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Exploring the Functional Medicine Model: A Case-Based Approach – Cleveland Clinic

November 4, 2016 @ 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Functional Medicine is a personalized, systems-oriented 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.


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