Congratulations to the Class of 2017! These 82 physicians already distinguished themselves during their four years of naturopathic medical school as leaders, volunteers, researchers, medical missionaries, and fantastic student clinicians. Having taken the opportunity to connect with several after Commencement, I’m excited to share their answers to the question, “Where to from here?”
Prior to graduation, 70% of the class already landed positions in their field, nearly all in clinical settings. Sixteen landed residencies with naturopathic and medical doctors at academic medical centers, at the SCNM Pain Relief Center, in private practices, primary care clinics, and oncology specialists.
Pain management practices in Arizona, California and New Hampshire recruited graduates for their regenerative medicine (prolotherapy, platelet rich plasma, autologous stem cell) skills. Urgent care and on-demand primary care centers in medically underserved communities hired graduates as associates.
One doctor and her family will be opening a residential healing center in New Mexico. A number will be focusing on aesthetics, a booming market particularly here in Arizona. Among those working outside of clinical practice, some will work in the nutraceutical sector, one in healthcare logistics and another for a health insurance company.
Naturopathic physicians are increasing their role in addressing chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The opioid crisis in America and the need for holistic and non-pharmacologic approaches to treating pain opens many doors for SCNM graduates. Likewise, SCNM alums are working in residential and outpatient substance abuse recovery programs, integrating intensive nutrition with behavioral health approaches.
The College strives to innovate, improve and develop educational and healthcare partnerships to enhance the student and patient experience. Ultimately, we measure SCNM’s success on the work of its graduates and the patients they serve. Best wishes to the Class of 2017. You already make us proud.
Paul Mittman, ND, EdD
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine