Episode 008: James Maskell, The Evolution of Medical Education: How The Functional Forum Is Changing The Way Clinicians Learn, Collaborate and Practice Medicine
In Episode 008 of A Medicinal Mind: Wisdom and Well-Being, we welcome the innovative creator of the world’s largest integrative medicine conference, the Functional Forum and integrative medicine visionary James Maskell.
I was quite fortunate to connect with James in October 2016 at a Functional Forum event in Washington D.C. and have since collaborated in creating and releasing my E-Book on Functional and Integrative Medicine Education. James has been perhaps my single biggest influence pushing me to become an educator and advocate for functional medicine and is a tremendously passionate role model for anyone seeking to reverse chronic disease and achieve optimal health.
Back in March of this year, I was honored to be a part of James’ podcast The Evolution of Medicine’s Functional Forum, where we discussed the vision and purpose of the functional medicine education resource E-Book and the greater need to expand medical education beyond medical school walls and hospital wards.
As a continuation of this conversation, we share today in a reflective and hopeful conversation addressing
1. A brief State of the Union for the Functional Forum and Functional Medicine education as a whole.
2. Updates on educational opportunities through the Institute for Functional Medicine
3. Ways to continue to grow community and promote this type of care in the next generation of clinicians.
4. James’ latest projects and visions for the Functional Forum
I was so thrilled to share in this conversation with James and hope you enjoy and feed off the the tremendous energy and passion in this exhilarating discussion.
To learn more about Functional Forum you may use the link below:
To access James’ book, Evolution of Medicine, you may use the link below:
And to learn more about Age 100, a world-exclusive conference dedicated to living a long and healthy life, you may use the link below
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Episode 007: Dr Spencer Nadolsky D.O., Fitness, Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine: The Future of Telemedicine and Direct Primary Care
In Episode 007 of A Medicinal Mind: Wisdom and Well Being I have an amazing conversation with innovative family physician and leading expert in nutrition science and obesity medicine, Dr. Spencer Nadolsky DO.
Spencer is a board certified family and obesity medicine physician who incorporates his passion for exercise and nutrition science into his individualized care for patients seeking to improve their health through lifestyle medicine.
Spencer initially discovered his passion for fitness and nutrition as a heavyweight wrestler at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
Following his college athletic career and subsequent medical school training at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), Spencer went on to complete his residency training in family medicine through the Virginia Commonwealth University-Riverside Family Medicine program just 15 minutes up the road from my childhood home in Newport News, Virginia. Right now he is currently accepting patients into a new, revolutionary online clinic called SteadyMD. When he is not in the office, Spencer enjoys lifting, cooking, and taking long walks after meals with his wife and fellow physician Dr. Jenna Nadolsky MD.
In our conversation, Spencer shares his personal story and growth as a traditionally trained family physician now practicing lifestyle based medicine.
During the podcast, we discuss:
The Concept of Membership Based Direct Primary Care and more specifically the new telemedicine based online platform Steady MD
Spencer’s Clinical Approach and Patient Centered Treatment.
The Role of Social Support and Community Networks to Support Health.
Spencer’s Background in Obesity Medicine and Clinical Approach to Weight Loss
I was so fortunate to stumble across Spencer in my own back yard and am so thankful to have been able to grow a personal and professional relationship with such an innovative visionary in lifestyle medicine.
Learn more about Dr. Nadolsky’s work with his book: The Fat Loss Prescription
Stay up to date with Dr. Nadolsky on his website:
Learn more about SteadyMD:
I hope you enjoy the show!
My guest in Episode 006 of A Medicinal Mind: Wisdom and Well Being is a dear friend and mentor Jonathan Bartels. As you will hear in our conversation, my friendship with Jonathan was sparked by my curious inquiry into meditation, self care and what really existed outside of my medical school walls. What ensued following a single morning of meditation was a relationship built on appreciation, nourishment and growth.
Jonathan has over 31 years of professional experience in the healthcare field. For the past 19 years he has practiced as a Registered Nurse. Eleven of which were spent working in the University Of Virginia Health System’s Level I Emergency Department. He presently works as a Palliative Care Liaison nurse. Jonathan’s educational background includes Graduate coursework in Eastern Philosophy and Western Mysticism at Western Michigan University (1991-1993), BA in Psychology from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY (1990) and BSN from D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY (1997). In 2009 Jonathan started a practice that helped transform how death is approached in healthcare both nationally and internationally. This practice is now known as The Pause.
In this practice, healthcare providers are invited to silently honor the loss of life as a shared community that embraces diversity in unity through silence.
While not a panacea, it has been instrumental at pointing to a greater need in healthcare: that in caring for others, one should not forsake self-care, compassion and resiliency.
Since 2009 Jon has been a founding member of The Compassionate Care Initiative and co-facilitator for resiliency retreats offered at the University of Virginia’s School of Nursing. These retreats focus on a variety of practices aimed at promoting the skills of resiliency, the importance of compassion, and the vital need for self-care.
In this episode we discuss:
To follow Jonathan and the University of Virginia's School of Nursing’s Compassionate Care Initiative see the links below
Compassionate Care Initiative: https://cci.nursing.virginia.edu
Video: The Pause: https://vimeo.com/143628865
The Pause: https://thepause.me/2015/10/01/test-post-2/
Hear More of Jonathan
Jonathan's Keynote Address: The Pause and Resiliency as part of the
University of Virginia's Compassionate Care Student Ambassador Sponsored
Episode 005: Julie Foucher-Urcuyo Cross-Fit, Community, and Functional Medicine: The Next Generation of Family Physicians
In Episode 5 of A Medicinal Mind: Wisdom and Well-Being we share in an engaging conversation with world class Cross-Fit athlete and recent medical school graduate Julie Foucher-Urcuyo.
As you will hear in our discussion, I first discovered Julie as part of her inspiring podcast: Pursuing Health and more specifically after her episode with our mutual friend and the mastermind behind the Evolution of Medicine and the Functional Forum: James Maskell.
Between the two of us, we share tremendous passions for lifestyle medicine, fitness and utilizing a functional/ancestral approach to restoring health and maintaining wellness. We additionally are both about to embark on new journeys as first year family medicine residents. To learn more about functional medicine, maintaining wellness and utilizing an ancestral approach to restoring health, you can access our Ebook using this button.
Before I lay out the specific details for today’s show, I want to share a little bit more about Julie and her amazing life story.
Julie is a four-time CrossFit Games athlete and finished on the CrossFit Games podium twice (2nd in 2012 and 3rd in 2014) both during her time in medical school and has never finished outside the top 5. Julie also has a growing interest in Functional Medicine, having completed her medical school training at the Cleveland Clinic and is about to begin her residency training with the Cleveland Clinic’s Fairview Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program. Her passion lies in combining what she has learned through all of these modalities to inspire and empower others to live a lifestyle that supports optimal health. She additionally hosts the previously mentioned podcast Pursuing Health, where she shares inspiring stories of individuals from all walks of life.
During our discussion, besides reminiscing and reflecting about our own medical school journeys we dig into some really important questions facing medical professionals, medical trainees and our nation as a whole.
In the podcast you will hear:
Enjoy this powerful conversation from two young professionals seeking to change the way medicine is practiced and what the “practice” of medicine even means.
Stay up to date with Julie on her website, www.juliefoucher.com, her Instagram, @juliefoucher, Twitter @Julie_Foucher, or Facebook, JulieFoucherCF, and her podcast Pursuing Health with Julie Foucher.
A huge thank you to Julie for taking time to share in this conversation and I hope you all find some nourishment in this thought provoking and emotional discussion.
Enjoy the show!