When new patients call for an appointment, that phone call is their first impression of your practice, so it should be welcoming and professional. And just as important is their first visual impression of your office. Does your office reflect prestige and respect, or present a cold atmosphere and a lack of confidence? If the patient’s first impressions are good ones, that can lead to more informative doctor- patient interactions.
In my first trimester at New York Chiropractic College, all incoming first-year students were assigned a student mentor. The advice mine gave me was: “You must take care of yourself if you’re going to take care of others.” In that spirit, here are some techniques to keep you on top of your health even when the demands of chiropractic school and beginning practice become overwhelming. Get into a routine and stick to it: For example, if you are a morning person, get up before your first class or morning shift to go to the gym or for a run. This is your sacred time, and once your routine is established, breaking it becomes difficult.
For those of you looking to open up a practice after graduation, here are a few classes that you might not have taken in chiropractic school. Gain insights from online education courses that can fill in the gaps of what school might have missed. Listed are the course names, links, professors, course descriptions, and why I added them to the list.
Over the last few years, the most pressing question asked by students getting ready to graduate is, “Should I start out as an chiropractic associate or as an independent contractor?” Rumor has it that one method may be better than the other. In some cases, a field doctor may be offering a position or proposal that seems irresistible. Whatever the case, consider the facts and remember that if an offer sounds almost too good to be true, it probably is
The number of opportunities you have for professional advancement should be determined by your ambition, not your bank account. While chiropractic school will provide you with the knowledge you need to pass boards, learning outside of the classroom is a necessity to get the most out of your time as a student. Chiropractors may bicker and squabble over philosophy, but the one thing everyone can agree on is the need for the future chiropractors to be motivated to improve the profession.