Job Searching

OK, so I’m beginning to understand the difficulty inherent to finding a practice that will be the “perfect fit.” Or even a good fit. The first thing I’ve really had to clarify with myself is the question of how I want to practice. Which aspects of practice are priorities to me and which aspects I’m willing to to compromise on.

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Dec 8, 2017 8:31:00 AM
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Thanksgiving

The time of year is once again upon us, in which we are inundated with family parties and travel. A time of year fraught with gift-giving and unity. A time of year during which I think it’s easy to get lost in the festiveness of it all and forget to truly give thanks. To actually focus on everything you have in your life to be thankful for. I sat down and really thought about all I have to be thankful for and it was a humbling experience, considering the amount of things I tend to complain about.

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Nov 22, 2017 8:46:00 AM
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Part IV (Part Two)

Let’s just say that Friday boards segued into quite a night... and afternoon of celebration for completing the “easy” day of boards. If celebration seems a little premature, it’s because it was. We were far too excited to be sharing this experience together that we got a little ahead of ourselves with festivities. Although, I must say that we did get some group studying in during the afternoon. It was short-lived, but we used our time efficiently.

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Nov 17, 2017 8:42:00 AM
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Part IV (Part One)

Thursday arrived far too quickly last week, and we were in the car heading to Palmer in Davenport, Iowa before I knew it. There were five of us from the Salvation Army clinic that banded together and pooled resources to embark on this monumental weekend. I found myself crammed into the backseat of Nick Hollendonner’s black Impala as we headed to Costco to buy supplies for the long weekend of testing.

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Nov 14, 2017 1:46:34 PM
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Wait! There's More...Part IV Boards

I feel like a broken record, yammering on and on about boards. But, Part 4 is this week and it’s coming far too quickly. Part 4 is held in a variety of places across the nation. Unfortunately, National is not included on the list of test sites. So, next Thursday a few colleagues of mine and I are going to be road-tripping to Davenport, Iowa, to test at Palmer. Test days are Friday - Sunday, but you only test on a combination of two days. Thankfully, my test days are Friday and Saturday so the agony won’t have to be drawn out into Sunday.

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Nov 3, 2017 5:01:00 PM
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Boards: 2, 3, and PT

Saturday morning I woke with a start. A grayness squeezed between the pickets of my blinds, cast by a sky that was dawdling between night and day. As consciousness sluggishly seeped back into me, I felt panicky as I hadn’t woken to the familiar sound of my alarm. In a start, I leapt from bed, heart racing. “Of course my alarm wasn’t set this morning,” I thought, “It’s the weekend.” I enjoyed a brief period of relief followed by an intensely sick feeling when I realized I had Part Two boards that morning. Thankfully, repetition has honed my biological clock with precision, like a pebble on a beach, being blasted and smoothed by the continuous roll and tumble of the vast ocean. I glanced at the clock and realized I still had an hour and a half to get to Lombard and sign in.

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Oct 27, 2017 9:59:47 AM
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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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