My First Week in the Naturopathic Clinic

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Posted on May 13, 2012

Wow! What a whirlwind week it has been. I finished my FINAL exam (of ten) on Monday and jumped right into clinic orientation. After 2 days of learning the ins & outs of the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic (did you know it’s the largest Naturopathic Clinic in North America?) I officially started as an intern.

Thursday was my first day. I had my lab rotation so rather than seeing patients I hung out with a bunch of blood & urine. Sounds gross, but it’s actually pretty fun when you get to run tests on it. I learned how to conduct erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR – this test is an indicator of inflammation) and blood typing. I also brushed up on my venipuncture skills – or stab lab! There will be many more skills to come over the next year.

Of course it wasn’t all roses. I was seriously quizzed by our lab technician most of the day (ugh – I thought exams were over), my water bottle disappeared (it was returned later), and I somehow managed to lock myself in the stairwell. I knocked for about 5 minutes before another intern let me out (thanks Katie!).

Note to self – don’t ever stop studying, always bring your keys with you & put your name on everything!

On Friday I had my first clinical rotation. This shift is a general shift & I had the absolute joy of meeting my first patient. I’m sure I will never forget those moments – walking down the hall to meet her, learning about her during the history and physical exams. We’ve been prepping for those moments for years & now here we are putting them into practice on real patients. I can’t believe it, but I am so ready!

I don’t think I’m ready for the paperwork yet, but I will get organized eventually. For now, I’m going to bask in the joy of being an intern!

I can’t wait to see what happens next…

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