NCNM Hosts Medical Tent for Portland Triathlon

National College of Natural Medicine
Hosts Medical Tent for Portland Triathlon

PORTLAND, Ore. (August 30, 2008)— The National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM), the oldest accredited naturopathic medical school in the United States, will host a medical tent Sunday, August 31 for the second annual City of Portland Triathlon. Triathlon Race Director Jeff Henderson said, “We want to create an event model that is unique in every way to reflect the values and sense of social consciousness that we’re so proud of here in Portland, like sustainability and organic goods. Natural medicine is a perfect fit for the healthy new paradigm we’re promoting. We’re very excited to have NCNM back with us again this year.” Last year the City of Portland was the first triathlon in the country to host a naturopathic medical tent.

The event organizers expect approximately 350 triathletes and more than 600 spectators at the event to be held in downtown Portland. NCNM Assistant Professor and Triathlon Medical Director Karen Frangos, N.D., said that the NCNM medical team is prepared to provide diagnostic evaluation and treatment for injuries or illnesses that are not serious or life-threatening.

“People come in with dehydration and sports injuries. But we’re prepared to provide more than just First Aid,” Dr. Frangos explained. “We’ll diagnose and perform injury triage for joint sprains, muscle strains and other injuries.” Dr. Frangos will be joined in the medical tent by Marcus Miller, M.D., N.D., and Joel Agresta, D.C. The doctors will be assisted by a small team of NCNM medical students.

In the state of Oregon, a naturopathic doctor (N.D.) is licensed as a primary care physician. A naturopathic medical degree is similar in scope, depth, and rigorous clinical training and education to that of a medical doctor (M.D.), but encompasses a variety of other health modalities such as botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, nutrition and physical medicine. In addition to these unique modalities, naturopaths receive clinical training in minor surgery, IV therapy and emergency medicine.

Dr. Frangos said an ambulance and emergency medical technicians will also be standing by. “We’ve got a team of skilled medical practitioners on hand to respond to any medical situations that arise.”

ABOUT NCNM: Founded in 1956, NCNM is the oldest accredited naturopathic medical school in North America. A non-profit college of natural medicine, NCNM offers four-year degree programs in Naturopathic Medicine and Classical Chinese Medicine. Its teaching clinics offer free and low-cost medical care throughout the Portland metropolitan area and treat more than 17,000 patients per year. NCNM’s Helfgott Research Institute is a non-profit research institute that conducts rigorous independent research to advance the science of natural medicine in order to improve clinical practice. Until July 2006, NCNM was known as the National College of Naturopathic Medicine.