Henriksen et al.
A set of universally accepted core competencies is needed for naturopathic students. In 2012 AANMC's Council of Chief Academic and Clinical Officers (CCACO), convened to develop these competencies. This paper presents the AANMC approved document and discusses the group's process.
Naturopathic medicine is defined as a primary health care profession that focuses on the holistic diagnosis and management of disease and dysfunction through the utilization of natural therapies that support the self-healing capabilities of the human body. With the consistent growth of public interest in complementary and alternative medicine, the profile of naturopathic medicine has developed and expanded over the past half century. Naturopathic practitioners are currently involved in primary care practices, integrative care teams and other aspects of health care systems in North America. As such, the seven accredited institutions of naturopathic medicine recognized the need to develop a set of universally accepted core competencies for the graduating naturopathic student. In 2012 the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical College's (AANMC) Council of Chief Academic and Clinical Officers (CCACO), which is comprised of the educational administrative teams from the seven representative institutions, convened to develop these competencies, with the intent of guiding naturopathic medical programs and opening future access of medical physicians to the growing opportunities in health care. In addition to the providing the AANMC adopted competency document, the accompanying article discusses the competencies and the working group's process of developing them, along with methods of application, assessment and obstacles to implementation.
A descriptive paper that gives insight into the naturopathic curriculum and how it has been constructed. Although I am sure that little can be transferred to other curricula, it is very pleasing to observe the depth of structure and use of educational theory that has gone into the planning of this curriculum.