ND Experience at the AANP Convention

Interested in learning more about becoming a naturopathic doctor? Join us for this special event for prospective ND students to attend the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) annual conference! Chat with practicing NDs, current students, and admissions representatives from naturopathic schools across North America. Enjoy panel talks, light snacks, and the opportunity to meet NDs from all over the country. Attendees are also welcome to sit in on any of the breakout or main sessions at the convention free of charge.

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Celebrating 100 Years of Licensure at AANP 2019

Guest post by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP)

Naturopathic medicine has made tremendous strides since 1919 when Washington became the first state to license NDs, but some things remain the same: genuine patient-centered care, adherence to the unique guiding principles and therapeutic order that define our profession, and the commitment to restoring health over managing symptoms.

Journey with us through time at AANP 2019, the Annual Convention as we celebrate the past, present, and future of naturopathic medicine. Get a glimpse of this incredible journey through time in the 60,000 square foot exhibit hall as we celebrate how far we’ve come as a profession and envision where we will go. As you walk through the hall’s seven stations, you’ll get to:

  • Celebrate the first licensure law, passed by Washington State in 1919 – the Regulation of Drugless Healing
  • Visit the Foundation of Naturopathic Medicine timeline
  • View historical picture galleries archiving the deep roots of Naturopathic Medicine
  • Project into the future how naturopathic medicine will steadily become a household name, and more!

As you continue to stroll through the hall, over 100 vendors will showcase their products and services. If you’re in need of a break during the Convention, you will be able to enter the three themed self-care rooms, provided by National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM). One room will feature relaxation modalities such as massage and acupuncture, the second will offer quiet meditation like yoga or Qigong, and the third will feature self-care practices such as herbal tea, sound therapy, and aromatherapy. In addition, the grand exhibit hall will feature interactive stations such as a self-powered smoothie bike, nutritional cooking demonstrations, and a multi-sensory herbal experience.

Additional Convention highlights:

  • The closing NMC Summit on the Future of Naturopathic Medicine will take place Wednesday, August 14.
  • Attendees will learn from over 47 expert speakers in over 40 sessions, earning quality CE along the way.
  • A kick-off Thursday morning keynote speech by, Ian Coulter, PhD, from RAND Corporation who will speak on metaphysics and the role of vitalism in science.
  • The Naturopathic Medical Student Association (NMSA) will once again host its annual conference in tandem with AANP 2019 and will hold their 2019 Annual NMSA Cup competition.
  • The AANP annual election and award ceremony – which recognizes up and coming leaders, as well as the pioneers who built the profession’s foundation – will take place at the closing banquet of the Convention, the AANP Gala, on Saturday, August 17.
  • Hands-on, in-depth post-con workshop opportunities.

Naturopathic medicine is steadily becoming a household name as more and more Americans turn away from sick care and move toward sustainable health care. Let’s celebrate where we’ve been, where we are today, and those who helped us get here! Learn more and register for AANP 2019 here.

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Tips from a Naturopathic Medical Student

Join the AANMC and President of the Naturopathic Medical Student Association – Blake Langley for an informative session on what it takes to thrive as an ND student!

Here’s what you can expect to learn:
-A day in the life of a naturopathic medical student
-What to expect from naturopathic medical school
-How to balance school and life responsibilities
-How to build your resume and experience as a student to prepare for a career you will love
-Advice for prospective students

*Webinar does not qualify for CE

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About the Presenter

Blake Langley is in his sixth and final year of studies in naturopathic and Chinese medicine at the National University of Natural Medicine. Hailing from the southeastern United States, he was raised in an area of the country underserved by naturopathic medicine. He serves as President of the Naturopathic Medical Student Association and represents the voice of naturopathic students at the Integrative Health Policy Consortium and the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. He additionally serves as the Founding Co-Chair of the Student Committee of the American Society of Acupuncturists. With his passion for students, advocacy, and administration, Blake hopes to integrate these into the next journey in his career as a physician.

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The Future is Bright for Naturopathic Medical Students

Guest post by Valerie A. Gettings, CNHP, NMSA president-elect, 3rd year naturopathic medical student, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Toronto, Ontario

Naturopathic medical students across North America came together earlier this month in Austin, Texas, for the annual Naturopathic Medical Student Association (NMSA) winter workshop. During this event, student NMSA leaders representing nine schools across North America, met to conduct strategic planning, find common solutions, conduct conference planning, and further community building for the upcoming year.

“I am incredibly proud of my amazing board of directors this year,” said Blake Langley, NMSA President, and 6th-year naturopathic and Chinese medicine student, National University of Natural Medicine, Portland, OR. “Their drive and motivation to organize impactful events for naturopathic medical students at each of their schools is astounding. I am proud to say that, as an organization, we have recently increased the number of travel grants to 72 annual travel grants (over $14,000 in value), over four competitive fellowships (over $10,000 in value), and have put forth further investment into a truly collaborative environment with other organizations in the naturopathic profession. The future is bright!”

During the three-day event, students shared their chapter updates, helped each other to find solutions at each of their schools, and were able to gain additional leadership training. The team also worked diligently on conference planning for the upcoming American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP)/NMSA co-located conference in Portland, OR, August 15-17, 2019 at the Oregon Convention Center.

This year’s NMSA Winter Workshop also allowed students to see the oldest naturopathic depository of books in the United States, housed in Austin, TX, at the Stark Center Library.

“I was so incredibly inspired and motivated after attending this year’s NMSA winter workshop,” said Sydney Freggiaro, NMSA VP communications, 4th year naturopathic medical student, Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA. “It’s been such a fulfilling experience to get to mentor each chapter president, watch them step into their roles, and be the voice of other naturopathic medical students at their schools.”

The NMSA international executive board, supported by executive director, Stephanie Fogelson, is made up of 16 student leaders, including nine chapter presidents, who oversee NMSA local boards at each school. The local boards put on local and community events and foster personal and professional development for students at each school.

The NMSA is a 501(c)3 non-profit that is a unified, sustainable, ethical and professional voice for naturopathic medical students across North America. The NMSA advocates for naturopathic physicians-in-training, and inspires educational and community building initiatives that prepare naturopathic medical students with tools, experiences and connections necessary to become successful physicians. The NMSA operates on the core values of empowerment, community, impact, and integrity. The NMSA serves to create opportunity, support, and represent the diversity of naturopathic medical students.

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A Day in the Life of an ND: What’s the ND Experience All About?

AANMC - ND Experience 2018

Alumni panel pictured (L to R): Drs Carrie Louise Daenell, Lilian Au, Adrienne Stewart, Arianna Staruch and Safiya McCarter.

By Valerie A. Kremer, CNHP, 3rd year, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine

Want to find out what the journey to becoming a naturopathic doctor is all about? The ND Experience is the perfect place to get all of your questions answered!

The ND Experience is an interactive event for prospective students and their families to learn more about naturopathic medicine. Participants have the opportunity to speak with current ND students and admissions representatives from the accredited schools of naturopathic medicine to learn tips to thrive in naturopathic medical school. In addition, they hear from alumni panel of NDs  to discover all of the career opportunities available to graduates of naturopathic medicine.

“Thank you again for a wonderful, uplifting, and inspiring experience! I am so ready to continue on this path after spending time at Bastyr and attending the conference. Unforgettable!” -Brittany M.

Bastyr University, San Diego hosted the 2018 ND Experience. Harlan Patterson, President of Bastyr University, provided the introductory welcome to prospective students and their families. Dr. JoAnn Yanez, AANMC Executive Director, gave an overview of naturopathic medicine and Terrance Peterson, Bastyr Admissions Counselor, gave an overview of the admissions process and how to prepare yourself to be a strong ND candidate. Prospective students had the opportunity to ask questions about topics that mattered to them such as school stress, finances, academic workload, work/life balance, and career viability as a naturopathic doctor.

AANMC - ND Experience 2018

Dr. JoAnn Yanez discusses ND career opportunities in an overview of naturopathic medicine.

Bonus: Experience the AANP/NMSA Conference!

In addition to meeting students, school reps and current NDs at Bastyr, the ND Experience grants free access for prospective students to attend the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and Naturopathic Medical Student Association (NMSA) annual conference. During this incredible opportunity, prospective students may learn about the latest research, hot topics, and clinical applications in naturopathic medicine. In addition, prospective students will also have access to the vendor hall to see the latest and greatest products in integrative medicine with a chance to win vendor prizes.

ND Experience participants also have the opportunity to watch the final round of the NMSA Cup, an intense trivia competition between all seven accredited naturopathic medical schools across North America. The final round of the NMSA Cup is between the last two schools vying for first place and title/bragging rights. The competition tests students on the basic/biomedical sciences, clinical sciences, naturopathic philosophy, and clinical therapeutic modalities.


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