Well everyone, I sit here writing the blog this week
unofficially finished with all classes, patient visits, competency
requirements, file audits and procedures, with the exception of
finishing my clinic hours over the coming week.
These are the minimum requirements as they stand for me as I
graduate on April 17th. In many cases, all of the interns have
accomplished far more than the minimum for many of these
requirements. These requirements evolve as the clinic grows and
matures, so if you are starting now, you should see an expanded
skillset in future trimesters!
Speaking of requirements, since I have finished mine I'm helping
out the interns currently working on the hydrotherapy shift,
assisting the 8th trimester interns with their patients, updating
paperwork and mentoring those following me in clinic. I have shared
a pic of one of the hydro rooms with the Hubbard tank (as a peat
bath fills) and the Russian steam cabinet. In other words, plenty
of work is always available in the NUHS naturopathic clinic.
Patients are filling the waiting room as they discover our clinic
and all it has to offer!
Well, next week will be my final blog as a naturopathic student
and intern here at NUHS. I'll do my best to capture the feeling,
emotions and challenges ahead with my entry next week.
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.
• Combined Classes
• Observing in Clinic
• Botanical Medicine
• Minor Surgery
• Intern Skills
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