As a patient at the NCNM teaching clinic, you are given a team of practitioners and students who cooperate with you to design the ideal health plan for you. You benefit from the seasoned expertise of an attending faculty member, the recently gained knowledge of a resident and the enthusiasm and work ethic of a senior medical student. Your wishes and desires are always held utmost in the process with a goal of focusing on your immediate concerns while keeping an eye to maximizing your wellness.
Since learning and teaching are taking place along with caring for you, appointment times at our clinics can be one to two hours in length. You should plan accordingly to allow for a thorough analysis of your health.
At your first appointment, you meet your team of providers – typically two students, an attending practitioner and sometimes a resident physician. Your primary contact and communication will be with your “primary” or “intern,” a senior naturopathic or Chinese medical intern. The intern will talk with you about your current health concerns and your health history. He or she then confers with the supervising practitioner on the next steps – physical exam, further history, lab work, etc. You are offered information and choices during all phases of building a treatment plan for you.