Resources We Love: Integrative & Functional Medicine

Personalized medicine is a rapidly growing trend in North America. By integrating conventional medical practices with complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies, the field of Integrative Medicine is providing patients a more personalized approach to care, taking into account specific details and tailoring treatment plans to the individual’s needs.

The Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health defines integrative medicine as the following: Integrative medicine and health reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic and lifestyle approaches, healthcare professionals and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.

Integrative medicine encompasses a number of different fields, including Functional Medicine, Restorative Medicine, and Anti-Aging Medicine, to name a few. Below are some of the more influential educational hubs for healthcare practitioners to learn more about adopting a personalized approach to medicine.


The University of Arizona Centre for Integrative Medicine (UACIM)


Founded in 1994 by Dr. Andrew Weil, UACIM was the first academic institution to develop curriculum on integrative medicine. It now offers everything from residency programs for medical students and online continuing education courses for practitioners. It also hosts the largest integrative medicine Fellowship in the world with over 1200 graduates and 160 new students on an annual basis.

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 Institute for Functional Medicine

Institute for functional medicine

Founded by Susan and Jeffrey Bland, MD, the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) is considered the premier functional medicine educational institution in North America. With complete certification programs to free online continuing education seminars, IFM provides a perfect entry point for all practitioners seeking a more personalized approach to healthcare.

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Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine (CCCFM)

Cleveland clinic logo

The CCCFM is a collaboration between IFM and the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. At the time of its establishment CCCFM was the first functional medicine clinic established in a major academic medical center. Today, it offers medical residency programs and electives, Grand Rounds presentations, and ongoing continuing education webinars for healthcare practitioners.

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American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) & Metabolic Medicine Institute (MMI)


A4M is a non-profit organization founded in 1992 by medical doctors Robert Goldman and Ronald Klatz. In 2009, A4M offered the first Masters Program in Functional Medicine, followed by the creation of the MMI in 2014, which serves as A4M’s hub for Advanced Education. Practitioners can obtain certifications, Fellowships and Advanced Fellowships via MMI.

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Functional Forum

Functional Forum Evolution of Medicine

Founded by James Maskell and Gabe Hoffman, the Functional Forum and Evolution of Medicine have become a hub for functional medicine practitioners. With hundreds of monthly Functional Forum monthly meetups around the world, ongoing live-streaming of educational content, and an affiliation to IFM, Functional Forum is the best place to connect with like-minded functional and integrative medicine practitioners.

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American Association of Restorative Medicine (AARM)

association for the advancement of restorative medicine

The AARM is a non-profit organization focused on provided cross-functional medical education to practitioners on managing endocrine system disorders with herbal, nutritional and hormone-based interventions. It coordinates two annual conferences, oversees the Journal of Restorative Medicine, publishes practitioner resources, and provides ongoing online webinar content.

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