Intro To Functional Medicine

The most common question we receive at FMPhA is “What is Functional Medicine, and how do I practice it as a pharmacist?”
Watch the video below to learn what Functional Medicine is, and read this blog for an ever-growing list of ideas on how to practice it as a pharmacist. For info on training and certification, read this post: Which Certification Should I Do?

Ways to practice FM

  1. Work in a compounding pharmacy. Most functional medicine physicians work closely with compounding pharmacists for products like BHRT or LDN, among other treatments. (Here’s a podcast on why they are essential in FxMed!)
  2. Start your own Functional medicine telehealth practice in your state as a pharmacist (coming soon: blog on Launching your own Practice)
  3. Join a team-based Functional medicine telehealth practice as a pharmacist (see PharmToTable)
  4. Start a Functional medicine telehealth practice as a “health coach” (proceed with caution: “There is a firm belief by…most lawyers in this industry that, without a proper license in the state where the patient is located, coaches should not order, diagnose, or interpret lab tests.”)
  5. Become a consultant pharmacist and apply functional medicine principle for pharmacies and/or for doctors offices (we recommend the Pharmapreneur Academy to learn more)
  6. Develop an online course to teach about a specific niche you are passionate about (may combine with labs/supplements, within your state)
  7. Practice Functional MTM (use MTM as a way to get paid and apply functional medicine principles; see video below)
  8. Work in a physician office under collaborative practice agreement (here’s a great blog about them)
  9. Work in retail pharmacy and implement functional medicine principles where possible (download our Functional Medicine Pharmacist Quick Start Checklist)
  10. Work in a hospital and implement functional medicine principles where possible (download our Functional Medicine Pharmacist Quick Start Checklist)
  11. Work in nursing homes or with elderly populations and implement functional medicine principles where possible (download our Functional Medicine Pharmacist Quick Start Checklist)
  12. Teach at a college of pharmacy and integrate functional medicine into the curriculum
  13. Write a blog/become an influencer in the functional medicine space and use affiliate marketing to supplement income
  14. Join a network marketing/MLM business to supplement income (Beauty Counter, Young Living, doTerra, Isagenix, Amare Global, etc.)

Below is a free training from our Educational Library that defines FM and further describes several options for integrating it into pharmacy practice, presented by FMPhA Founder, Lauren Castle. This video is just 1 of over 12+ hours of curated functional medicine education that is included in FMPhA Membership.

Additionally, FMPhA Members can earn CE credit through our partner Functional Medicine CE, with our exclusive 20% discount.

If you are interested in learning more, we invite you to become a member of FMPhA today!

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