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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Mindfulness Meditation

At the root of naturopathic medicine is the ability to listen to and be in tune with your body to allow it to reach its optimal state. There is an increasing body of scientific evidence supporting gratitude, resilience and positivity on long-term outcomes of illness and quality of life. Conditions like pain, anxiety and depression can all benefit from a whole-person, mind-body approach. One practice that can have a resounding impact on mental health and overall well-being is the art of being present through mindfulness. When we are fully present and in tune with our body, we can identify and correct an imbalance before it becomes a major issue.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is learned tool of self-awareness, self-care and empowerment that can be practiced anytime and anywhere. It is a non-judgmental, passive awareness of your present experience.

Why is Mindfulness so Powerful?

Mindfulness allows us to fully engage and focus on the opportunities in front of us. In doing so, it minimizes the stress that comes with the ‘what ifs’ in life. By embracing our power in the here and now, we minimize the stress that comes from worrying about the future or the past. Our focus on the present allows for better connection with our mind, body and environment.

6 Short Mindfulness Exercises

1) Two mindful bites – For the first two bites of any meal or snack you eat, pay attention to the sensory experiences – the texture, taste, smell and appearance of food and the sounds it makes. This practice is also helpful to raise awareness of eating on the go or emotional food behavior.

2) What one breath feels like – Feel the sensations of one breath flowing into and out from your body. Notice the sensations in your nostrils, your shoulders, your rib cage, your belly and connect with your breath to ground yourself

3) Take a mindful moment to give your brain a break – Instead of checking your email or social media in the five minutes between meetings try looking out your window and focusing on nature. Use mindfulness to give your brain a break rather than filling up every tiny space in your day by automatically reaching for technology.

4) Air on exposed skin – Pay attention to the feeling of air on your skin for 10-60 seconds. This is best done when wearing short sleeves or with some skin exposed. Why: You’re practicing being in experiential processing mode (as opposed to evaluative “judging” mode, which is our default).

5) Scan your body – This can be done in bed before going to sleep – and can even aid in relaxation for a better night’s rest. Start by getting in a comfortable and relaxed position. Slowly scan your body from top to toe for any sensations of discomfort or tension. Attempt to soften to the sensations of discomfort without judgment on why the tension is there or if you are successful in doing so. Next, scan your body for any sensations of comfort or ease.

6) Do one action mindfully – Pick something you do at the same time every day and plan to do that one thing mindfully. For example, putting on clothes in the morning can be done, focusing on each component and how the clothes feel on your skin.

Mindfulness is like a muscle, the more you practice, the easier it gets.


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Naturopathic Therapies for Type 2 Diabetes

Join Dr. Ryan Bradley for a provocative presentation focused on naturopathic approaches to type 2 diabetes prevention and management.

Naturopathic Therapies for Type 2 Diabetes

Here’s what you can expect to learn from this webinar:
– Statistics on diabetes care in the United States
– Evidence regarding naturopathic concepts of disease in diabetes
– Example of evidence-based clinical nutrition, herbal medicine and general naturopathic treatment protocols
– Patient example of evidence-based management of type 2 diabetes

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Dr. Corina Dunlap – NUNM

“I didn’t want to be one of many clinicians shuffled through the system. I wanted to feel like I was, and am a pioneer in a field that is truly guiding the way of the future.”

Laying the groundwork to become an ND

Dr. Corina Dunlap’s journey to becoming a naturopathic physician has taken her around the world. From her start at Smith College where she studied Medical Anthropology and International Relations to sabbaticals abroad in India, Australia and New Zealand, each step has guided her on her path to naturopathic medicine. Her endeavors as a mountaineer, rock climbing guide, yoga instructor and entrepreneur of an outdoor apparel business, further developed her love of nature, natural medicine, botanical medicine and nutrition.

As an adventurer and world traveler, Dr. Dunlap faced health challenges of her own. She credits naturopathic and ayurvedic medicine for helping her learn to live a more healthy, full life without the intervention of pharmaceuticals. “Through this self-reflective time, I realized that my passion was for naturopathic medicine and evidence-based natural solutions, and that it was what I wanted to do for a career.” Dr. Dunlap believes in the naturopathic philosophy of treating the whole person and focusing on the root problem, not just diagnosis and symptom management of conventional medicine.

NUNM as a springboard

Dr. Dunlap was drawn to NUNM for its quality education in the heart of Portland. “I loved all of the community clinics throughout Portland and the surrounding areas because it felt very grassroots and I knew I would get exposed to a diverse demographic.” The non-profit natural medicine research opportunities at Helfgott Research Institute were cutting edge and attractive to a young researcher who was just starting out. Dr. Dunlap was so inspired that she completed a masters in integrative medical research in addition to a doctorate in naturopathic medicine.

After receiving her degrees, Dr. Dunlap completed a two-year accredited women’s health residency with rotations in gynecology, general endocrinology, and reproductive endocrinology. In addition, she also completed a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship, followed by a research and adjunctive faculty placement at the School of Research & Graduate Studies at Helfgott Research Institute and NUNM. While there, she mentored research students and taught courses such as Gynecology & Infertility, Women’s Health Research, and Medical Anthropology.

“Living the dream” after graduation

From an early age Dr. Dunlap has been driven by her undying passion and commitment to naturopathic medicine. Even as her life has changed and her family has grown, she works hard to maintain a work-life balance.

“I LOVE what I get to do every day. It’s a dream job! It’s so creative and multi-faceted.” Dr. Dunlap operates two private practices in Portland, ME (coming soon) and Portland, OR. She offers one-on-one virtual education consultations to source articles and contacts in an effort to make resources and information available to women everywhere. Her research focuses on preconception and infertility in men and women, HPV, cervical dysplasia, and interstitial cystitis. Dr. Dunlap is published in medical journals such as Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, Mental Health & Prevention, Naturopathic Doctor News and Review, and Townsend Letter. She is also often asked to speak to medically trained audiences on topics such as women’s health, preconception, and fertility. In addition,  she is a medical advisor and research consultant to LOLA, the first lifelong brand for women, and Real Beauty Food, a natural food and beverage skincare company.

Finding fulfillment as an ND

“It is the most satisfying thing to be able to offer hope and healthy outcomes for people by getting to the root cause of their concerns and helping to create fulfilling, lasting change. The medicine and the philosophy together are powerful beyond measure.”

Every day Dr. Dunlap practices with philosophy that aligns with her values for healing and health: the healing power of nature; first, do no harm; doctor as teacher; treat the whole person; focus on prevention; and treat the root cause!

“My diagnostic skills compare to any MD, and now I have the most incredibly expansive toolbox of treatment modalities, including pharmaceutical when I have to use them as last resort.”

Advice for aspiring NDs

Dr. Dunlap encourages prospective students to follow your passion, work hard and do the leg work to set yourself up for success. Your journey to becoming an ND starts with an interest – pursue that interest by interviewing or shadowing practicing naturopathic doctors, visit the accredited schools and ask questions. Immerse yourself in opportunities to grow as a business professional. Do not think of naturopathic medicine as an easier approach to healthcare, “if anything, studying a larger variety of treatment modalities while still trained in primary care makes it harder at times.” Be prepared to stand up for the challenge and reap the benefits of a lifetime of learning.

Learn more about Dr. Dunlap

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Naturopathic Medical Students Receive Loan Forgiveness

Oregon Grants Forgiveness Loans to NUNM Naturopathic Graduates

Long recognized by the State of Oregon for its programs and naturopathic doctors, NUNM is thrilled to be the recipient of the Scholars for a Healthy Oregon—Naturopathic Physicians Opportunities (SHONPO) Scholarship. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has awarded NUNM $250,000 in student scholarships through 2020, with the possibility of a renewal in funding. NUNM is the only natural medicine university to be offered state support in the form of tuition loan forgiveness funds for naturopathic students with grants up to $35,000 in tuition reimbursement per student each year. The State of Oregon has historically been on the leading-edge of healthcare innovation. NUNM is grateful to receive the ongoing confidence in the quality of our medical education and training from state and other local health authorities.

How to Qualify

NUNM third- and fourth-year naturopathic students are eligible to apply for the SHONPO Scholarship. Scholarship recipients must commit to providing healthcare services to Medicaid patients in rural and under-served areas of Oregon for a minimum of three years in exchange for a tax-free award that amounts to 50% of a student’s tuition loan balance—up to $35,000 per year. Part-time providers also qualify with a three-year service commitment in exchange for 25% of their qualifying tuition loan balance—up to $25,000 per year.

High Demand for Health Professionals in Oregon

There are few guarantees in life, but this may qualify as one of them. “In Oregon, more than half of our state is designated as having a health professional shortage, covering more than 40% of our population,” said Marc Overbeck, OHA’s Primary Care Office director. “These incentives attract more providers to Oregon and help establish providers in the communities that need them the most.” The need for primary care medicine is substantial, and there has never been a better time to directly impact healthcare disparity than by providing naturopathic medicine to those in need.

More Money, More Research Possibilities

Since 2013, NUNM has received over $3 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), making it the #1 recipient of NIH grants in natural medicine in the United States. NUNM has built a strong and respected reputation for research through funding by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health at the National Institutes of Health. That support has helped NUNM become a leader in complementary and integrative health research, as well as a pioneer in relationship-building within the integrative medicine community. In addition, the rigorous science and deep philosophy employed in the studies conducted at NUNM’s Helfgott Research Institute has set a standard for integrative medicine research the world over. NUNM has formed research collaborations at major regional medical research centers like Oregon Health & Science University and the University of Washington. Through its clinical trials and observational studies, NUNM is building a compelling evidence-based research database from study protocols that can be adapted to different research questions, thus helping drive integrative medicine research forward while continuing to hone excellent patient-care—the ultimate result of well-designed research.

State Credentialed, Patient-Centered Primary Care Homes

Widely recognized for research, on-site clinic and curriculum, NUNM is carving out new frontiers within the healthcare system. The Lair Hill and Beaverton Health Centers are Tier 4 Patient-Centered Primary Care Homes (PCPCH), a prestigious recognition of excellence in medical care, which sets them apart from other naturopathic medical schools. This means that NUNM clinics are accessible, accountable, comprehensive, continuous, and patient- and family-centered. NUNM students enter clinics in an observational capacity and begin preceptorships within their first year of school.

NUNM is proud to offer primary care with a heart, serving the under-served in our urban university clinics. It’s also something that makes NUNM graduates unique and special. Graduating naturopathic physicians enter practice stronger and more prepared, having worked with patients presenting a wide variety of chronic and acute conditions. Students and doctors provide a holistic approach to health by working in unison with MDs and other medical practitioners, including specialists, behavioral and mental health providers, and a large community of partners. At NUNM we believe the future of health care is working together.

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