Naturopath Resources For Potential NDs

by Julie Tran

This chapter is a free excerpt from The Best Book on Naturopathy.

Highlights

  • Talk to a naturopathic doctor for advice on figuring out whether naturopathic medicine is the right career for you.
  • There are many online resources with information on careers in naturopathy.
  • If you're having trouble deciding on a particular naturopathic medicine program, call their admissions office and discuss what their program has to offer.
I got lucky. I stumbled across the 6 principles of Naturopath Medicine, and the doctrines immediately clicked with me. It made so much sense to me that I jumped into researching schools.

I wouldn’t recommend this approach to everyone, however. Here are some tips for finding contacts in the field and researching the industry before diving in headfirst.

1. Call Schools & Talk To Admissions

Anyone can call up a naturopathic medicine program and ask questions. That’s the admissions office’s job, and they should be happy to talk with you. You’ll get a better sense of the vibe at the campus and the program’s specialties.

2. Talk To A Naturopathic Doctor

Look up naturopathic doctors in your area and give them a call. If you don’t know any doctors, you can find naturopaths near you in the American Association Of Naturopathic Physicians Directory (www.naturopathic.org/AF_MemberDirectory.asp).

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Highlights

  • Talk to a naturopathic doctor for advice on figuring out whether naturopathic medicine is the right career for you.
  • There are many online resources with information on careers in naturopathy.
  • If you're having trouble deciding on a particular naturopathic medicine program, call their admissions office and discuss what their program has to offer.
I got lucky. I stumbled across the 6 principles of Naturopath Medicine, and the doctrines immediately clicked with me. It made so much sense to me that I jumped into researching schools.

I wouldn’t recommend this approach to everyone, however. Here are some tips for finding contacts in the field and researching the industry before diving in headfirst.

1. Call Schools & Talk To Admissions

Anyone can call up a naturopathic medicine program and ask questions. That’s the admissions office’s job, and they should be happy to talk with you. You’ll get a better sense of the vibe at the campus and the program’s specialties.

2. Talk To A Naturopathic Doctor

Look up naturopathic doctors in your area and give them a call. If you don’t know any doctors, you can find naturopaths near you in the American Association Of Naturopathic Physicians Directory (www.naturopathic.org/AF_MemberDirectory.asp).

All you have to do is say, “Hi, my name is _____, and I’m interested in naturopathic medicine. Can I schedule a time to call or meet with you to ask some questions?”

Most doctors will be very open to talking with you. Some might even be willing to let you shadow them for a day. We’re excited to talk about what we do!

3. Check Out These Websites

  • American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (www.naturopathic.org) This website has general information on the industry. It’s equivalent to the American Medical Association (AMA). Most naturopaths join the AANP and their state association.
  • Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (www.aanmc.org) Look at this site for specific information on different naturopathic medicine programs.
  • State Association Websites.
  • Natural Healers (www.naturalhealers.com) Check this out for a directory of massage therapy schools, alternative medicine schools, and holistic healing schools.
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