Treating Friends and Family 

“Don’t do it,” our school had said, over and over again.  “Don’t treat friends and family.  Refer them out.  Otherwise you’re just asking for trouble.”

I understood the basic message.  It could be summed up as a Boundary Issue.  As in, friends and family members tend not to have any.  Or at least, they’re less likely to consider them (boundaries, I mean).

Family members remember when you were in diapers, mumbling in baby talk.  Friends remember when you wouldn’t share the sky-blue crayon…or perhaps they remember you drunk-dialing your ex.  Either way, the dual relationships can become…awkward.

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Hindsight is 20/20: How I Survived Clinic (Internship)

I had a blast in clinic.  Make no mistake, it was not all rosy and smooth all the time.  In fact, like many of my classmates, I got kind of a rocky start.  At first, it seemed dismal and I was concerned that I’d never make it on time.

Indeed, a year seems like plenty of time.  But let’s face it, you also have a lot to do.  In my day, this consisted of: 200 adjustments, 24 exams, 35 physical rehab therapy treatments, 10 new patient recruits (not readily-available information; they wait to disclose this until you’ve already enrolled), 30-35 x-ray reports (during a 2-week rotation), and a gazillion QAs.  Indeed, you’re up against the clock and if you want to graduate on time, you better haul some butt.

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