“How many of you here are thinking about going into the field of medicine? Oh, perhaps to become a doctor, a dentist, a gerontologist, podiatrist, ophthalmologist, neurologist… there are many fields in medicine,” the day’s speaker opened her presentation. Not very many hands went up.
For these poor kids, doctor of medicine is a lofty profession. It costs money to attend medical school and it takes many, many years of study. It means endless hours of study, research, passing the board and licensing exams. Then there is residence time, apprenticeships, internships. To open up a clinic you need expensive equipment – modern enough to use today’s technology and software.
Medicine is for the rich and wealthy. The room became quiet as a tomb.
Unfazed by the silence, the guest presenter continued, “How many of you have ever heard of Chiropractic? Or have visited a chiropractor? You know, like when you have a neck ache, or a severe back ache? Anybody?”
No hands went up.
“Okay then,” she continued. “I’ll share with you an overview of Chiropractic – not chiropractic medicine, mind you. Just chiropractic.” The guest presenter thought for a moment… my kind of crowd.
“When I studied at Emory University I visited a chiropractor’s office in Lawrenceville. Very excellent clinic with a friendly and competent staff. I was so impressed I aspired to emulate that kind of practice.”
She projected the following chart on the screen and talked about the points at great length.
“Yes,” the presenter pointed at a student in the back. “Do you have a question?”
“This looks like an interesting program,” said a young athletic looking man. “What are the prerequisites? I mean, what does it take to study chiropractic?”
“Well, do you feel good when you help another person deal with a problem?” she asked. “Because in chiropractic, we see and treat the person as a whole – not just body parts.”
Laughter erupted in the room.
“I want some of that,” exclaimed an excited girl with braided hair. She looked like orphan Annie with black hair.
“Some of what?” replied the presenter. There was palpable interest.
“My grandfather complains a lot about back pain,” announced a high school senior. “Maybe I can do something about it using chiropractic…”
The presentation ended with some students surrounding the presenter and asking her questions.