School of Naturopathic Medicine
Mission: To prepare graduates to be self-reflective leaders, practitioners, and architects of change in whole person care, community health and wellness, research, and health policy.
Vision: We are leaders in the global transformation of health and wellness creation through innovation, collaboration, and the education of naturopathic doctors in the wise practice of medicine, cultivating healing presence, and honoring the inherent wisdom of body and nature.
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
Graduates of the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine will demonstrate their competency as follows:
- Medical Knowledge, Skills, and Practice
Knowledge, skills, integration, and application of the biomedical and clinical sciences; the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease; and health promotion and creation in the context of relationship-centered, whole person care.
- Describe the spectrum of health with regard to structure and function; molecular, biochemical, cellular, and genetic mechanisms; behavior, and determinants of health, and their relationship to the life cycle.
- Describe the scientific principles underlying diagnostic methods, preventive strategies, and treatment approaches to major conditions and diseases, and optimal health and wellness.
- Integrate naturopathic philosophy with the knowledge of biomedical and clinical sciences, health disparities, and social determinants of health to provide safe, ethical, culturally proficient, and compassionate whole-person, relationship-centered care.
- Perform comprehensive patient assessment that includes all relevant medical and biopsychosocial history, health screening, physical examination, diagnostic testing, and data analytics.
- Formulate an accurate medical diagnosis using critical thinking and clinical reasoning to synthesize medical history, physical examination, and assessment data.
- Manage acute and chronic conditions, and promote prevention, wellness, and health creation through healing presence, therapeutic alliance, and demonstrated proficiency in a broad range of evidence-informed therapeutic approaches utilized in personalized treatment.
- Consider safety, efficacy, contraindications, actions, and interactions of therapeutics and alternatives employed in patient management and facilitate informed decision-making by patients and the healthcare team.
- Recognize urgent conditions that require immediate emergency attention and facilitate appropriate resolution.
- Maintain accurate medical records that reflect all aspects of patient
- Communication and Collaboration
Interpersonal communication skills that facilitate productive interactions and collaborations with patients, caregivers, colleagues, and other healthcare providers.
- Communicate effectively with patients, their significant others, families, caregivers, colleagues, and the healthcare team, as appropriate.
- Clearly communicate one's role and responsibilities to patients, families, caregivers, and other professionals, as appropriate.
- Demonstrate sensitive, respectful interactions with patients of diverse cultural identities, including age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.
- Empower patients through education, engagement, partnership, and shared decision-making.
- Collaborate with health professionals to provide whole-person, patient-centered care, communicating effectively and respecting the unique culture, values, roles/responsibilities, and expertise of providers and their disciplines.
- Implement effective communication tools and techniques, including information systems and communication technologies, to facilitate discussions and interactions that enhance patient-centered and team-based care.
- Acknowledge limitations in knowledge, skills, and scope of practice
- Personal and Professional Development
Personal attributes and professional development that reflect self-awareness, self-responsibility, integrity, advocacy, and respect for ethical, sustainable, informed practice, individually and within the frameworks of healthcare and healthcare systems.
- Demonstrate personal behaviors, self-awareness, and self-care practices that promote self-responsibility and optimal health and wellness.
- Implement the entrepreneurial, organizational, and management skills essential to a successful career, demonstrating integrity and respect for ethics, the law, and regulations in the jurisdiction of practice.
- Integrate outcomes assessment, patient values, and evidence-informed practice into clinical management decisions.
- Develop individual leadership style that facilitates effective teamwork, collaboration, and whole-person care.
- Incorporate self-assessment, peer review, and clinical outcomes to inform practice and guide ongoing education, research, and scholarly inquiry.
- Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing technology to enhance the delivery of healthcare and business operations.
- Promote environmental awareness, cost-effective health, and sustainable practice; and advocate