Clinical Ecology

Clinical Ecology provides students a look into the background, history and mechanisms behind chemical and environmental toxicology. In the course, students will explore strategies for detoxification, various tests, and other evaluative techniques. An in-depth presentation of allergy and allergy testing and treatment methods is included.

Dermatology

Dermatology examines the etiology, presentation and pathophysiology of various skin conditions. Identification of physical presentation is emphasized throughout the module.

Genetics

This module develops an understanding of the role of a person’s genetic makeup and its contribution to their health. The rapidly changing field of genetics and its contribution to medicine is examined and discussed, as is the emerging role of genetic counselling as practiced in British Columbia.

The course looks at the following specific topics as they relate to genetics:

  • General terms
  • Normal karyotype
  • Examples of Mendelian disorders
  • Cytogenetic disorders and single gene disorders with nonclassic inheritance

The role of biotechnology in society, as well as possible naturopathic roles and applications for the treatment of individuals with genetic diseases will be examined.

Geriatrics

This six week course will cover clinic considerations when doing a historical intake, physical exam, nutritional assessment and laboratory investigation. Some of the more common abnormal non-pathological findings of the geriatric population will be explored. Common pathologies in the geriatric population will be discussed, as well as the naturopathic considerations. This course will also attempt to cover social constructs the geriatric patient may have to endure and discuss possible solutions.

Gynecology (Didactic with Lab)

Our Gynecology course examines women’s health from a naturopathic perspective. The course includes the study of normal development throughout the life cycle, understanding of hormone balance and differential diagnosis, investigation and treatment of imbalance or disease. Because many factors specifically affect the health and wellbeing of women, this course takes a holistic, woman-centred perspective on gynecology. In addition to pathologies and allopathic and naturopathic treatments, wider factors are examined – including socioeconomic status and cultural behaviours – to develop a broader perspective on how practitioners can best provide women’s health-care.

Naturopathic Clinical Art and Sciences NCAS I-VI

These courses are designed to prepare students for the reality of a clinical setting, in which people are human and problems are occasionally unclear. The course will cover many approaches, including Problem Based Learning (PBL), case based collaborative learning, patient research, and case analysis. This course begins with clinical entrance in the third year, and continues to the end of the naturopathic medicine program. It serves as an educational core, uniting the curriculum with clinical practice

The courses include a series of projects in each term based on clinical problems or topical issues. These issues are usually presented as patient cases. It examines each facet of clinical practice to sharpen clinical, diagnostic and treatment skills, case management and professional attitudes.

The students are responsible for making the process work. The instructor’s function is to facilitate and support the group by acting as a resource and serving as an unobtrusive educational coach to guide students in reasoning their way through the presented challenge.

Learning is promoted through facilitating students’ access to their own prior knowledge, articulation of this knowledge as it relates to the problem, and the identification of the limitations of their knowledge. The instructor also engages students in reflection on the process and provides feedback and evaluation. As the course progresses throughout the program, students become more and more responsible for their own learning and become increasingly independent of the instructor for their education.

Obstetrics

Obstetrics covers natural childbirth in the home or hospital setting. Diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of problems of labour and delivery are addressed. Recognition of high-risk birthing situations and appropriate management are emphasized. Also included is maternal postpartum care and treatment of common lactation problems. The scope of practice of obstetrics for naturopathic physicians and indications and contraindications of naturopathic treatments in the care of the obstetrical patient will be emphasized.

Pediatrics

Pediatrics presents a general overview of pediatric conditions seen in naturopathic practice and the differential diagnosis and assessment of the common problems of infancy, childhood and adolescence. This includes health maintenance, disease prevention, the early diagnosis and naturopathic treatment of common childhood conditions and diseases, and referral where appropriate. Emphasis is on the development of a healthy lifestyle at an early age.

Public Health

Public health will introduce students to concepts of public health. Public health is characterized by community development, active public policy, ecosystem wholeness, and inter-sectoral approaches. This course will emphasize the importance of interprofessional practice and will provide opportunities for students to work with local community health organizations and contribute their naturopathic lens to a community health project.