December 2012 – That’s a Wrap

Well, here we are again – when did it get to be December? If you’re anything like me, you’re desperately juggling holiday obligations and end-of-the-year responsibilities, all while trying to ace your final exams. (Take a quick study break and vote for your favorite ND student video.)

There always end up being a few random odds and ends to see to this time of year, and the AANMC news is no exception. Here are a few totally unrelated – but still important! – bits of news from our AANMC schools.

NUHS is newest school to receive CNME accreditation*

It’s official! National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) recently received accreditation from the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME), making it the newest accredited naturopathic medical school and the only one in the Midwest. But did you know that NUHS may actually be one of the oldest naturopathic schools in the United States?  Read More…

Sonoran University students study global health abroad

After Sonoran University of Health Sciences (Sonoran University) student Calley Asbill learned about Mercy in Action, an organization that focuses on maternal and newborn health care in undeveloped countries, she returned to Sonoran University determined to involve her fellow ND students. In July, she and nine other students journeyed to the Philippines, where they participated in a two-week educational program.

UBCNM offers ND student scholarship

This fall, the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine (UBCNM) renewed the offer of its Dr. Peter D’Adamo Naturopathic Scholarship, which enables five qualified students from each new class to reduce their tuition by 25 percent for all four years of the program. As the cost of education becomes a greater concern among all graduate students, this ND student scholarship could not come at a better time.  Read More…

Bastyr debuts dual-track and ayurvedic master’s programs

Bastyr University has launched the first fully accredited ayurvedic program in the United States, offering a master’s in ayurvedic sciences and a dual-track option for ND students. Ayurveda is a holistic Indian medicine encompassing nutritional counseling, herbal medicine, massage and other forms of bodywork; its focus on preventive medicine makes it an ideal partner for naturopathic medicine.

NCNM appoints new dean of naturopathic medicine

In November, the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) announced the promotion of Melanie Henriksen, ND, LAc, CNM, as dean of the school of naturopathic medicine. In the words of Dr. Andrea C. Smith, NCNM’s provost and VP of academic affairs, “The role of dean demands an understanding of the full scope of practice of naturopathic medicine, a deep passion for its roots, and insight to best position students as primary care physicians within the quickly shifting paradigm of health care.”  Read More…

AANMC appoints new executive director

The AANMC board of directors has announced that JoAnn Yanez, ND, MPH, is its new full-time director. Dr. Yanez has long been an advocate for the advancement of naturopathic medicine. Having tackled challenges such as promoting natural health legislation in Washington, D.C. and helping hospitals create integrative medicine programs, Dr. Yanez is well equipped to help lead the AANMC to even greater success. Read More…
Looking for some off-the-wall holiday entertainment? Watch these eight student videos, where ND students show their passion for naturopathic medicine while highlighting the lighter, more humorous side of campus life. Then vote for your favorite! Your support is appreciated, because the AANMC will award a $1,000 popularity prize to the most popular video! Voting closes on December 31, 2012.

You’ll hear from us again next month: Look for our annual Top 10 issue, wherein we’ll recap the biggest and best ND school news of 2012.

Here’s to wrapping up the year with well-being, health and joy!

Shana_Hinds_croppedShana Schorsch
Web Content Editor

*NUHS has been in candidacy status since 2008. All seven AANMC-member colleges are now officially accredited by the CNME.


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