Faculty Spotlight: Amanda Bose, DC, ND, MS, Chief Clinician and Mentor – NUHS
Amanda Bose, DC, ND, MS, is the Chief Clinician of Naturopathic Medicine at the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois.
Dr. Bose serves as a full-time attending clinician throughout all clinical courses- Clinical Observation, Clinical Hydrotherapy, Internship I, II and III. “I have been working with students for 5 years, 2 years of which were within residency. I became chief clinician in 2017, overseeing ND clinic operations in coordination with our Dean of Clinics, as well as running my own clinic shift. Students with me learn how to synthesize biomedical and clinical sciences information, and apply that knowledge to patient care. I like to work in a stepwise manner, starting with the determinants of health, building upon them using higher intervention therapies, including but not limited to nutraceuticals, botanical medicines, hydrotherapy, and physical medicine.”
Further, Dr. Bose thinks it is important to develop students’ confidence in themselves. “Many times, students know the information, but just need a little push to realize they are capable. Confidence develops with experience and the right mentorship. I hope I provide that mentorship to my students.”
Two Doctorate Degrees in just over 5 years
“I originally was interested in chiropractic medicine, as my doctor from childhood was a chiropractor and helped me tremendously. I applied to NUHS due to their evidenced based philosophy towards chiropractic education. A lot of the early chiropractic and naturopathic medicine coursework is shared, so I learned about naturopathic medicine and decided it was something I should pursue due to my interests in clinical nutrition, supplementation, and botanical medicine. Through dual-enrollment at NUHS, I was able to complete the ND degree after obtaining my DC degree with only 4 extra trimesters of work (1 year and 3 months extra time).”
Teamwork with Patients and Building a Foundation of Overall Health
Dr. Bose enjoys working with patients and helping them establish a foundation for overall health. By focusing on important determinants of health such as diet, exercise, hydration, sleep, and stress management, she builds a cornerstone for health throughout a patient’s lifetime. “There are always small goals that a patient can set to reach a better state of health. I enjoy working as a team with my patients in order for them to reach their goals.”
Dr. Bose practices family medicine and sees a variety of conditions and patient populations. “Naturopathic medicine can positively affect all patient groups, especially since we focus on the fundamentals for health.” Frequently treated conditions often include those of the gastrointestinal disorders, autoimmunity, mood disorders, hormonal imbalances, and musculoskeletal conditions.
A Good Teacher is a Lifelong Student
“I like working with naturopathic medical students because each student is unique in their interests. There are so many ways to treat patients using naturopathic medicine, so it is great to learn the latest information and try new techniques. I am always learning from my students, and I hope they are learning just as much from me!”
Dr. Bose encourages all future ND students to study thoroughly, especially within the biomedical sciences. Once you have the fundamentals down, it is easy to build upon for clinical practice and to improve skills with experience. In addition to the basics, Dr. Bose states, “A strong ND student is one that is passionate about helping others, especially using a natural approach.” If a student has the passion and drive to learn the best manner in which to treat patients, they will be successful.
Dr. Bose was instrumental in spearheading the transition to online learning during the beginning of COVID, introducing telehealth into NUHS clinics, and developing COVID protocols when the NUHS clinics reopened. “I am proud of rising to the occasion and demonstrating leadership capabilities.” Dr. Bose also participates in AANMC as a member of the Council of Chief Clinic and Academic Officers – Chief Medical Officer group.
You can find out more about Dr. Bose:
@bosemedicine on Twitter