Residency Application and Match Frequently Asked Questions

Residency Application FAQ’s

What is the AANMC residency application refund policy?

Residency application fees toward completed applications are non-refundable. Refunds may be granted if a site withdraws from the application cycle prior to commencement of the interview period. Please submit your petition for a refund to residency@aanmc.org

You will NOT be refunded for residency applications. These include the following situations, but are not limited to:

  • The site accepted you in the Match, but visa/work permit delays have forced them to accept the next candidate
  • You originally applied and interviewed at a site, but decided you, the applicant, were not interested in including the site in the Match
  • The site interviewed you, but decided to hire someone else
  • The site interviewed you, but decided not to hire a resident this cycle
  • The site decides not to offer you an interview

How do I set up a new residency site?

Students may come across new opportunities for residencies. The steps to set up a new site are as follows: 

  1. Prospective site should connect with the residency directors at the sponsoring naturopathic schools. Please email residency@aanmc.org to connect with them.
  2. The site submits a Universal Site Application.
  3. The application will be reviewed by the sponsoring school.
  4. The sponsoring school submits the application for CNME approval.
  5. Allow approximately 4-6 weeks for site approval.

Note: If the site has a non-ND resident supervisor, then the resident at the site must have a naturopathic advisor assigned to them.

How do I strengthen myself as an applicant?

  • Network and seek mentorship. You will need at least three evaluations from doctors/faculty. 
  • Be proactive about seeking preceptor opportunities and externships with sites you may want to complete a residency with. Sharpen your skills and your experience/knowledge.
  • Start early to create a strong resume, personal statement and essay.  Your school’s Career Services Center can assist you.  p. 
  • Interviews are very important. Follow interview best practices – Dress appropriately for the experience.  Be on time. Come prepared by doing your homework on the site and residency director. Send thank you notes.
  • Be courteous and respectful to clinic staff, they are often asked for their opinion on residents.
  • Remember the importance of grades. They may be used to evaluate candidates. Be prepared to speak to any grade irregularities.
  • Teaching and research may be helpful for academic-based residencies.
  • Be able to demonstrate your leadership skills, and variety in clinical rotation types.
  • Be organized! Get things done well before they are due.  
  • Start making a plan early to ensure you meet all application deadlines.
  • Be clinically competent, have good patient communication and patient management skills.

How do I get letters of recommendation?

Choose evaluators who can speak honestly to your strengths. Approach them early for letters, as they may have numerous students requesting the same. Be sure to follow up with thank you notes.

What happens to my student loans during a residency?

  • Professions where a residency is required to legally practice may qualify for loan deferral.
  • When you graduate, contact all your lenders (if you have multiple lenders) and start paying their loans or placing them in deferment as applicable.
  • Consider Income Based Repayment Plans or Pay as You Earn Plan and seek guidance from your program’s financial aid office.

What is the Cost to Apply?

Fee:  $49 per site application 

Match Process Fee:  Match fees are not included in application fees as it is a separate process.

Interviews: Plan for costs of travel to interviews.

Are there specialty residencies?

Residencies may be general, or more targeted. Some areas of specialization include oncology, pediatrics, primary care and regenerative medicine.

What is the resident salary?

The CNME sets a minimum base pay of $38,000, however geographic variation may apply.

Salary may include malpractice insurance, other benefits, continuing education, etc.  Make sure you have clarity on this and issues like scope of work and non-compete clauses before accepting any position.

What is the application process?

Phase I

Step 1 – Create an account and profile in Symplicity 

Step 2 – Follow the timelines

Step 3 – View Available Sites

Step 4 – Perform your due diligence /contact sites in December

Step 5 – Develop a list of faculty evaluators and request their assistance, if necessary provide a copy of your resume or cv

Step 6 – Begin drafting your personal statement, essays, and resume in January

Step 7 – NPLEX 1 score

Step 8 – Request faculty evaluations & school transcript through My Credentials

Step 9 – Update your profile in January

Step 10 – Create on Order for your confidential credential file

Step 11 – Submit your application for each site by the deadline

Phase II

Step 1 – Finalize and upload your personal statement, resume, essays, & NPLEX

Step 2 – Check all recommendations/transcripts have been submitted

Step 3 – Submit your orders for your credentialing packet (3 faculty recommendations and 1 school transcripts)

Step 4 – Within 72 hours, check My Documents to see if your credentials order has been uploaded

Step 5 – Under Residencies, check available positions and begin to apply

Step 6 – Upload all required documents as a PDF for each site

  • Resume – file name with your last name
  • Personal Statement – file name with clinic name
  • 3 Essays – file name with clinic name 
  • NPLEX I – file name with your last name
  • Confidential credential documents
  • Application fee is $49.00 per site

Step 7 – Submit your credit card info under Fees.   You will not be charged until you have submitted an application to a site.  Fee = $49/site

Can I apply to a residency in a country where I am not a legal resident?

Are you an American citizen considering applying to a Canadian-based residency, or a Canadian citizen considering applying to a US-based residency?

Before you apply, please consider the following:

  • Cross-border hiring of residents is not impossible, but it is complicated, time-consuming and the resident applicant will be responsible for the legal costs of obtaining a visa or work permit. Even then, the visa/work permit may still be denied by the host country.
  • There likely will be time delays given visa/work permit applications, which impact the residency start dates (and end dates) and may interfere in successfully meeting residency requirements.
  • These facts may discourage residency hosts from accepting your application.

You will NOT be refunded for residency applications NO exceptions. These include the following situations, but are not limited to:

  • The site accepted you in the Match, but visa/work permit delays have forced them to accept the next candidate
  • You originally applied and interviewed at a site, but decided you, the applicant, were not interested in including the site in the Match
  • The site interviewed you, but decided to hire someone else
  • The site interviewed you, but decided not to hire a resident this cycle
  • The site decides not to offer you an interview

Residency Match FAQ’s

How do I submit my Match List?

Applicants should submit their ranked sites in order of preference on the AANMC Match Portal. A site listed with a No.1 ranking indicates that this site is the top choice. The order of your preference shall decrease from top choice to lowest preference as you list them down the ranking list. An applicant may submit an application to as many sites as she/he is willing to be placed/matched.

If I would like to change my site rankings after initially submitting my ranked sites in the Match Portal, can I submit a new Match List?

For the 2021 Match, you are allowed to submit your list once. Given this, it is recommended that you prepare your rankings well in advance before starting the submission process on the AANMC website. Remember to submit the name of the site that you have ranked as your top choice first, followed by your second choice, and so on. Only submit ranked sites that you are willing to accept a residency offer for.

When can I begin to submit my list on the AANMC Match Portal?

While you can submit your list between the interview period and Friday 6/11/2021 11:59 PM EDT, 2020 at 8:00pm EDT, it is recommended that you wait until all the sites to which you have applied have completed their interview process. This will ensure that you will not be called in for an interview by a site after you have submitted your Match List. Once you have submitted your ranking of sites, it is considered final.

When is the submission deadline for my Match List?

You must submit your list  by Friday 6/11/2021 11:59 PM EST. It is your responsibility to ensure that you follow all steps described in the Universal Application for CNME-Approved Naturopathic Residencies packet.

How do I submit my Match List?

You can submit your Match List here on the AANMC website. Links will be available once match registration is live.

What happens if I decline the residency offer of the site I’ve been matched to?

If a candidate withdraws after being matched, the candidate shall forfeit his/her matched position and will not be allowed to participate in future match cycles for an additional two years.

When do I receive my Match Identification Number (MIN)?

Refer to the Match Process document section on AANMC – Steps on submitting your Residency Match List. This document is located in your AANMC application account portal under Resources > Documents Library.  This is clearly described in Step 6 and Step 7. Your Match Identification Number (MIN) is emailed along with your payment confirmation. SAVE YOUR MIN! You will need this to identify the site you have been matched to.

Should I submit my top choice site first on my Match List?

Please be advised that the online portal will populate your choices  based on the order in which you submit them. Therefore, is it recommended that you submit the name of the site that you have ranked as your top choice first, followed by your second choice, and so on. Please refer to the matching process as described in the Matching Process Schematic in the Universal Application for CNME-Approved Naturopathic Residencies packet to get a better understanding on how the match will proceed.

If there is one site that I strongly prefer, do I have a better chance of getting it if I rank it lower on my Match List?

No, this will not increase your chances of being matched with your preferred site. Please refer to the Guidelines for the Matching Process in the Universal Application for CNME-Approved Naturopathic Residencies packet.

*Only submit the names of the site(s) where you are willing to be placed/matched

What are the chances that I am matched with a site that I do not want to go to?

Do not submit the name of a site that you do not want to be matched to. This will ensure that you will not be matched to a site in which you are not interested. If you decline to accept your matched site after the process has been completed, you will forfeit the ability to participate in the ND Residency Match for two complete cycles.

When do I find out if I was matched with a residency site?

Match results will be posted using the Match Identification Number on the AANMC Match page by 8:00 pm EDT on June 18, 2021.

Will everyone be able to see where each applicant matched on the AANMC site?

Only the applicant’s unique MIN will be listed across each residency site. No other identification or applicant information will be published on the AANMC website. Unless you divulge your MIN, no other applicant or anyone visiting the AANMC website will know where you have been matched. *SAVE YOUR MIN

How are applicants and sites matched?

The matching process is described in the Document Library of the AANMC Residency website Resources section.

Who will be conducting the match process on Match Day?

The AANMC Residency Committee will conduct the match process. This committee is composed of the residency administrator of each participating CNME-recognized residency sponsor schools and one representative from the AANMC. An AANMC representative will serve as Chair of the committee and be recognized as an official AANMC Match Administrator. By rule, the AANMC representative is not a residency director, nor do they have affiliation with any residency site.

Can a site promise me an offer before matching, or visa-versa?

While the applicant and site may express a high degree of interest in each other to try to influence future ranking decisions in their favor, neither must make statements implying or declaring a commitment. It is a breach of the Matching Program Guidelines for a participant to make any verbal or written contract for appointment prior to the official match announcement.

Can I withdraw from the match process?

You may withdraw from the match process by submitting a request in writing to the AANMC and residency program administrator of the CNME recognized sponsor school to which you have applied. If a candidate withdraws prior to the match, the candidate will be excluded from being offered a residency position from the participating sites during the current match cycle. If a candidate withdraws after the deadline closes for the match, then the candidate shall forfeit his/her matched position and will not be allowed to participate in future match cycles for an additional two years.

Why was the Residency Match implemented?

In past years a single applicant may have received residency offers from multiple sites, while other highly qualified applicants could have remained on a waitlist or accepted other offers less desirable to them. The trickle down effect of this situation led to fewer students being offered residencies, fewer sites receiving qualified residents, and increased stress and dissatisfaction for all involved parties. The Naturopathic Residency Match was designed to ensure increased opportunity and satisfaction for all involved.

Is there more guidance on the residency process?