Whirlwind was the only word I could think of to describe the last two weeks. With it currently being Week 12 (out of 15) of my 10th and final trimester of the DC program, preparations for the real world are becoming all the more important.
To start things off, I am pleased to announce that I did pass my Part 3 and PT board exams from October, and officially have cleared one more hurdle to licensure post-graduation. Also, I successfully traveled to Port Orange, Florida to take Part 4, the final/practical standardized board exam, which featured one day of radiology examinations, followed by another day of physical exam and chiropractic procedures. I will not find out my score until after Christmas, but I feel that the DC program here at NUHS-Florida prepared me very well for the test, and I felt fairly confident throughout the exam.
To top off the stress of road tripping to the most intense exam of our chiropractic experience, the day before we were set to drive across the state, Hurricane Eta (aka the literal whirlwind of my story) made landfall just off the coast from us. Thankfully, we only experienced one night of heavy wind and rain and by the next morning, Eta had already sped up and swerved north, veering away from the original path (our exact driving route across Florida), ensuring a safe trip for my classmates and myself.
As we move into the final weeks of my last trimester, I am both excited and a little sad to conclude my clinical rotation. I have learned so much by working here at the Pinellas Park Clinic, and really developed a rapport with my patients. I will be sad to leave the clinic, but I am very excited for the next step! I have an opportunity to shadow a chiropractic office within the community, which counts as the last 10 days of my clinical experience. I am excited to preview (not finalized yet) that I will be shadowing with a professor at a local sports chiropractic office. This place has a lot of the tools and uses many of the techniques and services I plan to work with in my own practice one day and I could not be more excited to spend an extended time with them. Hopefully, my next blog will have some exciting developments and news regarding that clinical rotation.
Finally, following the hurricane, board exams, and end of clinic, my schedule has opened up, stress has gone down, and I will be able to enjoy the remaining weeks of this year and the upcoming holiday season. I have been able to go on more walks through the nature reserves (see obligatory alligator picture!), prepare a few fun meals with my girlfriend, and most importantly: finally relax a bit! I am very excited to see what the next month has to bring before graduation and look forward to sharing it with all of you readers here in a few weeks.
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