THE NATUROPATHIC ACADEMY OF PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANS (the “Academy”) shall be operated as a nonprofit professional society exclusively for the purpose of identifying, selecting and advancing naturopathic physicians and students committed to specializing in naturopathic primary care medicine by:
- Promoting the vision and mission of the Academy;
- Promoting the common interest of the Academy’s membership;
- Promoting certification for standards of naturopathic primary care for Academy physicians and members;
- Conducting educational programs that maintain competence in naturopathic primary care medicine;
- Acquiring, establishing, developing and disseminating relevant information and resources;
- Cooperating with local, state, regional, national and international organizations having common interests;
- Advancing the body of knowledge pertaining to the practice of naturopathic primary care medicine;
- Advocating for naturopathic primary care medicine.
The Academy recognizes Naturopathic Primary Care Medicine as an established process, such that when a patient is initially evaluated, that patient will have, a relevant history, physical exam and an objective assessment. This results in direct management, consultation with another provider(s), co- management or referral as indicated by the nature of the presentation. In no way does this affect how the naturopathic physician treats (therapies, modalities, systems of medicine), except that intervention begins with the lowest level of appropriate force. This assures that the distinguishing features of naturopathic medicine, defined by the principles: the healing power of nature, identify and treat the cause,, first do no harm , doctor as teacher, treat the whole person, prevention and wellness, are preserved and applied. Given this understanding, the Academy seeks to establish and maintain an affiliation of like-minded primary care naturopathic physicians, so organized and controlled by qualified members, that this fact shall be apparent to other physicians, legislators, regulators, insurers and to the public at large.
Our future as primary care naturopathic physicians is dependent upon the ability to not only preserve our history and tradition, but moreover to recognize and impact changes in the health care delivery system of the 21st century and beyond. Our vision is to make certain that, the concept and implementation of Naturopathic Primary Care Medicine is inherent in the fiber of all aspects of naturopathic medical training and practice. The implementation of this vision beginning with the first days of training of a naturopathic medical student in an accredited naturopathic medical school will ensure our ability to deliver safe, effective and cost effective healthcare.