Clinical Ecology

Clinical ecology provides an investigation into the background, history and mechanisms behind chemical and environmental toxicology, strategies for detoxification and various tests and evaluative techniques. An in depth presentation of allergy and allergy testing and treatment methods is also included.

Dermatology

Dermatology examines the etiology, presentation and pathophysiology of various skin conditions encountered by the practicing physician. Identification of the physical presentation is emphasized.

Genetics

Genetics develops an understanding of the role of genetic makeup and its contribution to the health of the individual. The rapidly changing field of genetics and its contribution to medicine is surveyed. The role of genetic counselling as practiced in British Columbia is also considered.

General terms, normal karyotype, examples of Mendelian disorders, cytogenetic disorders and single gene disorders with non classic inheritance will be discussed. The role of biotechnology in society today as well as possible naturopathic roles and applications for the treatment of individuals with genetic diseases will also be discussed.

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 findings that are non pathological for the geriatric population will be explored. Commonly found 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)

Gynecology thoroughly examines women’s health, including 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 well being 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

This series of courses uses many approaches, including Problem Based Learning (PBL), case based collaborative learning, patient research, and case analysis. Specifically, it is designed to prepare future naturopathic physicians to apply the knowledge acquired in school to the problems and issues they will confront in clinical practice. 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, and are usually presented as patient cases in a variety of formats. 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 both acting as a resource and serving as an unobtrusive educational coach to guide students in reasoning their way through the problem.

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