On July 15, Griffin McMath, ND, a 2017 graduate of Bastyr University’s naturopathic medicine program at the San Diego campus, was presented the President's Award by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) at its annual convention in Phoenix, AZ.
AANP President’s Award is given each year to an AANP member in recognition of outstanding achievement in and support for the advancement of naturopathic medicine. Griffin is the first student ever to have received the award.
“It is always inspiring to see students engage in their naturopathic community – sometimes they can move mountains even more effectively than NDs themselves,” said AANP President Jaclyn Chasse. “What Griffin accomplished as a student sounds more like a career’s worth of advocacy! I’m so proud to honor her with the President’s Award this year, and look forward to watching her spread her wings in practice and in the ND community as a continued leader."
Griffin worked as an intern and research assistant with Heather Carrie, director of Bastyr’s Center for Health Policy Leadership. She also served as a California Naturopathic Doctors Association (CNDA) student board member and an intern for the Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC) and was the first ND student delegate to attend the 2016 World Health Assembly in Geneva. Griffin continues her advocacy efforts as an Institute for Natural Medicine (INM) Ambassador serving to advance the naturopathic medicine profession.
In accepting the award, Griffin stated, “It is my hope that my receiving this award inspires our profession to continue to incorporate students in progressively meaningful and impactful advocacy, leadership, and mentorship opportunities. The earlier we instill values of collaboration and entertain curiosities to be involved in our profession the more beautifully we can blossom, more sustainably we can grow, and more broadly we can extend our roots.”
She also offered the following advice to current and future naturopathic medical students:
“When you dream a dream of massive purpose, yet see no door to walk through or bridge to cross, may you dig your heels in hope, sync your heart to a rhythm of good and pure intention, and keep your eyes focused. Work together and manifest the path needed. Honor the work that has been done and those who have laid the foundation before you, and build from it. Be curious and actively seek out constructive criticism. And as one of my mentors repeatedly told me, first and foremost, become a good doctor.”
Jane Guiltinan, ND, who recently retired as dean of Bastyr's School of Naturopathic Medicine, was also recognized at the AANP Annual Conference, receiving the Benedict Lust Award for lifetime career achievement award. Throughout her career, Jane has been dedicated to the highest standards of excellence and the principles of naturopathic medicine, made an outstanding contribution towards the goal of transforming healthcare, and distinguished his/herself as a leader in the profession, advancing the goals and ideals of the naturopathic profession.
Safiya McCarter, ND, MSAOM, will be serving as a member of the Board of Directors for AANP. In addition to being a member of the faculty at Bastyr, Safiya serves as co-director for the University's Center for Social Justice & Diversity.