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In 1979, Grand Master Charles McWilliams, before he knew anything about the rich history of the Hospitallers, started the Pan American School of Natural Medicine on Miami Beach. It became a licensed school in 1981-86 by the State of Florida and was the first state licensed school for acupuncture. The school later moved to Nevis West Indies where it remains active and vital to this day.

Dr. McWilliams has dedicated his life and excelled at providing education to students around the world to thousands of practitioners since. Panam's extensive and comprehensive list of courses are dedicated to teaching natural sciences, vitalistic therapeutics, medicine and clinical sciences. The PanAm University online website now hosts the Sacred Order, Jade Academy and Therapeutae ministry courses as well.


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In 1999, Dr. McWilliams was admitted into the religious Order of the Knights Hospitaller due to his dedication of aiding and assisting the poor and needy in medical services in Nevis, Sri Lanka and the Philippines. His worldwide teachings and service to humanity only grew to the present day.



The Sacred Medical Order was chartered by graduates of PanAm in 2007. It is an independent and autonomous Order registered in Ecuador and Nevis. Today it operates as the Church of Hope as a special ministry to preserve, protect, and disseminate the sacred medical teachings, the Sacred Scripture and divine Traditions of our forefathers - to be preserved, guarded, cataloging, digitally preserving, and disseminating rapidly disappearing medical texts and scripture to be taught and promote the traditions of monastic medicine and nature cure.

The Panamerican School continues to service secular students, who have no special calling of service to the poor and needy. However, Dr. McWilliams takes special interest in servicing students who have a call to God. This is why the Medical Order offers the Hospitaller scholarship program. While the student progresses through the courses of study, they are in postulancy with the Church of Hope (Hospitaller Order of Physicians and Ecclesiae). They are candidate for admission into this religious Order which is consummated upon graduation as Licientiate and candidate into Knighthood of the 21st century.

Joining the Church as Deacon

If helping others is your calling, you can join the Church as Deacon and gain access to the PNM and DNM courses as part of our special ministry. JOIN.

All candidates having interest in this school, vocational licensure, and God's calling, must read our book:

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We assume the candidate knows little of the issues involved of claiming sovereignty, for oneself and for the Church, the carefully researched legal position that we take, both in domestic and international law; and all the advantages of working within our Church of special mission; and what it means to hold a vocational license. We are not a cult! This religious Order is a continuance and emulation (ambition to equal or surpass) of a one thousand year religious movement that receives only scant attention in popular history books. We offer no conspiracy theory, just the facts as they have been written, developed, and most often ignored, lost or forgotten. As part of the United Grand Lazarus Priories, we are the largest  Hospitaller Order with over 14,000 members worldwide. 

Today, we are ecumenical, and embrace worldwide, all those with a call to God to heal this planet and those suffering. Salvation starts with better health which comes from peace of mind, which our Lord promised.  We must aim to protect these God given treasures.

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You offer a Practitioner of Natural Medicine [PNM] program, and Doctor of Natural Medicine [DNM] Program, what are the differences and features ?

You can consider the PNM program as an undergraduate program. It is similar to the traditional naturopathy program of other distance schools of years past. The program includes preparatory basic medical sciences while emphasis is on therapeutics. It is designed for entry level of people of such disciplines as massotherapy, hygienists, nurses, medical technologists, acupuncturists, therapists, etc. Graduation can be completed with one residency or seminar in therapeutics with PanAm or affiliate institutions, with successful completion of the online courses and oral exposition.

The DNM program is a full doctorate level study with academic course work in line with regular medical schools but with emphasis on clinical application. So many of today's medical schools offer courses taught by PhD's who have little clinical and hospital experience. Therefore the student is assigned textbooks and is left to memorize facts and figures, which only leads to a catharsis into the next semester of medical courses. Students often loose sight of their goal to become a doctor, but simply becomes an academic that has to pass rigorous exams for years to come. Our science courses have been carefully designed and written to be practical and didactic.  

There are differing Doctorate Programs, which do I choose ?

Our call to is God, first and foremost, if you care to enter into this scholarship program, you must take that vow. That means one as a genuine doctor one should be ready and able in today's world to deal with medical problems anywhere on planet Earth. Lay people and budding students generally cannot differentiate between three, separate and distinct disciplines of the medical arts:

1.     Medicine proper: this tradition has largely been focused on diagnosis and prognosis. The art of linking signs and symptoms with laboratory evidence has been the backbone of medicine since the times of Pasteur, Koch, Virchow and other greats which came into full scope with the scientific revolution of the renaissance of Europe. The premise of medicine proper being etiologic treatment which cannot be genuinely implemented until a diagnosis has been made. This premise is the position of Panam's DNM program.

2.     Therapeutics proper: has remained the stepchild of modern medical teachings. It has been largely abandoned by today's conventional medicine. Doctors are generally not trained in dietetics, nutrition, and physical therapies; only pharmacy, of increasingly dubious value. Diagnosis, on the other hand, has taken on ever increasing proportions, with the inclusion of radiology and laboratory and other technical procedures as a matter of prime course. Therapeutics has been largely denigrated by mainstream media as a domain of Òcomplementary and alternative medicine, aka - CAM practices. This is not the premise of Panam's program as diagnosis takes on equal importance as therapeutics. The establishment of a correct diagnosis is no doubt of first importance, and without it, incorrect treatment may only be palliative or a therapeutic failure, which is often the case with under skilled practitioners. The art of linking signs and symptoms with today's laboratory evidence offers stimulating interest and opportunity; but too often at the expense of a consideration of curative or therapeutic treatment. To remedy this situation, a genuine doctor should be skilled in both diagnosis and therapeutics. To find time and peace of mind to concentrate on problems of optimum and up-to-date treatment, and for the former to devote one's energies to keeping up with the ever increasing knowledge of elaborate diagnostic procedures should be the job of the medical physician today. However, what has been forgotten if not lost is there are ample laboratory methods that cost pennies, can be done on the spot, without delaying therapeutic treatment. This is what we teach. Again, one should be both a diagnostician and therapeutician. This is Panam's doctoral position statement! In our PNM course we teach both basic Natural Medicine Diagnosis (Functional Medicine) and a course on Catastrophic Ilness for purposes of public safety and entry into the doctoral program while being able to function as a practicing therapist of import.

3.     Surgery proper: people confuse medicine from surgery, they are completely two separate fields of endeavor. Surgery is the branch of medicine that deals with the physical manipulation of a bodily structure to diagnose, prevent, or cure an ailment. Ambroise Pare, the famous 16th century French surgeon, stated that surgery is: "To eliminate that which is superfluous, restore that which has been dislocated, separate that which has been united, join that which has been divided and repair the defects of nature." Surgery is thus a specialty of physical therapeutics, and has propensity to do harm at the expense of saving life. A surgeon first learns medicine before embarking on a long residency in the surgical arts.  The Panam school does not teach surgery at this time.

To sum it up, the differing doctorate programs offered by PanAm, both Occidental and Oriental, are merely a choice of therapeutics. The core programs are the same courses on medicine proper. Oriental, Homeopathic, and Ayurvedic Medical Schools of the East, as well as Western Chiropractic and Naturopathic Medicine, generally devote the first two years of study to the same courses taught in conventional medical schools, i.e. the basic medical sciences (biology, chemistry and physics). The remaining two years are devoted largely to therapeutics. No genuine school of medicine today ignores the great achievements of the 19th and 20th centuries in the terms of microbiology and infectious disease; laboratory and biochemical diagnosis; radiology and the luxury of definitive diagnosis and prognosis (especially catastrophic illness).

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What makes the Panam/Hospitaller Alliance different and unique ?

Oriental, Homeopathic, and Ayurvedic Medical Schools of the East; and Naturopathic schools of the West generally devote their program to service the public and state licensing boards. Hospitaller services are one's call to God, first and foremost, and those of faith and morals as patients. The Panam school is international, first and foremost, having students all over the world. We cannot attempt to deal with hundreds of agencies, nor do we have interest in secular affairs beyond the immediate scope of our communicants, students and graduates; and the interests of public safety.

Secondly, the Sacred Medical Order operates as a Church (diocese), recognizing separation of Church and State, and operates within sphere sovereignty. The Sovereign Council of the Knights of Hope operate our own regulatory body of practices and oversight, in the interest of Church policy and polity; and that of public safety. The Church of Hope respects natural and Biblical Law, and the United Nations Universal and Indigenous Declarations of Human Rights. In other words, we operate under Church Law, and respect International and State Laws.

Thirdly, through our missionary programs, we can offer you unique residency programs in countries where we have full rights to practice medicine proper, i.e. Nevis Island and Ecuador. In these venues, the student can learn about tropical medicine; infectious disease and parasitology; disorders resulting from impoverishment; pure conditions that have not been tampered or plagued with by chemical poisons, experimental surgery, vacccines, hormones, and toxic wastes. Few institutions worldwide offer these opportunities to medical students.

Online academic study vs. Residency, how much time for each ?

The bulk of academic study with Panam is online with automated self-examinations. They are comprised of written lessons available in more than fifty languages. Each lesson should take no more than 2 (two) hours of completion. With each lesson there is a self-evaluation quiz. You can estimate the clock hours involved by observing how many lessons are in each course and multiple by 1.5 hours, the average completion time.

We do not babysit students. Students must be self-paced with a yearning and eagerness to always be learning more. Once a student is enrolled in an online course, completion of that course should be anticipated within 120 days (one semester).

Residency requirements for completion are determined between student and provost. Students enroll in panam from many walks of life with varying degrees of clinical experience. The central question of any examiner is - can the student diagnose?, can the student professionally interact with patients?, and can the student apply righteous therapeutics?

We have graduated medical doctors with successful completion of a five day intensive clinical course, others may require several weeks of clinical residency. What is considered is the amount of prior clinical experience, of what nature is the practice in the healing arts, and fields of service of the candidate. This can be approximated by the first comprehensive interview upon entry and further determined by the student s first clinical residency program participation. Thus, we essentially, old school, the resident is graded by oral exposition and demonstration of skill sets.


How long does it take to complete these programs ?

The pace is up to you, your educational background, a high speed internet connection, and your personal time and station in life. With due diligence, each PNM and DNM academic program can be completed within one year (two years total). However, we understand people find themselves in unavoidable obligations and may take longer. We have had advanced students with prior medical background actually complete both programs in less than a year. So it is entirely up to the postulant.

I like what I read, so how to I enroll ?

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