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Fellowship in Integrative Medicine

In order to ensure that A4M & MMI’s clinical and research efforts translate into a new standard of care, we are educating practitioners to become leaders in this field of medicine. A4M/MMI delivers live clinical educational courses that are designed to allow participants to learn and establish integrative and preventive medicine expertise, and afford medical professionals the opportunity to network with other healthcare practitioners.

Enrolling in either our Graduate Certificate in Integrative Medicine or in our Master of Science in Integrative Medicine will give a practitioner the necessary and proper credentials, setting him/her apart from other physicians who are practicing in this specialty field without appropriate knowledge and clinical experience.

Please contact us and ask how you can enroll in our programs, earn your Graduate Certificate in Integrative Medicine, or your Master of Science Degree in Integrative Medicine through the George Washington University. Our educational advisors can be reached at 561-997-0112.

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Course I: Keys to Lifestyle Medicine: Therapeutic Relationships, Nutrition, and Exercise Prescription

This course provides an infrastructure and framework for developing a patient-centric approach to care by focusing on three primary clinical domains: Therapeutic Relationships, Nutrition and Dietary Strategies, and Exercise Prescription. The educational content delivers fundamentally critical information and knowledge for all integrative practitioners, including the latest scientific evidence. Each lecture will emphasize practical application, with the integration of case studies and applicable clinical tools.

Sessions will further focus on reviewing various dietary approaches, with an emphasis on pragmatic and practical recommendations; how to prescribe exercise programs to patients that are both effective and appropriate for their respective fitness levels; and strategies aimed to sustain continuous behavior change.

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Course II: Stress and Pain Management: Regenerative Medicine for Body and Mind

This course will review personalized and regenerative medicine strategies for stress and somatic pain syndromes, including the psychophysiologic stress response; biological and injectable treatments for stress and pain; protecting and repairing neuroimmune damage due to stress; psychological and physical measurements of stress and developing appropriate coping strategies; heart rate variability testing and contemplative practices; Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for somatic diseases and regenerating tissue; and the Group Visit model for building social connection.

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Course III: Foundations in Advanced Integrative Medicine: Nutritional Metabolism, Environmental Exposures, Cardiometabolic Diseases and Hormone Management

This course will review three primary and interrelated domains of health: Nutrients, Environmental Exposures & Impact on Obesity / Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Diseases. Common ‘exogenous inputs’—including food, supplements, drugs, and pollutants—induce both positive and negative biochemical and physiologic changes with cardiometabolic consequences. Participants will become familiarized with a variety of key topics including assessment and management of cardiometabolic risk, hormonal imbalances including andropause, menopause, and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), and medical toxicology and detoxification strategies. The goal of this course is to ensure that learners internalize a thorough understanding of the ways in which hormones, nutrients, and toxins play central roles in common cardiac and endocrine disease states. Practitioners will learn practices and protocols through case-based learning, group discussions, and patient examples—collectively engineered to solidify knowledge and ensure clinical success in any medical practice.

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Course IV: Foundations in Advanced Integrative Medicine: Gastroenterology, Immunology, and Neurology

This course will explore diseases related to the gastrointestinal tract, immune, and nervous systems. Lectures will review the interconnectedness of these bodily systems in the context of chronic disease states, with an emphasis on the assessment of symptomatic, functional and disease markers, and ways to develop integrative treatment plans that focus on the complexity of these illnesses. Key topics include assessment and management of gastrointestinal disorders such as reflux, ulcers, gut permeability states, irritable bowel syndrome, and inflammatory bowel disease. Lectures will further review immune-related illnesses, including strategies to manage cancer, chronic infections, autoimmune diseases, and allergies. Instructors will also evaluate common neurologic and psychiatric conditions including neurodegenerative diseases, headaches, neuropathy, and mood disorders.

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Course V: Clinical Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics

The ability to develop personalized treatment plans is dependent upon the ability to identify the molecular and phenotypic uniqueness of the individual patient. ‘Omics’ disciplines provide high precision tools that can form the underlying architecture of such tailored approaches. This course will explore clinical Genomics, Proteomics, and Metabolomics, with an emphasis on the application of these systems-biology disciplines. Specific topics will include:

  1. Isolating patterns of meaning within complex signals
  2. Clinical solutions
  3. Ability to interpret omics literature
  4. Ability to engage in omics-based clinical research.

Further topics include genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, phenomics, bioinformatics, pattern recognition, metabolic network assessment, targeted vs. non-targeted analysis, laboratory methods, specimen selection, and specimen preparation. This course will also examine micronutrients as essential inputs, describing their effects on the genome, transcriptome, proteome, and metabolome. Instructors will assist participants in applying molecular network assessment and pattern recognition to patient care, in addition to using omics for therapeutic selection. Sessions will also identify biomarkers with functional vs. pathological implications, and the role of diet in shaping the genome, transcriptome, and metabolome. Lectures will also discuss the use of information technologies, mobile self-care tools, and mobile patient management tools—supporting the holistic development of the physician researcher by presenting a framework of clinical research skills.

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Course VI: Health Care Enterprise, Legal and Medical Ethics in Integrative Medicine

Because the business of Integrative Medicine is complex, some physicians choose to opt out of the insurance pool. This course will explore the optimal ways to practice this type of medicine, with a specific emphasis on traditional business-building approaches including marketing and PR, social media strategies, operations and inventory management, and customer service.

Because IM practitioners can be subject to unique legal regulations and requirements, particularly when operating outside the insurance pool, this course will review health service topics pertinent to building business acumen, and the ways in which to successfully operate an IM practice in the competitive marketplace.