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Alternative Medicine Examiners Council of Canada

(AMECC)

Conseil des Examinateurs en Médecine Douces du Canada

 

Dr Peter Veniez, Ph.d., N.D.

Dr Peter Veniez, Ph.D., N.D. Founder and CEO of the  AMECC

 

drveniez@cpmdq.com

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Details on the education and examination requirements for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practitioners CAM and reasons why Complementary and Alternative Medicine can play a vital role in the healthcare system.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine education;

Interest in complementary and alternative medicine has grown significantly over the last decade, creating a demand for alternative practitioners.   Three elements must be present to ensure that these healthcare professionals do not pose a threat to public health:

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CAM practitioners must be educated at medical colleges that have been accredited by an agency recognized by the Alternative Medicine Examiners Council of Canada (AMECC) .; amecc@cpmdq.com

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CAM practitioners must be examined by a national examining board that sets high standards for eligibility and provides standardized test administration; board examinations must be developed in accordance with national testing standards.

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CAM practitioners must be licensed, required to take continuing education, and subject to peer review.

Twenty eight Complementary and Alternative Medicine medical colleges in Canada are currently accredited by the Alternative Medicine Examiners Council of Canada (AMECC) . .  

The Complementary and Alternative Medicine CAM education follows a path similar to that of medical doctors (MDs).   Applicants enter Complementary and Alternative Medicine medical school after receiving a baccalaureate degree (usually pre-med) from a four-year college.   Students complete two years of post-graduate basic science coursework then have two to three years of didactic and clinical training, including time spent in supervised patient care.

 

The Canadian Council of Examiners are the local provincial councils used to examine all Complementary and Alternative Medicine CAM practitioners who want to be licensed in provinces that license or not, in there respective professions,

After graduation from the accredited Complementary and Alternative Medicine medical college and passage of Examinations, candidates apply to one of the   jurisdictions that have laws that enable licensed Alternative Medicine physicians to serve their communities as providers of primary care medicine in Canada.   Licensed Complementary and Alternative Medicine physicians are required to obtain continuing education and are subject to peer review.

 

Complementary and Alternative Medicine can play a vital, cost-effective role in the healthcare system:

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine physicians are primary care providers who treat patients for a variety of conditions, using therapies that are non-invasive, safe, and effective.   More patients are demanding these kinds of treatment options, and the cost of Complementary and Alternative Medicine care is minimal when compared to the skyrocketing costs of drugs.

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Because Complementary and Alternative Medicine places significant emphasis on prevention (not merely on screening for pre-existing conditions), it can help stem the increasing incidence of chronic disease.   For a small expenditure now, significant costs can be prevented later.

3.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine provides vital adjunctive care when a patient is being treated by a medical doctor for a serious condition.   For example, Complementary and Alternative Medicine can help allay the severe side effects of precribed medcation and can provide support for better healing.   A study done recently showed that this valuable care accounts for only 2% of the cost of treatments.

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine practitioners can meet the growing shortage of healthcare providers in rural areas.   Efforts are under way to allow Alternative Medicine practitioners to be granted the same kinds of loan repayment options to encourage participation in rural, veteran's, and Indian health programs that are available for MDs,   DCs, and other eligible providers.

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A patient who is rushed through appointments and feels that her/his doctor does not listen is more likely to file a lawsuit in the case of a mistake than is a patient who feels a respectful partnership with her/his physician. Complementary and Alternative Medicine practitioners spend a great deal of time listening to their patients, attending to their emotional, mental, and spiritual needs as well as to their physical symptoms.   Cases of malpractice are extremely rare in the Complementary and Alternative Medicine profession.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

During the first 2 ½ - 3 years of medical school, the education of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Physicians follows a path similar to that of medical doctors (MDs). Students in both allopathic and Complementary and Alternative Medicine medical colleges receive extensive training in the biomedical sciences, and in physical, clinical, and lab diagnosis.   Both receive training in emergency procedures, public health, and principles of pharmacology.    The Complementary and Alternative Medicine colleges use standard medical texts for this phase of the training.   The paths of Complementary and Alternative Medicine physicians medical education and allopathic medical education diverge after this point.   MDs learn how to prescribe drugs and perform or refer for surgery. Complementary and Alternative Medicine physicians learn how to use herbs, clinical nutrition, physical osteopathic medicine (e.g., hydrotherapy, soft tissue massage, osseous manipulation, etc.), homeopathy, and mind-body medicine. See National Review of Medicine link below.

              Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)

Four keys differences distinguish the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Physicians approach from the approach used by allopathic doctors (MDs):

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Emphasis on prevention

 

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Search for and treatment of the cause of illness (as compared to an approach that treats the symptoms of the illness)

 

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Individualized treatment (e.g. two patients being treated for the same pathology may have completely different treatment protocols)

 

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A goal of removing obstacles to the body's own innate healing processes (as compared to the idea that “cure” must come from external sources)

 

 

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Physicians License Requirements;

 

 

 

  Complementary and Alternative Medicine physicians: Initial License Requirements

  • Submit a Complementary and Alternative Medicine physicians license application & pay the required license fee;
  • Possess a good moral and professional reputation;
  • Be physically and mentally fit to practice Alternative Medicine;
  • Graduate from a Complementary and Alternative Medicine medical college that is accredited by the Council or another such accrediting agency recognized by the federal government; or graduate from a foreign country Complementary and Alternative Medicine medical college that possesses equivalent qualifications; and
  • Successfully complete the examinations.

Examiners Council of Canada's mission;

The Alternative Medicine Examiners Council of Canada (AMECC) 's mission is to ensure the high quality of complementary and alternative medicine education in Canada through the voluntary accreditation of four-year, graduate-level programs in complementary and alternative medicine. Students and graduates of programs accredited or pre-accredited (candidacy) by AMECC are eligible to apply for the Complementary and Alternative Medicine physicians licensing examinations administered by the Canadian Council of Examiners.

Founded in 1991, is accepted as the programmatic accrediting agency for Complementary and Alternative Medicine physicians education and programs in Canada, by the Canadian National Alternative Medicine Physicians Professional Syndicates. AMECC. advocates for high standards in Complementary and Alternative Medicine education, and its grant of accreditation to a college or program indicates prospective students and the public may have confidence in the college or program. The AMECC is the national accrediting agency for programs leading to the Doctor degrees in Alternative Medicine.

An accreditation handbook, containing AMECC standards, policies, procedures, and governing documents, is available for $20, prepaid. A free PDF version is available by e-mail upon request. The PDF file   may be opened and printed with Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free download.

 

Canadian Union of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practitioners

The most effective way you can address the greatest public health and professional issues facing Complementary and Alternative medicine today is by joining the nation's largest Complementary and Alternative Medicine union—the Canadian Union of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practitioners
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As a member you can be guided towards respective professional examination boards or education.CUCAMP was the beginning for many Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practitioners and still is promoting the integration of drug free practice such as into the health care system by answering the needs of the practitioners and well-being market across Canada. 

 

Postdoctoral programs in Alternative Medicine;

AMECC also certifies postdoctoral programs in Alternative Medicine. Among these programs are Alternative Medicine physicians residencies that provide licensed Alternative Medicine physicians with postgraduate training in Alternative Medicine family care and other specialties. A manual containing AMECC's standards for residency programs may be ordered for $15, prepaid. A free PDF version is available by e-mail.

Code of Good Practice in Complementary and Alternative Medicine;

The Alternative Medicine Examiners Council of Canada (AMECC) abides by the CPMDQ Code of Good Practice. Code de Déontologie des membre de la CPMDQ

The accredited and candidate of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Physicians programs, as well as the certified residency programs, are listed on the links page. After accessing the links page, click the name of the program or its logo to go to the Website for the college or university that offers the program.

For frequently asked questions, click "FAQs" on the menu of each respective professional examination council.

AMECCs next meeting will be held April 9& 10, 2006, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

 

Complementary and Alternative Medicine ORGANIZATION WEBSITES;                    Fr

Federal Licensing Boards

Canadian Council of Osteopathic Examiners (CCOE)

http://www.ccoe.ca

Conseil Canadien des Examinateurs en Ostéopathie (CCOE)

http://www.ccoe.ca

 

 

 

 

Naturopathic Medicine Council of Canada (NMCC)

http://www.nmcc.info

Conseil des Examinateurs en Médecine Naturopathique du Canada (NMCC)

http://www.nmcc.info

Canadian Council of Naturopathic Examiners (CCNE)

http://www.ccne.ca

Conseil Canadien des Examinateurs en Naturopathie (CCNE)

http://www.ccne.ca

Canadian Council of Psychotherapeutic Examiners (CCPE)

http://www.ccpex.ca

Conseil Canadien des Examinateurs en Psychothérapie (CCPE)

http://www.ccpex.ca

Canadian Council of Sports Medicine (CCSM)

http://www.ccsm.info

Conseil Canadien en Médecine Sportive

(CCSM)

Canadian Council of Sports Medicine

Examiners

(CCEMS)

http://www.ccems.info

Conseil Canadien des Examinateurs en Médecine Sportive (CCEMS)

http://www.ccems.info

 

Professional Regulation

Professional regulatory bodies have been delegated the authority to govern professional practice of their members in the public interest. One of their key functions is to ensure members practise competently and ethically. All regulatory bodies administer public complaint processes. Additional information about the roles and responsibilities of the professional regulatory bodies and how to make a complaint about a member of a regulated health professional in your province can be found in the list below.

Alternative Medicine Examiners Council of Canada (AMECC)

amecc@cpmdq.com

 

CONTACT;

See your Provincal chapter below;

Alberta                                        

British Columbia             

                                                     MASSAGE THERAPISTS REGULATION

Manitoba                                 

New Brunswick              

Newfoundland and Labrador           

Northwest Territories                

Nova Scotia                                            

Nunavut                              

Ontario                         

Prince Edward Island                    

Quebec                       

Saskatchewan                                        

Yukon                                                                                 

Other Canadian Professional Organizations

 

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