The Naturopathic Medicine Interest Group was established to educate AMSA members about the profession and practice of Naturopathic Medicine through an active online InEx community, interaction between conventional and naturopathic medical schools and dynamic programming at national and regional conventions. We are also dedicated to cultivating a relationship with the members of the Naturopathic Medical Student Association as well as to helping naturopathic medical students get involved with AMSA.
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine has as its basis the premise that the body has an innate intelligent force capable of healing itself and our duty as physicians is to support that process by stimulating that force, providing the body with essential nutrients and removing any toxic factors. This is done in the spirit of the therapeutic order, going from the gentlest least harmful modalities and culminating in pharmaceuticals and surgery if necessary.
Naturopathic Physicians (NDs) attend 4 year full-time residential medical schools and are primary care providers trained in conventional medical sciences, diagnosis and treatment, as well as nutrition, botanical medicine, environmental medicine, Chinese Medicine, physical medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, counseling and minor surgery, state law permitting. Some NDs choose to receive further training in natural obstetrics, environmental medicine, and Chinese Medicine. All licensed NDs must complete four years of graduate medical education at a school accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME) and pass a two-step board examination (similar to USMLE Steps 1 and 2). Currently, 16 states, the District of Columbia and the US territories of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands have licensing laws for naturopathic doctors.