Functional Medicine Accreditation
Functional Medicine was first established in the U.S.A. by Jeffrey Bland, PhD, and Dr. Susan Bland. The Institute for Functional Medicine, or IFM is a non-profit organization focusing on providing education to medical personnel and the public, in order to help physicians improve the efficiency of treatment in patients with chronic illness.
The IFM is now accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), an organization that reviews and certifies continuing medical education in the United States. The medical curriculum of IFM has been certified by the ACCME and Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits are awarded to IFM course attendees, and are accepted by the international medical community.
IFM currently provides publications and training courses in Functional Medicine. The Textbooks and Courses include Textbook of Functional Medicine, Applying Functional Medicine in Clinic Practice Course (AFMCP), The Functional Medicine Certification Program (CFMP) and Functional Medicine Advanced Practice Modules(APM).
In 2010 ,the number of physicians who have completed the introductory AFMCP course was 1,534 people, 19 of which came from Thailand. But for the course of Institute For Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP) , up to January of 2014 , there was only one doctor in Asia and only one in Thailand that passed this certification program of IFM.That is Dr.Torsak Tip-pairote, the founder of Better Being Hospital. All of the physicians of Better Being Hospital have also been trained along this educational program. They apply the principles of Functional medicine in clinical practice daily. All Better Being ,physicians are committed to attending all advanced education modules as they are released.
In 2009, the Thailand Institute for Functional Medicine was established in order to promote the principles of functional medicine, and to provide support and education to physicians wishing to apply these principles in their own clinical practice. The physicians at Better Being Hospital are the pioneer in this field and Dr.Torsak Tip-pairote has served as Director of Medical Education for the Institute until present.