Bastyr University School of Naturopathic Medicine Mentorship Program
Understanding and meeting student expectations
School of Naturopathic Medicine Mentorship Program curriculum
|Verbal communication with the patient|
|Verbal communication and other communication with other providers|
|Evidence-based decision-making (including introduction to the clinic portal)|
|Clinical thinking: case analysis, clinical reasoning, principles of naturopathic medicine|
|Written communication: charting, writing a good assessment and plan, professional correspondence|
|Professionalism and medical ethics|
|Oral case presentation guidelines|
|Subjective objective assessment and plan (SOAP) case presentation format|
|The medical record: legal and logistics|
|Primary, secondary, and tertiary history-taking|
|Essential components of approach to patients and charting|
|Clinical portal and other resources|
- Exploring what it means to be a naturopathic physician
- What are the qualities that one looks for in a physician?
- Professional and ethical behavior including respect, responsibility, competence, compassion, personal and professional integrity, honesty, and confidentiality
- Lifelong learning, how to stay current in the field
- Exploring options and making good choices, being open to all possibilities
- Enthusiasm can be contagious!
- Defining and choosing your career path
- How does one measure success?
- Yes, you can make a difference in this world
- The importance of maintaining balance in one’s life and paying attention to personal well-being
- The business, the practice, and the art of medicine
- Learning about and incorporating the philosophy and principles of naturopathic medicine into the student’s education, training, and future clinical practice
- Integrating the academic pursuit of knowledge with practical clinical training
- Clinical problem-solving skills and decision-making strategies
- Challenges along the way and strategies to meet those challenges
- Critically reflective and independent thinking
- Verbal, nonverbal, and written communication skills
- Interpersonal relationships
- Patient-centered medicine
- Giving your full attention to your patient and being present with your patient
- Being an encouraging and attentive listener: listening with sensitivity; practicing reflective listening
- Listening to your patients for content, beliefs, feelings, attitudes, and hidden meanings
- Caring for your patients and the practice of empathy
- Creating a safe and comfortable atmosphere for patients
Verbal case presentation format
Live patient interaction
Protégé participation in clinic shifts
Coordinating peer mentorship and preceptorships
A confidential questionnaire was distributed to students in the mentorship program through a web-based survey from Survey Monkey. The data were collected electronically for organization, analysis, and confidence purposes. This method was also used to preserve confidentiality and improve student and faculty participation.
Results and Discussion
Quantitative analysis: School of Natural Medicine Mentorship Program Student Survey, 2013-2014
Figure 1. School of Natural Medicine Mentorship Program student survey responses.
Rating scale: 4 for “Completely Agree”; 3 for “Mostly Agree”; 2 for “Mostly Disagree”; and 1 for “Completely Disagree.”
Survey Item: “What aspect of the mentorship program do you like the most so far? Why?"
- 32.5% of respondents stated they benefited from the mentorship experience itself.
- 30% of respondents stated they felt this program led to learning more clinical skills and prepared them in how to be physicians.
- 17.5% stated that they appreciated learning in a small-group setting.
- 12.5% of respondents stated that they appreciated the cases and content provided during the meetings.
- 5% stated that they appreciated getting one-on-one attention.
Survey Item: “What are your three suggestions for improving the mentorship program?”
- 20.7% of the respondents had various suggestions for their mentor such as “More time for individual attention” and “Seeing our mentors ‘in action.’"
- 11.3% suggested having more field trips.
- 5.7% of the respondents requested that the groups remain small in number.
- 5.6% suggested giving a better introduction of the program at the beginning of the school year.
- 3.7% made suggestions on the content.
Survey Item: “Additional comments and/or experiences you would like to share”
|Please rate your level of agreement with the following statements:|
|Strongly Agree||Agree||Somewhat Agree||Disagree||Strongly Disagree||No Answer||Rating Average||Response Count|
|I believe that the mentorship program has been a valuable way to help students develop fundamental clinical skills.||3||1||0||1||0||0||4.20||5|
|Individual attention given to students through ongoing mentorship meetings motivates them in their learning by making their first- and second-year curriculum more clinically relevant.||3||1||1||0||0||0||4.40||5|
|The ongoing mentoring relationship is an excellent way to demonstrate professionalism and teach students ways in which a naturopath may practice successfully.||4||1||0||0||0||0||4.80||5|