PORTLAND, OR – The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians celebrates its 25th Anniversary at this year’s annual AANP Convention in Portland, Oregon, from August 11 through the 15. This year’s conference, entitled Celebrating the Foundation of Medicine, will focus on the future of naturopathic medicine in the wake of increased consumer demand for access to natural medicine as well as the impending shortage of primary care physicians nationwide.
The convention will offer naturopathic doctors, as well as medical doctors, access to continuing education credit that will enhance patient care for acute and chronic conditions. In recognition of the palpable rise in demand for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), Josephine Briggs, ND, Director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, will discuss promising new ideas for patient care from outside the realm of conventional medicine at 8:30 AM on Thursday, August 12. Patricia Herman, ND, Ph.D., will also be on site to explain the cost-effectiveness of CAM in general (Friday, August 13, at 4:15 PM) and the power of naturopathic medicine in the prevention of cardio-vascular disease specifically (Thursday, August 12, at 11:30 AM).
The AANP is also proud to announce its first annual post-Convention continuing education event, featuring five additional CE credit hours focused on pharmacy and ethics. Proceeds from this brand new day of learning will go to benefit the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
“Naturopathic physicians gather at the Convention each year to enhance their education so that they can better serve the needs of their patients,” said Karen Howard, AANP Executive Director. “These annual meetings are an important part of reshaping the landscape of American medicine, and transforming the health care system from one that is focused on the management of disease to one that is rooted in health and wellness. We are excited to be celebrating our first 25 years of working to make this dream a reality.”
This year has also witnessed the first competitive race for President-Elect in the 25-year history of the organization. The next leader of the AANP will play a pivotal role in helping to shape the future of the naturopathic profession and its function in the implementation of health care insurance reform. This includes meeting the impending need for general practitioners, as naturopathic physicians are highly skilled primary care doctors. The highly anticipated results will be announced during the annual meeting, which begins at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, August 11.
Naturopathic doctors are general practitioners who are experts in natural medicine. They are trained at four-year, postgraduate naturopathic medical schools that are accredited by the United States Department of Education. Fifteen states, the District of Columbia, and the US territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands regulate naturopathic medicine. Learn more at www.naturopathic.org.