Clinical Skills and Case Management

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Prior to beginning their clinical training, our students spend time learning general clinical and emergency practices and the specific functioning of the Boucher Clinic.  This allows students to familiarize themselves with the necessary procedures before starting their clinic shifts.

Emergency Medicine (Didactic and Lab)

This course will enable students to assess any emergency situation and respond immediately as a professional first-responder in order to provide basic life support and pre-hospital/pre-ambulance care.

Emergency medical skills are developed with a focus on the balance between confidence in established competencies, and being able to recognize the limits of one’s personal knowledge and abilities.

The development of referral skills will also be a focus of this course.

History and Philosophy of Naturopathic Medicine I-III

This course explores the fundamental seat of naturopathic medical practice. In the age of pharmaceutical prescribing rights, it is critical that graduates understand and apply naturopathic philosophy and principles in case management. This course explores the historical evolution of the naturopathic profession, the principles and philosophy that drive patient care, and an overview of past and pivotal literature.

Introduction to Clinical Education

This course provides hands-on experience in both the clinical and professional practice of naturopathic medicine. Students will rotate through various clinic roles in order to develop knowledge and skills in an experiential format. The purpose of this course is to instill in students the knowledge, skills, and demeanor required to be a competent intern in the teaching clinic, through patient interviewing and simulated patient cases.

Master Classes

The Master class series welcomes experts from across the spectrum of health care to share the wealth of experience and insight they have acquired within their particular specialty. These valuable classes allow the students to interact with those making a difference in their communities.

Medical Procedures (Didactic and Lab)

In this course, you will learn minor surgical procedures such as suturing techniques, incisions, the use of topical anaesthetics, and bandaging techniques.  Students also review dermatological conditions and other pathologies amenable to minor surgical procedures.

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.

Clinical Diagnosis I-IV (Didactic with Lab)

The clinical diagnosis courses provide an in-depth study of the significance and interpretation of clinical signs and symptoms for the development of diagnostic skills appropriate to the primary care provider. Emphasis is placed on the collection and interpretation of physical/clinical data to arrive at a medical/naturopathic diagnosis. The physical clinical diagnostic components teach the skills of the physical examination of a patient, introducing the techniques and practices of auscultation, palpation, and observation using appropriate diagnostic tools. Understanding the underlying factors which contribute to the development and the early detection of disease are examined. Through lecture, practice, and the study of case histories, students develop history taking and physical examination skills, learn to develop a diagnosis, cultivate clinical judgment and problem-solving abilities, and develop competency in differential diagnosis and assessment.