Press Release January 27, 2016
New Webinar Series on Genomics
Dr Charles Gant, Director of Education and Training, announces an upcoming webinar series in genomics.
The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics has morphed into a nonprofit 501(c)(3), the International Academy of Precision Medicine, Inc.
We are now able to accept donations to our many missions, but the main one is providing cutting edge education for healthcare practitioners.
All of our previous coursework will be subsumed under the new nonprofit, including the 72 “Basic Sciences of Functional Medicine” webinars, which is earmarked to someday transform into much of the basic curriculum of the first 2 years of many healthcare trade schools, including medical schools.
Already, 300 hours of CME credits are approved for chiropractors.
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IAPM will soon apply for nurse practitioner and AMA category I CME approval.
IAPM will also continue to promote its “Clinical Sciences” education (72 webinars), expected to someday be incorporated into the 2nd 2 years of trade school education, i.e., the 3rd and 4th years of medical school curriculum.
Now I am pleased to announce a postgraduate level, webinar series on genomics. As you know genomics will utterly transform medicine and be a unifying integrative factor, since herbal remedies, energetic treatments, supplements, drugs, psychospitritual interventions, diet, lifestyle, toxicities and immune challenges all change epigenetic expression.
Those found to have certain common, important and modifiable (with above interventions) single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) can benefit greatly from genomic analysis and treatment, which is the basis of the postgraduate IAPM course.
Come learn functional medicine again from the genomics angle as we present real life cases and measure the success of our genomic interventions through functional medicine.
Let’s enhance our insight by witnessing the metabolome’s and microbiome’s astonishing connections to the genome, and vice versa.
Because of all the hard work we’ve devoted to learning and practicing functional medicine, extending our knowledge and skills into the genomics arena is like picking low hanging fruit, a harvest of powerful insights which is unfortunately not unavailable to our conventional medicine colleagues who are not schooled in metabolomics and microbiomics.
Consequently, the president’s Precision Medicine Initiative is promoted as a futuristic mission, awaiting a golden age when supercomputers will sort out all this complex data and make sense of it.
Of course, we all look forward to learning about that data someday.
But we know that Precision Medicine and Genomics is an idea whose time has come, directly applicable to our routine evaluations on the patients we see today.
The course will partly follow the just released text book “SNPBit Compendium I” which can be purchased on Amazon or here: https://lifezonewellness.selz.com/categories/snpbits-compendium
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As with the undergraduate courses which used the textbook “Laboratory Evaluations in Integrative and Functional Medicine“, I will embellish the course with extra reading material, clinical insights and studies, knowledge which is exploding on virtually a daily basis.
The course will be similar to previous IAPM trainings of 3 or 4 webinars a month with discussion and case presentation, with each of the 6 topic areas listed below: (minimum of twelve, 1.5 hour webinars starting in March).
1) The Genomics of Phase I and Phase II detoxification, focusing especially on drug detoxification and regulation with supplements and herbs. Cytochrome P450 enzymes, glutathione, acetylation, taurine, sulfate, glycine and glucuronidation conjugation will be discussed in depth.
2) The Genomics of Methylation, focusing especially on mental disorders, cancer (cytosine methylation) and heart disease, as well as its phase II detoxification role.
3) The Genomics of Neurotransmitter and hormonal synthesis, receptor function and metabolism.
4) The Genomics of Mitochondrial DNA (mitochondria have a completely distinct set of chromosomes).
5) The Genomics of specialized genes unrelated to the above topics (e.g., FUT1, PON1 etc.).
6) Integrating genomic approaches to complex clinical cases.
Again, I am pleased to announce a webinar series in genomics provided by IAPM and I look forward to sharing clinical knowledge together and enhancing our clinical skills to better serve the patients we care for.
NOTE: Take advantage of the special offer and signup for the Academy Membership program to have access to the above series:
Press Release February 9, 2015
The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics Now Offering Training in “Complex Multisystem Disorders”
The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics with its ever-expanding knowledge base of information and clinical expertise is moving to shift gears to the study of “Complex Multisystem Disorders” (CMD). Despite the attempts of previous webinar presentations to isolate single topics of study, in the real world, health care practitioners are forced to innovate and often deal with difficult complex cases.
When patients come with CMD, practitioners must first formulate hypotheses about which system(s) are causing dysfunction(s) such as metabolic, infectious, immune/autoimmune, allergic, nutritional, space occupying lesions (cancer), vascular, endocrine, neurological, psychiatric, genetic, etc. Once a determination is made, a hypotheses is formulated through diagnostic testing.
Treatment of these multisystem disorders can then rationally proceed based on diagnoses backed by laboratory scientific data. Over time, the CMD patients will be followed and re-presented, re-tested, have treatment plans adjusted, and the eventual success or lack of the integrative/functional/nutrigenomic interventions will become apparent.
Each Module of the on-line training consists of six “live” webinar sessions that are approximately 1.5 – 2 hours in duration. The Academy has found this format to be optimal in affording flexibility to students with their busy lives. All sessions are recorded so that students with scheduling conflicts can easily catch-up.
The Academy sessions are an excellent opportunity for practitioners to bring their complex case studies to the live sessions to get feedback from other classmates as well as the instructor.
The Program is provided as a way to expand the scope of knowledge and practice for physicians, osteopaths, chiropractors, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, naturopaths, physical therapists, energetic medicine practitioners, and other practitioners of integrative and functional medicine modalities.
The new on-line training Module begins February 11, 2015
Press Release – July 19, 2013
The Latest in Advanced Medicine – Clinically-Focused Functional Medicine Program is Launched by The Academy of Functional Medicine & Genomics
According to Dr. Charles Gant, Director of Education and Training for The Academy of Functional Medicine & Genomics, most functional medicine teaching approaches take a bottom up approach. The Academy, however, utilizes a top down strategy instead, emphasizing the command control center (the brain).
The course will begin August 6th with two 6-week modules on Humanity’s most severe cause of morbidity and mortality: Mental, Neurological and Substance Use Disorders. Included in these Clinically-Focused courses will be the usual functional medicine and genomic education (the “soup”), the neurofeedback and qEEG mapping and entrainment coursework (the “sparks”), and an introduction to mindfulness-based psychotherapies.
The Academy will continue to offer a Basic Sciences of Functional Medicine Certification program, as well. Both courses will be taught on-line. While the Basic Sciences program offers a comprehensive, in-depth, course on the nuts and bolts of functional medicine and genomics, the Clinically-Focused course offers the practicum on how to apply this extensive knowledge to various disorders and disease processes.
The Basic Sciences course is generally deemed to be the prerequisite for the Clinically-Focused program, however, knowledgeable clinicians already familiar with the basic sciences, functional medicine and genomic testing may elect to opt out of the Basic Sciences program. The one exception includes those that are enrolled in the accredited, Doctor of Health Science (DHS) program, where completion of both courses is a core requirement to attaining the doctorate degree.
Specifically, the Clinically-Focused course requires students to present more case studies in order to gain a practical knowledge of the application of functional medicine and genomic testing in the treatment of various chronic medical, psychological and psychiatric disorders. This course will be expected to expand the scope of knowledge and practice for chiropractors, nurse practitioners, physicians, dentists, nurses, psychiatrists, osteopaths, physical therapists, energetic medicine practitioners, and other practitioners of complementary and alternative modalities.
The clinical education track will adopt a similar structure as the basic sciences course. In its entirety, there will be 12, six-week modules. It will utilize a weekly, web-based, live session format that is approximately 1.5-2 hours in duration. Once again, the Academy has found this format to be optimal for affording flexibility to students as it’s relatively non-intrusive in their busy lives. Sessions are also recorded so that students with scheduling conflicts can easily catch-up.
“I joined the Academy of Functional Medicine only after researching all of the other programs I could find offering training in functional medicine. Once I reviewed the sample webinars by Dr. Gant, I was sold. His style is just what I was looking for because he explains even the most complicated concepts in a clear and concise way without ever making you feel stupid for not knowing something. He is a wise and compassionate physician and his love of teaching shines through. Once you see the power of functional medicine in action, it’s almost impossible to go back to practicing medicine the old way. This is one of the best choices I have ever made in continuing medical education. These principles will put you five to fifteen years ahead of what most doctors are now practicing.”
Neil F. Neimark, M.D.
To find out more information about either course, please visit the Academy’s website at www.academyoffunctionalmedicine.com, or call the Academy directly at 888-632-6938.
Press Release – July 18, 2013
Academy of Functional Medicine & Genomics Now Offers a Doctorate Program in Partnership With Huntington College of Health Sciences
The Academy has formed an alliance with Huntington College of Health Sciences (hchs.edu), and together they are pleased and proud to offer a fully-accredited Doctor of Health Science (DHS) in Integrative Healthcare with a concentration in Functional Medicine. After five years in development, the DHS program is virtually unlike any other doctorate program available in the U.S. or abroad. This dynamic, professional doctoral program is designed to provide healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to take an integrative approach to patient care through the application of principles associated with functional medicine, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), and other integrative healthcare topics. It also prepares graduates to manage a CAM practice and to conduct CAM-oriented research. The DHS program has an extra-added benefit of being offered exclusively online, leaving no residential requirements.
In addition to completing the Academy’s present basic sciences, didactic course, students will also be expected to complete the Academy’s brand-new clinically-focused, practicum course. In addition, through prior agreement with course instructors, students will also enhance their learning activity by engaging in various sources of information. This may include any combination of the following: attending symposiums or seminars, reading textbooks or scientific literature, participate in a research project, or participate in a professional activity related to the health sciences. The DHS program culminates in a capstone project in which the student demonstrates learning achieved throughout the program. The capstone project may take different forms, including writing a dissertation, designing and executing a practicum, or planning and executing a project. A maximum of 9-credit hours may be transferred from previously completed graduate courses from other accredited institutions.
For more information about the DHS in Healthcare program, please visit the Academy’s website at www.academyoffunctionalmedicine.com, or by calling the Academy directly at 888-632-6938.