The ACMH “community” is comprised of AMCH students, faculty and administration who work together toward a common mission and vision. The AMCH community also encompasses the professional homeopathic community, the natural community, and the local, state, national and international communities. The sense of community within AMCH and between AMCH and these other groups is dynamic, growth producing, and always evolving toward professional advancement and excellence.
Humanism at AMCH is evidenced by the relationship established between doctors and their patients (colleagues, communities, environment, and the world) that is respectful and compassionate. These relationships are characterized by attitudes and behaviors that demonstrate sensitivity to the values, autonomy, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of others. The humanistic homeopathic doctor provides care that:
- Has integrity - congruent between expressed values and behavior.
- Demonstrates excellence - clinical expertise.
- Is compassionate- there is awareness and acknowledgement of the suffering of another and the desire to relieve it.
- Is altruistic – can put the needs and interests of another before their own
- Has respect – has regard for the autonomy and values of another person.
- Is empathetic – can put themselves in another's situation, e.g., physician as patient.
- Offers service - shares of one's talent, time and resources with those in need; giving beyond what is required.
Humanistic practitioners take responsibility for their own lives and relish the adventure of being part of new discoveries; they seek new knowledge; and, they explore new options. Rather than finding solace in prefabricated answers to the great questions of life, Humanists enjoy the open-endedness of the quest and the freedom of discovery that this entails.
AMCH is committed to developing future leaders in healthcare. Leadership in this context is defined as promoting new directions by example and/or advocating by showing a better way. These leaders are not interested in power and control. They are focused on building community, exhibiting humanism and creating the space for autonomy for themselves and others. “Green medicine” leaders, for example, are activists and thought leaders; they work diligently to forge the growth of green and sustainable forms of healthcare.
Research at AMCH is the search for knowledge; a systematic investigation, conducted with an open mind, to establish novel facts, usually using a scientific method. The primary purpose for applied research is discovering, interpreting, and developing the methods and systems needed for the advancement of human knowledge in a wide variety of scientific matters. To augment scientific and applied research at AMCH, artistic research, or 'practice-based research', is when creative works are considered both the research and the object of research itself. It is a body of thought which offers an alternative to purely scientific methods in its search for knowledge and truth. One of the characteristics is that it accepts subjectivity as opposed to the classical scientific methods.
AMCH is dedicated to training its students to create a more sustainable and green practice because Homeopathy is one of the most green and sustainable forms of medicine available on this planet. There are numerous reasons to pursue sustainability within health care, including: responsibility toward the environment for both nature and its inhabitants, ethical duty for the welfare of future generations, just and equitable allocation of resources, financial benefits of avoiding increasing costs, improved public health and health care delivery, and a spiritual call to stewardship.
Green or Sustainable Medicine recognizes the link between the environment, medicine and human health and seeks to provide better health care while protecting limited environmental and medical resources. It stimulates the body's own resources and extraordinary abilities to repair and rebuild itself, and it helps reverse even serious illness, using natural medicines to promote healing (personal green). It means living a clean life at home, avoiding exposures, as much as possible, to toxic synthetic chemicals (local green). It also means working to keep the larger world cleaner and greener, as it was originally meant to be (global green).
AMCH is committed to its graduates’ success in their practices. This includes their pursuance of national certification, licensure and continuous lifelong learning. Achieving a successful practice means that students acquire knowledge and skills in business development, marketing, humanism, research, professional networking, collaboration and partnership development all of which they are able to apply to their professional life after graduation. Over time, being successful means building a well respected practice which reflects humanist relationships with patients, other professionals and the community; is supported by current evidence/research; promotes green medicine; is linked with the community, and supports the advancement of the homeopathic profession.