Saturday, April 24, 2010

One Last Push!

Six final exams down and 5 to go! The full-time 4-year naturopathic program at CCNM is not for the faint of heart and may not be advisable for anybody intending to keep one foot in the 'real world' and the other in naturopathic school (note: more part-time options are becoming available).

Focused curiosity is everything! Nearly every day I made a short list of things that were 'interesting' to me and I researched them. Also, I found that I had no choice but to live, breath, eat, talk, sleep, and dream naturopathic medicine for the last 3 years in order to keep the vast breadth of knowledge I learned applicable and current in my memory. This meant that my wife (and family and friends when I saw them) have had to put up with about three-quarters of the conversations ending up being something about medicine.

As a male, I will never be able to fully appreciate the experience of having a baby. Although, I have been at my wife's side twice (most recently two weeks ago) so I do have a better idea than some. As such, I am going to make a small leap here and say that I feel that there is just one last push remaining in this school year, with all the effort, the pain and eventually joy that accompanies the experience. Thank God for the joy!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Calm before the final storm

There is only a week and a half to go before the final exams of 3rd year. This will be the last set of final exams we will write. Sure, after graduation next year there will be licensing exams and provincial exams, which may be very difficult, but this is a huge mile stone. Beginning on April 19, our grand finale is 11 exams in 9 days.

I'm hoping to begin to live more of a balanced life once clinic starts in May. These past 3 years have been a tremendous sacrifice for my family and sadly my health to some degree as exercise was too often put low on the priority list. I really do understand now that becoming a ND is a calling and not just a profession.

Recently, I was talking with a prospective student who was debating between conventional medical school and naturopathic medicine. She told me her opinion of the strengths of each but explained that she had heard that naturopathic medical training was more difficult than conventional because of the additional types of medicine we learn. As such, she was concerned about the intensity of the program. Although I am unable to directly compare from personal experience, I can be fairly certain that if a person believes naturopathic medicine will be easier than conventional medicine, they may take a serious blow to their perceived academic ability. This is why I believe the "calling" has kept me going. If it was "just a profession" I would have stuck to my day job!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Quote of the Month

“Wellness is not a race but a journey."