Painful Periods and PCOS: How Naturopathic Medicine Can Help

Approximately 80% of women will have painful periods at some point in their lifetime, and 1 in 10 will be diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Join the AANMC and Dr. Jamine Blesoff for an overview of PCOS and naturopathic approaches to healthy menstrual cycles.

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About the Presenter

Jamine Blesoff, ND is an instructor in the Clinical Sciences department for the Doctor of Chiropractic and Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine programs at National University of Health Sciences. She brings with her years of experience in providing women, infants, and children with natural preventative and integrative care.

Dr. Blesoff received her BA from the University of Connecticut and her doctor of naturopathic medicine degree from Bastyr University.  As a medical student at Bastyr University, she completed elective clinical shifts working with the pediatric population, Spanish speaking patients, and individuals with limited access to health care, including those in Nicaragua with Natural Doctors International.

She is a member of the Illinois Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians and Natural Doctors International.

 

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2018 Year in Review

A Year of Academics, Scholarship and Community Outreach

Each and every year, the field of naturopathic medical education advances significantly. We are proud to recap the advances our seven accredited naturopathic medical schools made in academics, scholarship and community outreach during 2018. Looking ahead, there is a lot to be excited for as well!

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A Year of Celebration and Change

Bastyr University
San Diego, California & Seattle, Washington

Now in our 40th year, Bastyr is proud of our historical legacy and of the growth we have witnessed in the naturopathic profession. Our campus leaders and students continue to make great strides in our local communities. 

In Seattle, we have forged a new Center for Integrative Medicine in partnership with Virginia Mason. With nine clinics and one hospital location, this Seattle-area health system has sought out the natural medicine experts at Bastyr Center for Natural Health to expand their continuum of care in a way that answers their rising patient demand for effective, holistic approaches to common health concerns, opening up attractive career opportunities for our graduates. 

In San Diego, clinical training opportunities continues to expand for our naturopathic medical students through the addition of integrative oncology care at Bastyr University Clinic. Beyond our own campus community, San Diego County officials have designated Bastyr a Live Well San Diego partner; we now join over 300 organizations to support the vision of a region “Building Better Health, Living Safely and Thriving.” 

With innovative advancements in clinical training initiatives soon underway in 2019, we look forward to a bright future for our graduates as they find their place as naturopathic physicians transforming the health care system! 

To learn more about Bastyr, click here.

A Year of Promising New Initiatives

Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The Boucher Institute would like to congratulate our students for their hard work and commitment to their studies and to the profession. Our students, once again, outperformed average NPLEX results by a healthy margin. An additional note of gratitude is extended to the hard-working faculty that are second to none in terms of preparing our students to become excellent, compassionate doctors. This year Boucher established collaborative relationships with other higher education institutions in the areas of research and recruitment. We are excited for the rich opportunities our students will gain as a result of these advances.

Our academic team will be expanding in order to support the school’s growth and new programs. Additionally, we have invested in developing new and exciting fundraising sources to benefit students and ensure that our tuition costs remain as steady as possible over the longer term.

New programs are being built to ensure continued graduate success and employment opportunities. The core of our program will continue to teach our students the benefits of practicing collaborative medicine. Boucher graduates are grounded in the roots of the naturopathic medicine and its supporting science, because it represents the soundest form of sustainable medicine. We look forward to what will be an exciting 2019.

To learn more about BINM, click here.

A Historic Anniversary Year

Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

CCNM celebrated its 40th anniversary and launched several new initiatives this year. We’ve made terrific strides with our curriculum review project, Curriculum Visioning 40 (CV40). Starting with a consultation document sent to over 2,000 stakeholders, we subsequently surveyed alumni to identify which conditions new graduates should treat, and the knowledge and skills they require. In August, a group of NDs, including faculty, met to distill and refine the 952 conditions identified. We’re quickly discovering how today’s students learn best. We don’t know how our curriculum will evolve, but we’re committed to making the next 40 years even stronger than the first. Applicants have responded to our vitality – September enrollment was over 25% higher than in 2017.

The CCNM Integrative Cancer Centre (CCNM ICC)  opened in May where NDs and other practitioners provide naturopathic and complementary treatments to cancer patients. We also opened three new community health-care clinics (CHC) in Toronto. Innovation has also come in the form of electronic health records (EHR), which ensures our patients can transfer their records between providers. With more advancements in our academic and clinical program on the horizon, 2019 promises to bring even more celebration.

To learn more about CCNM, click here.

A Year of Accolades and Outreach

National University of Health Sciences
Chicago, Illinois

2018 marked another successful year for National University’s outreach events and student organizations. In March, both health care professionals and the local community attended the first-of-its-kind Nutrition Conference featuring renowned medical experts. National University also welcomed local families on campus during the second-annual Healthy Kids event, which allows clinic interns to interact with a more diverse patient population. Throughout the year, Naturopathic Medical Student Association (NMSA) awarded the NMSA Chicago Chapter comprised of NUHS students multiple honors. The chapter nabbed the Golden Avocado Award, which is awarded to students that do the best job of recognizing Naturopathic Medicine Week through the creation of events and activities. National University’s students also won first place in the NMSA Trivia Cup, a competition between naturopathic colleges that tests student knowledge of naturopathic medicine.

In 2019, NUHS will expand opportunities for its naturopathic medicine (ND) interns. While internship opportunities currently exist for ND students in the NUHS Lombard Whole Health and (Chicago) Salvation Army clinics, the NUHS Aurora site will soon join the list. Just as at its sister locations, Aurora interns will work with their chiropractic medicine colleagues to serve the health care needs of the local community.

To learn more about NUHS, click here.

A Year of Scholarship and Advancement

National University of Natural Medicine
Portland, Oregon

In 2018, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) agreed to provide up to $250,000 in tuition scholarships from 2018 through 2020 for naturopathic medicine students. In exchange, once they graduate, students commit to providing healthcare services in rural and under-served communities for several years. This is yet another step forward in recognizing the naturopathic profession, and an incredible opportunity for eligible ND students to reduce their tuition debt through service by addressing healthcare disparity in Oregon.

With two clinics recognized as Tier 4 Patient-Centered Primary Care Homes―a top-level certification granted by OHA―our students are learning within exemplary models for how primary care should be organized and delivered. And with a high volume of Medicaid patients and uninsured patients, students are seeing greater complexity and higher levels of pathology while bringing naturopathic medicine to diverse patient populations.

In 2019, we look forward to continued curriculum innovation. This is the fourth (and final) year implementing our competency-based, clinically integrated systems-block design. Our courses are not siloed and meaningful application of knowledge is prioritized over memorization of facts. NUNM’s faculty challenge students to think critically, develop their individual strengths as healers, and to educate and motivate patients on how to live with less pain, burden and suffering.

To learn more about NUNM, click here.

A Banner Year and New Era Of Pain and Chronic Disease Treatment

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine
Phoenix, Arizona

This fall, SCNM began accepting current students into three distinct honors tracks in Community Medicine, Pediatrics, and Regenerative Medicine. These focused areas of clinical education will be included in the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree program. They will allow students to identify areas of interest and better position themselves for competitive post-graduate opportunities and residencies. More honors tracks are scheduled to be announced in 2019.

Additionally, SCNM introduced the Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine on campus. For two generations the name Riordan has been synonymous with medical advances harnessing the body’s innate healing ability. The Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine will build on this legacy, turning the tide from symptom suppression to regeneration and healing. Replacing the Pain Relief Center, the Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine is in a 6,200-square foot space on the SCNM campus. Through patient care, research and medical education, the Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine will help usher in a new era in the treatment of pain and chronic disease and provide students with numerous educational opportunities in pain management. For more information on either opportunity, visit www.scnm.edu.

To learn more about SCNM, click here.

A Year of New Leadership and Change

University of Bridgeport School of Naturopathic Medicine
Bridgeport, Connecticut

2018 has been an exciting year at University of Bridgeport!  UB welcomed Dr. Laura Skandera Trombley as our new President, and the first female President!  President Trombley is an experienced administrator, and a renowned scholar and author. She began her administration with a major reorganization of the University, consolidating fourteen colleges, institutes, and programs into three new colleges: Arts and Sciences; Health Sciences; and Engineering, Business, and Education. The College of Health Sciences includes programs in several disciplines: naturopathic medicine, chiropractic, nutrition, acupuncture, dental hygiene, nursing, physician’s assistant, health sciences, and medical lab technology.

UBSNM is proud to share that our accreditation review by the CNME in September led to re-accreditation for the next seven years, recognizing the quality of the program and the hard work of administrators, faculty, and staff.

In 2019, we are looking forward the 4th Annual Plunge, honoring World Wetlands Day with a dash into our very own waterfront – Long Island Sound. Our annual Philosophy Day is a celebration of the naturopathic principles and our elders. Guest speakers, garden sales and walks, and the Garlic Fest make this a well-loved event at UBSNM. UB faculty and students will present their research in an all-day event featuring poster presentations and keynote speakers. Last year several UBSNM students presented posters based on their thesis work and on the multi-center clinical trial led by Dr. Kim Sanders.

To learn more about UBSNM, click here.

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NUHS Continues to Engage Students and Grow Opportunities

Throughout 2018, students and faculty in National University’s naturopathic program have been actively engaged in various events promoting the field. NUHS students recently participated in the Naturopathic Medical Student Association conference in San Diego. In March, NUHS hosted the first of its kind conference focused on the latest research in nutrition. With new scholarship opportunities available, NUHS is also expanding its commitment to easing the financial burden of a naturopathic education. For the second year, NUHS will host the Healthy Kids Open House at its Lombard campus.

NUHS Students Score Victory in NMSA Trivia Cup Competition

NUHS students took first place in the annual trivia competition during the Naturopathic Medical Student Association conference in July in San Diego. The NMSA Cup is an annual competition among students at the seven accredited Naturopathic Medicine schools across the US and Canada. The rigorous, three-day competition tests students’ knowledge of the biomedical sciences, clinical sciences, naturopathic philosophy, and clinical therapies that naturopathic doctors employ. “It was very intense, but a well-deserved win–it’s great to put NUHS on the map, so to speak. It feels great to bring the cup to our home turf!” said Kareem Kandil, captain of the NUHS team, the Chicago Chapter of the Naturopathic Medical Student Association. As this year’s team will have graduated from the naturopathic medicine program by next year’s NMSA annual conference, National University is looking for new students to rebuild the team and bring home the 2019 championship.

National University of Health Sciences Launches New Graduate Scholarship and Increases Current Awards

Incoming NUHS students now have even more scholarship opportunities available to them. Starting with the 2018-19 school year, new students in the NUHS graduate-level programs, including naturopathic medicine, can now apply for the Dean’s Award, which awards two installments of $1,000 for the first two trimesters of professional studies. “This is the first new scholarship that has been created in some time,” said Marc Yambao, director of financial aid for National University. “We realize that education is a significant lifetime investment, and we wanted to broaden the scope of our awards to be more inclusive and lessen the financial burden on students and families.” Aligned with that commitment is the decision to increase the financial awards for the President’s Excellence Award from $5,000 to $6,000 and the President’s Achievement Award from $3,000 to $4,000. Both awards are open to students entering graduate level programs. To find out more information on scholarship requirements and how to apply, visit the NUHS website.

ND faculty Dr. Kristina Conner shares success tips for the Ketogenic diet

Many celebrities including Halle Barry and Gwyneth Paltrow have been touting the weight loss benefits of the Ketogenic diet. But before celebrities began using the diet for weight loss, it was first recommended for those with certain health conditions. Whether you’re trying to lose weight or trying the diet for other health reasons, NUHS faculty member Kristina Conner, ND, discusses how you can safely use the diet for weight loss. Read more on the NUHS blog, The Future of Integrative Health.

NUHS 2018 Nutrition Conference a Success

National University hosted the first of its kind conference on the Lombard campus focused on the latest research and trends in nutrition March 24 and 25. The nutrition conference, directed towards health care practitioners, students and the public, provided attendees with the opportunity to learn about various food movements, and how to implement these food diets or strategies to optimize health. Health care professionals received study results from some of the presenters in order to immediately begin putting the latest research into practice. “We were pleased with the quality of the education delivered; attendees walked away impressed with the knowledge provided to them,” said Dr. Jenna Glenn, DC, ND, MS, conference organizer and dean of the NUHS Postprofessional Department. For information about future programs, visit Post-grad and Continuing Education.

NUHS to host second-annual Healthy Kids event

After the success of the inaugural Healthy Kids event last year, NUHS is planning the next Healthy Kids event on October 20. The event welcomes local families on campus to learn about natural approaches to keeping children in optimal health. Similar to last year, NUHS naturopathic, chiropractic, and Asian medicine faculty experts and interns will host activities, classes, and demonstrations for both children and adults to enjoy. For updates on event details visit the NUHS website.

Explore a Career in Integrative Medicine at NUHS this fall

If you’re considering a career in integrative medicine, come visit us! NUHS offers a variety of visit opportunities including Student for a Day and Campus Visit Day at its Lombard campus. Scheduled for Nov. 3, Campus Visit Day allows prospective students to experience NUHS student life through interactive activities and real-life scenarios. You will also have the chance to interact with faculty, students, and graduates of NUHS. Student for a Day offered on Oct. 19 and Nov. 30 is a small group event that will give you the opportunity to sit in on a class lecture, tour our facilities, enjoy lunch with students and faculty, and meet with an admissions representative. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an individual visit, contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-826-6285 or email admissions@nuhs.edu.

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NABNE Welcomes Fraser Smith

Dr. Fraser Smith

Fraser Smith, MATD, ND

The North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE) is pleased to announce that Fraser Smith, MATD, ND, has joined NABNE’s Board of Directors. Dr. Smith played a leading role in the development and implementation of the Naturopathic Medicine program at National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) in Lombard, Illinois, which launched in 2006. He currently serves as the program’s chief academic officer and is the Assistant Dean for Naturopathic Medicine in NUHS’ College of Professional Studies. Previously, Dr. Smith served as the Dean of Naturopathic Medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM), as well as being Assistant Medical Director at the Robert Chad Naturopathic Clinic in Toronto, Ontario. As a professor at NUHS, Dr. Smith has taught various courses, including botanical prescribing, pharmacotherapeutics, and fundamentals of naturopathic medicine, and is a frequent lecturer and presenter at local and national events. He has co-authored or written two naturopathic textbooks, as well as four books for the public, and numerous journal articles.

Dr. Smith has served as a member or officer on many committees, councils, and organizations within the naturopathic profession. For many years he has volunteered for NPLEX as an item writer, reviewer, and cut scorer, and he has served on the NABNE Advisory Council. He has been involved in the Council for Chief Academic and Clinical Officers (CCACO), and has represented NUHS at Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME), and American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) meetings. He is a past president of the Illinois
Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and he is a tireless advocate for naturopathic licensure in that state. He is the current President of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC). His widespread involvement in the naturopathic profession will make his input on the NABNE Board particularly valuable.

Dr. Smith fills the position left vacant when Sherry Ure, ND, from British Columbia, resigned after many years of outstanding service to NABNE.

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NUHS Builds Awareness for Natural Medicine Through Outreach Opportunities

National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) has been building awareness about natural medicine through engaging their local communities. Whether on- or off-campus, faculty experts and students are participating in a wide variety of outreach opportunities.

In addition to educating more individuals about natural medicine and helping to increase awareness of naturopathic medicine, each one of these events helps expose students to various specialties that may interest them in their future careers in integrative medicine.

NUHS Nutrition Conference to feature latest in food movements

From March 24-25 NUHS will host the first conference of its kind focused on the latest research and trends in nutrition at its Lombard campus and via NUHS Nutrition Conference 2018webinar. Aimed at health care practitioners, students and the public, attendees will learn about various food movements and how to implement these food diets or strategies to optimize health.

The conference program will feature Dr. Tom O’Bryan (NUHS ’80), a world-renowned expert in the field of gluten-related disorders, along with nine other experts with backgrounds in functional medicine, chiropractic medicine, allopathic medicine, psychotherapy and nutritional biochemistry.

Those interested can attend the conference in-person or via webinar. Register and learn more about the conference speakers and schedule.

Dr. Smith shares heart health tips for American Heart Health Month

Fraser Smith, MATD, ND, assistant dean of the NUHS naturopathic medicine program, marked American Heart Health month in February by sharing a list of naturopathic medicine tips for maintaining optimal heart health on NUHS’ the Future of Integrative Health Blog.

On Feb. 15, Dr. Smith and the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medicine Colleges (AANMC) also hosted a free webinar on heart health. During the webinar, Dr. Smith discussed the various environmental factors that impact metabolism and increase the likelihood of developing heart disease and/or becoming obese.

Year round, naturopathic interns at the on-campus Whole Health Center clinic work with Cleveland HeartLab, Inc. to assess a patient’s risk for heart disease or heart attack by offering inflammatory and other innovative and scientifically proven biomarker tests. According to Dr. Smith, ND students are already preparing for a clinical trial of these assessments for later this year.

NUHS to host second-annual Healthy Kids event

After the success of the inaugural Healthy Kids event last year, NUHS is planning the next Healthy Kids event in May.

The event welcomes local families on campus to learn about natural approaches to keeping children in optimal health. Similar to last year, NUHS naturopathic, chiropractic, and oriental medicine faculty experts and interns will host activities, classes, and demonstrations for both children and adults to enjoy.

For updates on event details visit the NUHS website.

NUHS students gain new insights at integrative medicine conference

While volunteering at the Integrative Medicine for the Underserved (IM4US) conference, NUHS students  learned additional approaches to working with underserved populations. Over 300 acupuncturists, East Asian medicine practitioners, naturopathic doctors, nutritionists, physicians, nurses, etc., attended the three-day event in August at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

“Opportunities abound as more allopathic practitioners of various disciplines are becoming open to integrative approaches,” said Anita Hollins, a volunteer and student in the NUHS Master of Science in Oriental Medicine program. “I spoke to several family practice physicians that either have certifications or have partnered with AOM, DC, and ND practitioners.”

In addition to providing volunteers, NUHS sponsored the research portion of the conference that included 18 poster presentations and three breakout sessions. NUHS also helped fund IM4US’s first annual research prizes for “Outstanding Young Investigator” and “Outstanding Research Innovation.”

Explore a Career in Integrative Medicine at NUHS on March 10

If you’re considering a career in integrative medicine, come visit NUHS’s Lombard campus during Campus Visit Day on March 10th.

Offered only twice a year, the event allows prospective students to explore graduate programs in chiropractic medicine, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, and East Asian medicine as well as the undergraduate program in biomedical science.

Throughout the day, participants will also have the opportunity to interact with faculty, students, and graduates of NUHS. Prospective students will experience NUHS student life through interactive activities and real-life scenarios.

To guarantee your spot for Campus Visit Day on March 10th, you can register online, or call 1-800-826-6285. You will receive a confirmation packet with directions and a schedule of the day’s events. If you have any questions or would like more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-826-6285 or email admissions@nuhs.edu.