I have really been enjoying my time as a naturopathic intern in the Lombard student clinic. As I explained last trimester when I first started as an intern, I particularly enjoy carrying out the process that includes taking a naturopathic new patient intake up to presenting the review of findings and treatment plan. This process first consists of inquiring about and collecting information about the patient’s history of their present illness, past medical history, family history, social history, and several lifestyle factors that influence their health. Additionally, I gather a brief overview of the several systems of the body, carry out appropriate physical examinations, order appropriate lab tests, and interpret the lab results and correlate them to the historical and clinical findings. Then I go over a review of findings with the patient and present a treatment plan of action.
For example, I have been honored to witness the amazing progress that some patients have made over time and their positive responses to the implementation of the treatment plans. I now see some patients that I have been working with for several months. Last trimester, I carried out the initial naturopathic intake and physical exams, lab work, and presented treatment plans to them. And now, several months after implementing the treatment plan, these patients have come back for re-examinations, in which their progress with the treatment goals was evaluated. We look at their symptoms and, if appropriate, we re-run lab work. I then presented them with updated treatment plans for further, more nuanced support that natural medicine also offers.
All I can say is that it has been absolutely beautiful and inspiring to witness the progress that several patients have achieved with their wellness goals! They have been able to successfully implement dietary, supplement, botanical, other lifestyle recommendations, and natural therapies into their lives gracefully. AND their clinical symptoms and labs have significantly improved! Having the honor to witness their positive progress has not only caused me to feel inspired and fulfilled in helping them, but I think it also highlights the effectiveness of naturopathic medicine over the course of time for the health conditions that I have seen. Being a naturopathic intern in the student clinic has been my absolute favorite way of learning about the science and art of naturopathic medicine!
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