Our mission is to provide reliable, personalized, trustworthy and compassionate support to members of our community in their individual and collective journeys of self-discovery and personal development. We strive to foster a learning environment where students feel safe, encouraged and included in all aspects of their educational experience and have the tools necessary to grow into confident, balanced and successful naturopathic doctors.
NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION
Orientation is a time to meet and connect with one’s classmates and is a critical opportunity to explore the ups and downs of one’s inner resources and how these ebbs and flows impact others. Orientation will explore what these ups and downs mean for each student, how their peers can offer support and what each student can do to support their peers. By the end of the week, each new student should have a practical and realistic understanding of the Boucher Community. In addition, all students will know each other’s names, learning styles and expectations so that the transition to class is smooth.
“[Orientation] was very enjoyable and we were very fortunate to get this opportunity. It would not have been the same if we jumped right in without getting to know our cohort first.” New Student
We are pleased to offer free counseling to Boucher students and their families. Student Services sees each student holistically, so if someone close to you is experiencing a difficulty that is impacting your ability to succeed at Boucher, we may be able to help them as well. Our counselors are here to help you live to your full potential. Our goal is to help you become the best naturopathic doctor.
Each cohort has one or two wellness representatives who monitor the culture, atmosphere and mood of the student body and offer events to support the health and well being of Boucher students. Wellness initiatives are supported by Student Services to encourage a safe, fun and inclusive learning environment both inside and outside of the classroom.
A qualified facilitator offers a one hour mediation session on campus each week. This is a good opportunity to ground oneself to better handle the challenges of medical school.
Boucher students are able to access the Boucher Naturopathic Medical Clinic free of charge starting the first day of orientation. Each student can also apply for up to four memberships for family and friends to use the clinic at the discounted rate of $20 per visit. Spouses and significant others have free access.
Students also have free access to massage appointments at West Coast College of Massage Therapy (WCCMT) located two blocks down the street at 613 Columbia Street.
In addition students are eligible to apply for extended health coverage offered by Great West Life (this plan is administered by Great West Life, not by the Boucher Institute). Registration on this plan is optional. The ComboPlus – Starter Plan offers benefits such as:
- Prescription medication and ambulance service (including air service) – No deductible
- Dental care (e.g. cleanings, scalings, fillings and examinations) – No deductible or waiting period to start enjoying dental benefits
- Medical supplies (e.g. mobility aids, diabetic equipment, diagnostic lab and x-ray services)
- Vision benefits
- Hearing benefits
- In home nursing care and paramedical services (e.g naturopath, chiropractor, physiotherapist, psychologist, acupuncturist) as well as other health professionals
- Emergency Travel coverage
- Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) insurance
- Survivor benefits and more
The plan offers Boucher students an affordable extended health coverage which often costs less than a family or employee plan and it includes benefits specifically valuable to students.
SOCIAL EVENTS AND SPORTING ACTIVITIES
Student Services is pleased to put on a number of events to enhance the student experience throughout the academic year:
- Spirit of the Season Week
- Year End Celebration and Talent Show
- Power Up Mingler
- Boucher Annual Volleyball Tournament and BBQ
- Boucher Annual Soccer Tournament and BBQ
- Ping pong tournament
- Dust Bowl: Boucher Annual Ball Hockey Tournament
STUDENT AND ADMINISTRATION LIAISON MEETING
Once per month, a Student Liaison Meeting is held between the members of the administration and representatives of the Boucher Naturopathic Students’ Association (BNSA). Once per term, the Student Liaison Meeting is a Town Hall meeting where all students and administration are encouraged to attend. The purpose of these meetings is to address student needs and concerns, facilitate communication between students and administration and facilitate communication between the academic and clinical segments of the program.
GRAD EXIT RETREAT
The cohort model of education offered at Boucher enables Student Services to offer a grad exit retreat for each group. The purpose of this service is to reflect on the four year experience at Boucher and equip about-to-graduate students with additional resources to support the transition from school to practice and beyond.
Boucher offers a mentorship program called Leading Innovation in the Naturopathic Community (LINC). LINC 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 North America.
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.
Mentors know what it takes to survive and thrive in the field of health care; their experience and insight are invaluable tools for a new graduate.
“I am so very grateful to have a helpful and willing person to ask questions – [my mentor] and I have similar philosophies about naturopathic medicine so we connect well. She is very approachable with clinical or business questions and responds quite quickly.” ND15 mentee
LINC aims to:
- provide opportunities for enhanced networking and collaboration amongst the naturopathic community across Canada
- provide a platform for discussion and development of new and innovative ideas
- support the creation of more successful practitioners for the provision of excellence in health care.