Home / Residencies


Consider a residency as your on-the-job training. Although not required to practice, a residency is a perfect way to take your medical knowledge and clinical experience into practice in a mentored environment.

Work with, and learn, from highly-skilled, seasoned faculty in SCNM’s cutting-edge medical center, at extended sites throughout the Phoenix area and with doctors in private practice. Last year, SCNM residents saw more than 1,300 patients each as part of the program.

Why an SCNM Residency?

  • Hands-on training and lectures from NDs in a personal setting
  • See a variety of patients under the guidance of experienced practitioners
  • Present grand rounds and write articles for journals
  • Work in our research department on patient case studies of patients and conduct human subject trials
  • Explore practicing in specialty areas such as pediatrics, womens medicine,  mens’ health , dermatology, orthopedics, geriatric medicine and cardiology

What Residencies are Available?

Currently, we offer five one-year residencies in general medicine for the post-graduate year one candidate. A second-year residency is also available in homeopathy under the guidance of Dr. Stephen Messer.

We also have CNME-approved residency opportunities at affiliated sites including:

Centro de Salud Familiar in Phoenix, AZ, an Acute-Care Setting

This two-year residency provides the graduate with a fast-paced acute family medicine environment and the opportunity to study and use the Spanish language. The clinic averages 40-50 patients per day, of which 85% speak Spanish. The vast majority are working, uninsured, primarily Hispanic patients. Approximately 60% of the visits are for gynecology or prenatal care. The resident will also provide care for pediatric patients and do minor surgery procedures weekly. At least 70% of the residents’ training will be in primary care medicine.

Alaska Center for Natural Medicine in Fairbanks, AK, a Naturopathic Family Practice

The program is designed to build on skills learned in school with an emphasis on health optimization. Patient participants will be treated by the resident doctor who follows an established protocol under the guidance of the Residency Director. This will include lab testing, metabolic typing, nutritional counseling, and the use of supplements. The goal of the residency program is to cultivate confidence as a doctor and an entrepreneur for a lifetime of success.

Fountainhead Naturopathic Mental Health Clinic  in Capitola, CA, a Naturopathic Mental Health Clinic

Residency training will take place at Fountainhead Naturopathic Mental Health Clinic under the direction of Mark Janikula, ND.  The provided training will allow the resident to (1) observe case taking and develop a greater understanding of the intricacies of homeopathic treatment of mental illness, (2) learn to evaluate scientific research and conventional protocols for treating mental illness, (3) accurately diagnose mental health conditions, (4) learn extensive material medica and homeopathic philosophy.  The resident will do this in a setting of observation and supervised private practice case management to increase confidence both in the medicine and business aspects of a practice.

Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine Center, Phoenix, AZ, an Acupuncture and Naturopathic Primary Care Clinic

This residency program is designed to advance a resident in their acupuncture and naturopathic primary medical skills.  Residents are trained under three highly-skilled naturopathic practitioners.  The Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine Center emphasizes the promotion of wellness and the prevention of disease, by employing natural therapies such as botanical, nutritional, physical medicine and acupuncture.