Happy Memorial Day (belated) everyone! This holiday is usually
filled with barbeques, weddings and getting a day off of school.
However, the day has such an important significance that it is easy
to be overlooked. Thank you to all the veterans, active military
and fallen soldiers that have sacrificed and dedicated their lives
to ensure the integrity of our country. It is an amazing career and
calling that they have chosen, and I am forever grateful for the
courageous men and women dedicating their lives every day for all
of us. I have lost some high school friends over the years to the
turmoil and war overseas, and I will never forget the impact they
have had on the country!
ND Clinic Format
So this trimester has been amazing so far, with many chances to
learn more and more. One of the major differences between the
chiropractic and naturopathic clinic is the beginning and end of
the shift. The beginning of the ND clinic has something called
"Preview," which is a way for everyone to go around and briefly
present their patients for that day. Then after everyone presents
their "briefs," the clinician or another colleague can pick the
case that he/she would like to hear more details about. From there,
you are required to know everything about the patient case to your
best knowledge without looking at the patient chart and also be
prepared to answer any and every possible question either
concerning the patient case or questions related to the case,
diagnosis or treatment. It is a very interactive component of
clinic, but it can be very intimidating.
At the end of the shift, we do something very similar called
"Review," in which we have the same format but discuss the patient
progress as well as any changes that are necessary. The time is
open and available for presentation of the case as well as
questions from the clinicians or colleagues. Overall, it is an
amazing way to learn from each other, as well as practice speaking
with your colleagues utilizing only medical terminology or "lingo"
as much as you can. It prepares you to be able to communicate with
fellow allopathic colleagues as well.
Well, so far in clinic, I have been picked for both preview and
review…actually I was picked the first day of clinic! It was very
intimidating since the group is made up of continuing education
chiropractic physicians and medical physicians. Since the formality
is new to me, I thought I was going to freeze because I have a
confidence issue. However, everyone was so supportive that it was
easy to just jump right in. If there is something I am not sure of
or misspeak, I know my colleagues are there for me because we are
all learning together!
So my Blissor this week: Being a part of an amazing naturopathic
community with lots of love and support.
Have a great short work/school week everyone!! :) Enjoy the
weather and don't get sunburned!