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Vision, Mission, Values & Goals

Founded on Philosophy

The Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine was founded on a very specific philosophy, embodied by what we believe the ideal modern-day naturopathic physician must be and which is articulated in our vision:

one who will have a truly caring nature and a genuine desire to serve, who will commit to the ongoing practice of self-reflection and personal growth, and who will have a passionate belief in the efficacy of complementary medicine and a commitment to leading our world toward sustainable health.
Nurturing and interactive learning environment

The Ideal Naturopathic Physician

This vision of the ideal naturopathic physician underlies specific mission and value statements that were articulated in the very first year of the Institute's existence and which have been annually revisited and re-validated by the Institute's community. The Institute's founders understood clearly that in order to promote the development of the type of naturopathic physician envisioned, our ND program must be intentionally created on principles of inclusion, integrity, safety, respect, academic freedom, self-responsibility and innovation.

Creating Community

It was understood that we were creating a community in which each member felt heard, valued and supported on their journey of self-discovery and academic exploration. It was a conscious decision to steer away from the large, anonymous university model of instruction and to plan instead for small, intimate classes that allow maximum interaction among and between students and faculty. Interactive case-based instructional methods are utilized to fully engage all students, regardless of their particular learning style, and to foster critical thinking skills and clinical analysis from the first year onward.

The Small Class Mentorship Model

The small class mentorship model of instruction at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine supports and fosters the development of the envisioned ideal physician by providing an intensive but nurturing and highly-interactive learning environment - one that invites the naturopathic student to face his/her deepest motives, to take full advantage of the many learning opportunities both in and out of class, and to take responsibility for his/her ongoing personal and professional development, both at the Institute and as a lifetime member of the naturopathic profession.

Shaped by Our Constituents

All constituents of the Institute's community were invited and encouraged to participate in the development of the following formal vision and mission statements and continue to participate in an annual review of the mission.

Our Vision

Naturopathic medicine is a pillar in the maintenance of a strong and healthy society.

Our Mission

To advance the science, practice, knowledge and awareness of naturopathic medicine through education, rsearch, patient care, outreach, partnering and advocacy.

Principles and Values

The cardinal strands comprising our organization’s DNA – or core values – have their roots in the six principals upon which naturopathic medicine is founded. These are:

  • First do no harm
  • The healing power of nature
  • Identify and treat the cause
  • Treat the whole person
  • Doctor as teacher
  • Disease prevention and health promotion

We are deeply connected to these principals and the implications they hold for our organization, our individual members, and our community. These six core principles represent what resides within the foundations of the organization, and guides our values and goals as an organization.
The following core values form the backbone of BINM’s culture, and those who are passionate about living naturopathic principles understand and adopt them.  Thus, every strategy, initiative or communication we undertake contains elements of the following core values.

Respect
At the heart of everything we do and in all our interactions, we strive to be respectful to all people.  We understand that the only way to truly effect change in ourselves and those around us, is to respect ourselves and others. We practice respect by working toward solutions that come from integrity with a goal for success for all concerned.  As a not-for-profit, we are proponents of “community capitalism” and seek to share these principles with all of our stakeholders.

Individual Empowerment
We believe knowledge and understanding, correctly imparted, can be powerful tools.  We support change, curiosity, mindfulness, and adaptability to facilitate self-awareness, optimal health and the emergence of the inner healer in all of us.  We emphasize self-responsibility and personal development for our own health and seek to educate our patients, students and community on these principals.  BINM trains naturopathic doctors to be ethical and competent through the practice of self-reflection, personal growth and self-empowerment.

Innovative Learning        
We aspire to be pioneers, innovators and leaders in naturopathic medical education.  We encourage academic innovation and freedom, and the application of current theories in teaching and learning to our program development.  Our faculty and educational model supports critical thinking, self-reflection, self-motivated learning, objective analysis, clinical reasoning, a collective learning process and business savvy.  We recognize and validate the contributions of the sciences as well as the traditional healing arts in training for naturopathic medical care.

Integral Connection
We celebrate and support a life-centered, sustainable worldview, and seek to honour the true self in all of us. Our goal is to see the interconnectedness of all things in all we do.  We strive for the seamless and effective connection of ideas to deliver an educational or patient experience that challenges the status quo, but remains integral to the core of naturopathic competencies.

Courageous Intent
At BINM, we believe in personal integrity, the search for truth, random acts of kindness, and the courage of intent. We are committed to providing a safe educational environment and to promoting diversity in our communities.  We support our graduates in discovering and embracing their professional privilege to serve society and to develop responsible patient-doctor relationships.  We stand as stewards of the traditions of naturopathic medicine towards the wider world, while seeking to embrace the knowledge and skills of future naturopathic medical advances.  We practice transparency and are committed to changing the world for the better. 

 Accountability
To espouse self-responsibility to others, we need to embrace our own accountability.  We hold ourselves ethically and morally accountable to ourselves and to students, institutions, patients, the profession and the public at large.  We are held accountable to maintain the highest of standards because we represent a profession where others entrust us to provide proper guidance and care and we recognize this as the highest calling possible.  Our sense of responsibility for others connects us to our gratitude for the opportunity to serve others in this way.

Strategic Goals

Education and Research:

Goal 1: To provide an outstanding student experience through a distinctive education in the art and science of naturopathic medicine that remains true to the roots of naturopathic medicine

Goal 2: To recruit, retain and train well qualified and passionate faculty and staff

Goal 3: To cultivate and participate in naturopathic medical research and evidence informed practice.

Patient care and Community Outreach:

Goal 4: To provide safe, effective, evidence informed patient care that integrates naturopathic principles and philosophy

Goal 5: To engage in community volunteerism and support underserved populations

Goal 6: To serve the health care needs of the public
    
Partnering and Advocacy:

Goal 7: To establish a reputation as a reliable information resource regarding current preventive, holistic and primary health-care practices

Goal 8:  To partner with individuals and organizations who seek to support and promote the benefits of naturopathic medicine and its education

Goal 9: To advocate for an approach to health care that supports the career advancement of Boucher graduates and informs the public and policy makers as to the medical, social and economic benefits of naturopathic medicine

Institutional Sustainability:

Goal 10: To develop, implement and maintain an institutional success and sustainability.

Objectives

Education:  

Goal 1:  To provide an outstanding student experience through a distinctive education in the art and science of naturopathic medicine that remains true to the roots of naturopathic medicine

Objectives:
i)    To deliver a naturopathic curriculum that emphasizes evidence informed medicine and graduates competent, successful practitioners

ii)    To attract and retain exceptional students

iii)    To implement contemplative educational pedagogy and student wellness initiatives

iv)    To enhance the diversity of the clinical training experience and create opportunities for increased exposure to

v)    “real life” practice

Goal 2:  To recruit, train and retain well qualified and passionate faculty and staff

Objectives:
i)    To strive for competitive salary and benefits packages and promote wellness initiatives    
ii)    To Increase the pool of core faculty

iii)    To implement a faculty ranking policy and procedure

iv)    To support and provide faculty development offerings


Research:

Goal 3:  To cultivate and participate in naturopathic medical research and evidence informed practice

Objectives:
i)    To encourage student and faculty contributions to naturopathic medical research

ii)     To engage in appropriately selected research activities and broaden the scope of financial support
iii)     Improve library resources
Patient Care:

Goal 4:  To provide safe, effective, evidence informed patient care that integrates naturopathic principles and philosophy

Objectives:
 i)      To employ current and effective naturopathic medical treatment programs to                        optimize patient health    
      
i)    To reinforce naturopathic principles and philosophy in classroom and clinic                                        

Goal 5:  To engage in community volunteerism and support underserved populations

Objectives:

i)    To support an approach to naturopathic medicine that respects the vulnerabilities of all persons and teaches cultural sensitivity

Community Outreach

Goal 6:  To serve the health care needs of the public

Objectives:   
i)    To be responsive to current and emerging health issues, including a focus on the needs of rural communities, primary healthcare, and underserved populations

ii)    To provide clinical services in New Westminster and other communities

Public Awareness:

Goal 7:  To establish a reputation as a reliable information resource regarding current preventive, holistic and primary health-care practices.

Objectives:
i)    To educate the public as to the value and practice of naturopathic medical care

ii)    To promote awareness of the Institute and naturopathic medicine

Partnerships:

Goal 8:  To actively partner with individuals and organizations who seek to support and promote the benefits of naturopathic medicine and its education

Objectives:
i)    To collaborate with representative organizations, regulators, other institutions and policy makers to promote a better understanding of naturopathic medicine within the context of a wider national health care strategy

ii)    To raise funds from public and private sources which advance the goals of the institute

iii)    To expand alumni services and create connections to and support for the Institution

Advocacy:

Goal 9:  To advocate for an approach to health care that supports the career advancement of Boucher graduates and informs the public and policy makers as to the medical, social and economic benefits of naturopathic medicine

Objectives:
i)    To help advance the positioning of naturopathic doctors as qualified primary care physicians as an integral part of a well functioning national health care strategy

Institutional Sustainability

Goal 10:  To develop, implement and maintain an institutional success and sustainability plan by developing a 5-year financial, operations and facilities plan that ensures stability and adequate resources for growth

Objectives:
i)    To increase revenues by attracting and retaining and retaining high quality students from diverse backgrounds
                        
ii)    To develop new programs, that generate alternate streams of revenue

iii)    To actively engage in fundraising

iv)    To develop a 5-year facilities investment plan that supports growth

v)    To review operations to optimize efficiency, productivity and good governance

 

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