As a young chiropractic student, I constantly felt pressure to learn how to treat patients. I spent hours studying obscure conditions and learning about different anatomical systems. That pressure was slowly replaced with the real world question: “How the heck am I going to run a business and be a successful doctor”? I was fortunate that my college, Northwestern College of Chiropractic had a clinical externship program to help students obtain real-world experience before graduation day.
Dr. Favro’s Externship Experience
Let’s face it, starting a business is scary, but with some guidance and a little experience, you are much better prepared. My externship was fantastic. I was able to work with Dr. Kevin Schreifels at LynLake Chiropractic in Minneapolis. Dr. Schreifels is the official chiropractor of the Twin Cities Marathon and is no stranger to treating Olympians and athletes of all skill level. I learned the value of patient communication, ethical business practice and community involvement during my time at LynLake. I vowed to become an externship doctor and give back to the profession because of this experience. Toward the end of summer 2016, I submitted the application to be a teaching site.
What This Means for the Profession
In October of 2016, Turning Point Chiropractic became an approved Externship site for New York Chiropractic College. Only 14 accredited chiropractic colleges exist in the Unites States. The problem is not all of them have an externship program. Furthermore, there are less than 3,000 new doctors of chiropractic graduating each year. Given these numbers, acceptance into the program is a great honor. This means I am able to shape the landscape of healthcare not only through patients and the community, but through mentoring young doctors and students. One of my many goals during my graduate program was to create a positive impact on my profession by giving back. This is the perfect opportunity.
About Turning Point
Turning Point Chiropractic is a research based clinic. Treatment procedures, diagnostic skills and testing protocols from the most current peer-reviewed journals in healthcare. This type of forward thinking is crucial in keeping health care costs down. It is exciting to be able to teach this model to the next group of doctors and continue to shape the face of healthcare.