NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION
Orientation is a time to meet and connect with one’s cohort – the classmates students will work alongside for the duration of their program. At Boucher, we go beyond a tour of the school and discuss the rigours of the program, and how students can seek support amongst their peers and within the program. By the end of the week, all students will know each other’s names, have a unique insight into different learning styles, and understand the expectations of the school and incoming students.
“Right after my first day, I felt like a part of the Boucher community. The orientation played a huge role in developing relationships and a support network that will stay with me throughout my time at Boucher and beyond”
–Adam Godkin, ND Candidate 2020
Student Services is pleased to offer free counselling to Boucher students and recent graduates. Our team of three counsellors treats each student holistically. If someone close to you is having difficulty, and this difficulty is impacting your ability to work or be successful at BINM, then the Counselling Department is here to help. For students, the aim of the counselling program is to assist you in becoming the best ND possible.
Boucher Wellness is a collaborative effort between Student Services and the student body where each cohort has a wellness representative who is charged with supporting the health and wellbeing of their class. Cohort wellness reps are to encourage a safe, fun and inclusive learning environment both inside and outside of the classroom. Wellness concerns the choices people make to moderate the natural stressors of life. These choices include the behaviours people engage in, as well as how they relate to their cognitive and emotional reactions to stress. The intention is to live a more balanced life – as opposed to the “perfect life.” Boucher Wellness strives to have a student body made up of individuals who are conscious of their reactions to the inherent stresses of learning, and who make the most appropriate personal choices to moderate the demands of learning. Wellness strives to increase the psychological maturity of the student population as it pertains to living a balanced and contented life. We seek to sustain a culture where students have a common attitude towards their own stress and there is collective support for making better decisions.
We offer a free, one-hour meditation session with a qualified facilitator on-campus each week. Students are encouraged to attend these sessions in order to take a moment for self-care and grounding to restore themselves and better meet the challenges of medical school.
Boucher boasts a fantastic onsite naturopathic medical clinic that our students and their families are able to access free of charge. Each student is also able to apply for up to four discount-memberships for extended family and friends.
Our students also enjoy complimentary massage appointments at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy (WCCMT), located two blocks from the Boucher campus.
Additionally, Boucher students are eligible to apply for extended health coverage offered by Great West Life*. Registration for this plan is optional. This plan offers Boucher students an affordable extended health coverage that typically costs less than a family or employee plan, includes benefits specifically valuable to students. 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
*Please note that this health coverage plan is administered by Great West Life, not the Boucher Institute.
SOCIAL EVENTS AND SPORTING ACTIVITIES
Student Services is pleased to host a number of events to enhance the student experience throughout the academic year, including:
- 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
Each month a Student Liaison Meeting is held between the members of the administration and representatives of the Boucher Naturopathic Students’ Association (BNSA). During the meeting, attendees address student concerns, and determine action plans for executing those issues. These meetings facilitate communication between students and administration, as well as between the academic and clinical segments of Boucher’s program.
GRAD EXIT RETREAT
Our focus on the cohort-model of education means the end of the program will also mean the culmination of four years of close-knit study. Student Services offers grad-exit retreats for each cohort in order to facilitate reflection, and to equip students with additional resources to support the transition from school into practice.
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 both Boucher, and of naturopathic medicine in North America. LINC is a formal mentorship program for senior Boucher naturopathic students. In the program, mentors counsel mentees on professionalism, development, and sustainability, and how those qualities will assist them as they transition into their practice. Mentees are tasked with responsibilities within their mentor’s practice in order to facilitate a reciprocal relationship.
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 formation of more successful practitioners for the provision of excellence in health care