I became a student intern at the NUHS clinic in January of this year. I cannot believe that last week was the conclusion of my time as an intern, and that this week is the beginning of my preceptorship in Elmhurst!
I remember being terrified of becoming an intern at the clinic, as I was nervous about putting together all of the information I have learned in chiropractic school. It was also scary to have an actual patient who I knew would depend on me for care and concern regarding their chief complaint.
Fast forward ten months, and my time at the clinic has come to an end. I learned so much from my clinician, Dr. Frank (Dr. Frank Frydrych, Chief DC Clinician), and I also learned a lot about myself in the process. I learned that it is always important to ask questions to fully understand concepts and the reasoning behind certain thought processes and techniques.
I also learned that every single patient is so different, and although we are taught textbook answers for certain patient presentations, patients rarely present in this cookie cutter fashion. I had so many simple and complex patients that I was able to learn from, and I am so grateful that they chose to come to the clinic for care. Although I am just as nervous to start my preceptorship as I was to start at the clinic, I know that the experience will be just as rewarding. I look forward to asking questions and learning even more about myself as a future chiropractic physician before I graduate in December.
Learn more about the doctor of chiropractic program at NUHS here.