SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine

Doctor of Sacred Natural Medicine Ayurveda: DSNM(P)
and /or Doctor of Traditional Naturopathic Medicine (NDT) Diploma Program

(Dean of Graduate Natural Medicine : Professor, Dr. Charles McWilliams ND, OMD, Associate Dean, Clinical Sciences: Anthony B. James DNM(P), ND, MD(AM), DPHC(h.c.), RAC, Associate Professor Women’s Health Studies: Julie A. James DNM(P), ND(T)


The entire course of study prepares one to practice primary care, natural medicine. The DSNM/ ND(T) program is also designed to provide students with adequate preparation to apply to various national and internationally recognized associations for natural medicine for Board Recognition’s and licentiate (NAIC, ANCB, AADP, SMOCH). To ensure continued career success, the graduate will continue to learn new and current information related to techniques, trends, and methods for career development in natural medicine and related fields. The graduate will consider this continuing education a fundamental part of professional growth and development.

Doctor of Sacred Natural Medicine (DSNM/ ND(T)) Program Studies and
Traditional Natural Medicine Curriculum Purpose, Goal, Learning Objectives and Competencies:

Our teaching approach gives the practitioner a more than affordable alternative to new vistas in education by combined resident studies and distance learning.

These are not ordinary courses with ordinary content. Each course is designed to be a life changing ascent towards the goal of becoming a physician of natural medicine.


The core Traditional Natural Medicine/ Monastic Medicine (Medicine of Hope) Religious Therapeutics curriculum will provide students with the opportunity to begin acquiring an understanding of the unique role of the Doctor of Sacred Natural Medicine/ Traditional Naturopathic family practitioner and Counselor, and the basic knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to care for patients of all ages. Students will gain these abilities by engaging in structured learning activities — both outpatient and inpatient. These will represent a core of behaviors encompassed by the Doctor of Sacred Natural Medicine/ Traditional Naturopathic family practitioner , which prepare him/her for a unique role in patient management, problem-solving, counseling, and coordination of health care for the individual and for the family unit. Students will be required to take call, attend conferences, and read suggested literature.


By the conclusion of the six week clerkship, students will be able to:

1. Refine basic clinical skills that are essential to practice in a primary care setting. Specifically, students will be able to:
Demonstrate interviewing skills as well as physical examination skills.
Communicate with the patients effectively.
2. Acquire the knowledge and skills to perform common family physician procedures. They will know the indications, contraindications, as well as the complications.
3. Use family medicine approach to diagnose and manage common illnesses seen in a family medicine setting. Students will have appropriate knowledge and should be able to organize information, document data, differential diagnoses, treatment and plan.
4. Develop sensitivity to psychosocial, familial, socioeconomic, and community aspect of their patients.
5. Learn the importance of interaction with other physicians and specialists. They will also show that they understand the importance of continuity of the care and coordination of care with other consultants as well as cost effectiveness approach to treating patients. Students will understand the concept of family medicine, and also the rewards and demands for family physician life.
6. Full fill the diverse and demanding roles of a minister, clergy and religious Sacred Medicine counselor under authority of ONACS, serving the health and well being needs of indigenous, native and non-native populations using both traditional and elegant evolving and scientific methodologies.

Learning Objectives (Core Competencies):

A. Systems Based Practice

1. In general, to demonstrate knowledge of the health care system and to understand how to effectively use health care system resources to provide optimum patient care.
2. Specifically to demonstrate:
Being a cooperative and effective member of the health care team (Sacred Medicine).
Working with the health care team in guiding patient management. (Sacred Medicine)
Handling day to day responsibilities adequately.
Seeking responsibilities and making an effort to fulfill them.
Being appropriately attentive to detail.
Knowledge of patient/ communicant management duties as they relate to systems issues, system resources, and regulatory affairs (eg engaging ancillary health care providers, safe care, formulary, Homeopathic and Herbal). (Sacred Medicine)

B. Professionalism

1. In general, to demonstrate a commitment to professional responsibilities and sensitivity to a diverse patient population.
2. Specifically to demonstrate:
Respect and honesty.
Compassion for patients/ communicants.
Respect for patient confidentiality.
Acceptance of criticism and feedback.
Motivation to learn and improve.
Good work ethic.

C. Interpersonal Skills and Communication

1. In general, to demonstrate effective information exchange and teaming with patients, their families, and other health professionals.
2. Specifically to demonstrate:
Awareness of the relevance of psychosocial factors, cultural diversity, and support systems to healthcare.
Application of this knowledge in the care of individual patients.
Good communication skills and rapport with patient/ communicants, families, other health care ministers, counselors, professionals, staff, and supervisors.

D. Patient/ communicant (Relationship) Centered Care

1. In general, to demonstrate care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.
2. History; Specifically to demonstrate:
Ability to elicit a complete and accurate history.
Ability to report important data from records.
Ability to formulate a relevant and accurate assessment and plan.
3. Physical Examination; Specifically to demonstrate:
Ability to perform an efficient, accurate, and complete examination.
Ability to report major abnormalities.
4. Written History and Physical; Specifically to demonstrate:
Ability to document an accurate, well organized, and legible history and physical.
Ability to document comprehensive and systematic assessments, including use of laboratory data.
5. Progress Notes; Specifically to demonstrate:
Ability to document a legible and informative note that reflects patient.’s problems.
Ability to document an analytical assessment of the management.
6. Oral Presentation; Specifically to demonstrate:
Ability to give a focused presentation that includes all the basic information.
Understanding by appropriate selection of facts.
Minimal use of notes.
Good eye contact and clear and understandable spoken English.

E. Practice Based Learning and Improvement

1. In general, to demonstrate appraisal and assimilation of scientific evidence, evaluation and improvement of patient care.
2. Improvement in Practice; Specifically to demonstrate:
Ongoing reading about current clinical problems.
Appropriate access to clinical information and online resources.
Ability to evaluate medical reports in a critical manner.
Ability to apply medical evidence to clinical scenarios.
Ability to supply cognitive knowledge to the clinical care patients.
Progressive learning from previous errors.
3. Improvement in self-directed learning; Specifically to demonstrate:
Self assessment, motivation, and initiative.
Improvement with feedback.
Attempt to meet set goals.
Preparing in advance.
Appropriate reading.

F. Tenets of Sacred Traditional and Natural Medicine and Wellness

1. In general, to demonstrate appropriate knowledge of established and evolving bio-medical, clinical, and cognate sciences and the application of this knowledge in patient/ communicant care.
2. Knowledge base; Specifically to demonstrate:
Good fund of knowledge and understanding, including population-based and evidence-based traditional and natural medicine.
Ability to ask insightful questions.
Meaningful participation in discussion and decision making.
Knowledge of basic pathophysiology.
Good understanding of diagnostic approach.
3. Problem-solving; Specifically to demonstrate:
Reasonable analysis of patient data base.
Integration of relevant basic and clinical scientific knowledge and clinical judgment.
Ability to elaborate reasonable differential diagnosis and therapeutic approaches.
4. Subject-specific; Specifically to demonstrate:
Knowledge of the evaluation and management of common medical problems seen by traditional natural, naturopathic practitioner when treating children and adults (eg, cardiovascular diseases, HBP, asthma, COPD, infections, anemia, cancer, diabetes, lipid disorders, obesity, genitourinary disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, osteoporosis, congenital disorders, dermatologic conditions, neurological disorders, dementia, chronic pain).
Knowledge of the evaluation and management of common psychological and behavioral issues seen by traditional natural, naturopathic practitioners (eg, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, developmental
delays, learning disabilities, substance use and addiction).
Knowledge of the evaluation and management of common women.’s health issues seen by family physicians (eg, pre-natal care, family planning, abnormal uterine bleeding, breast exam, pelvic exam).
Knowledge of the unique issues relevant to treating geriatric patients.
Knowledge of preventive medicine and health maintenance, including screenings and immunizations for children and adults.
Knowledge of common sports-related injuries and the relevance of pre-participation evaluation.
Knowledge of occupational medicine and disability evaluation.
Knowledge of traditional, holistic, Indigenous (UN- WHO Defined), Native American and Biblical nutrition and nutritional health.
Understanding of end of life issues, palliative care, and hospice care.
Sensitivity to psychological, socioeconomic, cultural, and community aspects of patient care
Understanding of continuity of care, cost-effective care, and coordination of care with other ministers, counselors, naturopaths and consultants.

Topics for Online Resource Library:

1. Hospice and palliative medicine including pain management
2. Well child and adult examination
3. Preventive care in children and adult
4. Assessment and management of type II diabetes
5. Assessment and treatment of asthma
6. Preoperative risks assessment
7. Common psychiatric disorders (anxiety and depression)
8. Occupational health
9. Obesity
10. Metabolic and lipid disorders
11. Common orthopedic problems
12. Nutrition and health
13. Hypertension
14. Dementia
15. Osteoporosis
16. Common sport injuries (including pre-participation physical)
17. Prenatal care
18. URI
19. Discussion on evidence based medicine in clinical setting
20. Common symptom based topics in family medicine (eg, headache, dizziness, chest pain, fatigue)
21. Medical Herbology
22. Medical Physics
23. Endocrinology and Auto-Immune Disorders
24. Medical Microbiology and Parasitology
25. Principles of Physical Diagnosis and Palpation
26. Vibrational, Energetic, Bio-Electric and Magnetic Therapy
27. Medical Botony
28. Medical Biochemistry
29. Medical Anatomy and Physiology
30. Medical Pathoanatomy and pathophysiology
31. Medical Genetics
32. Neurology
33. Materia Medica and Homeopathic Pharmacology
34. Behavioral Science
35. Electromedical Physics
36. Indigenous and Traditional Sacred Medicine origins and practices.

The above listed are in addition to those learning objectives and competencies acquired in the under grad prerequisite programs such as ASA, AYT, TCP, CTP etc. including but not limited to Native American Healing and Medicine, Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as Indigenous Traditional Native, Natural and Tribal Medicines, Biblical and or medicine principles of religious, sacred and or ecclesiastical origins.


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