When I finished my IFM training I knew I needed more practice applying the what I learned. Now, I can’t imagine not doing something like the CDP – it should be required training! TThere are about 2-3 hours a week of live content, which usually brings up new areas I want to dive into and research more – there’s so much to learn! Plus, going through the learning process with my CDP tribe of smart and inspiring Practitioners has made a huge difference!
Are you a clinician looking for mentorship in Functional Medicine?
We are opening the virtual doors to our clinic and inviting qualified* professionals in. Join us. Engage in real-time case management**, protocol and lab discussion, and so much more.
Our Clinical Development Program (CDP) is 12 months long, fully remote, and allows participants to follow along with clinic activities and anonymous patient cases. Participants dialogue with Dr. Fitzgerald and team through various channels including weekly clinical nutrition rounds and physician rounds, monthly Q&A and case discussions, “teach-ins” with industry experts and more, totaling over 10 hours of live, engaging content per month.
*The Clinical Development Programs (CDP) are suitable for all practicing and student professionals (e.g., ND, MD, DO, PA, NP, DC, LAc, RN, CNS, CCN, RD, IFNA, PharmD) seeking advanced clinical skills in Functional Medicine.
**Only HIPAA de-identified, patient approved, data are discussed
The program is designed to advance your existing knowledge and allow you to experience how we practice Functional Medicine at our clinic.
The CDP is 1-year long, fully online, and allows participants to follow along with clinic activities and anonymous patient cases, dialogue with Dr. Fitzgerald and team, engage in discussion with peers, learn from industry thought-leaders, and receive supplementary educational materials every two weeks.
Functional Nutrition Residency
Are you looking for Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) supervised experience?
This BCNS-approved program provides supervised practice hours for those working towards CNS certification through a 1-year, remote/online residency program. If you are a CNS-candidate nutrition professional, aspiring to build strong clinical skills and experience, as well as expand your knowledge through collaboration with thought leaders and experts in Functional Nutrition, this program is for you.
The Functional Nutrition Residency Program (FNRP) trains participants in the implementation of nutrition plans at all levels of complexity and builds a broad understanding of applied Functional Medicine.
The program includes progression into direct support for patient casework, involvement in team meetings and case reviews, dialogue with Dr. Fitzgerald and team, mentorship, industry teach-ins, opportunity to work on clinic projects, and access to nutrition-related CDP educational materials meant to further your clinical skillset.
In this rigorous program, you won’t be in the ‘shadows’ for long—we put our residents to work! As an integrated part of our nutrition team, you are given the opportunity to take on responsibility, sharpen your critical clinical thinking, and make a difference in our patient outcomes. Residency-trained nutritionists are well-equipped to work as part of an integrated care team, handle complex cases, and capable of designing and implementing layered therapeutic nutrition interventions while ensuring that foundational nutrition needs are met.
Both our Clinical Development Program and Functional Nutrition Residency Program are proud Educational Partners for the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM).
Deep dive into applying the GO TO IT model, including determining ATMs and mapping cases to the Matrix
Access to bonus IFM training videos via portal access
1-year IFM membership included for CDP and FNRP participants, including IFM Tool Kit access
In the CDP there is an enormous spirit of generosity, of sharing information and advice, which creates a vibrant and supportive intellectual community.
The virtual Clinical Rounds feature of the CDP and FNRP achieve for educational outcomes what patient group visits achieve for medical outcomes.
This is small group learning in its finest and most effective form.
CDP distinguishes itself from other programs in two ways. First, it combines conceptual and clinical work, giving the participants the opportunity to both study deeply and practically apply the methods learned. Second, it provides access to an exceptional diagnostician who brings her vast knowledge base to bear when caring for her patients. Dr. Fitzgerald effortlessly integrates multiple disciplines and I consider it a privilege to be taught from the best.
The knowledge gained from Dr. Fitzgerald, Dr. Litwin, and the nutrition team has been invaluable. Their expertise and experience in the functional medicine community has increased my knowledge and confidence and will definitely set me apart in the field as Certified Nutrition Specialist. I have learned so much already!
In the last 3-4 months, I have learned what would probably take me 1-2 years if I had continued to learn solo or with a single doctor. This is valuable to me because my time is valuable. The program is laid out in a way that you learn topics week by week, but have plenty of information to a access on that topic. Layer this with shadowing Doctor Case reviews AND Nutrition calls PLUS the Book Club, Teach-Ins and monthly Q&A. I’m a person who likes organization and thrives on legitimate, cutting-edge information. Which is why I still am grateful every day (and still can’t believe) that I was picked for this residency.
The FNRP program truly is unique! What sets it apart is the complete submersion into an active, thriving functional medicine practice. In addition to working with the clinic’s patients and various practitioners, participants learn the practical ins and outs of managing a practice; from patient intake to lab assessments, protocol development and treatment plans. It is the perfect marriage of in-depth clinical experience and practice development.
It’s amazing to have this ‘window’ into an established Functional Medicine clinic. There isn’t anything else quite like this available for new Functional Medicine practitioners to see and experience how FxMed theory gets translated into practice. Invaluable!
I chose this program because I followed the work of Dr Kara Fitzgerald. I heard her speak and Romilly at an online conference regarding methylation. I also knew that Dr Fitzgerald had been part of the development of the Metametrix functional tests with Dr Lord and owned several books that she contributed to. I love to use these tests in my own practice and heard her present on several of them during my IFNA training course. Opportunity to be learning from her directly was a significant draw for me to the FNRP program.
It is great to have that time and not to have to rush through the materials. I did fall behind due to work commitments and travel. I have enjoyed the program a lot. I would have loved to have been in the same time zone as I had trouble attending some of the sessions. Going through the case recordings and listening to the Q and A, I have learned a lot more. One example is the CDSA. Even though I had studied the testing before, I had trouble reading the results and I found all of the info and recordings very helpful.
A wonderful learning experience in the real world of clinical nutrition by Dr KF and supportive team–thank you for this education and experience!
As a Physician Assistant transitioning into Functional Medicine, this program has been extremely useful — much more so than any conference I could have attended. The depth and breadth of information covered is impressive and has helped me gain a much deeper understanding of different conditions and how to approach them. I especially appreciate having a forum where I can get answers to clinical questions from experts in the field. I would recommend to anyone — regardless of specialty — new to the field of Functional Medicine.
Dr Kara Fitzgerald’s Nutrition Team offers a wealth of resources and learning opportunities through the nutrition residency/internship program. The collaboration among nutrition and medical professionals is unique and engaging. I would recommend the program to emerging nutritionists interested in expanding their skills and gaining a breadth of experiences.
Working on a collaborative team in a clinic has really enhanced my understanding of what we learned in school. Dr. Fitzgerald and the nutrition team spent a lot of time explaining how things work in a clinical setting. We had a lot of opportunities to work directly with patients, shadow calls, discuss cases, do patient charting, prepare individualized diets and recipes for clients. Dr. Fitzgerald’s office is also a wealth of knowledge for consumers and clinicians through her website and social media and we had the opportunity to write and research about technical issues and current news topics. The whole experience was very collaborative and absolutely invaluable for my future goals. Thank-you to the team!!
More than anything else it was a real privilege to be able to sit in on the weekly meetings between Dr. Fitzgerald, and her team of nutritionists, and learn how pioneers within the functional medical field approach the most complex cases. Questions and feedback from interns was also welcomed, and I feel that we all benefited from this exchange of ideas. Since completing the internship I have kept in touch with the team, and continue to grow as a clinician with their support on challenging cases.
Dr. Fitzgerald’s internship program has been phenomenal – incredibly interesting patient cases, wonderfully supportive team and tons of runway to learn. Working with Dr. Fitzgerald and the nutrition team has meaningfully elevated my game in terms of navigating complex patient histories. I would recommend this program to anyone that is serious about biochemistry, lifestyle medicine and personalized, functional nutrition.