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INM Residency Consortium

The INM Residency Consortium (IRC) is a new, more sustainable model for a naturopathic residency program.  Success of this model affords the opportunity for a significant increase in additional hands-on, practical training opportunities available to new, licensed naturopathic doctors across the United States.

Did you know that naturopathic residency programs are not paid for like other medical residencies, which falls under taxes we all pay to Medicare? It’s true. It is why the Institute for Natural Medicine provides one solution for recent graduates with an innovative model for Naturopathic Primary Care Residency. We seek out funding to support graduates from accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges. Each program evolves around a residency region, which draws from the host school, select nearby clinics serving as residency sites, and private or corporate support.  

The program is so successful that we have more clinics that want to support than we have funding. As it expands, we are seeking funding. If your company would like to significantly increase additional hands-on, practical training opportunities available to new ND’s please contact INM’s president and CEO, Michelle Simon, PhD, ND.

For a deep dive on the residency program, check out our INM Residency Consortium Magazine here.

IRC residents emerge from this program as stronger naturopathic physicians, geared with knowledge on how to execute naturopathic practice, successfully.

Each resident receives training in all aspects of a successful ND practice, including medical support, office tasks, billing, leadership, business training, and most importantly, mentoring, shadowing, and casework as a naturopathic physician. This is a rapidly growing program that has the potential to significantly grow throughout the United States, with donor support.

The IRC program focuses on training in all aspects of successful naturopathic practice.  Features of this model include a focus on:

  • Greater experience interfacing with patients in a primary care setting,
  • Practice using clinical skills and modalities,
  • Robust performance benchmarks,
  • A robust Quarterly Academic Seminar training series to deepen medical knowledge,
  • Skills necessary to start and maintain a thriving clinic, and
  • A shared funding model with contributions from partner clinics, accredited universities, and corporate or private sponsors

If you are a current or prospective resident or partner clinic please visit our ND Professional website to learn more about the IRC program.

IRC DEI Statement

The Institute for Natural Medicine’s Residency Consortium (IRC) recognizes that health equity can only be achieved by meaningfully addressing the social determinants of health that contribute to health disparities in our communities. Each person possesses intersecting identities based on, but not limited to, their age, racial, ethnic, religious, sexual, gender, socioeconomic, and physical dis/abilities. The clinics of the IRC strive to provide comprehensive whole person healthcare that honors the diversity of traditions, cultures, and ways of life within the human experience. We believe that awareness of how these factors interact with one another is the most effective way to provide a quality educational environment for our residents and equitable and comprehensive healthcare access for our patients. 

As a consortium, we reaffirm that the foundations of whole health and integrative medicine are inseparable from the core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We strive for our clinics to be anti-racist institutions that acknowledge the structural inequities in our society and, in particular, our healthcare system. By promoting holistic practices, whole person health care, natural health, and integrative medicine, we seek to meaningfully contribute to a society that equitably supports the health of all people.

In our work, we seek to elevate the voices of historically marginalized groups. We consider accessibility as a significant factor when developing protocols and standards. We commit to considering diversity and cultural backgrounds when reviewing site applications. 

The IRC is committed to adapting and collaborating across systems to empower all people in their health, including communities of color, indigenous populations, LGBTQIA2S+ Americans, and other historically marginalized and underserved communities.

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