Join Our Residency Programs

An increasing number of states are adopting naturopathic licensing laws requiring a minimum of one post–doctoral year of clinical training. The National University of Natural Medicine has assumed a leadership role as the first naturopathic and Chinese medicine institution to develop this type of residency program.

We have a well established residency program that is certified by the Council of Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME). Additionally, we have an AOM Residency Program which is offered in a one-year post-graduate training at our on-campus NUNM Lair Hill Health Center and at a private clinic in Portland.

ND Residency

As part of the process of assisting in the transition from student to practicing physician, NUNM has established residency programs both locally and throughout the United States. These positions are designed to assist and guide new graduates in gaining a wide range of clinical experiences. Depending on the State licensure, the resident may gain experience and confidence by completing rotations in women’s health, physical medicine, IV therapy, and minor surgery, primary care, as well as community medicine and adjunctive care. In addition, a few teaching residencies will allow the resident to develop their own medical skills through mentoring, daily supervision and engaging in ongoing clinical education at several accredited Naturopathic colleges and universities.

Residency placement is a competitive process. In addition to completion of the Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from an accredited institution, candidates must demonstrate professionalism, maturity, commitment to serve, excellent clinical abilities, and an aptitude for enhancing their clinical skills.

Today, the NUNM program has distant site residencies in fifteen states and territories with a total of 49 offsite and 15 onsite residents for the 2017–2018 academic year. These numbers are projected to grow steadily each year. Since NUNM is committed to the importance of a one year of post-doctoral clinical training, our goal is to assist the profession as it prepares to meet the ever-increasing demand for highly-skilled naturopathic physicians.

An increasing number of states are adopting naturopathic licensing laws requiring a minimum of one post–doctoral year of clinical training. The number of individuals who access alternative medicine is steadily growing. As a result, there is an increasing need to educate the public and support the field of naturopathic medicine through post-doctoral clinical training programs.

AOM Residency

Residency is a natural extension of the lineage-based learning and clinical education available in AOM Master and Doctoral programs. These positions are designed to guide new graduates in expanding their medical knowledge, clinical skills, and business acumen to become high-quality practitioners.The aim is for the resident to complete the year with a deep understanding of a specific lineage of Chinese medicine as practiced by their clinical mentor and ready to launch their private practice.

Residency placement is a competitive process. In addition to completion of a Master’s or a Doctoral degree from an ACAOM-accredited higher education institution, such as NUNM, candidates must demonstrate professionalism, maturity, commitment to serve, excellent clinical abilities, and an aptitude for self-directed learning.

The number of individuals who access acupuncture and Chinese medicine is steadily growing. As a result, there is an increasing need to educate the public and support the field of Chinese medicine through a postgraduate clinical training program.