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Advancing chiropractic through philanthropy, service and leadership

Advancing chiropractic through philanthropy, service and leadership

Fall 2018

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Alumni Give Back as Mentors to Future Chiropractors

Dr. Steflik has served as a preceptor for students from the Florida campus since March 2015
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Palmer's preceptorship program allows practicing doctors the opportunity to provide guidance to a student finishing up his or her clinical education. This optional, off-campus program is for qualified students in their last term before graduation. Through preceptorship, students gain valuable clinical and business experience with a doctor of chiropractic in a real-world, private practice setting.

Alumni who are interested in serving as preceptor D.C.s apply to the program and are thoroughly vetted before being certified to mentor a student. Many preceptors not only enjoy serving in this role, but they also feel hosting a Palmer College student breathes new life into their practice, opening their eyes to fresh perspectives and new patient-care ideologies.

"There's so much to learn in this world and you can't possibly learn it all in a classroom," says Tim Steflik, D.C. (Florida, '11). "We need more successful chiropractors and I want to help more chiropractors achieve that success. We learn from them as much as they learn from us. Is there any reason why you wouldn't want an eager, capable chiropractor intern in your office?"

Students on preceptorship have benefitted greatly too.

"Personally, mine was amazing," notes Emily Boyich, a June 2018 main-campus graduate." It gave me the most confidence before graduating. I'm so glad I did it."

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