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Chiropractor speaks at National Youth Leadership Forum-Medicine

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on June 27, 2014

I had the privilege of participating in a panel discussion at the National Youth Leadership Forum – Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta recently.  Every year, Emory hosts the NYLF-Medicine for high school seniors considering a career in Medicine/healthcare.

This is my 10th year of participating in the program.  In the past, each participating practitioner has spoken to separate breakout groups about their own specialty.  This year, the format changed somewhat so that the students could compare and contrast the various specialties.  It was really quite interesting.

The panel on which I participated included three MDs, an internist, a neurosurgeon, a family physician and a chiropractor.  Almost all of us had similar stories on how we ended up in healthcare, essentially that we all had a passion to serve and to help people.  yet, we all ended up in our own specialty for different reasons.

One of the things that struck me was how similar, yet how different we all practiced.  It was quite amazing at how my and the family physician’s practices paralleled.   Like me, he sees families from newborns to grandparents, even great grandparents just like me.  He serves as a team physician for a local high school athletic program, just as I have served as team chiropractor.  While the specialists focus on their specialties, the GP and I see folks with a variety of conditions sometimes BEFORE and sometimes AFTER having been diagnosed with a condition that would normally require a specialist’s intervention.

It was also very interesting how attuned to business considerations these future doctors were.  They seemed to understand the high cost of becoming a doctor and the changing economic environment facing health care providers in today’s market.

One of the most interesting questions for the panel was “What are the pros and cons of what you do?”  Not too surprisingly, every respondent had virtually the same answer, “I love what I do.  I get to help people.  What I do is very rewarding.  ?But, the downside is that you need to know that if you’re going to be successful, you’re going to need to work your butt off AND learn how to be successful business owner at the same time.”

I’ll write more later.  But suffice to say, that I always enjoy my time with the NYLF and am always gratified at the number of young people interested in Chiropractic as a career path.

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