Northwestern student prepares for internship at world renowned medical center

Kate Martin | May 19, 2014

Chiropractic student Madeline Gail was selected for prized Walter Reed internship.

Madeline Gail

Madeline Gail, a chiropractic student from Northwestern Health Sciences University, will be the first Northwestern student ever selected to complete an internship at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.

Gail will be interning with William Morgan, DC, from May 19 to August 31. “I am honored and excited to work under Dr. Morgan,” says Gail. “He is a very intelligent and motivated chiropractor and expects a lot out of his interns. I am prepared to work hard and learn as much as I can. Most importantly, I am honored to serve those that have served our country.”

The integrative medicine internship at Walter Reed gives chiropractic students the opportunity to work with staff doctors of chiropractic, Drs. William Morgan and Terence Kearney, as well as spend time in several departments in the hospital. “I am ready to push myself to learn as much as I can. I am especially eager for the experience with diagnosing and imaging,” says Gail.

Gail’s interest in serving veterans began when she volunteered along with other Northwestern students and faculty at the Twin Cities Stand Down event hosted by the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans. As President of the Military Club at Northwestern, she was instrumental in leading a team of students to present to MACV. The presentation explained what Chiropractic care is and how it can impact veterans in not only learning to live pain free but how incorporating chiropractic care into their treatment plan could potentially stop new injuries from occurring.

She also developed an idea to stage an event at a local VFW to introduce alternative care to veterans and active duty military. The Feed ‘Em and Treat ‘Em event was held March 6 in Uptown, and was an amazing success. MACV brought eight veterans to the event, after the student presentation influenced them to make natural treatment from Northwestern a priority for vets. A total of 32 veterans attended the event, receiving complimentary massage therapy and acupuncture treatments, and a range-of-motion profile with information about chiropractic care.

Another project Gail initiated will take shape over the next few months. “We’re establishing a wall of recognition for students who are serving our country,” announced Gail. “The Wall of Honor will pay tribute to active or retired students, staff and faculty members.” A kick-off for the Wall of Honor will be held on June 4.

“Madeline has the drive and intelligence to accomplish any goals she sets for herself and her team,” says James McCloden, Northwestern admissions counselor. “She is a hardworking, well disciplined and a highly motivated student. She embodies everything a leader should be. It is Madeline’s leadership that has enabled the Military Club to impact the lives of veterans in our area.”

After completing her internship, Gail will return to Minnesota to graduate in November, and hopes to find an opportunity within the VA system. “I hope to continue this affiliation between Walter Reed and Northwestern,” she says. “I hope many more students will have this opportunity in the future.”

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