Keeping profit in perspective

Today in philosophy class, Dr. Sorgenfrey (the extremities adjusting professor) shared about his experience starting in practice after he graduated. He noted that there are many chiropractic seminars and magazine articles dedicated to helping the practicing chiropractor “get paid.” But, he asked us, isn’t our time and brain power better focused on best patient care and helping people stay healthy?

As I look ahead to graduation in February (2013)—Woot! Woot!—it’s good to be reminded not to get swept up in the entrepreneurial worries. It’s good to keep things in perspective. Present-time consciousness, being thorough, and keeping the end goal in mind (people’s health)­—these are the things I’ll focus on the most.

I’m realizing that in this, as in other higher principles, one needs a little help and community encouragement to keep the main thing the main thing. Fortunately for me, my soon-to-be wife is a passionate chiropractor! I think we’ll keep each other focused. Here’s hopin’.

Vito Spadafino
9th trimester student, Davenport Campus

Moving on up—to the AHC

It’s my eighth trimester, and I was just cleared last week to move into the Academic Health Center (AHC), the “big boy clinic,” where we see outpatients, or “real” people, as they are comically referred to.

It’s exciting to share expertise and knowledge with patients who really appreciate the time and advice you have to share. The respect I feel and confidence I have in communicating health advice to them even surprises me sometimes. Hah!

It’s refreshing to turn around and say, “Wow, I guess I really DO know this stuff!” The docs told us in class that “It’ll all come together.” As my chiropractic clinical practice becomes more and more real to me, I find myself appreciating those long hours in lecture, lab and study. It’s all part of the journey! As it is said, “He that would have the fruit must climb the tree.”

Vito Spadafino, 8th trimester student
Davenport Campus