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Alex Vasquez, D.C., N.D.

Consultant and Independent Healthcare Provider, Wellness Center of the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston, Texas

Former Adjunct Professor, Naturopathic Medicine Program of Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington 

Licensed Naturopathic Physician with Additional Prescriptive Authority, Washington (2000-present)

Licensed Doctor of Chiropractic, Washington (1996-2002) and Texas (2002-present)

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Bastyr University, located north of Seattle, Washington, is one of the world's leading academic centers for advancing knowledge in the natural health sciences. A two-decade pioneer in natural medicine, Bastyr continues to be in the forefront of developing the model for 21st century medicine.

Bastyr University's mission is to educate future leaders in natural health sciences that integrate mind, body, spirit and nature. Through natural health education, research and clinical services, Bastyr improves the health and well being of the human community.

Founded in 1978 as a college of naturopathic medicine, the university's offerings now include:

  • Naturopathic Medicine
  • Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  • Applied Behavioral Science
  • Exercise Science and Wellness
  • Herbal Sciences
  • Nutrition
  • Health Psychology

Education and Training/ Curricula


Naturopathic and Major Medical Schools

Comparative Curricula

  National Bastyr Southwest John Hopkins Yale Stanford
Basic and
Clinical
Sciences

Anatomy, Cell Biology, Physiology, Pathology, Neurosciences, Clinical / Physical Diagnosis, Histology, Genetics Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Lab Diagnosis, Pharmacognosy, Public Health, History, Philosophy, Ethics, Research and other coursework.
1548 1639 1419 1771 1420 1383
Clerkships (1) and Allopathic Therapeutics
Lecture and Clinical Instruction in Dermatology, Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Internal Medicine, Radiology, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Gynecology, Neurology,
Surgery (2), Ophthalmology, and Clinical Electives
.
2244 1925 1920 3391 2891 3897
Naturopathic Medicine            
Naturopathic Philosophy 72 55 60 -- -- --
Therapeutic Nutrition (3) 144 132 130 -- -- --
Counseling (4) 144 143 100 -- -- --
Botanical Medicine 96 110 120 -- -- --
Homeopathy 144 88 140 -- -- --
Oriental Medicine 72 33 200 -- -- --
Hydrotherapy 48 39 40 -- -- --
Naturopathic Manipulative Therapy 156 176 180 -- -- --
Ayurvedic Medicine -- 22 20 -- -- --
Naturopathic Case Analysis / Management (5) -- 66 120 -- -- --
Advanced Naturopathic Therapeutics -- 44 20 -- -- --
Subtotals: 876 908 1130 0 0 0
Total Reported Hours: 4668 4472 4469 5162 (+ thesis)
4311
5280


  1. Clerkships are estimated to be 40 hours of mixed lecture and clinical training.
  2. Naturopathic Physicians study minor surgery only.
  3. No dedicated coursework in therapeutic nutrition appears in the college catalogs of Hopkins, Yale or Stanford, although they indicate that the subject is addressed in other courses.
  4. Totals for John Hopkins, Yale and Stanford are included in psychiatry coursework.
  5. Hours which could also be allocated to this category may be included elsewhere for some institutions because of terminology differences in the course

Sources: 1996-97 Curriculum Directory of the American Association of American Medical Colleges
1995-97 catalog of National College of Naturopathic Medicine
1996-98 catalog of Bastyr University
1996-97 catalog of Southwestern College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences

 

Naturopathic Medical Education

Nutrition and Lifestyle Modification

Training in nutrition and lifestyle modification, in both classroom and clinical settings, has been part of the core curriculum of naturopathic physicians since the profession was organized in the United States in 1902. Naturopathic physicians are the only licensed primary health care providers with extensive training in therapeutic diets and preventive nutrition.
 
Coursework Recommended
by U.S. Surgeon General
Naturopathic
Physician
Registered
dietitian
Medical
Doctor
Biochemical and Physiology 321 120 369
Basic nutrition, nutrition assessment and interpretation 48 108 Elective
Diet and disease;
therapeutic diets
84 7 0 (1)
Counseling 130 36 0 (2)
Internship 1342 (3) 900 (4) 0 (5)
National / State Exams yes yes no (6)
Total Hours: 1925 1171 396

 

Notes:

  1. Not taught in most schools.
  2. MDs receive about 170 hours of psychiatric clerkship, not likely to include behaviorally-oriented counseling.
  3. This figure represents hours spent in outpatient clinics, where supervised training always includes dietary and lifestyle assessment.
  4. May be performed in food management rather than clinical nutrition.
  5. Medical internship does not normally include training in diet and disease.
  6. Less than 4 % of tests are in nutritional area, mostly biochemistry, physiology, and pediatrics.

 

Sources:

The Surgeon General's Report on Nutrition and Health, 1988.

The 1996-98 curricula of Bastyr University, Seattle, Washington; 1995-97 curricula of National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, Oregon; and 1996-97 curricula of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. Naturopathic Physician hours are averages of these three colleges' programs.

The American Dietetic Association.

Nutrition Education in U.S. Medical Schools. National Academy Press. 1988.

The 1996-97 Curriculum Directory of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Medical schools hours are averages of Johns Hopkins, Yale and Stanford medical schools.

Naturopathic Physicians, Registered Dietitians, and Medical Doctors may take nutrition electives above and beyond this core curriculum.

 

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FIRST NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIANS APPOINTED TO MEDICARE COVERAGE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Bastyr University�s President Emeritus and Associate Dean to Lend Expertise on Natural Medicine

(Kenmore, WA 1/27/03) For the first time, two naturopathic physicians, (ND�s) have been appointed to the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee (MCAC), a group convened under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, Jr., co-founder and President Emeritus of Bastyr University and Dr. Pamela Snider, Associate Dean, Public and Professional Affairs at Bastyr, were recently appointed to MCAC by Thomas A. Scully, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The committee, chartered by the Secretary of HHS in November of 1998, is charged with advising the Centers on effective and appropriate medical services that are covered or eligible for coverage under Medicare. While the 100 individuals serving on the committee represent a wide range of scientific and medical professions, Drs. Pizzorno and Snider are the first naturopathic physicians to be appointed.

�These appointments are part of a promising trend,� said Dr. Pizzorno who also served on the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy in 2001-2002. �Every opportunity for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and conventional medicine to work together translates to a greater potential for solving our healthcare problems. Last week, Tommy Thompson, the secretary of health and human services, emphasized the critical importance of devoting resources to prevention, noting that 43% of Americans suffer from a chronic disease. He also said he wanted to expand coverage of preventive services under Medicare. This reflects the leadership we need to assure that more people enjoy healthier lives.�

�The staggering number of individuals with chronic disease is a significant contributing factor in skyrocketing health care costs, amounting to a national disease debt, � added Dr. Pamela Snider. �By devoting resources to the prevention of these diseases, and to health promotion for all communities, we will be able to better serve other health concerns, such as reducing costs. CAM�s history of incorporating prevention in its practice and philosophy will be of benefit as we work together to solve the complex problems of health care.�

Drs. Pizzorno and Snider will attend their first meeting on February 11 in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Pizzorno is currently President of Salugenecists, Inc., which produces web-based personalized health promotion advice systems. He also serves as Senior Advisor to Bastyr University President, Thomas C. Shepherd and Executive Editor of Integrative Medicine: A Clinician�s Journal. Dr. Snider is co-investigator on a grant funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the North American Naturopathic Medical Research Agenda as well as CAM advisor on a NCCAM/NIH grant on Financing Integrative Health Care with the University of Washington. She also co chairs the executive leadership team for the Collaboration for Health Care Renewal Foundation and serves on the advisory committee for the Washington State Health Professional Loan Repayment and Scholarship Program.

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Program Tracks and Curriculum for Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine 2002-2003 at Bastyr University


FOUR-YEAR TRACK
YEAR I

Qtr. Cat. No. Course Title Crdt. Lec. L/C Tot.
F BC5104 Biochemistry 1 4 4 0 44
  BC5107 Human Physiology 1 Lec/Lab 5.5 4 3 77
  BC5110 Histology* 5 4 2 66
  BC5125 Gross Human Anatomy 1 Lec/Lab 5.5 4 3 77
  NM5131 Naturopathic Clinical Theory 1 2 1 2 33
  NM5804 Clinic Entry 1 1 0 2 22
    Quarterly Totals 23 17 12 319
W BC5105 Biochemistry 2 4 4 0 44
  BC5108 Human Physiology 2 Lec/Lab 5.5 4 3 77
  BC5112 Embryology 3 3 0 33
  BC5126 Gross Human Anatomy 2 Lec/Lab 5.5 4 3 77
  BC5141 Research Methods & Design* 2 2 0 22
  NM5135 The Determinants of Health 1.5 1.5 0 16.5
  OM5120 Fundamental Principles of TCM* 3 3 0 33
  PM5300 Massage 1.5 0 3 33
  PM5301 Hydrotherapy/ Physiotherapy Lecture 2 2 0 22
    Quarterly Totals 28 23.5 9 357.5
Sp AV5100 Fundamentals of Ayurvedic Medicine* 2 2 0 22
  BC5106 Biochemistry 3 4 4 0 44
  BC5109 Human Physiology 3 3 3 0 33
  BC5127 Gross Human Anatomy 3 Lec/Lab 5.5 4 3 77
  BC5129 Neuroscience 5.5 4 3 77
  BO5301 Botanical Medicine 1 2 2 0 22
  NM5136 The Vis Medicatrix Naturae 1.5 1.5 0 16.5
  PM5305 Hydrotherapy/Physiotherapy Lab* 1 0 2 22
  PS5103 Physician Heal Thyself* 2 2 0 22
    Quarterly Totals 26.5 22.5 8 335.5
*Usually also offered in summer

FOUR-YEAR TRACK
YEAR II

Qtr. Cat. No. Course Title Crdt. Lec. L/C Tot.
F BC6200 Human Pathology 1 4 4 0 44
  BC6204 Immunology* 4 4 0 44
  BO6301 Botanical Medicine 2 2 2 0 22
  HO6300 Homeopathy 1 2 2 0 22
  NM6210 Clinical Lab Diagnosis 1 3.5 2 3 55
  NM6221 Physical/Clinical Diagnosis 1 Lecture 2 2 0 22
  NM6221L Physical/Clinical Diagnosis 1 Lab 2 1 2 33
  PS6305 Naturopathic Counseling 1 3 3 0 33
  TR6310 Foods, Dietary Systems & Assessment 3 2 2 44
    Quarterly Totals 25.5 22 7 319
W BC6201 Human Pathology 2 4 4 0 44
  BC6210 Infectious Diseases** 6.5 5 3 88
  BO6302 Botanical Medicine 3 2 2 0 22
  HO6301 Homeopathy 2 3 3 0 33
  NM6211 Clinical Lab Diagnosis 2 3.5 2 3 55
  NM6222 Physical/Clinical Diagnosis 2 Lecture 2 2 0 22
  NM6222L Physical/Clinical Diagnosis 2 Lab 2 1 2 33
  PS6306 Naturopathic Counseling 2 3 3 0 33
  TR6311 Macro & Micronutrients 3 3 0 33
  &nbps; Quarterly Totals 29 25 8 363
Sp BC6202 Human Pathology 3 4 4 0 44
  BC6305 Pharmacology ** 5 5 0 55
  HO6302 Homeopathy 3 3 3 0 33
  NM6212 Clinical Lab Diagnosis 3 3.5 2 3 55
  NM6223 Physical/Clinical Diagnosis 3 Lecture 2 2 0 22
  NM6223L Physical/Clinical Diagnosis 3 Lab 2 1 2 33
  NM6804 Clinic Entry 2 1 1 0 11
  NM8801 Preceptorship 1 1 0 4 44
  PM6300 Naturopathic Manipulation 1 2 2 0 22
    Quarterly Totals 23.5 20 9 319
*Usually also offered in summer
** Offered in winter and spring quarter
Eligible to take NPLEX basic science exams

FOUR-YEAR TRACK
YEAR III

Qtr. Cat. No. Course Title Crdt. Lec. L/C Tot.
Su NM7325 Naturopathic Case Analysis & Mgmt 1 1.5 0 3 33
  NM7341 Cardiology 3 3 0 33
  NM7400 Minor Surgery 3 3 0 33
  NM7417 Medical Procedures 3 3 0 33
    Quarterly Subtotal 10.5 9 3 132
    1-2 Clinic Shifts** 2-4 0 4-8 44-88
F BO7300 Botanical Medicine 4 2 2 0 22
  MW7320 Normal Maternity 3 3 0 33
  NM7101 Environmental Medicine 1.5 1.5 0 16.5
  NM7102 Public Health 1.5 1.5 0 16.5
  NM7302 Gastroenterology 2 2 0 22
  NM7307 EENT 2 2 0 22
  PM7301 Naturopathic Manipulation 2 3 3 0 33
  PM7305 Orthopedics 2 2 0 22
  PS7200 Psychological Assessment 2 2 0 22
  TR7411 Diet & Nutrient Therapy 1 3 3 0 33
    Quarterly Subtotal 22 22 0 242
    1-2 Clinic Shifts** 2-4 0 4-8 44-88
W BO7301 Botanical Medicine 5 2 2 0 22
  NM7115 Naturopathic Clinical Theory 2 1 1 0 11
  NM7304 Dermatology 2 2 0 22
  NM7306 Oncology 2 2 0 22
  NM7313 Gynecology 3 3 0 33
  NM7314 Pediatrics 1 2 2 0 22
  PM7302 Naturopathic Manipulation 3 3 3 0 33
  PM7341 Sports Medicine/Therapeutic Exercise 2 2 0 22
  PS7203 Addictions & Disorders 2 2 0 22
  TR7412 Diet & Nutrient Therapy 2 3 3 0 33
    Quarterly Subtotal 22 22 0 242
    1-2 Clinic Shifts** 2-4 0 4-8 44-88
Sp BO7303 Botanical Medicine Dispensary Lab* 1 0 2 22
  NM7109 Practice Management 1 2 2 0 22
  NM7305 Clinical Ecology 2 2 0 22
  NM7311 Neurology 2 2 0 22
  NM7315 Pediatrics 2 2 2 0 22
  NM7320 Family Medicine 2 2 0 22
  NM7330 The Healing Systems 1 1 0 11
  PM7303 Naturopathic Manipulation 4 3 3 0 33
  PS7315 Naturopathic Counseling 3 2 2 0 22
    Quarterly Subtotal 17 16 2 198
    1-2 Clinic Shifts** 2-4 0 4-8 44-88
*Usually also offered in summer
**Students are assigned 6-8 shifts during their first year (4 quarters) in clinic.

FOUR-YEAR TRACK
YEAR IV

Qtr. Cat. No. Course Title Crdt. Lec. L/C Tot.
Su NM8206 Radiographic Interpretation 1 Lecture*** 3 3 0 33
  NM8207 Radiographic Interpretation 1 Lab*** 1 0 2 22
  NM8308 Endocrinology 3 3 0 33
    Quarterly Subtotal 7 6 2 88
    3-4 Clinic Shifts 6-8 0 12-16 132-176
F NM8303 Geriatrics 2 2 0 22
  NM8312 Urology 1.5 1.5 0 16.5
  NM8325 Nat. Case Analysis & Mgmt 2:
  Grand Rounds* 1 0 2 22
  NM8413 Adv'd Naturopathic Therapeutics 1 2 2 0 22
    Quarterly Subtotal 6.5 5.5 2 82.5
    3-4 Clinic Shifts 6-8 0 12-16 132-176
W NM8101 Ethics 1 1 0 11
  NM8213 Diagnostic Imaging** 2 2 0 22
  NM8309 Rheumatology 1.5 1.5 0 16.5
  NM8414 Adv'd Naturopathic Therapeutics 2 2 2 0 22
  NM8802 Preceptorship 2 1 0 4 44
    Quarterly Subtotal 7.5 6.5 4 115.5
    3-4 Clinic Shifts 6-8 0 12-16 132-176
Sp NM8102 Jurisprudence 1 1 0 11
  NM8109 Practice Management 2 2 2 0 22
  NM8212 Radiographic Interpretation 2** 3 3 0 33
  NM8314 Pulmonary Medicine 1.5 1.5 0 16.5
  NM8803 Preceptorship 3 1 0 4 44
    Quarterly Subtotal 8.5 7.5 4 126.5
    3-4 Clinic Shifts 6-8 0 12-16 132-176
*NM8325: Offered in fall, winter and spring.
**NM8212 and NM8213: Offered winter and spring
***NM8206 and NM8207: Offered summer and spring

Summary of Clinic Requirements:
Naturopathic Medicine Program

Qtr.* Cat. No. Course Title Crdt. Lec. L/C Tot.
variable NM7820-29 Patient Care 1-10 20 0 40 440
variable NM8801-3 Preceptorship 1-3 3 0 12 132
variable NM8830-36 Patient Care 11-17 14 0 28 308
variable NM8844 Interim Patient Care** 2 0 4 44
variable PM7801-2 Physical Medicine 1-2 4 0 8 88
variable PM8801-2 Physical Medicine 3-4 4 0 8 88
Clinic Outreach Hours (non credit requirement) 0 0 0 20
  Clinic Totals 47 0 100 1120
*Quarterly shift assignments are based on availability.
**Students are required to complete a total of 44 interim clinic hours. (Usually students staff the shifts they were assigned to in the quarter just ended.) Students register for and pay for this shift in their last quarter of attendance.

Elective Requirements: Naturopathic Medicine Program

Qtr. Cat. No. Course Title Crdt. Lec. L/C Tot.
variable variable Elective and Special Topics 15 15 0 165
  Elective Totals 15 15 0 165

Curriculum and course changes in the 2002-2003 Bastyr University Catalog are applicable to students entering during the 2002-2003 academic year. Please refer to the appropriate catalog if interested in curriculum and courses required for any other entering year.

 

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