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Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine Celebrates 32nd Convocation

May 22, 2012

TORONTO, May 23, 2012 - The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) will honour its 2012 graduating class at the College's 32nd convocation on Thursday, May 24, at the University of Toronto's Convocation Hall.

"This year's 106 graduates have impressed their faculty as the most impressive graduating class to date, and they are poised to change the face of health care across North America," says Dr. Bob Bernhardt, president and CEO. "The focus in health care is shifting from immediate fixes of acute challenges to better health promotion and more effective management of chronic conditions."

"Each graduate has a minimum of seven years of post-secondary education culminating with an intensive and challenging four-year program of basic and clinical sciences and practice. During their final year, while serving as interns, they have demonstrated superb skills and great success, in assisting patients with chronic conditions."

This year, CCNM's honorary diploma recipient is John Weeks, executive director of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care and the publisher-editor of The Integrator Blog News & Reports. He is past Executive Director of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), serving in a period during which the association grew from a small body working to link a disparate profession, to the influential organization that it is today. John's writing and research on the business of integrated health has been widely referenced and utilized, including citations in Newsweek, Modern Healthcare, Hospitals and Health Networks, The New York Times, and The Boston Globe, as well as in studies by the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy.

The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) is Canada's premier institute for education and research in naturopathic medicine. CCNM offers a rigorous four-year, full-time doctor of naturopathic medicine program. The College educates, develops and trains naturopathic doctors through excellence in health education, clinical services and research that integrate mind, body and spirit.

Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are primary health-care practitioners. Interns at CCNM's Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic improve their patients' health by identifying and treating the underlying causes of illness, employing therapies such as lifestyle counselling, nutrition, botanical medicine, acupuncture/Asian medicine, manipulation, homeopathic medicine, and hydrotherapy/massage.

For more information contact:
Karamjit Singh
Media and Community Relations Officer
Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
Phone: 416-498-1255 x263

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