be filled for what patients. I have a feeling in a few weeks the paperwork will no longer be an issue, and my focus can be dedicated to patients and treatment.  

I had the opportunity to write a treatment plan and treat my first patient this week under the supervision of my attending clinician. All the evaluation and management class skills are now becoming second nature after simulated patients last trimester and student clinic patients this trimester. Already this week, I have had a chance to do several physical exams, therapeutic exercises, chiropractic manipulative therapy, and physiotherapy with my patients. 

One class I found really interesting this week was Jurisprudence. Jurisprudence teaches us about business/medical law and malpractice. The first day of the class our professor, Dr. Hogan, had everyone write down their fears about either opening a practice and/or malpractice. This week he went through what everyone wrote and explained what actually would happen if that fear were a reality. For me, it calmed a lot of the fears and concerns I have coming out of school and possibly going into practice someday. 

On Friday, the theme of the day was food. The NUHS Student Council has a free lunch at the beginning of every trimester where each club has a table for new students to get information about them. After that, the Office of Admissions had an appreciation lunch for me and my fellow co-workers featuring, but not limited to, root beer floats, cake, queso dip, salads, some kind of heavenly Jell-o cake thing, and much more. By the end of the day, I was lucky to not be in a food coma for work that evening. 

I found a new favorite way to wake me up during my morning commute--satellite radio. I had to drop my car off to get some scratches and dents removed, and luckily they gave me a car equipped with satellite radio. The car itself, not so great, but the radio channels were pretty neat. I've found my favorite channel, "On Broadway," which features show tunes from current and past Broadway shows. It also features my new favorite radio personality, Seth Rudetsky. He is a very charismatic, funny, and an excellent way to start off my mornings.

Planted this week on our roof deck.

Now that the weather is so nice, my partner and I have begun the planting process on our balcony and roof deck. The first and most important pot to get planted was our herb pot with sweet basil, mint (perfect for summer cocktails), and parsley. After that, we had a few perennials that we needed to replace from the previous year, some arborvitae bushes and a weeping evergreen. And finally, we began planting our flowers, grasses, and coleus. We have quite a few more pots to plant, but at least we have knocked out a portion of it.