Learning and Healing in NCNM’s Clinics

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

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

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

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 …