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The Role of Empathy and Storytelling in Functional Medicine

What makes the FM Timeline different than other tools is that it has the effect of giving the patient insight into previous life events and validates for them that their story has been heard. Both of these elements help to motivate the patient to make lifestyle modifications and engage more fully in the treatment plan.

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The Heart and Science of Practicing Medicine

In this video, Kristi Hughes, ND, IFMCP, shares how Functional Medicine helped restore her sense of purpose around practicing medicine while integrating nutrition, emerging research, and a shift in her philosophy toward patient assessment.

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My Path to Functional Medicine: Elizabeth Boham, MD

In an IFM video, Elizabeth Boham, MD, talks about how she combined an undergraduate degree in nutritional chemistry with a degree in family medicine and Functional Medicine certification so that she could help patients navigate chronic disease. Dr. Boham is also a registered dietitian.

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Clinical Spotlight: David Brady, ND, & Group Practice Settings

This IFM “Clinical Spotlight” showcases David Brady, ND, who describes what it’s like to practice Functional Medicine in a group clinical practice. “I think, in the IFM paradigm, it’s essential to get to know that patient; to connect with them and to really get a detailed history on where it all started,” says Dr. Brady. “So I will learn the antecedents and triggers, and all parts of their chronic disease process.”

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Video: Patient-Focused Encounter Framework

The GOTOIT framework, one of the core tools in Functional Medicine, is designed to center the patient during every encounter and to provide a structure for long-term follow up. This tool and how to use it are covered in IFM’s foundational course, Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP).

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Improve Health and Longevity for Your Patients

Recent research suggests that patients are living fewer healthy years. Given the efficacy of lifestyle change to prevent and reverse many health conditions, clinicians trained in sustainable behavior change are already in high demand.

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Clinician Spotlight: Dr. Boham

For many clinicians, discovering the Functional Medicine approach helps them return to why they initially wanted to do medicine. For Elizabeth Boham, MD, MS, RD, IFM’s foundational course provided the framework to integrate her passion for nutrition with preventative medicine.

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Using the Timeline in Functional Medicine

Martha Calihan, MD, describes why the Functional Medicine timeline is her favorite clinical tool.
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Clinician Voices: Get Your Passion for Medicine Back While Protecting Yourself from Burnout

Many clinicians find that a Functional Medicine approach shifts their intellectual and emotional relationship with medicine. In this video, David Blyweiss, MD, shares why he thinks that is so.

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Identifying Root Cause for Better Treatment Outcome

How does a clinician unravel the complexities of a disease to uncover the underlying cause? In the following video, Erminia Guarneri, MD, FACC, explains her approach, and how she explains that approach to patients.

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The Importance of Clinician Self-Care

While large patient volumes and some home life factors may be outside of one’s control, diet, exercise, sleep, and/or lifestyle are malleable. In other words, the things clinicians are frequently telling patients to change, the fundamental components of Functional Medicine, are also key components of clinician self-care. In the following video, Tricia O’Brien, MD, talks about her approach to patient and clinician self-care.

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A Systems Biology Approach, Physician Burnout, and Functional Medicine

IFM Executive Director of Medical Education Robert Luby, MD, describes how a Functional Medicine approach can help to shift a clinician’s approach and reduce burnout.

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