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. Indeed, one of the core lessons in the practice of Functional Medicine is caring for the “self” while also caring for patients. In the following video, Tricia O’Brien, MD, talks about her approach to patient and clinician self-care:
Something I commonly say to my patients is that I am a broken person on one side of the desk, and you’re a broken person on the other side of the desk; together we walk toward health. I don’t always stand as an example of the best choices, but I certainly stand as an example of hope and possibility. And they offer the same back to me.
What I do on a weekly basis is: Be sure that I get in touch with myself – what choices am I making? Am I making choices that are in line with my values? If not, why not? If we all would do that, and encourage one another to do it, then we walk along this journey toward our best together.
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.Read More
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.Read More
Priya Kamani, MD, is not only a clinician but also a technology entrepreneur. It has become her mission to support Functional Medicine clinicians through a software she has developed called LivingMatrix. LivingMatrix automates many stages of data collection and analysis while providing a tool for communicating clinical needs to patients, connecting patients to educational materials, and tracking outcomes in a Functional Medicine framework.Read More