FAQ

Questions about the Live Mentorship access option

What is the biggest benefit from participating in this program?
We hear consistently that the biggest benefits that participants get are advancing their clinical competency, confidence, and ability to think through cases from a Functional Medicine perspective.
This is a unique opportunity to be mentored by a member of the IFM faculty and her clinic team. Her approach to building highly detailed, personalized protocols is a Functional Medicine Center of Excellence.
You’ll also have the opportunity to build relationships with other like-minded FxMed practitioners with various specialties and backgrounds.
Is this a 6-month program?
Yes, our new Live Mentorship offering covers a 6-month immersive program in our clinic. The live events will follow our clinic calendar with breaks for holiday weeks. We highlight specific portions of our Topic Library materials at regular intervals as “Spotlight Content” with some catch-up weeks where no new material is highlighted to give you a chance to review missed content, have a break or take a deeper dive into an area of interest. While you will have access to our full Topic Library upon enrollment and without restriction, our content is extensive and it takes 12 months to highlight all of the material. To experience all of the content according to the Spotlight Content time frame, you may wish to continue on with us for a full year with special Alumni Pricing.
Who is eligible to apply to the Live Mentorship option?
Acceptance into either Clinic Immersion program is by application only. Applicants must be practicing or student professionals: ND, MD, DO, PA, NP, DC, LAc, RN, CNS, CCN, PharmD, RD, IFNCP. Have completed at least basic level functional medicine training. We will not, for example, be doing didactic reviews of biochemistry that relates to common chronic conditions, although pieces will come up in the application of interventions. Submit the appropriate application materials (including CV and cover letter) here (link).
Can I apply to the Live Mentorship if I am not based in the U.S.?
Yes, our programs are all delivered online via webinar, online portal, and emails. Each Clinic Rounds, Q&A Sessions, Case Reviews, and Teach-ins is recorded and accessible if your time zone or schedule prevents you from joining live. Several present and past participants have gone go through our program from various locations around the world.
When will I hear back about my application?
Your application will be processed in about two weeks.
How much time will I need to dedicate to the program?
Past participants say they spend between 4-5 hours a week. Some weeks if doing a deep dive on a topic or if participating in a clinic project, it may be more. Meetings are recorded so if you can’t join live you can watch or listen to the recordings later.
Is membership to the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM) required to enroll in the program?
Membership is not required to enroll in the program. Thanks to our IFM Educational Partnership, tuition for the Functional Medicine Clinic Immersion Live Mentorship includes a complimentary 1-year IFM membership with access to the IFM Tool Kit. If you already have an IFM membership, you will be granted a 1-year extension.
Is the Functional Medicine Clinic Immersion appropriate for someone who is seeking IFM certification?
The Functional Medicine Clinic Immersion is built on the foundation of IFM training. We recommend at least completing AFMCP and being in progress with the IFM’s Advanced Practice Modules to get the most out of the experience. However, you do not need to be seeking IFM certification or have completed the advanced training modules to be eligible to apply.
Will I be able to get help with my current patient cases?
There is the opportunity to ask questions about cases you’re working on in the monthly Q&A. You’ll also have access to our private online forum where you’re encouraged to post your cases and ask questions. The group, including our clinic staff, can provide feedback and support. Private 1-1 mentorship sessions are available exclusively to Live Mentorship members at an additional cost.
Does Dr. Fitzgerald dialogue directly with Live Mentorship participants?
Participants of the program can connect with Dr. Fitzgerald in several ways. The monthly Q&As provide an opportunity for direct dialogue since the purpose is to answer the participant’s questions. Case reviews are another opportunity to discuss patient assessment and individualized protocols. Our private online forum is also a place where Dr. Fitzgerald and her team connect and periodically answer questions.
Do participants receive a certification upon completion?
Participants receive a PDF certificate of completion and completion badge in JPEG or PNG format for use on their marketing platforms.
Who can I contact if I have more questions about the program?
Please email your questions to [email protected] to get your questions answered by a member of our clinic team. If needed, we can schedule a brief phone conversation.