Learning and Healing in NCNM’s Clinics

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Back in the mid-90s, alumnus Dr. Chris Meletis wondered how NCNM could broaden help for people without adequate health care. NCNM’s Community Clinics were born. In 1992, a naturopathic physician, later the chief  medical officer and dean of clinical services at  National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in  Portland, Oregon, was leaving his clinic shift …

In a Prison a Sunflower Blooms

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Visiting the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, Oregon, is a study in contrasts. As we wind our way up the long driveway to the women’s prison, there is the expected: barbed wire, fences, metal detectors and watchful guards. But past the minimum security check-in, we step into an inner courtyard bright with life—sunflowers and tomatoes, Oregon silverspot butterflies dance among the flowers. …

Himalayan Odyssey

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When disaster struck the Nepali village of Karmidanda, alumna Erin Moore was the only doctor for miles. Nepal, the ancient Himalayan country tucked between India, China and Tibet, is a mystical and mysterious place to Westerners. Although Southern Nepal is a hot and tropical river valley, most of the rest of the small country is …

Companies Help Fill Residency Funding Gap

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According to the American Medical Association’s online AMA Wire, medical residencies go back more than 125 years. Residents once actually lived in the hospital—thus the name—and were in a great position to work with patients from admittance to discharge, on the way to becoming full-fledged physicians. Although one could argue that the ancient Chinese and …