The complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine community has always been comprised of forward thinkers committed to treating a patient well using the latest research. ACAM has experienced an influx of interest from naturopathic doctors (NDs) during the past few years and have had the opportunity to welcome many as faculty and as attendees at our conferences.
It is with tremendous pride that we announce that our voting membership, historically composed of MDs and DOs, has voted by nearly a 9-1 margin to provide full active voting professional membership to licensed naturopathic physicians. Licensed naturopathic physicians have been provided professional affiliate membership at ACAM in the past, but did not have voting rights relative to membership measures.
Qualified naturopathic doctors who are existing members of ACAM have automatically been provided full benefits and new members will automatically be inducted into active voting membership. Benefits of membership include:
- Discounts on ACAM programming and our Certified Chelation Therapy (CCT) Examination
- Patient referralst hrough our Physician + Link system
- Complimentary access to Natural Standard, a $300 value
- 10% discount at the ACAM Store
- Discounts on books, such as savings of up to 50% on Dr. Alan Gaby's book, Nutritional Medicine
- Opportunities to serve as a mentor, receive mentorship, and serve the Organization through committee work
To qualify for membership, doctors must have graduated from an accredited medical school and professional members must operate in a state that licenses them. Naturopathic doctors who have graduated from an accredited program, but operate in a state that does not currently license naturopathic doctors may still join ACAM as affiliate members.
Please visit membership.acamnet.org for more information regarding benefits and eligibility. Please contact ACAM's membership coordinator, Fatima Quintero, with questions at 1-800-532-3688 x1061 or by emailing Fatima.Quintero@acam.org.
ACAM welcomes NDs to active membership and leadership fully supports your committment to patient care. Following are welcome messages from ACAM leadership.
Those who attend ACAM conferences, those who design our conferences, whether they be allopaths, osteopaths, or naturopaths are striving for intellectual honesty in the practice and educational arena of medicine. This to me means we look at nutritional and environmental influences on illness and health; areas that are the core of naturopathic training. Many of us have naturopaths within our offices and see the validation of their profession by universities where they work side by side with their MD/DO colleagues.
- Neal Speight, MD, ACAM President
Over the years, we have watched the practice of naturopathic medicine evolve into a highly sophisticated, rigorous practice model, with defined standards and scientific substantiation. There is increased legitimization of the field via recognition of naturopaths by universities and government programs like the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Many ACAM physicians already cooperate successfully with NDs in integrative group practices. Their training and orientation complement the scope of services patients can draw upon.
- Ronald Hoffman, MD, ACAM Past President and current member of the Board of Directors
Many NDs feel more at home at ACAM than with our membership organization; we are a diverse population of providers with diverse modalities...The quality of our continuing education is attractive to a variety of providers and I believe we will continue to attract a substantial membership of NDs if we are respectful and willing to treat NDs equally as peers. Certainly, as an ND myself, I feel that I have been treated as a peer, I think I have proven that over the years as a Board Advisor. I believe that we as NDs have a lot to teach and contribute to ACAM as well as a lot to learn. The stakes in our current healthcare catastrophe are too high to be exclusive and I believe it is to our benefit to act inclusively for our sustainability as well as our visibility.
- Lyn Patrick, ND ACAM Board Advisor and Education Planner