One of the best ways to integrate into the Boucher community is to get involved and meet new friends through the myriad of student activities available to our prospective doctors. The Department of Student Services is focused on providing you with programs, activities and events that will engage and integrate you into the Boucher community and at the same time, provide you with fun and memorable experiences. Check out the quarterly student activities calendar for all of the events that are being held on campus each term
Jumpstart is a pre-orientation program designed to facilitate the successful transition for first year students to the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. Jumpstart provides the opportunity for first year students to experience our campus prior to the start of classes and get a “jump” on their journey to becoming naturopathic doctors. Students have the opportunity to meet some of the staff and faculty, learn about our instructional philosophy, experience an introduction to Biomedicine and Anatomy and learn about our library. At the same time, they will have the opportunity to pick up their required textbooks and other readings from the bookstore.
New Student Orientation
Orientation is a time to meet and connect with one’s cohort – the classmates among which new students will work alongside for the duration of their program. At Boucher, orientation is more than just a tour of the school. It provides an opportunity for new students to discuss the rigours of the program and where they can access support amongst their peers and from instructors within the program. By the end of orientation week, all students will have gotten to know each other’s names, have a unique insight into different learning styles, and understand the expectations of the school and the program.
“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
New Student Retreat
The Boucher Naturopathic Student Association (BNSA) provides a first-year retreat for the all incoming students. This retreat is a time for new cohorts to meet and become familiar with each other outside of the classroom and to take part in a number of fun activities before the start of school. The BNSA Social Coordinators can provide students with all retreat details. Attendance at the BNSA first year retreat is strongly encouraged
Grad Exit Retreat
Our focus on the cohort-model of education means that the end of the program also means the culmination of four years of study in a close-knit community. Student Services offers grad-exit retreats for all graduates in order to facilitate reflection, and to equip students with additional resources to support the transition from school into practice.
Sporting and Social Events
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