A Little Pre-Clinic Interview

On the eve of my life as just a student is turning into my life as an intern/student, I thought it would be fun to do a mini interview with myself. I think it will be fun to answer these same questions throughout my internship experience.

What are you looking forward to most in clinic?

I am so excited to help people, see progress and improve my skills. The hands-on part of my training so far has been more piecemeal than clinic will be. Learning skills throughout the past two years, then bringing them together in my Intro to Clinic class has been great, but I need something more constant which I will get with my clinic schedule. It will be great to use my skills for treatments three times a week, where I could see as many as 12 patients per week! I think this fact alone will help so much with improving my skills, feeling more confident and actually seeing results! In summary, I’m looking forward to feeling more and more like a real acupuncturist!

What makes you the most nervous about clinic?

I am most nervous that my skills won’t be good enough. I struggle with point location and being confident that I’m in the right location when I needle. I know where to be careful, and I know being a little bit off usually isn’t a big deal, but this point location thing has been stressing me out since I first started learning it. I know I have improved immensely over the last two years, and I know I will improve even more during this next year, but that is what makes me most nervous.

What are you the most excited for clinic? 

I am so excited to reach the next step of, for lack of a better word, the metamorphosis I have been going through over the past few years. Becoming a confident, smart, skilled, happy acupuncturist. A real adult! All these steps on my path and I’m getting closer to the top. Starting with signing up for classes, progressing through the program. Along with finding love, peace, happiness and health at Barre N9ne Studio and finally getting the body and health I have been striving for over the years. And now starting my first round of clinics. It’s all getting so real, and though I am nervous, I am so excited.

What are your strengths as in intern?

My eagerness to be perfect learn is a huge strength of mine. Although the trying to be perfect part can also be a weakness, as it makes me frustrated when I can’t do something as well as I think I should, it also pushes me to be the best I can be, and to keep trying until I get it.

I’m really good with time! As a rule, I always plan to get where I need to be at least 15 minutes early, to help make sure I am never late. I hate being late! I am also very good with time management, something that many of my classmates struggle with. I like to get things done and be efficient, this will help me in the clinic setting, and also in the future with my own practice.

I have done great in school since I started, so I must know what I’m doing, right??

I’m great at following directions! I hate getting in trouble, so I always follow the rules ;) This will be a strength because it’s part of what we are graded on, and also very important, as we are working under someone else’s license.

Myself! This is me. I am an acupuncturist. I can do this, and rock it! I am a happy, loving and caring person. And that is going to take me far. Trusting this and being all that I can be might be challenging and first but I will get better and better.

*I’m glad I asked this question. I have the tendency to focus on the bad (or my version of bad, read imperfect), instead of remembering all the good stuff.

What does your schedule look like? Including all the workouts you want to do…

Even though I complain about it sometimes, I really thrive on being busy and trying to keep everything in check. My Barre N9ne classes may seen excessive to some, but honestly, it is my haven and I absolutely love them. That said, here is a breakdown of my schedule, and why one of my mantras for this summer is to “Power Through”

Monday: Clinic 8:30-1:30, Long, Lean Legs Express 5:30, TFFR 6:15

Tuesday: Barre N9ne Method 6:00am, Biochem 9-12, Intro to Japanese Clinic 2-4:10

Wednesday: Clinic 8:30-1:30, B9 Cardio 5:30, Barre Fusion 6:30

Thursday: Run 6:30am, Patient-Practitioner Relationship 10:00am, Western Path and Pharm 1:00pm (Sometimes take Legs/Fusion 5:30 and 6:30 at B9 instead of going Wed)

Friday: Barre N9ne Method 6:00am OR morning rundate. Clinic 1:00pm-6:00pm

Saturday: Barre N9ne Method 8:30, and hopefully a run/rundate. Try to finish up homework/paperwork for following week.

Sunday: Nursery at church every other sunday, rest. Beach!

Doable right?? And time to relax, and get a tan?

What do you like to treat best?

Stress. With my little experience actually treating people in school, stress is always fun. Most people you meet have some sort of stress in their life and to be able to give a treatment that lets them check out for a while and really just relax and rest is so nice to see. Sometimes it’s hard to just stop (see above lol), but being able to lie down, without doing anything is great.

What  would you like to learn?

I would love to start to really know how to treat different problems. I do in theory now, but not as much as I will over the next few months.

I want to be better at answering questions people have about acupuncture and Chinese medicine and be confident in what I’m saying.

I want to become confident and painless in my needling technique, and start to know that I am at the right point.

Is there anything else you are dying know? Or any other questions that would be good on this list?? :)

I’m excited to see my progression through clinic, and to share my experiences with you!

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2 thoughts on “A Little Pre-Clinic Interview

  1. I love this! You have learned so much about yourself already and this next phase is going to be an even bigger learning process for you, which is AWESOME. I’m so proud of you for going for this dream of yours and for KILLING it so far!!

  2. You are going to do amazing, friend. I love that you asked yourself these questions and are in the mindset to hit the ground running tomorrow!! (almost literally hehe!). You have already come so far and you are going to learn so much and be amazed at what progress you make in each week, month, and semester!!! XOXO!

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