This post is to update my current and future patients and readers that I recently attended a five-day intensive continuing medical education course offered by The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), located in Federal Way, Washington. Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice addresses one of the key issues in healthcare practice today – improving the management of complex, chronic disease. IFM programs utilize the emerging research base to identify effective interventions and to train physicians and other providers to integrate those approaches for the benefit of their patients.
The training that I completed involves understanding the etiology, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease. It is an integrative, science-based healthcare approach that treats illness and promotes wellness by focusing assessment on the biochemically unique aspects of each patient, and then individually tailoring interventions to restore physiological, psychological and structural balance. I have been teaching with some of their tools and approach in my work as an Associate Professor at Maryland University of Integrative Health (Department of Nutrition & Integrative Health) so steeping myself in this training for five days was a wonderful opportunity for both my teaching and practice.
With research estimates of 70-90% of the risk of chronic disease attributable to diet/lifestyle, what you eat, how you exercise, what your spiritual practices are, how much stress you live with (and how you handle it) are all elements that are vital to address. This has been an emphasis in my practice since its inception, and with this training, and work towards becoming a IFM-certified practitioner ongoing, I look forward to honing my ability to deliver comprehensive, cutting-edge and personalized interventions and case management.
Mary Fry, ND completed a National Institute of Health post-doctorate in the Department of Psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University. She is an Associate Professor in the Nutrition & Integrative Health Department at Maryland University of Integrative Health, lectures and writes on topics of Nutrition, Naturopathic and Functional Medicine and practices in Oregon.