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 as:
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.
The Institute’s founders understood clearly that in order to promote the development of the type of naturopathic physician envisioned, our program must be intentionally created on principles of inclusion, integrity, safety, respect, academic freedom, self-responsibility and innovation.
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 of instruction at Boucher 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 their deepest motives, to take full advantage of the many learning opportunities both in and out of class, and to take responsibility for their ongoing personal and professional development, both at the institute and as a lifetime member of the naturopathic profession.