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Allisha is currently doing a preceptorship with a D.C. in the field. While she is super busy, she may send us an update on her progress while preceptoring and before she graduates next tri.
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Now that Boards are over most of my time is spent getting ready for precepting and moving across the country! We have two weeks left of classes for my trimester, and I still need to get two more physical exams to finish my graduation requirements. I have a bunch of paperwork to get turned in after I finish up those physicals.
I started packing up and cleaning out my apartment last night. I threw away a lot of things, gathered a lot of things for a garage sale and textbooks to donate, and started packing up the things that will come with me! My apartment looks too bare right now, but I have less than a month before moving day!
I am very excited to start this new journey. I’ve talked to the doctor I am precepting with, and we’ve set up a start date. We are both very excited to start working with each other. I am very excited to see the difference between how her office is run and how we run the clinic. I can’t wait to learn all aspects of how to run and operate an office, and I’m excited to start adjusting again! Having to take a month off from adjusting is going to be dreadful. I love adjusting, and when it’s been a long weekend or a break, I find myself missing it. I love that I’ve found a profession where I miss doing what I do when I’m unable to work for short periods of time.
I know I will be busy enough to keep my mind off it, though. Moving across the country is not an easy task. I’m glad I only had to do it once. I came to the Quad Cities from Burlington, Iowa, so it was a short trip to move here. Moving 18 hours away is a whole different story, but I couldn’t be more excited. I can’t wait to be a short drive from the beach and never having to freeze again. I will not miss Iowa winters, that’s for sure. I will miss several things about Iowa, but maybe that will be my first entry once 10th tri starts!
Florida, here I come!
Today I write to you from an airplane! I am on my way back from Florida! I spent the last two days in the sunshine and on the beach away from the cold and snow!
No, really I came purely on a business trip. I actually met with three different field doctors to talk to them about potential precepting opportunities (!!).
Palmer’s precepting program allows its students to go out and work in an office with an approved field doctor. There are doctors all over the United States that are eligible to host student interns, and this program allows us to learn from someone who has been out in the field for a long time. It also allows the field doctors to learn from us! The profession has grown so much that everyone can benefit. They also get the extra help around the office and get an opportunity to help out a student.
So most of Thursday I spent meeting with the doctors and talking to them about their practices and trying to decide which place would be best for me. All three offices were very different and had really different things to offer. It was a really hard decision to make, but I think I have decided on which office would be the best fit for me!
I am very excited for this opportunity and being able to have met so many wonderful doctors out in the field. It’s really great how accepting and welcoming the field doctors are. It’s always great to get out and see different offices. I recommend doing that as much as possible!
On Friday we spent most of the day looking at houses. Everything is happening so quickly! I can’t believe it’s already time to do all of this. We looked at some really interesting properties, but we found one we really like. Everything seems to be falling into place. I am ready to get out there and take in everything I can. The precepting program is a really great opportunity, and I am so thankful to be able to get this experience.
These last couple of weeks have been quite busy. Although there hasn’t been anything too out of the ordinary going on, just lots of beginning of the trimester things.
We had a meeting about precepting last week. In tenth trimester you are able to leave campus and go work in a doctor’s office in almost all of the states. Even though that isn’t for another three trimesters, we are supposed to be thinking now about where we want to go and try to contact a couple of doctors in that area and meet with them before we fill out the paperwork and make sure we are eligible.
I’m looking at trying to stay around my hometown or possibly going to Ames or Ankeny (Iowa), which is about three hours from where I am from. I’m going to try and start getting stuff together to contact them this week and get dates set up to meet up with potential doctors so I can have that aspect figured out. I only have about a year left to get everything done, and it’s seeming like I won’t have enough time to do it all. The sooner I get a start the better.
We also have to start thinking about Clinic Abroad, which I would really like to do. I already have a passport and the necessary things for that, but I am only able to go after next trimester because I am getting married during our ninth trimester break.
So I have three major things to have sorted out within the next year and get to top it all off with board exams. So it’s shaping up to be one busy trimester! Although busy, it will be a lot of fun. A lot of exciting things are happening!