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Join us at Cleveland Clinic's Exploring the Functional Medicine Model: A Case-Based Approach

If You Want to Transform Patient Outcomes, You Need a Plan 

Functional Medicine is a personalized, systemsoriented model which empowers patients and practitioners to achieve the highest expression of health by working in collaboration to address the underlying causes of disease.

The primary drivers of the chronic disease epidemic are the daily interactions among an individual’s genetics, environment, and lifestyle choices. Functional Medicine addresses these underlying causes of disease and equips health care practitioners to help their patients manage this complex, interconnected web.

The aim of Functional Medicine is to treat the entire body as a whole system and to use an understanding of common pathways of disease in a systems biology model to address fundamental causes, not just symptoms. This emerging model of diagnosis and treatment better matches the need to improve the management and prevention of chronic diseases.

To strengthen the patient’s involvement in care, Functional Medicine emphasizes a patient-centered approach involving identification of the antecedents, triggers, and mediators of disease along a detailed timeline of the patient’s complete story. This kind of therapeutic partnership helps to create both insight and cooperation in the development and implementation of treatment plans.

By Attending, You Will Be Able To:

  • Develop foundational knowledge of systems biology and the fundamental clinical imbalances present in the expression of complex chronic disease
  • Demonstrate how the systems biology approach and assessment of function/ dysfunction expands the understanding of disease pathogenesis...and treatment
  • Implement novel skills in anthropometrics, laboratory assessment, physical examination, and dietary history to improve the detection of nutrient imbalances, which contribute to complex chronic disease
  • Describe how the Functional Medicine operating system utilizes root cause analysis of complex chronic diseases, thus expanding the palette of effective treatments

Who Should Attend

Physicians, advanced nurse practitioners, nurses, chiropractors, and health care professionals interested in learning how to integrate Functional Medicine into their practice including those specializing in family practice, primary care, cardiovascular disease, endocrinology gastroenterology, genetics, neurology, oncology, pediatrics, pulmonology, biochemistry, public health, and naturopathic medicine.

About the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine

This distinctive collaboration with The Institute for Functional Medicine incorporates a new health care delivery model in which physicians gather information about a patient’s complete family history, map a personal health timeline, and review interactions among their genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors which may influence long-term health and complex chronic disease.

Our aim is to focus on treating the body as an entire interactive system, one that treats the causes not only the symptoms, that sees the body as a whole organism rather than simply a collection of organs. This emerging model of diagnosis and treatment – called Functional Medicine – better matches the need to improve the management and prevention of chronic diseases.

By changing the disease-centered focus of medical practice to this patient centered approach, practitioners are able to support the healing process by viewing health and illness as part of a cycle in which all components of the human biological system interact dynamically with the environment. This process helps to seek and identify genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors that may shift a person’s health and well-being to illness.

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About The Institute for Functional Medicine

The Institute for Functional Medicine is the global leader in Functional Medicine. The mission of IFM is to serve the highest expression of individual health through widespread adoption of Functional Medicine as the standard of care.

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