Accrediting Agency Sets Standards for Naturopathic Medicine Education CONTACT: Marilynn Considine Ofc: (503) 552-1504 Cell: (503) 896-6487 firstname.lastname@example.org PORTLAND, Ore. (Dec. 14, 2009)—Dr. Rita Bettenburg, dean of the School of Naturopathic Medicine at National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM), has been appointed president of the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME). The CNME is the …
PORTLAND, Ore. (September 16, 2009)—National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) is taking a major step forward in the expansion of its campus near downtown Portland with the official grand opening of the new NCNM Clinic. On Friday, Sept. 25 at 10 a.m., Portland Mayor Sam Adams and Oregon Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, and other dignitaries and guests will cut the ribbon to launch a new chapter in NCNM’s long history.
PORTLAND, Ore. (Sept. 2, 2009)—As America struggles to reform its health care system, future physicians attending National College of Natural Medicine will start their first year of medical school by learning how they can become part of the solution as they visit several local nonprofit resource centers that provide critical community services.
For the second year in a row, NCNM students went head-to-head with Bastyr in the ZRT Cup Competition and won the battle of medical minds, winning the $10,000 first place prize.
The Countdown Begins
The NCNM Clinic will soon fling its doors open with exuberance. Clinic operations are presently closed for appointments to allow the staff to set up the new clinic and get ready to open the doors on Monday, August 24th.
PORTLAND, Ore. (July 10, 2009)—National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) conferred honorary doctorate degrees during the college’s recent commencement ceremony to a founding member of the NCNM Board of Directors, Gerald Farnsworth, DC, ND, and to NCNM President Emeritus, William J. Keppler, PhD.
NCNM, otherwise known as “Portland’s Best-Kept Secret,” can soon retire that longtime label. The campus is moving at warp speed toward an exciting—and “friendly”—future. June brought many dramatic changes at the new NCNM Clinic work site and clinic staff is still right on track for its Aug. 18-24 move-in dates.
PORTLAND, Ore. (June 2, 2009)—Oregon lawmakers today passed Senate Bill 327, expanding the prescribing authority for the state’s approximately 650 licensed naturopathic physicians. In addition to the list of naturally-derived drugs that have long been on the naturopathic formulary, Senate Bill 327 will permit naturopathic doctors to prescribe common primary care pharmaceuticals that are synthetically derived. The passage is seen as a major win for Oregonians, who face a growing shortage of primary care physicians, particularly in the rural and underserved areas of the state.
A Campus in Transformation
NCNM is changing and we want all of Portland to know! If you drive past NCNM’s new clinic property, you can’t miss the enormous banner announcing “Portland’s Largest Natural Medicine Clinic.” There’s lots of activity going on inside and outside the new clinic building.
PORTLAND, Ore. (May 15, 2009)—Mayor Sam Adams, an advocate of natural health, has proclaimed May 18-22 Natural Health Week in Portland in collaboration with the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM).
PORTLAND, Ore. (April 29, 2009)—Heiner Fruehauf, PhD, founding professor of the School of Classical Chinese Medicine at the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM), returns to campus Saturday, May 9 to lecture as part of the medical school’s “Classical Roots” speaker series. Widely acclaimed in China and throughout the world for his breakthrough research in classical Chinese medicine, Dr. Fruehauf, who has taught and served at NCNM since 1992, has been the leading proponent to revive this nearly lost science of medicine.
PORTLAND, Ore. (April 24, 2009)—National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) announced today that it has signed R&H Construction for a proposed renovation of property the college purchased for its new integrated medical clinic. Work on the new clinic site is slated to begin immediately.
Here We Grow
At long last, NCNM is moving ahead with the new clinic renovation project—this month! After reviewing several bids by local builders, general contractor R&H Construction was selected and will begin construction before month’s end. The build-out timeline is estimated at 16–18 weeks, with a completion date in late-August 2009.
PORTLAND, Ore. (April 10, 2009)—The 4th Annual Symposium for Portland-Area Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (SPARC), hosted by a consortium of Portland medical schools including Oregon Health & Science University and National College of Natural Medicine, will feature Josephine P. Briggs, MD, director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), as its keynote speaker on Saturday, April 18 in OHSU Auditorium (Old Library).
NCNM is in negotiations with a local general contractor about the new clinic renovation project…we may have more news soon!
After the initial flurry of meetings to set campus expansion plans into motion comes the calm before the storm. Tear-down of old structures and renovating and building-out new ones will be happening before long. The apparent quiet taking place now contradicts what’s happening behind the scenes.
PORTLAND, Ore. (Feb. 10, 2009)—National College of Natural Medicine President David J. Schleich, PhD, announced today that Patch Adams, MD, social activist and professional clown, will present his unique and compassionate model of health care on Feb. 22 to students and faculty of National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) and Oregon Health & Science University on the NCNM campus.
While there are promising signs on the distant horizon, the state of our economy is no small matter. It continues to have a major impact on all of us. Recently Dr. Schleich explained that while NCNM is financially sound, the unanticipated weak economic climate has impacted our budget projections, creating a cash-flow crunch. Declining quarterly revenues—clinic visits, CE classes and charitable donations—have caused some cost-cutting measures in a number of areas, including personnel changes.
PORTLAND, Ore. (January 16, 2009)—Frank G. Spaulding, N.D., a founder of National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM), died Jan. 8 in Fairbanks, Alaska. He was 86.