Why do you want to become a naturopathic doctor?
Naturopathic doctors assist patients in adopting natural ways ofimproving their health and wellness. Therefore, my competence andexperience in working with people are some of the factors thatmotivated me to join the profession. This has helped me developpatience and compassion when listening to individuals with problemsand helping them deal with stressful situations. Also, I enjoyoffering care and helping others. I learned about these strengthswhile working as a volunteer at the St. Joseph Hospital when I wasin high school. Additionally, I have worked as a Patient Coordinatorin a busy facility, where I was able to interact with differentcategories of patients and assist them where necessary.
My primary motive in becoming a naturopathic doctor is based on how Ifeel when serving others. I derive satisfaction from knowing that Ihave had a positive contribution or encouraged someone to live abetter life, and lessen pain or suffering. My ultimate dream is tooffer the best care through naturopathic medicine. This will beachieved through expanding my pleasure of serving others, and gainingknowledge and experience in natural ways of dealing with challengesaffecting my clients. Thus, my training will be the first steptowards the attainment of my long term goals.
What is the role of naturopathic medicine/naturopathic doctors inthe healthcare system?
Naturopathic medicine plays a significant role in the health caresystem. It is a science-based practice that is used to treat patientsusing upkeeps wellness by recognizing the individual traits of thepatient. It exploits nontoxic healing methods by minimizing drugdosages to restore health naturally. It is classified as analternative medicine, which relies on natural methods such as herbs,diet, lifestyle, homeopathy, and acupuncture among others. Althoughit is based on science, it puts more emphasis on self-healing and isless dependent on evidence-based practice (Hechtman, 2012).
How do you see the naturopathic profession evolving?
Numerous changes have taken place in the naturopathic medicalprofessional in the recent past. It has developed from a peripheralpractice to a major player in the health care system. Consequently,over the years, people are getting exposed to the profession. Thishas resulted in increased acceptance and acknowledgment by bothmedical professionals and the patients (Hechtman, 2012). In themodern society, self-care and self-discipline (through proper dietand lifestyle) are important healthy determinants. These are themain facets of naturopathic medicine. Additionally, an increasednumber of doctors are recommending alternative medicine to theirclients (Wardle et al., 2013).
Discuss any life experiences that have helped to prepare you forthe rigorous academic demands and individual challenges associatedwith this program of study.
Naturopathic medicine course is a tough program. However, I believethat my life experiences will help me cope with the demands of theacademic work. I was born in Somalia, and, consequently, I haveencountered some of the greatest challenges an individual canexperience in this world. This is due to social and politicalinstability in my home country. Additionally, the Somali culture andway of life are very different from the American society. Poor dietand inadequate access to medical services are evident. For example, Ialmost lost my mother to diabetes. However, Somalis are more activewhen compared to America. The lack of convenient life in Somaliamakes agriculture and other traditional activities essentials aspectsof health care. I believe the challenges faced by my community haveprepared me to deal with rigor associated with the program.
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Wardle, J. et al. Current challenges and future directions fornaturopathic medicine in Australia: a qualitative examination ofperceptions and experiences from grassroots practice. BMCComplementary and Alternative Medicine, 13(15), (2013), DOI:10.1186/1472-6882-13-15.