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In a Nutshell: Why Boucher?

Our students choose the Boucher Institute for a variety of reasons!

Here are a few of them...

1SMALL CLASS SIZE

We offer a cohort model of education with class sizes of approximately 30 students. This type of learning model uses the power of interpersonal relationships (student to student and student to instructor) to enhance the learning process and provide additional support to the cohort members as they move together toward program completion. Research has demonstrated that cohort models of education are important to student success (Kipnis, Whitebook, Almaraz, Sakai, & Austin, 2012). Studies indicate that peer relationships “enrich... members’ learning experiences... improve academic performances,” and are “associated with increased motivation for learning, persistence... and success in program completion (Pemberton & Akkary, 2010, p. 180).

Furthermore, an additional benefit of cohorts is that such a model is “relative to real-world group and interpersonal dynamics... and [increase] the ability to... transfer cohort experiences into the work setting” (Pemberton & Akkary, 2010, p. 181). Students who have experience in smaller university or college settings are naturally attracted to our cohort model and students from larger institutions find the Boucher experience to be rewarding and beneficial. Our small class sizes allow for a collaborative and intimate learning environment, an outstanding student to instructor ratio and a close-knit community.

2A DYNAMIC LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
Our academic philosophy, demonstrated through our careful curriculum design, incorporates principles of research-based learning theory, conventional academic wisdom and creativity within a mentorship-like context. How do we know our unique academic philosophy works? Our students consistently perform above the average of other CNME-accredited and candidate schools on the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Exams (NPLEX) see tables below:

  •   August 2015 NPLEX Results
School Biomedical Sciences Core Clinical Sciences
Boucher Institute 100% pass rate 83% pass rate
Average of all seven CNME schools 80% pass rate 82% pass rate

  •  February 2015 NPLEX Results
School Biomedical Sciences Core Clinical Sciences
Boucher Institute 100% pass rate 100% pass rate
Average of all seven CNME schools 75% pass rate 88% pass rate

  •   August 2014 NPLEX Results
School Biomedical Sciences Core Clinical Sciences
Boucher Institute 87% pass rate 88% pass rate
Average of all seven CNME schools 74% pass rate 83% pass rate

  •   August 2013 NPLEX Results
School Biomedical Sciences Core Clinical Sciences
Boucher Institute 94% pass rate 100% pass rate
Average of all seven CNME schools 77% pass rate 86% pass rate

  •   August 2012 NPLEX Results
School Biomedical Sciences Core Clinical Sciences
Boucher Institute 94% pass rate 90% pass rate
Average of all seven CNME schools 83% pass rate 85% pass rate

  •   August 2011 NPLEX Results
School Biomedical Sciences Core Clinical Sciences
Boucher Institute 97% pass rate 87% pass rate
Average of all seven CNME schools 79% pass rate 89% pass rate

  •   August 2010 NPLEX Results
School Biomedical Sciences Core Clinical Sciences
Boucher Institute 88% pass rate 84% pass rate
Average of all seven CNME schools 81% pass rate 84% pass rate

  •   August 2009 NPLEX Results
School Biomedical Sciences Core Clinical Sciences
Boucher Institute 88% pass rate 92% pass rate
Average of all seven CNME schools 78% pass rate 87% pass rate

 

3HIGHEST QUALITY OF INSTRUCTION
We are committed to attracting and keeping the best faculty. Courses are taught by instructors with a terminal degree in their subject area (i.e., PhD, ND or other fully-qualified health-care professional). Clinical expertise qualifies these professionals to present and demonstrate the specific knowledge and skills required. Clinical practice and integration courses are taught exclusively by licensed, practicing naturopathic physicians. Our academic philosophy strives to incorporate principles of proven conventional academic wisdom and a mentorship program. Our commitment to small class sizes allows for maximum flexibility in incorporating various educational methodologies, including hands-on situational learning. For faculty biographies, please refer to our 2015-2016 Academic Calendar below.

4LEARN MORE, DO MORE
There are no electives at the Boucher Institute, which ensures our graduates are equally strong in all standard naturopathic modalities. Unlike other schools, we offer Traditional Asian Medicine as part of the curriculum, which means our students are eligible to practice acupuncture upon graduation. Our biomedicine course, which offers the basic sciences as one integrative course, is unique to the Boucher Institute. As a synthesis of several fields of study, biomedicine promotes an integrative, holistic and clinically relevant view of the basic sciences.

5HANDS-ON CLINICAL EXPERIENCE
The instructor ratio in clinical education ranges from four to eight students per supervising naturopathic doctor. We have over 20 clinical instructors, all of whom maintain private practices in addition to teaching at the Boucher Naturopathic Medical Clinic. This means clinical instructors are current in the field, and bring their own areas of expertise to the clinic. Along with direct patient care, students get practical training as assistants in the dispensary, laboratory and at the front desk.

6A FOCUS ON PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
We recognize that no patient will benefit from the care of a good naturopathic physician unless that physician is able to successfully practice medicine. We also recognize that students entering the profession may need help with the practical aspects of entering into naturopathic practice. That’s why we have developed a comprehensive professional development program that is offered throughout your four years of study.

7THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE SCOPE OF PRACTICE
In 2009, British Columbia revised the legislation governing the practice of naturopathic medicine to include minor surgery, prescription rights and additional diagnostic procedures, which gives B.C. practitioners the most comprehensive scope of practice in Canada.

8THE IDEAL LOCATION
British Columbia is known for its stunning natural beauty - with towering mountains, forests and beaches. There is also no shortage of activities for the outdoor enthusiast, with nearby skiing, hiking, mountain biking trails, rivers, lakes and, of course, the Pacific. The mighty Fraser River is minutes from the school, with a beautiful boardwalk extending several kilometres through New Westminster.

9GROUPS, CLUBS AND COMMITTEES
Opportunities abound for students who wish to get immersed in life outside the classroom. Join our peer support team, unwind in a yoga class or get to know our sports medicine club. Whatever your interests, chances are there is a group for you.

10MENTORSHIP MODEL OF EDUCATION

Mentorship is about people learning from each other. It is a nurturing process that allows more experienced students and instructors to share their professional knowledge and expertise with those who are less experienced. Mentors help our students to reach their learning potential by guiding and encouraging them to excel and grow. Through mentorship, students gain insight into new skills and knowledge through example and support.

Boucher offers a mentorship program called Leading Innovation in the Naturopathic Community (LINC). This LINC Collaborative is comprised of exemplary naturopathic physicians who embody the spirit of naturopathic medicine, and who desire to support the continuous growth and development of the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine and naturopathic medicine in British Columbia. These ambassadors will serve to extend the reach of Boucher throughout Western Canada. Each member of the LINC Collaborative is an emerging leader in the field of naturopathic medicine; their expertise serves them in their roles as advisors, mentors, and entrepreneurs in health care.

LINC is a formal mentorship program for senior BINM naturopathic students, focusing on professionalism, development, and sustainability. The program is intended to assist students in effectively transitioning from full-time studies into professional practice. This mentorship program is a reciprocal relationship designed to benefit both the mentee and the mentor, utilizing a structured communication plan and mentee tasks to support the mentor’s clinical practice.

The LINC mission is to provide opportunities for enhanced networking and collaboration amongst the naturopathic community in Western Canada, to provide a platform for discussion and development of new and innovative ideas, to allow for the recognition of excellence in professional practice and mentorship, and to strengthen the profession by supporting the creation of more successful practitioners for the provision of excellence in health care.

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