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Spring seminar finale celebrates graduating, incoming interns

The incoming class of Life West health center interns gathers at Friday’s seminar.

Members of the Life Chiropractic College West clinic faculty and staff took time to recognize both graduating students and new interns at Friday’s seminar. The seminar was the final one of the Spring quarter, and also doubled as the final seminar for members of the upcoming class of graduates.

In addressing the soon-to-be graduates and incoming interns who provide care inside Life West’s Monte H. Greenawalt Health Center, faculty members were quick to offer pearls of wisdom.

“Show yourselves the same compassion and love you show your patients,” said health center faculty member Susan Hilliker, DC. “Understand that with all these successes, you will make mistakes, say the wrong thing, and not solve all your patient’s problems. I believe that any chiropractor in this room would say, ‘Hang in there, the fun is just beginning.’”

Graduates were recognized by name near the end of the seminar and were awarded certificates by Life West Vice President of Clinical Operations Scott Donaldson, DC, and faculty member Herby Bell, DC. The official graduation ceremony is scheduled for 4 pm Friday, June 14, in the school’s assembly hall.

Clinical Excellence award winner Shaylee Yano, with Dr. Susan Hilliker.

The proceedings also included recognition of students that excelled in the health center during the Spring quarter. In addition to honors bestowed upon students with 350 or more adjustment visits recorded, Life West also presented awards for Intern of the Quarter and for Clinical Excellence. Qisheng Li earned Intern of the Quarter honors. Shaylee Yano, who also earned an Emerald award for recording 500 or more adjustment visits, was recognized in the Clinical Excellence Category.

New interns, meanwhile, were recognized by name as they walked across the Life West stage. Each student was handed a small bell as a reminder of what is to come when their clinic hours are complete, the traditional bell-ringing ceremony near the campus’s front desk.

“We do not expect you to be perfect,” added Life West faculty member Christian Labau, DC, when he addressed the new class of interns. “We expect you to try your best. Be kind to yourself, and be mindful that every day in the health center is a learning day.”

Finally, in recognition of improved student turnout in Life West’s course evaluation process, student council president Maxwell Kelly announced the winner of a new Activator. Nearly 60% of Life West students had taken part in the process, and that number reflects substantial improvement over past quarters. Kyra Bacote was the lucky student picked from hundreds who took time to express feedback about their classes this quarter.

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