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Dr. Johnson - Red Deer Advocate

Integrative medicine: when two medical worlds collide

It is a normal Monday morning as I walk into my office and prepare for my day of patients, with the exception that I have a resident spending the week with me.

It is not uncommon to have a resident or student preceptor through my clinic, as this is a regular requirement of medical programs. I always look forward to the experience because student and resident shadowing always leads to great discussions and learning experiences for both the doctor and student.

With a keen resident by my side, we start our Monday off taking clinical histories of patients, performing physical exams and talking about the possible diagnoses that the patient may have, as well as the proper labs required to get the answers we need.

The only thing different about today is that the naturopathic medical treatments I am offering to the patients are very atypical for this resident; as most of them she has never even heard of prior to today.

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