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Taking the Training Wheels Off

by Jun 24, 2022

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I have always loved seeing patients in the clinic, it has been my favorite part of this journey. The clinic is where we have the opportunity to apply the theory that we have spent years learning in the classroom. Since I have completed all my academic coursework, all I have left are my remaining clinic shifts. So, these last few months are a chance for me to ride my bike without the training wheels on. Initially, I wanted to focus my spare time on my upcoming four acupuncture and herbal medicine certification boards; however, I decided to stay in the moment and use my time to prepare for patient encounters. I want to use my remaining time here engaging with the clinicians, being more independent with my treatment plans, and doing research for the more complicated or layered patient conditions.

I had a chance to travel to Michigan this weekend, I visited family, friends and my fruit trees. At our family friend’s farm, I had a chance to help feed one of the newest calves, she was so sweet. My plum tree is doing well, and is filled with fruit this year; the mulberry trees are looking lovely too! Studying is important, but making time for joy and rest is equally as such.

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Danielle Pureifory

Danielle Pureifory

My name is Danielle, and I am currently in my last trimester in the MSOM program here at NUHS – Illinois. I’m a travel addict, animal lover, and a hobby farmer who is passionate about helping the under-resourced community. I look forward to sharing my journey with you, and I hope you read something that inspires you to start your own journey.


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