Fundamentals of Functional Medicine Lecture Series
WEDNESDAYS: 6 – 8 pm February 22nd – March 15th, 2017
Location: UNC Cancer Hospital, Conference Room 4
Instructor: Joanne Pizzino
CEU’s available upon request ($27.00)
In this four-part series you will:
- Explore the six core principles of Functional Medicine
- Compare and contrast Functional Medicine approaches with conventional allopathic medicine
- Learn key functional approaches to the whole-person effects of gut and hormonal balance
- Learn key functional approaches to the whole-person effects of blood sugar regulation
- Discover the significance of detoxification in everything from preconception to the scourges of aging
- Expand your mind with ideas that upgrade your tools for every patient
About the Instructor:
Joanne Pizzino, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Pizzino is board certified in Family Medicine, Integrative Medicine and Preventative/Occupational Medicine and currently practices Integrative Health Care at Whole Health Solutions in Cary, NC. She has been the Medical Director for the city of Charlotte, North Carolina and is currently Medical Editor of Health and Healing in the Triangle, an educational publication with a readership of more than 70,000. Dr. Pizzino graduated from the Ohio State Medical School and completed residency training with the Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas, as well as a Masters of Public Health and Fellowship at the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
The Immunology of Autoimmune Disease, Inflammation and Chronic Infection: A Research-Based Functional Medicine Perspective
- Dr. Yanuk’s functional medicine practice focuses on the care of patients with autoimmune disease and other chronic illnesses.
- Geared towards clinicians and medical students. Emphasizes case examples.
- Expand your repertoire of clinical tools to deal more effectively with patients who have complex autoimmune diseases, chronic infections and other chronic illnesses. Includes detailed discussion of functional medicine treatment tools to address specific biological targets.
- Highly research oriented. Focused on identifying appropriate physiological targets and choosing appropriate tools with which to address them. Diagnostic and therapeutic topics are discussed in the language of physiology. PowerPoint driven, with virtually all slides using a quotation or diagram from a peer reviewed study in the medical literature.
- Focus is “additional tools that are compatible with what you’re already doing” rather than “use this instead of a conventional approach.”
- Includes functional medicine misconceptions for you and your patient to avoid.
Session 1 – Chronic Tissue Inflammation & Underlying Immunological Drivers
This session teaches you basics of immunology, the immunology of tissue inflammation and how to apply functional medicine tools to change tissue chemistry in chronically inflamed patients.
Session 2 – Immunology of Vulnerability to Infectious Disease
This session focuses on 1) inflammation as a promoter of chronic infection, 2) patterns of T cell polarization and the patterns of immunological dysfunction and vulnerability that they create, and 3) the immunology of vulnerability to infection in the geriatric population.
Session 3 – Autoimmune Disease Part 1 – Autoimmune Diseases in the Body
Using a functional medicine framework, this session teaches you how to identify the unique set of factors driving each patient’s autoimmune process, how to identify appropriate clinical targets, and how to apply best-matched treatment tools.
Session 4 – Autoimmune Disease Part 2 – Brain-Based Autoimmune Diseases
Building on Session 3, this session teaches you about fundamental immunological mechanisms underlying MS, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, neuromyelitis optica, PANS, and other brain disorders.
Session 5 – Complex Case Management
This session brings together concepts from throughout the course, teaching you to deal with cases that involve multiple immunological problems, including patients with comorbidities like chronic infection, chronic inflammation, or elevated stress levels that complicate autoimmune disease management.
MONDAYS: 6:00pm-8:50pm, August 29-December 5, 2016
Instructors: Susan Gaylord, PHD. & Various UNC faculty and CAM practitioners
Location: The course will be held in Main Conference Room, rm 1, (CG 222) in the UNC Cancer Hospital.
If you would like to take this course for non credit register on the blue box below:
$250 for UNC Affiliates, $300 for general public, (no auditing available)
For questions contact: Kelly Eason (firstname.lastname@example.org) (919) 966-8586
Purpose of Course: This course is designed to introduce medical students, other health professions students, faculty, health practitioners, and researchers to the philosophies, practitioners, techniques, and evidence of efficacy of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapeutics currently in use in the United States, including chiropractic, dietary, mind-body medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, healing touch and energy therapies, prayer, and herbal therapies.
A large and growing percentage of Americans use one or more of a wide range of complementary, alternative or unconventional healing therapies, often in addition to seeking advice from physicians. Increasingly, research is showing efficacy for many of these therapies. Ability to understand and communicate effectively with patients and other care providers about these therapies should enhance patients’ health and safety and optimize health care.
Course Objectives: As a result of the course, learners should be able to:
- Describe the use of CAM therapies in the United States;
- Describe healing paradigms and rationales for patients’ use of these therapies;
- Describe the philosophies, theoretical basis and techniques of various CAM therapies;
- Discuss the training and certification of practitioners of these therapies;
- Discuss uses of each therapy and evidence of efficacy; and
- Describe the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to communicate effectively with practitioners and users of CAM and conventional therapies.
Format: The course provides an introduction to the field of CAM and integrative health-care, including a wide range of alternative modalities, in lecture-and-discussion format, presented by an active practitioner of the therapy and/or a person knowledgeable in the field, with patient presentations, demonstrations and audience participation where applicable. Presentations cover diagnostic methods, treatment, evidence of efficacy and safety for various conditions, training of practitioners, the practitioner-patient relationship, patient satisfaction, role of prevention, and potential for interactions with conventional healthcare. Topical readings supplement lectures and demonstrations.
The complete course, including additional assignments and tests, is listed as PMED 250, HBHE 960, and NURS 703
- Expand your repertoire of clinical tools to deal more effectively with patients who have complex autoimmune diseases, chronic infections and other chronic illnesses.
- Highly research oriented. Focused on identifying appropriate physiological targets and choosing appropriate tools with which to address them. Diagnostic and therapeutic topics are discussed in the language of physiology. Powerpoint driven, with virtually slide a quotation or diagram from a peer reviewed study in the medical literature.
- Focus is “additional tools that are compatible with what you’re already doing” rather than “use this instead of a conventional approach”.
- Includes functional medicine misconceptions for you and your patients to avoid.
Session 1 – Chronic tissue inflammation & underlying immunological drivers This session teaches you the immunology of tissue inflammation and how to apply functional medicine tools to change tissue chemistry in chronically inflamed patients.
Session 2 – Immunology of vulnerability to infectious disease
This session focuses on 1) inflammation as a promoter of chronic infection, 2) patterns of T cell polarization as predictors of vulnerability, and 3) the immunology of vulnerability to infection in the geriatric population. Includes detailed discussion of functional medicine treatment tools.
Session 3 – Autoimmune Disease Part 1
Using a functional medicine framework, this session teaches you to identify the unique set of factors driving each patient’s autoimmune process, identify appropriate clinical targets, apply best-matched treatment tools, and assess ongoing progress.
Session 4 – Autoimmune Disease Part 2
This session teaches you a functional medicine approach to managing patterns of dysfunction common in patients whose cases are complex or resistant to typical treatment approaches.
Faculty and staff, if full-time & permanent, may register through tuition waiver (see your HR person for tuition-waiver form).
If you would like to take if for non-credit, register on this website. The non-credit cost to attend this course is $200 for UNC faculty and staff; the cost for non-UNC community members is $300. (No auditing available)