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Category V - Clinical Practice and Integration

integration and application of core principles

Emergency Medicine (Didactic and Lab)

Emergency medicine provides students with training in a variety of medical procedures including immunization, prescription-writing, intravenous and intramuscular injections.

This course will enable students to assess any emergency situation and respond immediately as a professional first-responder in order to provide basic life support.

Emergency medical skills are developed with a focus on the balance between confidence in established competencies and the recognition of limitations in personal knowledge and abilities.


A similarly balanced perspective is cultivated with regard to non-emergency situations through the development of referral skills. The scope of practice and training of other health-care professions is reviewed in the context of conditions and situations where referral to another professional is in the best interests of the patient.

History and Philosophy of Naturopathic Medicine I-III

This course is the fundamental seat of naturopathic medical practice. Especially now, in the age of pharmaceutical prescribing rights, it is critical graduates understand and apply naturopathic philosophy and principles in case management. The sequences of courses include a thorough description of the historical evolution of the profession, the principles that drive patient care and a survey of past and pivotal literature.

Introduction to Clinical Education

This course introduces you to the structure and functioning of the Boucher Naturopathic Medical Clinic. It covers the procedures and policies that apply to patient care; looks at proper documentation and patient flow, as well as the role of the overseeing doctor and student clinicians; reviews of the student clinical handbook and engages students in mock patient exercises to reinforce learning.

Master Classes

The Master class series welcomes experts from across the spectrum of health-care to share the wealth of experience and insight they have acquired within their particular specialty. These valuable classes allow the student to interact with those making a difference in their communities.

Medical Procedures (Didactic and Lab)

Medical procedures provides instruction in the performance of minor surgical procedures such as suturing techniques, lancing, the use of topical anaesthetics and bandaging techniques.

Clinical Studies

Clinical training provides clinic interns with the opportunity to learn and develop the skills to become proficient and effective Naturopathic Physicians. This includes integration and application of core principles, clinical problem solving and diagnostic skills, a solid understanding of the history and vision of the profession, as well as expertise in ethical patient care and use of core modalities. By observing, supporting and then managing patient care, clinic interns have the opportunity to build their knowledge and experience under the guidance of experienced clinical faculty.

Of the 1,400 clinic hours required to graduate, 1225 are spent in direct patient care- 1100 in the teaching clinic and 125 in preceptoring roles. The remaining hours are spent on assistant shifts in the clinic (75 hours) and in professional development (100 hours).

Integrating what is taught in the classroom and having the opportunity to work with real people is critical in the development of a well-rounded naturopathic Clinic intern. At the Boucher Institute our Student Clinic interns and Clinical supervisors (licensed NDs) work together as a patient care team. Interns present their treatment plans to the Clinical supervisor who then offers guidance and suggestions. The team develops a plan for investigation and, diagnosis, and ultimately implements and monitors a treatment plan for each individual patient.

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