- Original Work
Case submissions must be the practitioner’s original work, with no input or guidance from a supervisor or other practitioner. The purpose of the case submission is to demonstrate the applicant’s case-taking ability, analytic and repertorial skills, knowledge of materia medica and case management ability using classical homeopathic principles.
- Format of submission
All 5 cases should be submitted together digitally in Microsoft Word document format.
- Client confidentiality
Avoid referring to the client by name—use a pseudonym and change identifying details mentioned in your notes.
- Style of case presentation
Cases should be written in complete sentences and paragraphs with good grammar and spelling.
- Basic criteria for selection of cases
- Client is a human being (veterinary cases are unacceptable).
- Chief complaint is a chronic illness or condition.
- There is significant improvement in the chief complaint clearly attributable to homeopathic care.
- Client is followed up for at least six months after final remedy is given.
- At least one of the 5 cases should include management of an acute illness during the course of consultations.
- Suggested approach to case write-up
- Start with a description of the client and your initial impression (1 paragraph).
- State the chief complaint: what, where, how long, how severe (minimum 1 paragraph).
- Let the client speak. Give a verbatim transcript of the client’s words (to the best of your ability), edited for relevance if necessary (minimum 2-3 pages). You do not need to include your own questions unless they are needed for clarity.
- Give your analysis, in which you identify key symptoms and themes (minimum 1-2 paragraphs).
- Translate your analysis into rubrics. State which repertory you used. Include a repertorization chart. If you did not solve the case by repertorization, explain carefully the reasoning that led to the remedy.
- List the top 2 – 4 remedies that you considered and write a paragraph for each one, pointing out reasons for choosing or excluding it. Cite your materia medica sources.
- Write remedy, potency, date.
- Explain your choice of potency and frequency of dosing (minimum 1 sentence).
- For each follow-up, give the date and status of all initial complaints. Try to use the client’s own words as much as possible.
- If you change the remedy during the course of treatment, the new remedy should be in the group of top contenders that you originally identified. Otherwise, you need to repeat steps 4 – 6. You should provide at least 6 months of follow-up after the final remedy selection.
- Length of case write-up
Ideally, each case write-up should be 5-10 pages.