Emphasizing the Importance of Community at CCNM

The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) community is resilient, unified and supportive. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, students, staff and faculty have come together in an unprecedented way to keep one another safe and healthy. Despite these extraordinary circumstances, our mission – to deliver excellence in naturopathic education and research and provide high-quality clinical services to our patients – remains at the forefront.

Collectively, everyone at CCNM has acted remarkably to keep the Doctor of Naturopathy degree program on track for our students and provide valuable care to our patients.

Classes at CCNM

In mid-March, when CCNM made the call to move classes online, the response from our instructors was overwhelming. Working with the academic and administrative teams at the College, all theory portions of the curriculum were transitioned to our digital learning platform. The results have been nearly seamless thus far. Students have adapted considerably well to working on their coursework remotely and interacting with their professors and classmates in a virtual environment.

Clinic appointments

It’s a win-win – through Doxy.me, a virtual, tele-health solution, patients still receive naturopathic care from our fourth-year interns and ND supervisors, while interns continue to hone their clinical skills and accumulate the hours needed for graduation. All patient appointments and intakes at our teaching clinics across the Greater Toronto Area – the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic on CCNM’s campus, the Brampton Naturopathic Teaching Clinic at Brampton Civic Hospital, plus seven community health centres – are being conducted safely and remotely by video or phone.

New student cohort beginning in May

We are preparing to welcome 20 new students to the bridge delivery of the Doctor of Naturopathy degree program. Designed specifically for international medical graduates (IMGs) as an opportunity to further their health-care careers in Canada, the six-term curriculum incorporates all of the competencies of the four-year program, acknowledges previous medical experience and education and provides additional supports to address the unique needs of IMG students.

In agreement with recommended social and physical distancing measures, courses will also be delivered online, as will a new student orientation administered by CCNM graduates Melvia Agbeko, ND (Class of 2012) and Nicole Henry, ND (Class of 2008).

The 4th annual Research Day

Usually, Research Day is a fun event that takes over the entire lobby. Students and faculty are on hand to showcase and share their joint research collaborations (in the form of poster presentations) with each other. This year, we transferred the celebration online and ran Research Day via Zoom, which was a huge success.

CCNM’s Research Fellows, Class of 2012 graduate Monique Aucoin, ND (pictured) and Valentina Cardozo, emceed and announced the award winners in the following categories: Best Scientific Poster, People’s Choice Award and the Student Innovation Fund.

Research abstracts and posters can be found here in the Undergraduate Research in Natural and Clinical Sciences and Technology Journal.

The CCNM Research Facebook page is your source for Zoom highlights from Research Day, plus a list of the award winners.

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