CCNM at the NaHSSA Conference



This year, a group of five CCNM students had the honor of attending the National Health Sciences Students’ Association (NaHSAA) conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia on the weekend of March 4th-6th, 2016. Megan Bernard (year 3), Karlee Handy (year 1), Chris Brown (year 2), Maisam Hasan (year 2) and Rabab Zaghi (year 2) took part in the conference, representing CCNM and participating in an eventful weekend. The conference provided an excellent opportunity, bringing students together from across the country from various healthcare professions, to discuss the importance of integration, advocate for issues regarding healthcare, as well as discuss quality of patient care.  Lectures were given by wonderful speakers to address issues from regulation of healthcare to discrimination and racism. Schools and faculties were given the opportunity to present their research, allowing students to learn about different and current research from various healthcare fields.

CCNM presented three research studies that were of much interest; “Effects of Whole-System Naturopathic Medicine in Select Chronic Disease Conditions”, a study on “Mindfulness-Based Therapies in the Treatment of Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders”, and a “Cardiovascular Prevention Study”. Students also got a chance to take part in a simulation lab, a very unique experience that allowed participants to be placed into a team of various healthcare professionals and come up with a strategy to deal with a healthcare related problem presented to them. The simulation cases allowed students to experience patient care in various ways; some scenarios took place in a hospital room while others were patient in-home care. The event ended with a formal Gala at the Lord Nelson Hotel.


If you are interested in learning more about NaHSSA, like their facebook page ‘National Health Sciences Students' Association (NaHSSA)’ or follow their twitter page @nahssa. A special thanks goes the executive NaHSSA team for organizing this event, the IPEC and NaHSSA team at CCNM, and Dr. Cooley for providing us with the research.


CCNM Articles mentioned:

Aucoin, M., Lalonde-Parsi, M., & Cooley, K. (2014). Mindfulness-Based Therapies in the Treatment of Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: A Meta-Analysis. Evidence-Based Complementary And Alternative Medicine, 2014, 1-11.


Ryan Bradley, E. , Eric.B. Oberg, Kieran Cooley, Heidi Fritz, Joshua Z. Goldenberg, Dugald Seely, Jane Saxton,  Carlo Calabrese. (2015). Estimated Effects of Whole-system Naturopathic Medicine in Select Chronic Disease Conditions: A Systematic Review. Altern Integr Med, 04(02).


Seely, D., Szczurko, O., Kieran, C., Fritz, H., Herman, P., & Bradley, R. et al. (2012). OA07.02. Naturopathic medicine for the prevention of cardiovascular disease: a pragmatic randomized clinical trial.BMC Complementary And Alternative Medicine, 12(Suppl 1), O26.



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