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What happens next?

You spend the early part of your chiropractic education learning basic sciences, wondering, “When will I ever learn the REAL chiropractic stuff?” You start learning that stuff and anticipate the time when you’ll really be able to try this stuff out. So you get into student clinic getting prepared for taking care of real patients. Then you get into clinic, and you just can’t wait to graduate.  

So I talk to a lot of my friends that are graduating and it is very common for many of them to NOT know what is next. Of ...

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The word doctor comes from Latin, meaning to teach.

I’ve really noticed how the “teaching” component of my care has created sustained improvements in my patients. It is very rewarding to see patients with greater mobility, decreased adhesions and increased well-being. It is great hearing them praise me for how good my treatments are.  

But, I also recognize that I spend one hour with my patients. The other six days and 23 hours of the week, they’re on their own. So I make it a point to teach my patients about 1) What is going on in their ...

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I asked one of my patients today, “Has anyone ever explained to you what goes on in your body during a Graston Treatment?” My patient said, “No.”  I later asked my patient, “Has anyone ever told you what goes on in your body during an adjustment?” My patient said, “No, no one ever has.” Then I asked, “So, do you keep on coming back just because it helps you feel better?” My patient said, “Yeah.”

And maybe some patients just want to feel better and aren’t interested in why a particular treatment works.  That’s great, however, I feel ...

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So I’m in my last trimester of classes, and I discovered one of the most powerful learning tools - REVIEWING MY NOTES!  OK, since Tri 1, I’ve heard instructors say, “You should review your notes every day. You won’t have to study as much come exam time.” And I did look at my notes after the lectures, however the value of this strategy has never really hit me until recently.

While attending the Parker Seminars in Las Vegas in January and an International Chiropractic Pediatric Association seminar earlier this month, I kept hearing the presenters say, “How many ...

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Ethics & Jurisprudence, Shawn Steele’s class, is probably one of the most interesting classes that you will encounter @ CCCLA. Mr. Steele’s family is full of chiropractors, and his law office works with many chiropractors. He brings a very lively charisma to his class. His teaching style forces all the students to participate in the lecture.

In today’s class, he discussed diagnostic codes. Under almost all circumstances, this is a really boring subject. However, he managed to get laughs out of the class, kept us engaged, and entertained us. And it is a really important topic. Many chiropractors keep ...

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I had the opportunity in our rotation program to work in the University of Southern California Health Center, and it was a very fun experience. Patients were scheduled in 15-minute appointments. Compared with the half-hour and hour appointments that we have in the Cleveland Health Center, it sounds like a sprint. However, what I learned was that by being direct, to the point and urgent, I could take a quick history of, assess, adjust and demonstrate an exercise to a patient, with plenty of time to spare.  

In the end, it was all about confidence and decisiveness. I needed to ...

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During the winter months, it is expected that people will get sick more frequently. Here at school, clinicians, interns and students will be missing days more during this season than in the spring, summer or fall. I’ve thought about this, and I’ve thought, “How do I take care of patients, when I myself am sick?”

Maybe this is a reactive question. Maybe I should be asking, “What do I need to do to stay healthy, so I can treat my patients, so that they too will be healthy?” I guess this is more in alignment with chiropractic thinking ...

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Two trimesters left. I can’t believe I’m almost done! I saw a couple of patients yesterday. It was really nice that we had a break, because my patients are excited about coming in to be treated again. This is good, because it is a new year and a new opportunity to become the healthy people that we want to be.

My break was great. I had a chance to spend time with family, begin working out again, and most of all sleep.  I also read the book The 4-hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris. By far, this is one ...

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I passed the Clinic Exit Exam!

There has to be something said about practical clinic entrance/exit/board exams and their effect on people taking it. Before the exam started, I experienced heightened senses. The mental chatter picked up.  What is on the exam? Should I have studied more?  What if I don’t pass? 

Maybe I am an adrenalin junkie, because although my sympathetic nervous system always goes into overdrive during these moments, I find these experiences to be refreshing. Actually, I find them to be very peaceful. 

Once the exam began, it became an exercise in performing the ...

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One of my favorite classes this trimester is Psychiatry.   I don’t have a background in any of the psychological sciences, outside of the psychology class that I took as a prerequisite to getting into the DC program. So a lot of what I’m learning is new to me. What I like about the way that Dr. Carr teaches is that he links the psychological theories of human behavior and development to what we understand from a neurophysiological point of view. Then, he shows how those ideas can be applied to a patient-doctor relationship.

It is just fascinating to ...

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Yesterday, I watched my fellow students receive their white coats and box of business cards. It’s a big milestone for a student in chiropractic college. The newly anointed interns finally get to treat in the outpatient clinic, after spending a couple of years in the classroom.  But the standards are now elevated. No longer is 70% a passing grade.  When a patient is in front of you, they don’t come in to get 70% better. They want to get 100% better. By being held to a higher standard, interns improve their clinical competencies.

Receiving a white coat marks ...

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One of the best events of the year happens every Fall, the “Top Chef” competition.  I’ve had the honor of judging this competition twice.  This year, I did not judge, however I had the chance to sample some of the entries.  What I can say is that there is a lot of culinary skill that runs through the halls of CCCLA!  The contestants all created dishes that were not only tasty, but were also very aesthetically pleasing. 

This past weekend, the Alumni Association put on the annual Homecoming event.  One of the most moving parts of the day was ...

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