Four Year Program
The four year professional training program is the heart of the ICH. It is here that students are inspired by exploring the full range of homoeopathic medicine, and rewarded by putting it into practice. It is a rich and dynamic training that opens the door to a future of fascinating discovery and meaningful work. The course is offered on a part-time basis, in order to accommodate working adults. Throughout the four years, students follow a carefully crafted syllabus of academic and clinical study, designed to thoroughly prepare them for practice.
In the first two years of training, the time is equally divided between studying the homoeopathic remedies, and the principles and methods of practice. These two areas of study form an integrated whole. The remedies are taught in their depth and range, and in the invaluable context of the relationship of remedies. The principles and methods are taught in the inspiring context of Hahnemann’s Organon of Medicine, which students learn to use as a practical guide, enhanced and elucidated by modern sources. This develops the strength of thinking homoeopathically. Second year students begin to observe live clinic cases, and learn the skill of case-taking, which takes homoeopathic thinking into the realm of practice.
In the third and fourth years, active clinical participation is added to the curriculum. The time is divided between clinic and advanced application of the principles and therapeutics, along with additional study of the medicines.
Classes are held from September through June. They are scheduled on one weekend a month, with one weekly evening tutorial, for the first two years (Read more about Tutorials here). In the last two years, classes and clinics shift to one day a week, with classes and clinics on alternate weeks. Clinics are held four days a month, and students may attend both third and fourth year clinics, accumulating substantial clinical experience by the end of their training.
Four Year Curriculum
• 1st and 2nd Years lay the groundwork with thorough training in homoeopathic principles and medicines, along with the methods and basic skills needed for practice. The history of medical thought and homoeopathic pharmacology are also covered. Philosophy and therapeutics are studied in numerous texts, especially Hahnemann's Organon and Chronic Diseases and the works of Kent, Roberts, and Close. Materia Medica study, drawing on the work of all the great classical homeopaths, is unique at the ICH. Students learn the characteristic picture of each remedy in the context of its relationship to other remedies, as well as the deeper aspects of the medicines, which address the inherited disease predispositions. Students learn to use the homeopathic symptom index, the Repertory, with creative thinking, precision and speed. They learn the art of case-taking, and the skill of case analysis, along with the critically important method of tracking and analyzing the responses to treatment. These subjects are specialties of the ICH training, and mastery of them leads to excellent clinical results. Classroom teaching is complemented by home study, written essays and exercises, and weekly tutorials.
• 3rd and 4th Years develop the practitioner. Advanced Homoeopathic Philosophy and Materia Medica (homeopathic medicines) are taught with an emphasis on the clinical application. In Third Year, students begin taking cases as interns, with intensive feedback from faculty. This is integrated with more advanced analysis and methodology, as well as focus on specific disease processes and therapeutics. Half of the class time in these two years is spent working with actual cases in the ICH Free Community Clinic. No other school offers such an extensive and inspired clinical training.
Students who are not licensed healthcare practitioners also take basic Medical Science courses either at the ICH or elsewhere.
• Throughout the four years the student is led through a progressive process of learning how to think homoeopathically. It is mastery of this skill, rather than adopting the latest homeopathic fads, that allows one to tackle any case with confidence. It provides a clear framework for understanding the case, deciding on the prescription, and interpreting the results of treatment. More than anything, this is the vital core of the program. Learning to think homoeopathically takes time and practice, but it is the key to good results, results that are reproducible.
• The Fourth Year at ICH integrates all the material learned throughout the program into a coherent method of practice, provides critically needed advanced material, and gives students all the tools they need to do a good job.
• Individual attention to the development of each student is a hallmark of the ICH. During the last two years, the student receives extensive faculty feedback on clinical work and participates in a dynamic process of collaboration.
• Beyond Fourth year: The ICH welcomes and encourages graduates to continue attending classes and clinics for free, as part of the ICH community. This provides an invaluable opportunity to develop greater understanding, integrating what is being taught with the experience being gained through practice. Teachers continue to be available to alumnae for brainstorming and insights on difficult cases. The ICH is currently designing the curriculum for a two year post-graduate program to be offered in the future.