Homeopathic physicians, also called naturopathic doctors, attend a four-year medical school for primary training, as do traditional physicians, but often take courses in additional areas, such as botanical medicine, nutrition and midwifery. Naturopathic doctors receive the same basic medical training as primary care physicians, studying traditional and alternative medical treatments during their medical education programs. Following completion of 4-year medical programs, naturopathic doctors must take and pass state exams; following successful completion, they receive licenses to practice medicine in certain states or territories.Continue Reading
Naturopathic doctors study traditional medical courses, including biology, physiology and anatomy. In the United States, those traditional medical courses emphasize Western approaches to medicine and healthcare. While naturopathic doctors study the same subjects as traditional Western practitioners, they maintain differing philosophies to treatment prevention and wellness. Naturopathic physicians emphasize a holistic and non-chemical approach to treatment, which involves disease prevention and treating patients as whole people.
These physicians essentially help patients help themselves for developing better lifestyles and coping mechanisms; to do so, they study psychology, nutrition and even counseling during the course of their medical education. Despite adopting non-Western philosophies to treatment, homeopathic physicians typically see patients in standard medical offices and clinical settings. They often work in conjunction with other medical practitioners, referring patients to specialists when necessary.Learn more about Career Aspirations