The field of integrative and functional medicine continues to expand as the patient demand increases which creates more of a need for Registered Dietitians trained in integrative and functional nutrition. For dietitians who want to pursue a career in integrative and/or functional medicine, I would recommend the following training:
This online training program was created by two of the leading dietitians in integrative and functional medicine: Kathie Swift, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND, EBQ and Dr. Sheila Dean, DSc, RDN, LDN, CCN, CDE, IFMCP. After completing the IFNA training you will have all of the education, resources and tools that you need to practice integrative and functional nutrition. IFNA is unique because they provide integrative and functional nutrition education and resources that are specific to Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. The program is extremely comprehensive and very well organized. You can easily access all of the videos and also save all of the research papers and tools for later reference. This is the training that you need to start practicing integrative and functional nutrition and I am speaking from personal experience!
Become a member of the DIFM practice group through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This is a great way to learn more about integrative and functional nutrition through the educational webinars and monthly newsletter. DIFM also provides an opportunity to network with fellow dietitians who are practicing in this field.
Become a member of IFM and receive access to beneficial training tools, articles, resources and patient educational materials. This is a great way to gain exposure to functional medicine as a whole as IFM includes many different practitioners like doctors, nurses, chiropractors, physical therapists, etc.