TORONTO, May 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, 22 international medical graduates
take their first step to becoming regulated Canadian naturopathic
doctors, beginning the first-ever naturopathic medicine program
delivery offered specifically for IMGs.
The IMG program delivery, launched by the Canadian College of
Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM), offers graduates of medical schools an
opportunity to further their health care careers in Canada. Applicants
to the CCNM program have demonstrated their knowledge through
successful completion of either the Medical Council of Canada
Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) or the United States Medical Licensing
Examination Part I (USMLEI).
IMGs have education and expertise that is valued in Canada. Through the
bridge delivery of its naturopathic medical program, CCNM is providing
access to education for those who wish to further enhance their
knowledge and skills for a successful health-care career in Canada.
"There are over 10,000 foreign trained medical graduates in Canada, over
7,000 in Ontario alone. Most of these highly trained individuals are
currently engaged in lower skilled jobs that make little or no use of
their medical expertise. That doesn't make sense for Canada, and it
doesn't make sense to these medical professionals. We see value in
ensuring that these highly trained immigrants to Canada can build upon
the knowledge and skills that helped them gain entry to the country and
use them in gainful employment," says CCNM President Bob Bernhardt,
"Doctors and health-care professionals who arrive in Canada as
immigrants or refugees and who wish to pursue a career in medicine must
negotiate a complicated and costly series of evaluating and licensing
examinations. When these exams are successfully completed,
international medical graduates (IMGs) are required to perform up to
two years in a hospital residency program. Unfortunately, their access
to residency has been limited, and this exclusion creates frustration
for those who want to further their careers as Canadian doctors."
Students in the first IMG cohort include surgeons, oncologists,
pediatricians and a medical geneticist, and comprise medical
professionals from countries including Egypt, Iran, China and Colombia.
Many foreign-trained medical doctors feel that the nature of a
naturopathic doctor's practice is much closer to their experience as a
medical doctor than practice in the provincial fee-for-service system
that drives the average duration of standard visits to allopathic
doctors to less than 10 minutes. Therapies associated with naturopathic
medicine are used world-wide: clinical nutrition; lifestyle management;
traditional Asian medicine and acupuncture; botanical (herbal)
medicine; physical medicine; and homeopathy.
The six-term (two-year) bridge delivery allows for reasonable sequencing
of all required courses, as well as enhanced opportunities for
integration of the IMG and 3rd-year student cohorts. Students will learn to model and integrate
naturopathic medical practice through mentorship and observation at the
Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic (RSNC). Clinic exposure, commencing
early in the delivery, provides context for the different modalities
that define the practice of naturopathic medicine.
The bridge delivery cohort will be supervised through 1032 hours of
primary clinical experience—the same number as required in the
four-year offering. The IMG students will have opportunities to serve
as interns in the seven clinics run by CCNM, including the five
community health centres and the new teaching clinic within Brampton
The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) is Canada's premier
institute for education and research in naturopathic medicine. Founded
as the Ontario College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1978, CCNM has
produced highly educated primary care providers and increased the
profile of naturopathic medicine in Canada. We are an agent for
positive change in our health, environment and health care system.
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary care that
addresses the root cause of illness or disease and promotes health and
healing using natural therapies. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are highly
educated primary care providers who integrate standard medical
diagnostics with a broad range of natural therapies.
CCNM is accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education
(CNME) and is a member of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic
Medical Colleges (AANMC). Graduates receive the naturopathic doctor
SOURCE: Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
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