Naturopathic Medicine: Team
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The naturopathic medicine team
The naturopathic medicine team includes several naturopathic clinicians. Each holds a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from a doctoral-level program accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education. In addition, two have also completed residency programs in naturopathic oncology.
Furthermore, upon joining CTCA, each naturopathic clinician is required to complete an extensive training process that includes rotations with medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, and radiologists.
Collaboration among your care team
The naturopathic team meets every morning for “alignment.” During these meetings, they share a moment to reflect on the hospital’s Vision, Mission, Values and Promise to our patients. They also use this time to review schedules, discuss any specific patient issues, and agree on goals for the day. The team also meets monthly to review new data, studies and naturopathic therapies.
In addition to working together, the naturopathic medicine team works hand-in-hand with your oncologist and other members of your CTCA cancer care team. When you arrive at Eastern for a consultation, you will be automatically scheduled to meet with each of the complementary medicine clinicians. Each department focuses on a different aspect of your care so you receive well-rounded treatment.
Clinicians are accessible to one another because everyone is located under one roof and shares the same Electronic Health Record, which transmits patient information in real time.
Additionally, three times a week, the naturopathic team attends endorsement meetings with all the clinical disciplines. Endorsement includes all of the clinicians—the oncologists, naturopathic clinicians, oncology nutritionists, mind-body therapists, spiritual counselors, nursing supervisors, etc. Thus, during these meetings, your naturopathic clinician is able to exchange information with other members of your care team.
The naturopathic team also participates in “Comfort Rounds” two times a week for inpatients. These visits occur in the patient’s hospital room and include the naturopathic clinicians, other CAM clinicians and support staff. Each of these modalities are available to the patients and family members to discuss physical, emotional, spiritual, financial, or other concerns as a team.