Boucher’s founders knew that in order to facilitate the development of such physicians, the program would need to be built on strong foundational principles. The founders valued inclusion, integrity, safety, respect, academic freedom, self-responsibility, and innovation in their own practices – these would become the guiding ethics of the Boucher Institute. Through careful implementation of these tenets, the Boucher Institute has grown into a community where members feel heard, and are encouraged to use their education as an opportunity for self and academic exploration.
With intimate class sizes and a highly selective cohort of students, pupils are given maximum opportunity to interact with their peers and their teachers. Classes are comprised of interactive instruction in an effort to connect with and challenge the students, fostering critical analytical skills from the first year of study. Throughout their studies, students are encouraged to explore their learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom – a skill that will serve them well beyond their graduation and into their life as a naturopathic doctor.
At Boucher, we give students the tools they need to uphold the intrinsic well-being of their patients, and to educate the wider community about the symbiosis of their mind, body, and spirit. The practice of naturopathic medicine is evolving and we, as an educational institution, must anticipate future changes. Our strategic plan (2017-2021) is a review of our existing priorities, identification of our institutional stakeholders, determination of our core values, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and more. These results have been distilled into a series of goals and priorities intended to focus our attention over the next five years.