Functional medicine and the role of a functional medicine doctor has been a hot topic of debate in the world of medicine in recent years, mainly down to the fact that modern medicine does not support all of the ideals and the beliefs which functional medicine looks to practice. This is however something which is appealing to more and more people and it has caused a great deal of division amongst many people. Nonetheless the popularity is still there, and there are a certain set of skills which these doctors require, skills which are often exclusive for this type of medicine, let’s have a look then at what kind of skills these doctors possess.
In a nutshell functional medicine is about looking into each aspect of the body and how it functions, it is about understanding the relationships which our body has with other areas of the body and then identifying why and how those functions can be improved. Instead of just focusing on which drugs are best to treatment certain situations, functional medicine instead focuses on improving the functionality of the body.
Unlike a traditional doctor, a functional medicine practitioner must pass a specific course which is aimed at functional medicine, and for that they must be incredibly studious. Much like modern medicine doctors however, functional medicine practitioners must also stay on top of any new developments which are taking place in their field, and for that they must remain studious even once they begin practicing.
Many patients who are looking to see a functional medicine practitioner are curious more than full of knowledge, which is why a practitioner must have great communication skills in order to fully explain how this branch of medicine operates and why they believe it to be the best for the patient.
The patients coming in to see the practitioner could have a wide variety of issues and that is why a functional medicine practitioner must be able to deal with all manner of patients as well as all manner of illness and ailments. Because of this range of issues a practitioner must be able to speak with patients from all backgrounds and in all situations, in order to do that they need to have the empathy and the patience which is required.
In order to achieve this role it is vital that doctors are ambitious both for their own career and dreams, as well as ambitious with regards to the movement of functional medicine and the wider development of this branch of modern medicine. Without this ambition it will be tough for people to see out the course to be a practitioner and it will also be tough to go up against the complaints which people may throw at you during your time in this career.
This is a great career choice for those who believe in the values of functional medicine, and these are the key skills which are required.