Naturopathic Residency Program At Bastyr Center for Natural Health Receives Certification

KENMORE, Wash - Jane Guiltinan, ND, Dean of Clinical Affairs at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health, recently announced that the Naturopathic Medicine Residency Program at the Center has been certified by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education's (CNME) Committee on Postdoctoral Medical Education.

The Bastyr Center for Natural Medicine is part of Bastyr University, the nation's leading institution for natural health sciences. The center's residency program started in 1981 with one resident and in 1987 began offering second-year residencies. Currently there are six first-year residents and two second-year residents under the direction of Lise Alschuler, ND, who serves as the Residency Program Director and Gary Garcia, MD, MHA, Director of Graduate and Community Medicine. "We hope to expand this program appreciably in the future," said Dr. Garcia. "Right now, these opportunities are very limited for naturopathic physicians. We believe that, ideally, every graduate should be have the chance to gain this valuable experience."

Along with their primary work at the Bastyr Center, residents are provided opportunities to do rotations at outside clinics such as the 45th Street Homeless Youth Clinic and Covenant Shores Geriatric Clinic.

"We are pleased that the high standards of our residency program have been recognized with this certification," said Dr. Guiltinan. "This is a very competitive program that attracts graduates from other institutions as well as from Bastyr. These outstanding physicians significantly enhance the quality of care that we offer to the community."

CNME is the programmatic accrediting agency for naturopathic medical education by all four- year naturopathic colleges and programs in the US and Canada, by the American and Canadian national naturopathic professional associations and by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners. Bastyr University's naturopathic medicine program is also accredited by CNME. In addition, CNME certifies postdoctoral programs in naturopathic medicine.

Founded in 1978 by practicing naturopathic physicians, Bastyr University encompasses a multidisciplinary curriculum and a world-renowned research institute. The center serves as the teaching clinic for the university and the majority of clinical supervisors also teach at the school. The center also offers residencies in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, the only such residency program in the country.

To make an appointment at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health, call 206-834-4107. More information can also be obtained at

Bastyr University
Mercedes Lawry

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