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

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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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What is the NMSA?


Written by: Blake Langley, NMSA President, 2018-19

It was four years ago that I first became involved with the Naturopathic Medical Student Association. One day, the Chapter President of NUNM notified me that I was nominated for and voted into the position of Social Events Coordinator – all without truly understanding what that meant. In my first year of leadership… we will just say I failed miserably. The learning curve was great, I was unfamiliar with the vision of the NMSA, and school was my top priority. It wasn’t until I helped get the first annual Black Tie for the FLI fundraiser event going that I was caught – hook, line, and sinker. The NMSA was where students could get together to enjoy their community outside of the study area or classroom.

Onto the next years, I rose in leadership positions from NUNM Chapter Secretary to International CAO to International President-Elect, and I now serve as NMSA International President. My understanding of what the NMSA is and does has dramatically changed as I have become more involved in the organization. At its very root, the NMSA holds to the values of Empowerment, Community, Impact, and Integrity which influence our every decision. With representation from each CNME-accredited naturopathic medical school in North America, the NMSA becomes the unified voice of naturopathic medical students at the planning tables of the profession while bringing educational and revitalizing events to the individual campuses. More than anything, the NMSA creates a space where students can join and collaborate on what most affects them: receiving quality education, developing leadership skills, and gaining access to opportunities that will aid them in their future practice.

Simply put, the NMSA offers travel grants, scholarships, Fellowships, intercollegiate competitions, exciting Naturopathic Medicine Week events, and a professional annual conference in conjunction with our national partner organizations. Access to these opportunities is what NMSA members appreciate most: the ability to further develop their skills and education of their own accord. On an organizational level, the International Board of Directors seeks out opportunities for the student voice to be heard, such as with the Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC), American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), Institute for Natural Medicine (INM), state associations, and more. With many of these organizations, the NMSA holds a position within their Board of Directors to provide feedback and input into the directives of the organizations our student members will be members and leaders of in the next 4-6 years. For those willing and able to serve on the Board of Directors at a local or international level, they will receive extensive training on the inner workings of a 501(c)3 non-profit, what the legal and developmental aspects of things like contract and grant writing look like, and standard code of conduct of professional organizations. As students, most do not have this opportunity and the NMSA promotes the cultivation of those leadership skills.

Without a doubt, the NMSA thrives on the diversity of student voice. A Board of Directors from an array of school sizes and educational practices, and with a multi-generational, multi-racial, multi-gendered, and multi-talented team, the NMSA strives and achieves representing the diverse population of naturopathic medical students in a way that is unique and valuable. In the coming years, the NMSA plans to further advance scholarship access, expand representation within more organizations, and develop member benefit development to ensure our students graduate from school with the best possible toolkit and with the confidence in their ability to lead, teach, and heal. The NMSA is always looking for feedback and recommendations from students and we urge you to contact or to contact me at