I was recently honored by a request from an exceptional chiropractic student to answer the following question which is posted on a Facebook Chiropractic Students page that she moderates.
If there’s one thing that you could say to students, what would it be?
My response is below and my thanks goes out to the soon-to-be doctor for inspiring me to write a series of future posts dedicated to the students of chiropractic.
Experience and Advice
If there’s one thing that I could say to students, it would be this.
Where you are today is only a snapshot in time.
Your beliefs about what chiropractic is, and everything else for that matter, is a reflection of your past chiropractic experiences, your instructors, what you have read and what you have witnessed.
I’m sure you will agree that you will be a better chiropractor in 5, 10, 15, and 30 years than you are at this moment because of what you will have experienced and been exposed to.
Because what I have stated above is true in any discipline, be willing now to accept that what you think you know is likely incomplete at best, and at worst, incongruent and potentially ineffective.
So my humble advice is this:
Challenge your beliefs.
As you would or should with any topic, go to the source and also what’s current. Read the works of our founders and modern philosophers. Study the science behind the vertebral subluxation, and work towards constantly refining your ability to locate and correct this unique clinical entity.
Keep an open mind.
Challenge yourself and your colleagues to dive deeper into our unique offering to mankind and the moral and ethical implications of that knowledge. Refine your communicative skills.
Knowledge brings clarity.
Skills and tools bring certainty.
Your moral character brings obligation. An obligation to share this knowledge, to serve humanity and to ensure that our unique service is accessible to every man, woman and child on the planet.
This is not an easy task or an obligation without sacrifice.
If practiced correctly, you will transform lives and be greatly rewarded on many levels.
Yet always let service to your fellow man and that moral obligation be your guiding light and purpose behind our mission.
I wish you all the best on your path of discovery.
Steve Tullius, D.C., ACP
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