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Hamilton Elementary School Clinic

Hamilton Elementary School Clinic
“Not only do our student clinicians get to work with children, but they get to care for a population that needs our services more than anyone. It’s a constant reminder of why we are in the medical field.”  -Dr. Matthew Baral, SCNM faculty

Arthur M. Hamilton Elementary, located in the Murphy School District, is typical of schools in Phoenix’s underprivileged neighborhoods. It serves mostly minority children, many from the nearby housing projects, and almost all with household incomes below the poverty line.

Established in 2002, the SCNM clinic at Hamilton Elementary was one of SCNM’s first naturopathic community clinics. Before the SCNM clinic, Hamilton students were only able to get emergency services. They couldn’t get yearly check-ups and many families would not seek medical care except in the most extreme circumstances.

Now, SCNM student clinicians provide more than 1,800 patient visits per year to students and their families at the naturopathic clinic. The clinic features five exam rooms, a private teaching room, a medicinary and a waiting room.

On your student rotations at Hamilton, you’ll learn the full scope of practice in naturopathic care, from wellness visits to treatment of acute and chronic health complaints. You'll hone your skills in primary care, laboratory services, acupuncture, physical medicine, supplementation and homeopathy to treat patients within the school district.

Diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic disease gives you a thorough clinical education through whole-family naturopathic care. The most prevalent concerns patients present include diabetes, obesity, asthma in the school, learning disabilities and ADD. 

In addition, because the patient population is primarily Spanish-speaking, shifts at this clinic offer a great opportunity to improve your skills in Spanish.

Learn more about SCNM’s impact on Hamilton Elementary here.