Hope everyone is having a great week! I've got some awesome news
for you! Tim Ferriss, author of the New York Times Best Seller's
4 Hour Work Week, 4 Hour Body, and 4 Hour
Chef contacted me and asked me to post a guest post on
his million subscriber blog this upcoming spring. I contacted Tim a
few months ago about a clinical case study I did on myself a long
time ago here at NUHS. With Dr. Anderson supervising the blood
tests and my file at the clinic, I proceeded to gain 20 lbs. of
lean mass in 30 days and have some pretty fun before/after
pictures. The results were quite astonishing and Mr. Ferriss wanted
to chronicle my "study" on his blog.
This has prompted some thinking on my end. Starting a personal
blog. Why? Consider the amount of readers about to read this guest
post (which will probably go up in early April); it would be a
shame to waste that level of traffic with no way of leveraging
them. If I had a blog and or some supplements I would be able to
maximize the opportunity to possibly start a little side business,
which is on my bucket list.
This is a double-pronged activator head attachment made by a
fellow student at National.
I emailed a few designers and have gotten quotes on designing a
custom Wordpress theme, but the price is a little steep and I'm
considering using free "plug-n-play" type software.
I'm also considering getting that superfood formula I blogged
about the last week manufactured as the results of that formula
have been phenomenal so far!
I'll keep you updated on the shenanigans that will follow. :) As
for National, it was a pretty slow week with tests starting to
trickle on the docket.
Hope everyone's week is going well. Congratulations to the
Baltimore Ravens for their Super Bowl win, I don't enjoy typing
that as a Patriots fan, but give respect where respect is
2013 is flying by so far and Midterms will be starting next
week. I'm trying to get into Midterm mode but I've been heavily
distracted outside of NUHS activities and I need to get down to the
In case you're a new or prospective student to NUHS, they offer
a few businesses classes built into the curriculum. Why is that
important? Well, as a future DC you will wear multiple hats. One,
as a doctor, and one as a businessperson. The best doctor in the
world who doesn't know how to run an office or get a business loan
will never treat patients! Most people hate the business classes
because they didn't choose to go to business school; they chose
medical school. Sooner or later, they come to their senses, and
most likely later will thank NUHS for at least teaching basic
I'm currently in Tri 7's Business Planning Class. This class has
a host of speakers (so far) who lecture us on various aspects of
running a DC office: Insurance coverage, financial statements, your
practice "vision" and how to work that backwards, how to approach a
bank with a business plan and get a loan, etc.
Over the coming weeks we have a business plan project assignment
and we will have to do exactly what we as future private practice
owners will have to go through. In other words, if we take it
seriously we could have a great leg up on what we hope to do in
real life--a truly valuable experience, and one that will
undoubtedly help us weed out the mistakes as a student when they
don't matter as much!
My Homemade Criteria for Owning Your Own
Hey Cygnets (we seriously need a better school name),
I was contacted over break by a prospective student about what
to expect upon graduation with regards to practice or jobs. I have
contacted a few of my older friends in practice who are a couple
semesters out of school and I'll have some interview-based blogs as
they get back to me over the coming weeks with some good
information for prospective and current students. With that said,
I'll break down my understanding of some different options
I'd like to start with this: Chiropractic is a WIDE OPEN field.
It's as unique as its doctors and you can do whatever you like with
it if you hustle and want it enough. For instance, there are
chiropractors on cruise lines, in hospitals, working in
residencies, sports teams, etc., etc. I don't have enough space (or
time or will power) to break down all the different paths one can
take post-grad. I will focus my energies on the BIGGEST QUESTION of
any chiropractic student.
Do I start my own practice or work for someone else?
That's the million-dollar question. Answering it comes down to a
couple factors in my brief experience through looking at other
1. Let's call a spade a spade here: some people are NOT meant to
own their own practice. It's just not in their mindset to be
responsible for running the practice, treating patients, marketing,
and everything else that comes along with being a BUSINESS OWNER.
Some docs will tell you, "I just worry about treating patients. I
don't care about business." Well in the real world, you could be
the best doctor in the world and if you can't get any patients in
your door or pay your bills on time (+student loans) then you're
going to chapter 7 (bankruptcy).
I try not to sugar coat anything because I respected my Dad for
telling me how it was when I was younger so I wasn't wet behind the
ears when the real world stuff started up. Don't fret too much,
however. We get some business classes here; there are all sorts of
practice management companies out there to help you; you can always
shadow lots of doctors and they'll be happy to show you how the
office management stuff runs. Point is: If you're a competent
physician, you're not socially awkward, and you have even the
tiniest bit of passion to own your own office, it's more than
My brother and I playing roller hockey--old mighty ducks
Side note on bias: I am opening my own practice upon graduation
(unless I get an absurd offer from a sports team or top doctor in
an unique area I want to live in for a year or two). I have worked
in a chiro office for 4 years and I have a business degree from
undergrad. I like doing things my way without having to take orders
or be held back from others, so I didn't even have a question in my
mind that I was choosing to start my own practice. Sorry for the
strong bias. With that said, I've been preparing. I'm not just
letting life come; I'm grabbing hold while I'm ahead.
2. The second question is just as sobering. Are you good enough
to see patients by yourself in your own office and get them better?
The easiest (and cheapest) marketing strategy long-term is your
clinical results. Get people better and they will talk. If you're
still struggling to help people in 9th and 10th tri (main clinic),
maybe you should consider working for another doc for a year or two
until you feel confident in your clinical skills.
How do you make sure this doesn't happen? Go to SEMINARS. GO TO
SEMINARS. GO TO SEMINARS. GO TO SEMINARS. Oh, yeah? GO TO SEMINARS
and PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. Oh, yeah? And GO TO CLUBS, GO TO
CLUBS, GO TO CLUBS. If you get into NUHS and you are not going to
clubs, seminars or practicing your "high speed palpations", you are
doing yourself and your future patients a disservice, and I did not
do my job at this blog.
Adjusting isn't very hard, but it's extremely difficult if you
rely only on the few hours a week we are physically adjusting in
classes. We cool? I know I'm biased. But that's why I'm blogging
and that's why you're reading--it's to decrease your learning curve
so you don't wind up in the clinic wondering what the heck you're
doing 5 visits into a patient with back pain and no idea what to do
Side note: Readers of this blog are statistically proven to
become better doctors and are 99% better looking than non-readers.
3. Last Question: Are you prepared to be in practice by
yourself? The obvious answers are have you shadowed docs, gotten a
chiro assistant job, talked to teachers with practices and older
trimester students? I'll do my part to help out by rounding up the
interviews from some recent grads for you to answer some of your
questions. If you have a specific question feel free to email me.
Until next week...
Peace out Cub Scout,
I was introduced to Ramit Sethi's work, author of I Will
Teach You to Be Rich, (I know it sounds scammy but that's why
he did it; he's the real deal) when I was reading Tim Ferriss' Blog
(4 Hour Body author) a few years ago. At the time I was a
finance major at James Madison University and Ramit's
outside-the-box-thinking and writing on personal finance,
automating businesses and entrepreneurship, which I love, captured
me as a devoted reader of his blog.
Anyways, out of nowhere (actually, I'm assuming his newsletter
software screened people from 'Chicago area' out), he emails me
that he is doing a reader meet-up in Chicago. Sweet! I emailed him
back a little about me and he emailed back, "nice, look fwd to meet
Me with Ramit Sethi
And so it began...
I'd like to point out that motion palp was hosting a cornhole
(bags) tournament the same night I was supposed to go into the city
for the meet-up. Bags? Tournament? Fun? Soo, naturally I signed up.
I will say this, RJ and I were playing like we could run the table.
HOWEVER, in an almost eerie 'Listen up, the universe is talking,'
we got beat by Peanut Butter Jelly Time, a solid team (Kendall and
Caleb) no doubt, but we suddenly went from dominating to an ultra
close 21-19 loss.
At this point, I was still pondering in my head "Should I stay
or should I go now?" With all the classic "excuse thoughts" that
enter one's head when they are expanding their bubble past their
comfort zone, which going into the Loop on a Thursday night to meet
a bunch of people I didn't know and try to network and meet a NYT
author would definitely classify in my book, at least at that time,
as a "bubble stretcher."
And to think I almost was going to pass up this opportunity to
stretch my bubble. That's when the universe said, "You LOST (at
ironically the perfect time to run home change and catch the
train), now go." Ha, funny how things work.
The meet-up was down W. Adams Street,
not far from the Willis (Sears) Tower, at a place called The Living
Room. On Yelp the reviews were "very classy, but service is OK."
lol I will definitely vouch for the classy part. As I hadn't hoped
for, that "class," also occupied the "we don't serve that here"
look on the bartenders face when I ordered, a Bud Light. They only
had Amstel for beers. And $10 later ($1 for tip) I thought to
myself... well, I will stay sober tonight thanks to you
Well, I had made it. With a frothy beverage in hand and a trendy
looking crowd of about 35 (7 circles of 5 by my quick gaze), I
scoped out where Ramit was talking. He was talking to a couple
younger gents that seemed to be salivating while speaking. I had a
brief game plan (I had draw up on the train ride in) as to how to
casually strike up a conversation. From the angle I was at (the
bar) I couldn't make a more than an awkward 'excuse me' tap on the
shoulder. THAT'S not what I wanted. I instead opted for a 'I need
to take this exit' as I whipped out my cell phone and walked to
edge of the crowd pretending there was someone important on the
line so I didn't look creepy while stalking my plan of attack.
Then that weird butterfly feeling started turning my stomach
(who knew butterflies could lift a stomach?). Instead of the
typical sympathetic reaction I was waiting for, I quite literally
said out loud, "Let's see what you're made of," and promptly
approached Ramit from a more approachable (and premeditated) angle,
walked right up, and to the best of my casual yet confident
ability, introduced myself.
Ramit and I went on to have a stellar conversation for about 25
minutes about everything from working out, to launching a business,
to tracking metrics on websites, to experiments in
self-improvement. Ramit, I must say, was pretty damn cool. One of
his event assistants excused him to attend to something in the back
and I went on to mingle with the other people in that circle for
the rest of the night. At about 10:30, a good hour and a half past
the end of the 'meet-up' he swung around each group and said the
ole' "Good meeting, I'm taking off." I wished him luck on his new
DreamJob Creation Product Launch that's due out in January and
snapped this quick picture with him.
Awesome. The Night was a Success. I met my first New York Times
Best Selling Author (which used to be on my bucket list), and I met
some really cool people, one of which offered me a free cross fit
workout downtown whenever I wanted. I will hit him up on that as we
coordinated me possibly giving a mini nutrition seminar to his gym
on "Reducing Inflammation Naturally With Diet and Supplementation."
In case you're interested here are a few mental notes I purged
onto paper when I got home from my chats at the meet-up.
14 Cool Things I Learned
That is all. Long post. Thanks for reading NUHS' blog...all 10
of you :)
I'm officially one-third done with the trimester! I have to say
that I'm pretty excited for the weather to start turning around and
for the upcoming break. Premature? Maybe. But here's a list of
things I have to look forward to (and keep me motivated to work
hard this tri):
Easter is the Sunday after finals and it will mark the first
time since high school that I will get to go home and celebrate it
with my family! Can you say Easter egg hunt with my little
My 23rd BDAY! It's during break and I'm super excited to go home
and go into Boston to see all my high school buds that I never get
Going to James Madison to watch two of my best friends graduate,
which I'm super pumped for! It's been almost a year since I've seen
any of my college friends so that long weekend should be as epic as
our last snowstorm.
This upcoming week we have a Neuroanatomy lab practical midterm.
It's been grossly overhyped by everyone as one of the harder tests
we'll take at school because the level of thinking for a particular
question is very involved. A lab practical for you future students
is not unlike some of your undergrad science courses where they tag
a structure (with a colored pin) and ask either identify or what is
this involved in. Dr. Darby likes to raise the bar on these
questions by asking, "What is lost when there is a lesion
(tumor/hematoma/etc.) at the tagged structure."
For example's sake, she would have a colored pin in the Optic
Chiasm (where the optic nerves converge in the brain). You'd not
only have to know what the structure was but also how the visual
pathway of nerves surges through that structure so if in fact there
was a lesion you would be able to discern what loss you'd observe
in a patient. So you'd reply bitemporal hemianopia (doctor speak
for tunnel vision). So this type of studying occupied most of my
week. BIG NEURO WEEK is the inside joke among Shannon and my
This week our curriculum vitae or CV was due for our intro to
business class taught by Dr. Hodges. The class is a sugar coated
(in my opinion) version of what to expect in the field, how to
start thinking about the way you want to practice, the different
styles of practices, and the options and processes that you'll have
to undertake once you graduate. As for the CV, it is basically a
"resume on steroids" as Dr. Hodges put it and because I've reviewed
around 100 resumes with my experience with the Madison Investment
Fund, the assignment proved to be a quick and painless one. Intro
to Business is my favorite class this trimester because Dr. Hodges
is the man. It's just an hour class where he passionately shares
his experiences, answers questions, and I believe, gives us that
"light at the end of the tunnel" as far as where/how we imagine
implementing our skills in the workforce.
Random Tip of the Day: For you future students, I would
definitely recommend getting a tutor for the hard classes of each
tri. I was ALWAYS one of those kids who said, nope I will learn it
on my own and have always been somewhat stubborn in my studying
methods, however a valuable and experienced tutor that knows what
the teacher is looking for cannot be underestimated.
Rachel, who you will undoubtedly meet if you need help on this
campus, tutors something around 7 classes and her insight is
honestly worth every penny and multiplies my study effort when I
get the big picture.
See you next week!
• MPI Gait Seminar
• Trimester Wind Down
• Chiro Games
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