The weekend of June 1-3, 2018, the FEMM Foundation welcomed a group of nearly 60 medical providers, including nurses, nurse practitioners, and doctors, as well as auditors, including medical students, FEMM Teachers, and others, for its annual Medical Management Course.
These providers will begin a new era for FEMM referrals in states including Georgia, Virginia, and Indiana, in the USA, as well as Toronto, CAN, all places without FEMM medical care before this year’s training.
Every medical management course begins with an in-depth examination of reproductive physiology, with a focus on the complex interaction of endocrine activity with reproductive and overall health. Providers understand the cycle as an indicator of overall health; hormonal events of a healthy, ovulatory cycle; tools for identifying an abnormal cycle; stages of the reproductive continuum—stages of puberty, adult fertility, pregnancy, breastfeeding, premenopause, and menopause; and an introduction to neurophysiology—linking reproductive health with brain development and metabolic function (nutrition and exercise).
Instruction follows in the protocol applications for differential diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of reproductive health disorders. Conditions explored include PCOS and hyperinsulinemia, pre-mature ovarian failure, thyroid disorders, hyperprolactinemia and pituitary adenomas, menopausal conditions, endometriosis, and infertility.
Finally, providers work with several patient case study models, which demonstrate and practice an application of the medical protocols. Course participants apply the protocols to case studies to diagnose and create treatment plans, and then receive extensive feedback accordingly.
Providers who complete the course can integrate the medical protocols algorithm for diagnosis and treatment into their own practices, and are considered RHRI fellows able to receive referrals for FEMM patients.
The medical protocols are designed to provide an algorithmic, systematized alternative to most contemporary methodologies of treatment, which don’t seek an answer to the originating dysfunction in women. Providers integrate these protocols into their practices, and both the FEMM education and medical management components are reimbursable by insurance.
Medical providers interested in learning more about the Medical Management Course should inquire with education(at)femmhealth.org. Dates and registration for 2019 courses are available here.