My clinic internship has begun! I’m officially in my 8th trimester (although it took a longer to get here because of the flex track). Eighth tri ND clinic is on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays to ease us into seeing patients full time in tris 9 and 10. Being an intern allows us to put together all of the information we’ve learned from the basic science and clinical science classes to help patients improve their health. There will be a lot of learning and growth for my patients and me!
The first week of school was orientation where we learned the clinic expectations, how the clinic operates, electronic medical records, HIPAA, and OSHA trainings. In our orientation, we also talked about all the emotions that we may be experiencing, like excitement and nervousness. We are still learning, we are human, and it is entirely normal to feel overwhelmed and make mistakes along the way. Thankfully, we have our supervising clinicians to guide us, approve our treatment plans, and oversee that we give our patients safe and quality care.
I’ll be able to start seeing patients shortly, after demonstrating competency performing the 72-point physical exam on a fellow intern.
If you’re in the area and need naturopathic medical care, I’d love to see you! I’m able to start patient appointments on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30-5:30 PM, and Thursdays from 11:30 AM-3:30 PM. The campus clinic has appointments available for both students and community members. To schedule an appointment, call 630-629-9664.