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Alternative Medicine Examiners Council of Canada


Conseil des Examinateurs en Médecine Douces du Canada


Details sur les conditions d'éducation et d'examen pour les Médecins Douces et les raisons pour lesquelles la médecine douce peut jouer un rôle essentiel dans le système de santé. .

Alternative Medicine education;

L'intérêt pour la médecine douce s'est développé sensiblement pendant la dernière décennie, créant une demande des praticiens alternatifs. Trois éléments doivent être présents pour s'assurer que ces professionnels de santé ne constituent pas une menace à la santé publique:


Les praticiens doivent être instruits aux universités médicales qui ont été accréditées par une agence identifiée par le Conseil des Examinateurs en Médecine Douces du Canada (AMECC) .;


Les praticiens doivent être examinés par un bureaux national examinant que les niveaux des élevés sont d'ensembles pour l'acceptabilité et fournit l'administration ; des examens de conseil doivent être développés selon des normes nationales; et


Les praticiens doivent être autorisés, requis pour prendre la formation permanente, et sujet à l'examen par leurs pairs.

Twenty eight colleges est actuellement accréditée par le Conseil des Examinateurs en Médecine Douces du Canada (AMECC) .; . Le CCOE est le seul corps accréditant en Médecine Douces identifié par le Alternative Medicine Examiners Council of Canada (AMECC) .

L'éducation des médecins douces suit un chemin semblable à celui de médecins médicaux (MDs). Les demandeurs entrent à l'école médicale en médecins douces  après réception d'un degré de licence (pre-med habituellement) d'une collège de quatre ans. Les étudiants accomplissent deux ans d'etudes de base universitaire supérieur de la science puis ont deux à trois ans de formation didactique et clinique, y compris le temps passé dans le soin patient dirigé.


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

After graduation from the accredited 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 Alternative Medicine physicians are required to obtain continuing education and are subject to peer review.

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


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 Alternative Medicine care is minimal when compared to the skyrocketing costs of drugs.


Because 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.


Alternative Medicine provides vital adjunctive care when a patient is being treated by a medical doctor for a serious condition.   For example, 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.


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.


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. 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 Alternative Medicine profession.


During the first 2 ½ - 3 years of medical school, the education of Alternative Medicine Physicians follows a path similar to that of medical doctors (MDs). Students in both allopathic 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 Alternative Medicine colleges use standard medical texts for this phase of the training.   The paths of 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. 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.

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


Emphasis on prevention



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



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



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)



Alternative Medicine Physicians License Requirements;




  Alternative Medicine physicians: Initial License Requirements

  • Submit a 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 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 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 alternative medicine education in Canada through the voluntary accreditation of four-year, graduate-level programs in alternative medicine. Students and graduates of programs accredited or pre-accredited (candidacy) by AMECC are eligible to apply for the Alternative Medicine physicians licensing examinations administered by the Canadian Council of Examiners.

Founded in 1991, is accepted as the programmatic accrediting agency for Alternative Medicine physicians education and programs in Canada, by the Canadian National Alternative Medicine Physicians Professional Syndicates. AMECC. advocates for high standards in 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.

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 Alternative Medicine;

The Alternative Medicine Examiners Council of Canada (AMECC) abides by the CPMDQ Code of Good Practice.

The accredited and candidate of 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, 2005, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.



Federal Licensing Boards

Canadian Council of Osteopathic Examiners (CCOE)

Conseil Canadien des Examinateurs en Ostéopathie (CCOE)

Naturopathic Medicine Council of Canada (NMCC)

Conseil des Examinateurs en Médecine Naturopathique du Canada (NMCC)

Canadian Council of Naturopathic Examiners (CCNE)

Conseil Canadien des Examinateurs en Naturopathie (CCNE)

Canadian Council of Psychotherapeutic Examiners (CCPE)

Conseil Canadien des Examinateurs en Psychothérapie (CCPE)

Canadian Council of Sports Medicine (CCSM)

Conseil Canadien en Médecine Sportive


Canadian Council of Sports Medicine



Conseil Canadien des Examinateurs en Médecine Sportive (CCEMS)

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.



See your Provincal chapter below;


British Columbia             

                                                     MASSAGE THERAPISTS REGULATION


New Brunswick              

Newfoundland and Labrador           

Northwest Territories                

Nova Scotia                                            



Prince Edward Island                    




Other Canadian Professional Organizations


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