White Coat Ceremony

Yesterday was a very meaningful day for me… It was the day I was presented with my white coat. The white coat ceremony is a ritual or tradition in medical school that marks the medical student’s transition from pre-clinical and basic science course work to clinical and patient based learning. At my school it marks my transition from medical student to secondary intern in the clinic! 


Our ceremony at NCNM was marked by speeches from faculty and students where they reminded us the import roll that we play as doctors in our patients’ well being and healing. They also compared the white coat to the sweater worn by Mr. Rodger in Mr. Rodger’s Neighborhood stressing the importance of when you put on that white coat, you are creating a safe and healing space for you and your patient. 

Being ‘coated’ by my professor, mentor, and friend.


While we didn’t take the Natutopathic Oath quite yet… We recite it at graduation… It was given to us again to remind us of our role and purpose and calling. 

Natutopathic Physician’s Oath:

I dedicate myself to the service of humanity as a practitioner of the art and science of Naturopathic medicine. 

I will honor my teachers and all who have preserved and developed this knowledge and dedicate myself to supporting the growth and evolution of Naturopathic medicine. 

I will endeavor to continually improve my abilities as a healer through study, reflection, and genuine concern for humanity. I will impart knowledge of the advanced healing arts to dedicated colleagues and students. 

Through precept, lecture, and example, I will assist and encourage others to strengthen their health, reduce risks for disease, and preserve the health of our planet for ourselves, our families, and future generations. 

According to my best ability and judgement, I will use methods of treatment which follow the principles of Naturopathic medicine:

First of all, to do no harm. To act in cooperation with the Healing Power of Nature. To address the fundamental causes of disease. To heal the whole person through individualized treatment. To teach the principles of healthy living and preventive medicine.

I will conduct my life and the practice of Naturopathic health care with vigilance, integrity, and freedom from prejudice. I wil abstain from voluntary acts of injustice and corruption. I will keep confidential whatever I am privileged to witness, whether professionally or privately, that should not be divulged. 

With a whole heart, before this gathering of witnesses, as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, I pledge to remain true to this oath.


Thank you all for your support of me through this journey! I am looking forward to seeing patients in the fall and continue to share my journey with you all. 

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Summer Home Strength Workout

I got out early from class today and decided to get a work out in, but I didn’t feel like going into the gym… I wanted to work out and lay by the pool (it is still hot here ya know). In lieu of my normal lifting schedule… this is what I did to change it up!

Upper Body:

  • 3 sets of 10 reps Push Ups
  • 3 sets of 15 reps Bicep Curls (5 lb ‘weights’ – all I had was cans from my kitchen)
  • 3 sets of 15 reps Shoulder Press (5 lb ‘weights’)
  • 3 sets of 15 reps Tricep Dips

Lower Body:

  • 3 sets of 15 reps Squats
  • 2 sets of 10 reps Lunges (right & left leg)
  • 3 sets of 15 reps Toe Raise
  • 3 sets of 15 reps Heel Raise
  • 3 sets of 15 reps Kneeling Kickback (right & left leg)
  • 25 reps of Side Leg Lifts (right & left leg)

Core:

  • 25 reps of crunches
  • 25 reps of toe touch crunches
  • 25 reps of side crunches (right & left)
  • 25 reps of reverser crunches
  • 25 reps of leg lifts
  • 25 reps of lemon squeezersa6de8b13-5157-42e5-a5b9-237710605d86

Now time to relax and take a dip in the pool to cool down!

My name is Emma Petshow and I am a 3rd year naturopathic medical student at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. For more about myself, check out my bio. This blog is intended for information about preventive health and lifestyle improvement. The information contained on this blog is not to be used as medical advice. For specific medical advice you should consult your physician.

Hiking Around the Gorge

Yesterday in lieu of lifting or cardio… A friend from my medical school and I decided to go on a hike in the Columbia River Gorge, which was gorge-eous (pun intended). We went up the Horsetail Falls trailhead, saw Ponytail falls, went over to Triple Falls, walked and explored the Oneta gorge, and then headed back to the historic Columbia River Highway!


It was a great, hot, day for a hike, but so nice to be out in nature and getting exercise!


Ponytail Falls



Horsetail falls


My charge to all of you is get out in nature, hike, and move more! Good for the mind, body, and soul. 🙂

Summer Fitness Challenge

This is not really a challenge, but I am working on my level of fitness this summer and wanted to share what I do… The good, bad, and ugly 🙂

Weight Training:

3 sets of 15 reps for the following exercises

  • Biceps curls (10 lbs)
  • Dumbbell bench press (12.5 lbs)
  • Shoulder press (7.5 lbs)
  • Upright row (20 lbs)
  • Squats (70 lbs)
  • Leg curls (20 lbs)

The weight that I was using was about 20% off my maximum. So light weight more reps; heavy weight less reps. 

The following I did without weights (just body weight):

  • Lunges (90 reps)
  • Calf raises (45 reps)
  • Toe raises (45 reps)

Then I finished up with a core workout (25 reps of the following):

  • Crunches 
  • Side crunches (right & left)
  • Reverse crunches (2 sets)
  • Lemon squeezers
  • V-ups
  • Straight leg crunches

Today I am going to bear the heat and go on a hike out in the gorge to mix it up! Pictures will follow…

My name is Emma Petshow and I am a 3rd year naturopathic medical student at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. For more about myself, check out my bio. This blog is intended for information about preventive health and lifestyle improvement. The information contained on this blog is not to be used as medical advice. For specific medical advice you should consult your physician.