Soup, Bikes, and Backpacks

Living in the city is awesome. Biking to and from clinic is generally the highlight of my day. However, it has its drawbacks. For example, what used to be an easy, hassle-free stop at the grocery store for soup has become terribly complicated. Why would I use the specific example of soup, you ask? Well, gather round children, zip it, listen.

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Oct 20, 2017 4:58:42 PM
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Forestalling the Flu

Well, after years of bragging and developing somewhat of a god complex, I finally succumbed to the constant assault of pathogens. Yeah, it’s astounding, but I got sick. I partially blame the crazy weather we’ve been having. The seasons just can’t make up their minds. It all started with a sore throat and weeks of sneaking suspicions that something was afoot. We all know the feeling, the uneasy feeling during the days and weeks where something just feels off – as if you were in the jungle being stalked by a predatory cat. When the sickness finally hits, it’s almost a relief.

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Oct 13, 2017 2:01:00 PM
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Planning for the Future

So, what am I doing with all my spare time now that I don’t have classes all day? What do I do now that I only have half days of clinical education and my nights and weekends aren’t spent studying? This amount of free time may seem like the perfect fertilizer for complacency and idleness, however there has never been more dire work to be done. Now is the time that I must plan and lay the foundation for my future beyond National. And that is exactly what I’ve been doing.

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Oct 6, 2017 2:01:00 PM
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Procrastination Perfection

Although classes are done, studying has hardly eased up. Over the next month and a half, my cohort and I will be taking 4 different licensure board exams. The third weekend of October, we’ll have the distinct pleasure of taking parts 2, 3, and PT on Saturday and Sunday. Study material? Just everything we’ve ever learned, just with less emphasis on the basic sciences (those were covered in part 1). How do I manage my excitement, you ask? It’s easy, I try not to think about it. So, how does one tackle the daunting task of brushing up on all the material? Let’s just say became a “prodigious procrastinator” over the past few years of school. This is a strategy that is often frowned upon, but hear me out.

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Sep 29, 2017 12:23:00 PM
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The Power of Community

What were the forces that helped shape the greatest nation in modern history? Sure, much of it had to do with the arduous journey, fraught with peril. A dangerous journey that only attracted the most ambitious, the most fervent, and those with the most conviction. Those attributes are the foundation of success; a melange that created the American Dream. Furthermore, those who found their way to the new world, were alone in a foreign land, confronted with a harsh environment with no other option but to rediscover farming strategies that had largely been lost to the onslaught of technology. In order to survive, they banded together in tight-knit communities. Together they survived and planted the seeds of a great nation.

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Sep 22, 2017 11:15:33 AM
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The End of Finals

This coming week I'll be taking my last formal exam at National (hopefully). The next two trimesters consist solely of clinic. It's another milestone -- they come quicker the closer one gets to graduation. I have mixed feelings about it. It's the end of an era. On the one hand, a few of my larger life goals have never seemed closer. This is an opportune moment to envelope myself in the task of creating the person and physician I want to be. It's always an exciting prospect - to feel as though NOW is the time to fully invest in those internal and external goals.


Flashback to the early days 

But something is holding me back. Somehow this doesn't feel like I think it should. It's tinted with with a touch of sadness. I've formed many connections and friendships with the people I've met here. They have been my teachers as much as any professor. From the people I've called my friends, I have learned some of the most important lessons. Lessons that are hard to teach and even harder to learn. In a way, they taught me to be stronger, to be discerning, and in a way -- autonomous. I learned the crucial role trust plays in interpersonal relationships, not just cerebrally, but experientially. It's an important understanding to apply to any form of clinical practice.

The conclusion of this trimester marks the end of my days spent on campus (for the most part). It means spending less time around many of the people I have come to know and relate with. I may not see them as much any more, probably not many of them at all after graduation. However, I will never forgot the important lessons I've learned from them. No doubt the resulting knowledge will continue to be a part of me and shape the person I am forever. So, while you're here, cherish the early years. Soak up the atmosphere of friendship before it all changes. 

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Aug 25, 2017 9:59:23 AM
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Common Misconceptions

I like to keep a finger on the pulse, when it comes to mainstream medicine. Every now and again I'll lazily surf the first page of google searches related to the profession. I like to know which misconceptions are prevalent enough that potential patients may run into them. And I'm not just speaking of Chiropractic health care, I'm talking about the entire counter-movement to the stale paradigm much of mainstream medicine has found itself in. I'm speaking of NDs too, and all functional medicine docs.

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Aug 25, 2017 9:58:12 AM
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Patient Education

At Salvation Army, this week's community outreach topic was on deciphering food and supplement labels. The first challenge for my colleagues and I was determining which information was relevant to the average Joe. Our second challenge was finding a way to phrase everything succinctly, without unnecessary complexity. 

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Aug 24, 2017 10:37:40 AM
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The Academic Afterlife

Everyone keeps asking me how I feel, now that I'm in the twilight of my academic years. Am I excited? Where will I go? Who will I work for? Will I start my own practice? I never quite know how to respond.

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Aug 24, 2017 10:26:19 AM
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Community Outreach

There are many facets to pursuing a career as a physician, far beyond academia. That is why a physician's education is geared toward creating a well-rounded individual. For example, here at NUHS, one of our graduation requirements is community outreach. We are called to participate in an event or organization through which we can help our community and spread awareness about what we have to offer. At the Salvation Army clinic, we have our own approach to community outreach.

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Jul 14, 2017 2:18:03 PM
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