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          NPLEX. The word alone strikes anxiety and fear into anyone who hears it (and knows what it’s about). There are a lot of talks and resources that you can use to help you prepare for these exams. I’ll be sharing what I used for NPLEX 1, but if you have questions about NPLEX 2, another another article by Kristen Harpell is also available on The Vine blog. These are the materials I found helpful – knowing what kind of learner I am. If you like to use imagery, word association, and the Major System (it’s a memory technique you can use to remember numbers) – then these resources will be very helpful for you.

  • USMLE. There’s a lot more material in that book than you need, but I preferred that rather than not learning something I needed. That being said, I didn’t finish reading the book before NPLEX 1. I did go over the biochemistry portion completely, and that is a very important section.

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           What is global health to you? Have you ever considered sharing your knowledge of health to support low-resource communities? Are you a student who wants to gain valuable clinical experience before entering  clinic? Naturopathic Doctors and students have access to many amazing opportunities to apply their skills around the world. Naturopaths Without Borders (NWB) is one outlet, providing volunteer opportunities to work with a variety of populations in Haiti, Mexico and Phoenix, Arizona.

           I was fortunate enough to spend a week working with NWB in Haiti this past February. Each day, our team traveled to a new community to provide naturopathic care to a variety of populations in a clinical setting. NWB also supports long-term healthcare changes through the use of Haitian educators delivering lectures to other Haitians about proper diet and sanitization, with the goal of correcting misconceptions surrounding community health. In addition to...

      With your clinical year coming to a rapid close I’m sure all you fourth years are starting to think about the final hurdle looming on the horizon. NPLEX II is certainly a hurdle, but it is attainable – and I wanted to share my experience with you to hopefully help you prepare for this summer.

Preparing to Prepare:

       At this stage in the game try not to feel like you actually have to start studying – that is definitely not the case. What I did do at this point last year was definitively decide to take a course, and purchased a copy of the prep book I was planning on using (just to feel a bit better). I spent a lot of time setting up my study schedule, off and on for about 2 weeks in early May. Your schedule should consist of two components:

                Part 1. What each day is going to look like from the day you start to the day of NPLEX

                Part 2. What you’re actually going to be studying every s...

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