Dr. Born is a naturopathic physician, certified nutrition specialist (CNS), co-owner and medical director of Born Integrative Medicine Specialists, PLLC. Dr. Born is the Director of Product Development, Scientific Advisor, and Editor-in-Chief of the science-based Focus Newsletter for Allergy Research Groups. Dr. Born is also a medical wellness advisor for the International Medical Wellness Association.
Dr. Born graduated from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA in 2010 and completed his residency at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health, its thirteen teaching clinics, with rotations at Evergreen and Harborview Medical Centers’ Emergency Medicine Departments, and Virginia Mason Hospital’s department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Spine Clinic.
He is extensively published, has appeared on KRON4 News, multiple national radio shows, and lectured as an expert for the National Psoriasis Foundation and National Arthritis Foundation. Dr. Born lectures at medical conferences across the country and internationally.
Dr. Born’s clinical focus is utilizing integrative medicine to treat families of all ages who have complex chronic diseases, with a strong interest in difficult and refractory cases, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, autoimmune disease, allergies, endocrine, neurological, pediatric, and GI issues.
Todd Born ND
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Most of the questions regarding continuing education have to do with specific discrepancies on pre-approval of credits or the type of credits approved – CEU versus CME. These questions are fairly straight forward to answer for the naturopathic profession. While answers to questions of approval for other professions – chiropractors, nurses, acupuncturists, and MDs – largely depend on whether those professional boards recognize the ND license as an valid and accredited license in that state, or within that profession. For the MD profession, courses given by a licensed naturopath may be denied for CE simply because the presenter was a naturopath – in fact, this is how the continuing education requirements for MDs read.
No! Yes! – It depends on what state you are licensed in. But first, keep in mind, if you are practicing in an unlicensed state (naturopaths), you don’t need to prove your continuing education. It may be a good idea to log your credits from the courses you take over the years, just in case you end up moving to a licensed state, or your state becomes licensed.
Many states don’t have a pre-approval process of their own, and have statements such as this, from New Hampshire’s regulatory law:
“For the purposes of this section an “approved continuing naturopathic medical education program” means a program designed to continue the education of the licensee in current developments, skills, procedures, or treatment in the licensee’s field of practice, which has been certified by a national or state naturopathic medical society or college or university and approved by the board”
This allows for courses to be taken for continuing education if they have been approved by another regulatory body, a process called “reciprocity. For our purposes here reciprocity means that a board will acknowledge another state or professional regulatory organization (such as a college or association) previous approval of a continuing education course.
The Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine (OBNM) does the entire naturopathic profession a great service by pre-approving of continuing education (CE) courses at no charge. The College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO) also does this. The application process involves submitting course documents, presenter CVs, as well as an OBNM specific application. Most licensed states recognize CE approved by the OBNM through a process referred to as “reciprocity.” Below is a list of all the states and provinces that recognize CE credits through reciprocity:
Yes, if the course meets the requirements of the regulating body, then yes, continuing education (CE) is simply a more general term for continuing medical education (CME). All NDNR courses should meet requirements for CME, if they meet requirements of the regulatory body in question.
Naturopathy is one of the few professions that shares licensing exams across the United States and Canada. Because of this, the reciprocity from the OBNM should suffice for most provinces, except Ontario, to which NDNR also submits longer multi-week courses for pre-approval.
However, note that the continuing education requirements in Canada are slightly different than in the United States.
California – a wonderful place to live, a horrible place to do business. The process by which an organization goes through pre-approval of a CE course is quite expensive. In addition, California does place limitations on the number of CE units that may be completed online. The course content of all NDNR courses should meet the California requirements, except being approved by the CAND, or California Naturopathic Committee. If you would like to submit the course documents and presenter information for your own personal approval, NDNR will more than happily supply you with all you need. Please contact Node Smith – email@example.com.
Probably, though this is a question that must be taken on an individual basis per state and regulatory body involved.