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Rites of Passage…

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Here we are… coming up on a major crossroads (at least me and the rest of the 2nd of 3 year students at OCOM).  Finals started up this week and continue pretty heavily into next week.  Then after that’s all said and done, just to really drive it in, we have our Clinic Entrance Exams (I like to refer to them as the mini boards), which are as ominous as they sound.  They mark the seperation of where you are a student in a classroom & where you’ve become an actual practicing intern in the OCOM clinic.  It all happens so fast and I’m convinced all these tests are merely a lesson in stress management.  The big test is two weeks from today and I’m trying to take a light-hearted stress free approach.  I have the information, the spreadsheets & the notes.  I’ve put in the time & I’ve studied my butt off for the past two years, so come Fall, I will be wearing my white coat treating people all on my own; with a supervisor of course!  I absolutely can’t wait! 

In the meantime to take my mind off of things I have been taking some extra hours working at the gym; which I LOVE and wish I had more time in every day to come play with KettleBells and offer my guidance and knowledge to our clients (www.spinachyou.com… Check it out!).  They are in the process of filming a promo video for a Kettle-Bell workout DVD which is going to be rad, so be on the lookout for a sweet video with all our clients; me and the other trainers included snatching (it’s a kettlebell move 🙂 ) away.  More word on that to come! 

It’s easy to find other things to do when your list of things to do and to study is so long you don’t know where to start; I just found an awesome website that my mom sent me; Ode Magazine which is sure to make my list of favorites as well as a great way to procrastinate!

Until next time, wish me luck and be well!


  1. Erin
    June 12, 2010 at 11:08 p

    That’s great the family is doing well! Thanks for reading 🙂 & yeah, isn’t that Acupuncture Project awesome!? They are gaining momentum and raising more and more around the city! Portland is so great 🙂

  2. Sallie B Hanson
    June 12, 2010 at 7:45 p

    BTW … thought the accupuncture needle artworks in Portland absolutely fantastic! And what a wonderful concept! Can’t see that happening in Idaho any time soon!

  3. Sallie B Hanson
    June 12, 2010 at 7:43 p

    Glad to hear things moving along well for you … exciting times!
    Summer was here for 6 weeks doing her Family Practice rotation with Dr. Levin. She’s just finishing up her Surgery rotation in Minneapolis, then moving on to her OB/Gyn rotation in St. Cloud, MN. Will stay with another PA friend for the 6 weeks. She has 3 more after that, then will begin 12 Family Practice rotation. Dr. Levin invited her back here to do that if she wishes, and of course, we do!
    It was so nice to have her here with us. Jere came home also; and she was so good with him; and he responded well. So, she’s working for completion by spring 2011.
    Davin and Amy doing well with Baby Quinn. She’s now 6 months old. MBT moved to New Hampshire, so Davin’s been playing Mr. Mom while looking for work here.
    My gardening season has slow start so far due to the weird weather we’ve been having. Forecast says more rain and snow in the upper elevations.
    Take care, stay calm and cool, and best of luck in all that you do!

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