OncANP Conference & FABNO
This is Dr. Emma Lee, ND. I am Dr. Parmar’s current resident and writing this blog post from sunny Scottsdale, Arizona, where I’ll be for the next few days to attend the annual Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP) conference. Since I’ve arrived a day early, I thought I’d take some time to write a little about two acronyms that you may have come across in your research on naturopathic cancer treatments: OncANP and FABNO.
The OncANP is a professional organization with a membership of licensed naturopathic doctors, naturopathic medical students, and allied healthcare providers from across North America. Each year, the organization hosts a conference to present the most up-to-date information and research on naturopathic cancer care. As a naturopathic doctor working toward a focus in cancer care, this conference is a highlight of my year.
Part of the OncANP’s mission is to support advanced training of NDs in oncology. NDs who are interested in providing cancer care can work toward a board certification called Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology (FABNO). The process is rigorous; to achieve a FABNO designation, a ND must complete a 2-year accredited naturopathic oncology residency or accumulate at least 5 years of practice with 2250 cancer patient contacts, as well as submit a number of patient cases for review, meet continuing education criteria, and finally pass a board certification exam.
I am halfway through my first year of residency and am thrilled to be able to reference The Textbook of Naturopathic Oncology while I work toward my FABNO certification. I anticipate that this textbook will not only facilitate my learning, but will, more importantly, help me become a safer and more impactful clinician. Dr. Parmar, ND and Dr. Kaczor, ND achieved a monumental feat in creating a guide that will undoubtedly become a cornerstone of education in naturopathic oncology.