A little happy announcement. Over the years some people have asked me why I don’t call myself a functional medicine doctor. Functional medicine, like integrative medicine, is extra training on top of a medical degree, such as MD, OD, or NP or chiropractic doctor, or similar–it is NOT naturopathy or homeopathy, none of which is medicine in most states in the US.
My field in neuroscience with a Ph.D. didn’t quite fit the mold in terms of what all functional medicine universities require. But I really wanted to get that education. Though I will never ever open a clinic, I wanted to have the official knowledge. I never tried applying before because I was intimidated by the requirements.
Functional/Integrative approach is what I have been practicing in my groups (all nutrition and nutrient based understanding of cellular functions rather than a medicinal approach) without the “medicine” term in it. See two of these group here and here.
I got the bug under my skin to see if any of these universities would accept me with my education “as is”, which also includes an fMRI (the machine everyone hates with a twist for experiments) certification from Harvard, so I crossed my fingers and contacted one of them that was online only and is exactly what I needed, no more, no less. They pulled their noses on the phone so they told me to email in all information and explanation of what, why and how. I also mentioned my work with migraineurs and others, also gave links to all my books–which, to my luck, includes being an invited author for the Encyclopedia of the Mind, so guess what:
I am accepted!! Yay!!
The program starts January 22nd, all online. I already started to receive case studies with test questions and answers on the next click (they assume existing clinical experience and knowledge) and so far I am doing pretty good. I am not sure how long the program will take me but I hope for a couple of years max and I can place functional medicine after my long list of degrees following my name. This will be awesome for my work and my personal reputation and will give more credence to what I do on Facebook and elsewhere. ❤