This week, I'll take a look at another of the skills that
Naturopathic Interns need to master prior to graduation:
Hydrotherapy treatments that we perform with the patients in our
clinic as well as training patients for hydrotherapy they can do at
Some of the reasons that people would visit our clinic for
...just to name a few.
As we sit with each patient, gather the symptom picture,
understand all facets of the patient's case, and work toward the
center of gravity (or root cause) of the patient's complaint, we
work with our clinicians to establish the best treatment strategy
for our patients. Sometimes, this treatment plan includes a form of
After determining if hydrotherapy is appropriate and beneficial
for our patient, we refer the patient to our hydrotherapy shift,
which consists of our 7th trimester ND students. This is one of the
best aspects of our program here at NUHS. Our students are not only
being exposed to the clinic environment, but they are working in
clinic under the direct supervision of a clinician as an observer
at the halfway point in their education here, getting practical
experience outside the classroom. That aside, we refer the patient
with treatment plan to the hydro shift where "in office"
hydrotherapy treatments such as these are performed.
Dr. Kristina Conner - ND Faculty
Finally, the high quality of hydrotherapy care here at NUHS is
the direct result of the skill and knowledge shared by Dr. Kristina
Conner, who teaches our hydrotherapy classes in the tradition of
Father Kneipp and Dr. Henry Lindlahr, both pioneers of naturopathic
medicine. Dr. Conner has perhaps the most thorough labs that I have
experienced here at NUHS. We are immediately thrust into
treatment in a lab setting, learning the skills that are necessary
for accurate diagnosis and application of hydrotherapy treatments.
As a result, when we start performing hydrotherapy treatments in
the clinic, we are prepared for our patients. Hydrotherapy, a
powerful treatment option, is one of the more solid skillsets I
will take with me from NUHS.
I will cover more of our naturopathic intern skillsets in the
coming weeks. Until then, I'll be by Janse pond.
Hello to everyone! I hope you enjoyed your summer and are ready
for what appears to be a great fall season!
I was able to relax a bit, recharge, hike some trails back home,
and be the first person at the top of Mt. Mitchell (highest point
east of the Mississippi at 6,683 feet) for sunrise one morning
during a hike. The view was incredibly beautiful and being able to
sit, think about the past few years of school, the challenges,
rewards and decisions to come while watching the sun rise over the
southern Appalachians was one of the more peaceful moments of the
past few years of my life.
At the same time during the break, I caught up on some personal
reading that I had put off for over two years as well as some
reorganizing, consolidating and reducing for the inevitable move in
about 8 months.
Now, for the homestretch in clinic!
Here is how the Naturopathic Clinic is currently structured:
Previously, 8th Trimester interns could only see other students,
not the general public. This left many students with seeing a new
intern every four months as ONLY 8th trimester students could see
other students. So, when an Intern moved to 9th trimester, they
would transition the student patient to a rising 8th trimester
Now, students and the general public have the opportunity to see
interns beginning in 8th trimester, and, if the condition warrants,
remain with that intern for up to a full year. This helps to build
rapport and trust with the patient as well as helps the Intern with
seeing a resolution to more ailments than was previously
Finally, the most appealing aspect to this new structure, in my
opinion, is that now our naturopathic medicine students are
spending half of their education in a clinical setting! Again, in
my opinion, nothing trumps experience and "hands on" training when
learning a new skill!
Time to get back to the books! Talk to you next week!
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• Observing in Clinic
• Botanical Medicine
• Minor Surgery
• Intern Skills
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