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NMSA Announces 2016 Beacon Award – The Naturopathic Medical Student Association Recognizes SCU Staff Member Pamela Snider, N.D.

news-and-events / SCU Admin / 11.22.16

Naturopathic Medicine Student Association (NMSA), the student-governed nonprofit representing North American naturopathic physicians-in-training, is pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 Beacon Award, a special student recognition of physician elders who have generously shared their knowledge and wisdom of naturopathic medicine to students of the next generation. Student leaders established the Beacon Award in 2005 as a part of the Naturopathic Gathering.

Congratulations to Pamela Snider, ND, a graduate of Bastyr University and student of Dr. John Bastyr. Dr. Snider’s accomplishments are too numerous to name, but a few highlights are listed in her bio:

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Pamela Snider, ND received her ND degree in 1982 from Bastyr University of Natural Health Sciences. A nationally recognized integrative health and policy leader, Snider is active in national and local integration initiatives, including her current appointment to the President’s Cabinet as Chief Culture Officer at Southern California University of Health Sciences. She is also Executive and Senior Editor for the Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine (FNM) Project an international naturopathic medical textbook project codifying the philosophy, scientific, clinical and public policy applications of naturopathic medicine concepts, through a series of retreats and Symposia. FNM is engaged with 33 Senior and Associate Editors, over 300 naturopathic and integrative medical scholars and thought leaders from 11 countries, 16 naturopathic colleges, and 11 agencies to document naturopathic epistemology, clinical theory and its practical implications in the first comprehensive international textbook of naturopathic medicine in this era. FNM is based at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in Portland, Oregon where Dr. Snider is an Associate Professor.

She currently serves as Vice Chair and co-founder of the Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC), which played a major role in legislation advancing integrative health access through the Affordable Care Act. She is founding Executive Director, co-founder and Board Member of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Health (ACIH) a consortium of the councils of schools, accrediting agencies and certifying bodies of the licensed, traditional and emerging integrative health profession. Her work has included serving as a Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee adviser, drafting key language in the NCCAM (NCCIH) legislation and participating in the White House Commission on CAM Policy Report. From 1994-2003, Dr. Snider served as Associate Dean for Public and Professional Affairs and Associate Dean for Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University. She continues her academic and research work there as a member of the Bastyr faculty and was a co-investigator in the NCCAM-funded research study which developed the North American Naturopathic Medical Research Agenda. Dr. Snider has been teaching, publishing and lecturing widely on Naturopathic philosophy and theory and other topics for over 30 years. She co-chaired the AANP Select Committee on the Definition of Naturopathic Medicine (1986 -1989) with Jared Zeff ND, LAc, resulting in unanimous passage by the AANP House of Delegates in 1989 of the landmark, unifying consensus AANP Definition and Principles of Naturopathic Medicine Position Paper.

Snider has received the Ontario Naturopathic Physician of the Year Award, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), Physician of the Year Award, the President ‘s Outstanding Vision Award at Bastyr University, Bastyr’s Distinguished Alumnus Award, AANP’s President’s Award, and the AANP William Mitchell Vis Award. She is a licensed naturopathic physician in Washington state where she lives with her four children and her husband in the beautiful mountain to sea landscape of North Bend, Washington, home of The Revival – Restore the Vis. Her passion is Naturopathic philosophy, theory, and health creation with an emphasis on pluralistic health policy; to transform healthcare through understanding the nature of health and healing to create a healthier world.

With all of those accomplishments noted, the NMSA Beacon Award celebrates not only her achievements but, more specifically, her incredible generosity of spirit with students and vision for her profession. She has inspired multiple generations of student leaders and continues to leave a legacy. Dr. Snider was recognized at both the NMSA Conference award ceremony in Seattle, WA, and at the Naturopathic Gathering, held in collaboration with the Revitalization Retreat in Sandy, OR on September 10, 2016.

The NMSA is a unified, sustainable, ethical and professional voice for naturopathic medical students across North America. NMSA advocates for naturopathic physicians-in-training, and inspires educational and community  building initiatives that prepare naturopathic medical students with tools, experiences, and connections necessary to become successful physicians.


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