clinic internship

While clinical interns will receive all of the necessary training to become a competent practicing physician during their time in the Boucher Student Clinic and satellite locations, some may wish increase the diversity of their clinic experience. To provide an opportunity to gain this extra experience, the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (BINM) has developed the Externship Program.


Refers to a period of time in which the intern is conducting a portion of their practical Clinical Traning in an off-site location, external to the BINM Clinic or another satellite location that is supervised by Boucher Faculty. Interns are expected to, and must treat patients in the same manner as at the BINM Clinic, under the supervision of the ND who owns/operates the externship location. This includes conducting patient intakes, physical exams, and treatment. Students will be evaluated in the same manner as all other clinic rotations as will the supervising physician. An externship is optional, and acceptance to the Externship is subject to approval by the Dean of Clinical Studies.


Refers to the supervising Naturopathic Physician at the Externship site.

Academic Standing:

Based on the BINM Academic Standing Procedure, supported by evaluations by the faculty, and an acceptable progression to attaining graduation requirements as evaluated by the Dean’s Council.

Benefits to the Host of the Externship Program:

  • Provides an opportunity to teach and impart knowledge and clinical experience to future Naturopathic Physicians.
  • Pre-screening and training of potential future Associates.
  • Exposure to current naturopathic medical training, including approaches to assessment and patient care.
  • Enhanced delivery of patient care in your clinic by a trained student.
  • Support naturopathic education and become part of a larger educational community.
  • Up to 20 hours of CE credits (CNPBC Category D).

Benefits to the Naturopathic Medical Student:

  • Providing a diverse medical training through mentorship in a variety of healthcare settings
  • Provides support and mentorship for “real-world” practice management
  • Provides networking for potential employment opportunities
  • Promotes mentorship in the naturopathic profession

For more information about becoming a preceptor or the program, please contact:

Dr. Sarah Beasleigh ND
604-777-9981 ext 242


Ellen Kolvers
Clinical Studies Coordinator
604-777-9981, Extension 231