Kayla C. – BASIS Oro Valley

BASIS Oro Valley Senior Kayla C.

12 Weeks in a Naturopathic Doctor's Shoes

Project/blog link: 12 Weeks in a Naturopathic Doctor's Shoes
BASIS Advisor: Marguerite Ellis
Internship location: Blue Oak Clinic
Onsite Mentor: Dr. Stephanie Stark, N.M.D., Doctor of Naturopathy

Project Abstract

What would it be like to go to college, get a degree and not know what to do with it? My project is attempting to avoid this situation by answering the question of whether I should pursue a career as a naturopathic doctor or take a different path to become an allergist instead. This is an important question to answer as I would have to not only go to medical school after four years of undergraduate schooling, but would also have to attend a specialized naturopathic school to get an N.D, which would take roughly two to four years more. I’m also curious about naturopathy, as it falls under the category of alternative medicine. I am excited to see what people think of taking “supplements” instead of conventional medication and whether patients believe if they work or not. I am currently working on answering this question through an internship at Blue Oak Clinic, which is explicitly a naturopathic clinic, with three naturopathic doctors. I think that in the end, I will either decide to pursue an N.D. or become an M.D. and research the field of naturopathic medicine.

12 Weeks in a Naturopathic Doctor's Shoes