In Clinical Science, students will learn the principles and methods that allow them to evaluate and investigate medical treatments. In addition, they will learn about and practice applying the steps involved in laboratory testing.
Dermatology examines the etiology, presentation, and pathophysiology of various skin conditions. The identification of physical presentation is emphasized throughout the module.
This course is a survey of the study of genetics and epigenetics as they apply to medicine and clinical practice. Students will review common terms and vocabulary when discussing genetics, explore epigenetics, examine the most common genetic disorders and genetic testing encountered in practice, and explore frontiers in medical applications of genetic research. The course also focuses on autoimmune disease as an example of the interplay of genetics and epigenetics.
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)
Gynecology thoroughly examines women’s health to help students develop a broad perspective on how to best provide comprehensive reproductive health care for all stages of life. This course takes a holistic, patient-centered approach to common gynecological concerns. The course examines typical pathologies, allopathic and naturopathic care, as well as factors such as socioeconomic status and cultural distinctions that may play an important role in gynaecological health.
Obstetrics focuses on the basic practice of obstetrics including adaptions to pregnancy, taking a prenatal history, routine tests offered in pregnancy and indicated physical exam. Screening for high-risk situations that require referral will be reviewed. The diagnosis and prevention of conditions in the perinatal period are taught with a particular focus on naturopathic therapeutics. 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 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.
Oncology provides an in-depth study into the biology of cancer. It describes the cellular mechanisms involved in the development of cancer and the metabolism of neoplastic tissues. It surveys the clinical investigation, staging, grading, epidemiology and tropism of specific cancers.
Integrative supports for standard chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery are detailed. Naturopathic medicine for cancer prevention, therapy, complications, and emergencies are given, with a focus on translating science into clinical practice.
Anatomy provides a detailed study of the anatomical structures and systems of the human body, with special attention to clinically relevant surface and palpative anatomy. The musculoskeletal, vascular, lymphatic, and nervous systems are studied in depth in order to appreciate the relevance of landmarks and how physical relationships affect function.