As some 27 new undergraduate students settled in to their classes in fall term of 2016, school history was made on a couple of key fronts. It was the first group of undergraduates to join the mix of post-grad programs, and the first beginning to a school year as a university.
The undergrads, in the new School of Undergraduate Studies, are about evenly divided between the Bachelor of Science in Integrative Health Sciences (BSiHS) and Bachelor of Science in Nutrition (BScN) programs. All have two years of prior college experience. The bachelor’s degrees are expected to lead to further graduate studies, hopefully at NUNM, or be useful as additional training to compete for healthcare jobs.
Julie Brush, a student in the BSiHS program from Nevada City, California, heard about NUNM from her naturopathic doctor, a university alumna. She originally planned to finish her undergraduate degree at Portland State University prior to enrolling in the NUNM naturopathic doctoral program, but a fellow student at Portland Community College (PCC) told her about the new NUNM undergrad program.
“I was so excited to hear that the college was becoming a university, and immediately went home and applied!” she said.
Ali Baron, a BSiHS student originally from Los Angeles, found out about the new NUNM program via a Google search. Once her bachelor’s is completed, she plans to enroll in the integrative medicine research master’s program at NUNM. She’s interested in contributing to work that integrates medicine into a more unified practice of evidence-based physiology, pathology and treatment. The recent PCC graduate is also interested in teaching in order to “enhance children’s understanding of the body, and help destigmatize certain health issues through knowledge and empowerment.”
Dr. Tim Irving, a physical medicine and nutrition professor in the College of Naturopathic Medicine and past chair of the Faculty Senate, was appointed in October as the founding dean of the undergrad school.
Honors for Rogers, Zwickey, Henriksen: Alumna Cathy Rogers, ND (’76), received a lifetime achievement award, the Benedict Lust Award, leading a group from NUNM recognized recently at the annual meeting of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP). Rogers was honored for her 35 years of practice in the Seattle area and her extensive work at Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington, as a professor and dean of academic affairs. Dr. Rogers was also a founding director and second president of the AANP—the first female president of any physician medical association in the United States.
Heather Zwickey, PhD, dean of the School of Research & Graduate Studies, received a Champion of Naturopathic Medicine Award, given to individuals who provide leadership and outstanding service for the development of naturopathic medicine in America.
In addition, Melanie Henriksen, ND, MSOM (’05), MN, dean of the College of Naturopathic Medicine, was elected president of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges at the AANP meeting.
World ND Fellow: Ryan Bradley, ND, MPH, director of NUNM’s Helfgott Research Institute and an associate professor in the School of Research & Graduate Studies, has been accepted into the world’s first naturopathy research leadership program. Designed and run by the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM) at University of Technology Sydney, the program aims to significantly increase critical research activity and capacity in the naturopathy field. The program recently attracted 42 applicants from seven countries. Dr. Bradley joins 10 other program Fellows selected for the program, including just one other American.
“While there are pockets of excellence in naturopathy research across the world, the field remains underdeveloped both in terms of networks and critical mass—our program is a great opportunity to help ensure growth and rigor in naturopathy research, not just for now but with a view to establishing a sustainable high-quality research culture,” said Professor Jon Adams, ARCCIM director and architect of the leadership programs.
Winning Student Design Challenge: Steve Chamberlin, ND (’09), MAc (’15), was part of a team from the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Biomedical Informatics program that won first place in a Student Design Challenge held recently by the American Medical Informatics Association. Dr. Chamberlin is a National Library of Medicine Fellow in the Bioinformatics & Computational Biology track within the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology at the university. The first place finish was the third year in a row for the OHSU team. Their submission, titled “SocialVue: Making Social Determinants of Health Visible in the EHR,” was for software that creates an overlay for social determinates of health in an Electronic Health Record system. Five naturopathic doctors contributed to the design of the software, including NUNM faculty members Kim Tippens, ND, MPH, MSAOM; Maleah Ermac, ND (’06); and Paul Kalnins, ND (’93), MSOM (’95).
Nutrition Revolution! NUNM’s Food as Medicine Institute is on a real roll, including the NUNM Press publication in April 2016 of Food as Medicine Everyday, based on the popular series of classes by the same name. In addition, Courtney Jackson, ND (’08), and Julie Briley, ND (’11), made prominent appearances in a commercial documentary film by independent filmmaker Lenore Eklund of This is That Productions, “Food as Medicine: A Documentary Film About Healing,” which had its world premiere in September. Dr. Jackson was also selected to give a talk at TEDx Montreal Women in October.
Got Jobs? That’s the title, minus the question mark, of the monthly job prospect report sent out to alumni from Tafflyn Williams-Thomas, NUNM’s Career Services manager. Fortunately, according to a survey of the Class of 2014, 89 percent could say “yes” to “Got Jobs?” when queried about whether they were employed in an endeavor related to their degree.
Helping grads connect with prospective employers is a key part of Williams-Thomas’ position, but perhaps equally important is her goal to equip students and alumni with the “tools to succeed in careers and build confidence in the job search,” she said. To that end, Williams-Thomas meets regularly with students to help produce cover letters and CVs, and develop job-hunting expertise.
Williams-Thomas, who worked as a career advisor at the Art Institute of Portland for five years, wants to create an awareness early in students’ academic careers on the need to build self-marketing skills well before graduation. Last fall, her office sponsored its third annual career fair on campus, which included tables from prospective employers and a variety of small business resources. In the meantime, the word is getting out about NUNM graduates. Williams- Thomas is fielding a growing number of inquiries from prospective employers. “That kind of thing is always rewarding,” she said, “it’s exciting to see the growth in job opportunities out there for our alumni.”
Alumni Rock Third International Congress on Naturopathic Medicine: They came from all over the world once again in summer 2016—500 delegates from 50 countries—alighting in Barcelona, Spain, for mutual support and to share the latest in natural medicine. Michael Traub, ND (’81), delivered a presentation. Also attending the event were Dean of the College of Naturopathic Medicine Melanie Henriksen, ND/MSOM (’05), MN; Lucia Tommasini, ND, MSOM (’11); Jessica Black, ND (’02); Nimrod Sheinman, ND (’86); and Eric Blake, ND, MSOM (’04). Said NUNM’s Sussanna Czeranko, ND, one of the event organizers: “What an exceptional community of naturopaths found at this year’s ICNM Congress! The presentations were stellar from all parts of the globe. The best part was the camaraderie and bonds formed among so many countries and so many naturopaths.” icnmnaturopathy.eu