NDs and MDs both undergo extensive amounts of education and training. Both are required to complete several years of university education before continuing to further studies at naturopathic college or medical school. Both study basic medical sciences such as anatomy, physiology and pathology, as well as clinical sciences and internships.
MDs complete four years of medical school, and then do a specialized residency. They focus on using pharmaceuticals and surgery to treat specific symptoms and conditions. They have access to all of the latest diagnostic testing, and are particularly proficient at treating acute and emergency conditions. They are covered by OHIP, however this creates time constraints which do not allow them to spend much time with each patient.
NDs complete four years of education at a Naturopathic College, including a year long clinical internship. During this time they receive extensive training in nutritional and lifestyle counselling, botanical medicine, homeopathy, Asian Medicine, and physical therapies. NDs are trained to treat the whole person and remove the cause, rather than focusing on specific symptoms. They are dedicated to helping you achieve and maintain an optimum level of health, as well as preventing future health concerns.