Homeopathic Medicine Opportunities
The Naturopathic Medicine Program includes the study of homeopathy, and requires that students use homeopathy during their clinical training. This includes both making recommendations for short term issues and completing constitutional cases. These involve case taking, prescribing and patient follow-up under the supervision of a clinician for longer standing problems, in conjunction with an overall treatment plan.
One of the core faculty who work one-to-one with interns at our Whole Health Center is Francine Burke, DC, DNBHE. Dr. Burke is a chiropractic physician who graduated from NUHS in 1987. In addition to her diplomate in homeopathic medicine, she is certified by the National Board of Homeopathic Examiners, and is the past president of the Illinois Homeopathic Medicine Association. “It is very exciting for students to see first-hand in a clinical setting how well homeopathic medicine works – especially for patients who may not have seen results with other treatment modalities,” notes Dr. Burke.
Some students wish to further their knowledge in this area beyond the already solid curriculum. Each trimester, select interns can spend part of their week at the Center for Integral Health, near the Lombard campus. This clinic is staffed by medical doctors, as well as ND alumni of NUHS. The clinic provides primary care, with a very strong homeopathic focus. Interns can work intensively here, spending an entire day gaining experience in homeopathic treatment, and taking on more responsibility and more challenging case assignments as the term progresses. “It is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn from physicians who are experts in this field,” stated Lisa Krebs, ND, a National University alumnae who is now in practice at CIH. “Students will come away with the confidence and skills to accurately use this important modality in practice.”
Dr. Fraser Smith, assistant dean of naturopathic medicine, adds, “Homeopathic medicine is an area where expertise is built on mentored practice. We provide a solid foundation for students so that they can build their skill level having learned the correct methods of homeopathy.