When most of us begin our chiropractic education, we have come from taking college courses either at a four-year university or a community college. Chiropractic school is essentially graduate course work for a vocation that you will hopefully be doing for many years to come.
While it is important to keep your head in the books and study hard, you also need to understand what your eventual goal is the PRACTICE of chiropractic. Once you leave chiropractic school, you enter a world of taking care of people. All patients care about is how you can get them well. They are already assuming you have passed your classes and are qualified to be taking care of them.
The mentality you have coming into chiropractic college sets the tone for the type of doctor you will become. You have heard that what you put in is what you get out. That is exactly what goes on during your academic years at chiropractic school. Put your efforts where they count and you will do yourself a great service towards your future.
See how this statement resonates with you: “Being a good student makes you a better chiropractor.” I am not talking about the extremes of trying to straight A’s or the opposite of just barely passing the next test. That type of thinking is the mentality of an undergrad college student. I am talking about actually utilizing the information you are exposed to daily and understanding it because it will likely be useful when you are out in practice.
1. Learn; don’t just memorize the material in class.
2. Study in groups to help your understanding and communication skills with others.
3. Practice your psychomotor adjusting skills, carefully and respectfully with each other.
4. Talk to your instructors about relating what you are learning to clinical practice.
5. Take as many technique electives and seminars as you possibly can.
The message I bring to you is to always go the extra mile in your schooling because it will spill over into going the extra mile for your patients in practice. Get a good foundation and learn all you can because many of you will never have the time you have now to put into learning. Being a good student will make you a better chiropractor.