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The 21st Century Physician
There has never been a more exciting time to become a naturopathic physician. With increasing recognition that preventive care is essential to good medicine, naturopathic physicians are a natural fit for healthcare delivery that is sustainable, cost-effective, and effective. The University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine is committed to training physicians for the 21st century: doctors who are leaders in the emerging paradigm of healthcare, blending research and innovative technologies with the art of healing and natural therapeutics to provide patient-centered care. In an intimate setting of small class size and experienced faculty, students are challenged to bridge tradition with innovation while being mentored to explore the healer they are becoming. Come to UB and discover the 21st Century Physician you will become!
Principles and Practice
Steeped in traditional healing practices, naturopathic medicine emphasizes holistic, preventive care. By focusing on prevention, optimal health and wellness, and diet and lifestyle as first-line interventions, naturopathic physicians educate and empower patients to take responsibility for their health. As a naturopathic physician and graduate of UBCNM, you will not only help people optimize their health, you will change the way they think about health for themselves, their families, and the planet.
Since 2001, the College of Naturopathic Medicine has been graduating physicians who are revolutionizing healthcare in the Northeast and across the country. Our curriculum combines traditional biomedical sciences with the latest developments in genomics and molecular biology to deepen your understanding of health, disease, and therapeutics. A semester format of 18-week sessions allows you to immerse yourself in the material and take the time to fully integrate concepts. You will benefit from course content that is integrated across the curriculum and reinforced with case studies for in-depth understanding of the application to clinical practice. Throughout your four years of study, you will learn and practice natural therapeutics, applying them to patient care under the guidance and supervision of experienced naturopathic physicians.
The UBCNM graduate will:
- Integrate naturopathic medicine with biomedical science and diagnostic science to safely and effectively diagnose and treat disease, and to promote health and well being.
- Demonstrateprofessional behavior that is ethical, collaborative, and culturally aware.
- Apply emerging scientific and medical research to patient care and demonstrate a commitment to scholarly activity and lifelong learning.
- Positively promote and support the global awareness of and access to naturopathic medicine.
The College of Naturopathic Medicine curriculum follows a sequential course of study in which students continuously build upon a deepening foundation of biomedical and clinical sciences. Concurrently, students are integrating naturopathic philosophy, principles, and therapeutics into their medical knowledge. Students are admitted as a cohort and are expected to follow the curriculum as it is structured. At the completion of the program, students will have met the following requirements for graduation:
- Demonstrated competency in the didactic and clinical portions of the program
- Satisfactory completion of a thesis paper
- A passing score on all sections of Part I of the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Exam (NPLEX I).
The naturopathic program, including all graduation requirements, must be completed within seven (7) years of matriculation.
College of Naturopathic MedicineThe nations only CNME-accredited school on the east coast, the College of Naturopathic Medicine was established in 1997 and resides within a Health Sciences Division, which includes the Chiropractic College, The Fones School of Dental Hygiene, the Acupuncture Institute, the Physicians Assistant Institute, and the Nutrition Institute. Opportunities for inter-professional education abound and students learn alongside their future colleagues. The Colleges small class size and low student:faculty ratio allows students greater interaction with instructors and enhanced opportunities for student advising and mentoring. With a medicinal herb garden on campus and the recent addition of an herbarium to our Botanical Medicine Lab, students have a unique opportunity to deepen their experience in phytomedicine.
Naturopathic ClinicStudent clinicians train at the on-campus UB Clinics that houses the teaching clinics for the Health Sciences Division programs and features fully electronic medical records. Under the expert guidance of our clinical faculty, student clinicians care for a diverse population of patients on general medicine and elective specialty shifts, such as Personalized Medicine, Mind-Body Medicine, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine, Homeopathy, and Integrative Oncology. The College also collaborates with local hospitals and numerous community clinics where students can enrich their experience in hospital-based patient care, integrative medicine, community medicine, and special populations.
Center of Excellence in Generative MedicineIn 2009, the College co-created the Center of Excellence in Generative Medicine with world-renowned naturopathic physician, Dr. Peter DAdamo. Beginning in 2012, the Center will research, develop, and employ the tools of systems analysis, molecular biology, and bioinformatics to better understand the unique and complex self-healing behaviors that are the basis of naturopathic philosophy and therapeutics. Students participate directly in the Center via programs in clinical practicum, investigation, symposia, and didactics that are integrated throughout the four-year curriculum. The Center of Excellence in Generative Medicine is a frontiers-focused biomedical initiative unique to UBCNM.
As part of a traditional university, students have access to many amenities and resources, such as UBs world-class library, boasting an electronic collection of over 60,000 textbooks and 80,000 journals. Not only can students find textbooks on-line, they can also access the most recent research in natural medicine in just a few clicks. The university also offers continued access to this resource to support the on-going professional development of alumni.