One of the most important aspects of naturopathic medical training is the opportunity to work with patients in hands-on, clinical settings. AANMC member schools offer clinical experiences throughout the four-year course of study. However, in the interest of furthering their education and area of focus, many naturopathic doctors also choose to complete residencies upon graduation.
Residencies are not required for licensure and practice (except in Utah), however many NDs elect to complete residencies for one to three years before striking out on their own. New NDs find the mentorship and patient interactions available in a residency setting invaluable in furthering their clinical expertise.
Each sponsor school must meet stringent requirements, which can be reviewed in the Handbook on CNME Postdoctoral Naturopathic Medical Education Sponsor Recognition Process and Standards. Licensed medical professionals and graduates of AANMC member schools are eligible and welcome to apply to host naturopathic medical residencies. Graduates of AANMC member schools are eligible and welcome to apply for naturopathic medical residencies.
The AANMC Residency Committee believes in improving healthcare by facilitating structures and processes, and accessing resources that support exemplary naturopathic post-graduate medical education. Their vision is to provide universal naturopathic post-graduate medical education with these core values: