National College of Natural Medicine offers ND for chiropractors track, plus MS in integrative medicine research Portland, Oregon based National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) began a new track in September 2011 created for working chiropractors to also gain a

National College of Natural Medicine offers ND for chiropractors track, plus MS in integrative medicine research  

Portland, Oregon-based National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) began a new track in September 2011 created for working chiropractors to also gain a naturopathic medical degree. Described in detail in this brochure, the course “will take the form of an extended weekend once each month plus summer intensives of 14 days in July and in August each year.” NCNM also announced that the program is part of the school’s “vision to provide custom-made programs for advanced degree students wishing to study naturopathic medicine.” The program takes place over 4 years and is projected to cost $28,000 a year.

The school, which has a naturopathic medical program as its lead offering, has also announced its intention to offer a Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research. The program is offered as a two-year track or as a interweaving of additional content during a 4-year professional course. Joe Brimhall, DC, president of Portland, Oregon-based University of Health Sciences, which features a chiropractic program, comments: “Chiropractic physicians that also hold naturopathic credentials will likely help highlight the benefits of naturopathic health care and may assist naturopaths in expanding licensure to those jurisdictions that do not currently recognize the naturopathic profession.”

Comment: Those with long memories will know that DC-ND short courses were problematic for chiropractors in the mid-1950s, so were dumped by DC schools. Efforts to create such courses in Arizona and in Canada in the 1970s and 1980s did not live up to emerging naturopathic medical standards and were discontinued. This 4-year and $112,000 tuition commitment would seem to have addressed the quality issue. It will be interesting to see what kind of uptake the program will have. Meantime, plans remain afoot for an articulated MD-ND program, with Oregon Health Sciences University.


New York Chiropractic College offers new advanced certification in sports science and human performance 

New York Chiropractic College has announced that it has been approved to offer an Advanced Certificate Program in Sports Science and Human Performance. According to executive vice president and provost Michael Mestan, DC, the program was created “to prepare the NYCC graduate with the opportunity to serve the growing national interest in attaining and maintaining optimal physical fitness from the professional athlete to the casual exerciser.” The program can be completed while the student is matriculating in the chiropractic program. The developers anticipate that the certification will help graduates obtain affiliations with sports organizations, professional and semi-professional teams, and collegiate and high school athletic programs, looking for a healthcare provider.


Tai Sophia Institute offers new Masters of Science in Therapeutic Herbalism 

The Tai Sophia Institute is rolling out a redesign of its herbalism course in January 2012 as a Master of
Science in Therapeutic Herbalism
. The program is under the direction of registered herbalist James Snow, RH (AHG). The 19 month, 36 credit program is offered in a “weekend and intensive format.” A selling point is the opportunity to learn about medicinal plants in James A. Duke’s “Green Farmacy” Garden and access to the Institute’s on-site library which houses Duke’s comprehensive ethnobotanical library. The program builds on an existing certificate program and is described as preparing students for “the post-masters clinical training program” to be offered in 2013.

Comment: I had an opportunity to meet Snow and the Tai Sophia leadership on their campus on October 6, 2011. This program is part of a significant, ongoing build-out of program offerings over the next few years as the institutions assumes a greater presence among the handful of multidisciplinary institutions of natural health sciences. As the only one of these institutions in the Nation’s Beltway, I put in a plug for a significant policy and leadership program. Under prior leadership of co-founder Bob Duggan, Tai Sophia was among the very few CAM institutions with an ongoing federal policy involvement.


Curious George TV show features educational visit to naturopathic doctor/acupuncturist 

Comment: Okay, this isn’t the usual content for the academics section of the Round-up. Nor is it new, except to me and probably to most of you. Yet perhaps the most influential educational institution for children is television. Segment 13 of season 2 of the PBS show Curious George listed the following as its value:  “Educational Objective (Science) To illustrate what it’s like to be sick with a cold and some ways to take care of yourself when you are sick; get rest, drink fluids, eat healthy food and, if needed, take medicine. Also to introduce some doctor’s tools like thermometers and stethoscopes.” The show takes children into a “Live Action Segment” that is described in these words: “The kids visit Dr. Shiva Barton, a naturopathic doctor and learn about alternative healing therapies. The doctor shows them pressure points on their bodies and the importance of staying healthy and eating right.” Barton was the physician of the year for his national professional association in 2011. Who knows what seeds of curiosity were sown through the broad reach of that segment? (Thanks to reader Dana Ullman, MPH for the tip.)

Employment opportunities popping for academics in integrative medicine 

An early October newsletter of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine posted a handful of employment opportunities that speak to the expansion in that field. The sampling includes:

Comment: Quite a list, in a single newsletter, for a field that hardly existed in 2001. These announcement are not likely to please the handful of anti-CAM academics who spend their free time as bloggers trying to stop the advance of what they call the “quackademics.”