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From Chiropractic Student to Chiropractic Intern!

by Oct 9, 2020

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These very first weeks of Clinic Internship I have been both exciting and daunting. As I was reminded, anyone who begins a new and significant thing, can feel this way, but a really great part of my experience has been the support and encouragement of the “Upper Tri’s” (interns in trimesters 9 and 10, Clinic Internship II and III, respectively).

Reinke Intern Team w_Caption

The Reinke Interns, left to right: Matthew Johnson, Me!, Morgan Dakarian, and Robert (Ian) Armstrong.

I am assigned to Clinician Tari Reinke, DC and her team has been wonderful during this transition. They are helping me to learn processes, the EHR system, the uses of therapeutic equipment, effective flow in performing patient care, and being really good examples, while showing great patience and being reassuring. I am very thankful to all the members of Dr. Reinke’s team. The “Upper Tri’s” have definitely “been there” and they take every moment to share their knowledge and experiences, so that the whole team can achieve the best results together. This has definitely been greatly appreciated!

NUHS’ Whole Health Center in Lombard, Illinois has great interns across all programs. A few have shared “words of wisdom:

ND Intern - Kamila Bafia

ND Intern, Kamila Bafia (above) said, “Remember, don’t be too hard on yourself. You are learning a new thing. Any time you start something new, it will take time, so be patient and don’t be too hard on yourself.” Just being reminded of this relieved my anxieties.

NDIntern, Candi Dias said, “We’re ready. They prepared us really well.” Intern Dias is right. “They,” our Phase 1, Basic Sciences and Phase 2, Clinical Sciences instructors, have prepared us to be successful Clinic interns and future Chiropractic physicians.

DC Intern - Katie Fortman

DC Intern, Katie Fortman (above) who practices manipulation skills with me said, “You’re going to be great! Just believe in yourself!” Part of the journey is practicing skills and having the confidence to perform them effectively.

ND Intern - Jasmine Morris

ND Intern, Jasmine Morris (above) said, “Decide what type of physician you want to be and ways to practice that are befitting to who you are and how you want to practice.” She also encouraged me to practice reflection on patient care. These words will stay with me for a very long time.

As a brand-new intern, at this point in my journey, my humble “words of wisdom” are to maintain flexibility and be willing to adapt, as this process continues to shape you into a future physician and the advice from my husband, “trust that you will be willing to pull from the well of knowledge that you have acquired along the way.”

 Share your moments of encouragement and/or “words of wisdom” with current and future interns!

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Rameda Lee

Rameda Lee

Rameda Lee is an 10th Trimester Chiropractic Medicine student, a 2020-21 Senior Ambassador of NCMIC’s Starting Into Practice Student Program on the NUHS Lombard Campus, and a 2020-21 Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellow. Through blogging for NUHS’ website, Rameda hopes to acquire and exercise skills that will allow her to represent herself both personally and professionally and to be in a position to assist others in their decision making regarding; choosing a Program of Study; attending NUHS; and in gaining insights into what student life at NUHS, Lombard would be like.


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