Many practitioners want functional medicine education, but the job opportunities are still limited. There is one primary resources for jobs, Integrated Connects, and you may find a position with other sources like Indeed. I also created a low-cost resource for this, with creative options to help you find a job.
Functional medicine is a unique model, and still not accepted by most healthcare practitioners or insurance reimbursement. For those who choose to own their own business and become a “health entrepreneur”, I’ve compiled many resources to help you out!
- LIST OF WHAT YOU NEED.
- There are many things you need beyond a name and some documents when getting started. While I was setting up my business, I put together a “checklist” of what I had to do (and learned that I had to do). Before spending a lot of money, it may be good to know what to expect!
- LEGAL SUPPORT.
- You need to have good documents with “legal language,” especially if you have an active license.
- Small business attorneys may help with some of the operations (and you may be able to avoid the large retainer fees!), but for consents and other “CYA” documents, you need an attorney who is knowledgeable about integrative/functional medicine.
- I highly recommend Scott Rattigan (his costs are the best I’ve found, including a-la-carte documents), and if you have other recommendations, please share so I can pass on their information!
- EMR (ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORD) PLATFORM
- MARKETING AND PROMOTION:
- As a business owner, I find marketing to be the worst part of owning a business. Especially in Austin, where there’s a “holistic” practitioner on every corner!
- “SIDE GIG” AS A HEALTH COACH:
- There are many successful health coaches, most of whom do not have medical license, who are selling courses. If you plan on maintaining an active state-issued license, you have to abide by the rules of the license with any perceived medically-related activity. Health coaching often involves treatment recommendations, so this can risk your license if you aren’t adequately informed. I recorded a talk with Scott Rattigan on this subject (and telemedicine), if interested in being more informed.