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IFM Unveils New Scholarship Honoring Organization Founders, Susan and Jeff Bland, PhD

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The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) has launched the IFM Founders’ Scholarship, honoring organization founders, Susan and Jeffrey Bland, PhD. This scholarship will support functional medicine education for primary care practitioners working with underserved communities who show exemplary leadership and passion for their communities and the mission of IFM.

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“We founded and funded The Institute for Functional Medicine with the intention to educate and provide clinical support for the implementation of functional medicine across disciplines within the healthcare sector,” shared the Blands. “This scholarship will further support our mission to ensure the widespread adoption of functional medicine.”

The IFM Founders’ Scholarship winner will be announced annually at IFM’s Annual International Conference (AIC), this year held June 1-3, in Orlando, FL. The award will cover the registration cost of all uncompleted IFM certification education courses as well as attendance at AIC during the year the scholarship is awarded. An additional $1,000 (U.S.) travel expense reimbursement to cover costs of travel to AIC is also included. Applicants must qualify for IFM’s certification program to be eligible for this scholarship.

“Through the mission work of IFM, we seek to help all patients rise from chronic and infectious disease, and optimize their innate capacities to create health and well-being,” stated Amy R. Mack, MSES/MPA, IFM CEO. “The generous contribution of Susan and Jeff Bland enables IFM to further support practitioners in their functional medicine education journey.”

In 2022, IFM awarded more than $1 million in program scholarships, discounts, and tuition assistance, including a 50 percent reduced tuition student rate so that young medical professionals may begin their functional medicine curriculum alongside their academic and residency programs.

For more information, visit www.ifm.org.