Naturopathic Students Make Strides at the 2015 American Medical Student Association

Students and faculty at AMSA convention

Naturopathic students attending the 65th National Convention for the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) in Washington, D.C. made positive strides this year, as the AMSA House of Delegates passed an amended resolution relating to the naturopathic profession.

The C3 Naturopathic Medicine Principles Resolution updates AMSA's Preamble, Purposes and Principles to include principles regarding naturopathic medicine.  Specifically, the amended resolution:

  • STRONGLY SUPPORTS the standardization of licensure requirements in all USA states and territories for naturopathic physicians who have attended four-year naturopathic medical schools accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME.)
  • STRONGLY SUPPORTS regulation via licensure regarding the practice of naturopathic medicine and naturopathy.
  • SUPPORTS the standardization of naturopathic medical education in the USA and abroad.
  • RECOGNIZES the difference between naturopathic physicians (NMDs/NDs) who have attended CNME-accredited four-year naturopathic medical schools to specialize in naturopathic medicine and earned a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (NMD) doctoral degree to become licensed naturopathic physicians and lay naturopaths who have earned a certificate or non-doctorate level degree in naturopathy.
  • STRONGLY URGES the requirement of at least one year of a naturopathic medical residency program as part of licensure of naturopathic physicians.
  • ENCOURAGES the requirement of an entrance examination, such as the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), as part of the application process for entrance into naturopathic medical schools.
  • SUPPORTS collaborative efforts with the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and/or the Naturopathic Medical Student Association (NMSA) on issues that are consistent with AMSA strategic priorities and principles. 

AMSA’s aim is to improve medical training and advance the profession of medicine. With 68,000 members — including medical and premedical students, residents and practicing physicians — the association works to enhance medical education and contribute solutions to world health problems.

Over the past decade, naturopathic medical students and doctors have petitioned to for more inclusion in AMSA. The amended and passed resolution paves the way for stronger ties between AMSA and the naturopathic profession.

In a strong show of unity, students and faculty members from both of Bastyr University’s campuses attended the convention, along with students from other naturopathic medicine schools. Many thanks go to the student authors of the 2015 C3 resolution and kudos to the many doctors who have worked toward this aim in the past. We are getting there!

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