Celebrating Student Success
On Tuesday, April 12, Life University hosted its first Clinic Gateway Reception honoring the new interns who are joining the Life Clinics. The event began in the afternoon with a learning experience that included speakers such as Dr. Davis (Dean of Clinics) and Dr. Schneider (Director of Student Services) as well as hands on events such as the Myers Briggs Personality Inventory. The afternoon event, as stated in the invitation, was geared toward “Communication, Celebration, Care, Compassion, and Success.“ According to Dr. Marc Schneider, “The experience was developed to provide a means to help students entering the clinical setting, to be better able to, and more effectively communicate with, prospective and current patients. Our experience with students transitioning into the clinical setting informs us that one of the areas that would enhance and improve the transition is effective communication.”
Following the afternoon events, the students and their guests were invited to a dinner catered by Bon Appetite. The evening was a chance to recognize the students for the hard work they had endured as they reached the next step in their education. Ceremonies such as this are becoming more popular among medical, dental, chiropractic, physical therapy, and veterinary medical schools and marks the student’s transition from the basic sciences to clinical health sciences and patient care. Brett Kubricht, Vice President for Student Council and new 8th quarter intern, opened up the evening by welcoming the guests. He was incredibly excited because just hours before, he had given his first adjustment in the Student Clinic (CCHOP.) As any new intern knows, that is truly a life changing moment for a student!
Dr. Riekeman addressed the students by telling them, “The day you said you were going to a chiropractor, you became a chiropractor.” He went on to challenge them by asking, “When do you stop being a student and start being a doctor? I hope it’s now.” He talked about the chiropractic profession being a ‘tribe’ and continued that it’s not, “faculty, staff, administration and students. We are all CHIROPRACTORS”.
After Dr. Riekeman’s talk, Dr. Davis called each student’s name and ‘presented’ them to Dr. Riekeman. The students walked across stage and received their Clinic Gateway pin, signifying the next phase of their journey.
In the past, student turnout to the event was dismal at best. Of the students entering clinic, only a small handful showed up, most choosing to ‘boycott’ the event all together. This quarter, the event coordinators responded with not only having the learning event, but by adding the reception afterwards. This changed the perspective of the students and only a handful didn’t show up. Grant Lassiter, 9th quarter intern, stated on Life’s Facebook page “It was great to celebrate this accomplishment with fellow classmates and faculty” and most students agree.
Congratulations to all the new interns on reaching this milestone and thank you to Life University for taking the time to honor the students along their journey!