• What is the intent of this course? Who is this course for?

    Biological Medicine for Practitioners is for professionals working in the health and healthcare industries who wish to evolve their practice through the integration of biological medicine (BioMed). BioMed offers an innovative and holistic perspective on health and patient care as well as a range of diagnostic technologies and therapies not commonly utilized in conventional medicine. Through participation in all the online and in-person components of this course, attendees will gain foundational knowledge and understanding of biological medicine; well-rounded, hands-on experience with diagnostics and therapies; and the coaching support required to take patient care to the next level. This course is for health and healthcare professionals including Naturopathic Doctors, Medical Doctors, Registered Nurses, Functional Medicine Doctors and Practitioners, Dentists, Nutritionists/Dieticians, Therapists, Massage Therapists, Acupuncturists, Health Coaches, Nutritionists, Fitness Instructors, and others working in related capacities.

  • How much does this course cost?

    The cost for one registrant is $2,600 for the in-person Biological Medicine for Practitioners Course. The prerequisite course, Introduction to Biological Medicine (fully online) is $200. If applicable, healthcare providers and technicians who work in the same organization/clinic/practice as the initial registrant and who wish to attend can register at the same time at the reduced rate of $499 per each additional registrant.

  • Are there any discounts available?

    Medical school graduates are able to access 50% discount on all courses within one year of graduation. Proof of graduation required. To learn more or express interest in this discount, please email Marion Institute BioMed Program Manager, Jessica Frank, at jf[email protected] or by phone at (508) 748-0816 ext. 115.

  • Can I receive Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit for this course?

    Yes. The Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine has authorized 24 CMEs for Biological Medicine for Practitioners as of April 2023. (This does not include the 10 CMEs that are also a part of the prerequisite Introduction to Biological Medicine course). The two courses total 34 CMEs when completed.

  • What does "certification" entail?

    Participants who successfully complete all aspects of the Biological Medicine for Practitioners Certification Course will receive a Certificate of Completion. This certificate recognizes that its holder has successfully completed this program and has acquired the knowledge and skills needed to integrate BioMed into their practice. A professional learning program, this Course is offered in order to improve practitioners’ knowledge and skill base. This certificate does not take the place of a medical license or similar credential required by a licensing or regulatory agency.

  • Is this an online or in-person course?

    Biological Medicine for Practitioners is a hybrid course. Participants must complete a series of 4-6 lectures (approx. one hour each) and assignments online before attending a 4-day in-person course during which they will develop greater familiarity with diagnostics and therapies and the skills required to successfully integrate these into effective case management. Participants will be asked to identify which in-person event they plan to attend when enrolling.

  • How do I contact someone about this course?

    To learn more, to have questions answered, or for assistance, please contact Jessica Frank, Marion Institute BioMed Program Manager, at jf[email protected] or by phone at (508) 748-0816 ext. 115.

  • Do you offer hotel discounts for the in-person component?

    Yes. We partner with the Holiday Inn North Airpark Hotel which is close to The Biomed Center in Scottsdale and offers complementary local Lyft services (within a 5-mile radius). You will be given a code for a group discount rate after registering for the course.

What people are saying:

Testimonials from graduates

Biological Medicine is a beautiful and pragmatic bridge.

Dr. Jillian Pierce, ND, LAc, Knoxville, TN

Dr. Thom's Biological Medicine course is both informative and inspiring. He has developed a great systematic approach to truly holistic, individualized health care that embodies healing of the body, mind, and spirit. The information is relevant to both the solo practitioner and large-scale wellness centers and everyone in between. Biological Medicine is a beautiful and pragmatic bridge between ancient healing traditions and modern medicine.

Get to the heart of medicine.

Dr. Afshin Shahkoohi, MD, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Brooklyn, NY

The certification course was fantastic. Dr. Thom is one of the best teachers you could ever have. He is so understandable and explains everything so well. He has expertise in so many different areas, it is unbelievable... I recommend this course for anyone who wants to get to the heart of medicine... When I came to Biological Medicine, I was first contemplating between pursuing functional medicine and other modalities. But this practice resonated in my core… Biological Medicine has something that other practices like integrative or functional medicine don’t have: a unique combination of approaches that together mean a better standard of care.

Take Your Practice in a New Expansive Direction

Dr. Laura Enfield, ND, San Mateo, CA

This course is great for people who want to take their practice in a new expansive direction with the testing and the treatments. But [this course] also incorporates philosophy that looks at the person as a whole, gets to the causes of why patients are sick, and helps them heal. I thought it was really exciting and I am excited to bring it into my practice and start working with patients in a new way.

Highly Recommend

Barb Dilger, Wellness Coach, Calgary, Alberta

This was an excellent interactive course with a nice small group size in a great location. I would highly recommend it to any practitioner!

Dr. Thom has the formula.

Natasha Prybyla, San Mateo, CA

This is true, proactive healthcare. Biological Medicine has helped me look at health in a whole new way. The body has an innate ability to heal, and Dr. Thom has the formula for understanding what is needed to treat each individual person, not their dis-ease.

A more comprehensive way.

Dr. Angela Lambert, ND, Portsmouth, NH

I have been seeking a more comprehensive way to communicate to patients their imbalances and why health is a lifelong journey. This course put so much of that together and fulfilled that desire.

Your learning weekend

An overview

Be at the Cutting-Edge of Patient Care

Participants will gain insight into the latest in diagnostic technologies and therapies

  • Learn how to utilize and integrate cutting edge of diagnostic tests, including Bio-Electrical Impedance Analysis (BIA), Heart Rate Variability Testing (HRV) and more!

  • Gain the skills required to interpret diagnostics effectively to offer patients exceptional care

  • Receive introductory training in an array of traditional therapies as well as the latest in therapeutic technologies, including PEMF technologies, FLOWpresso, EWOT System and more!

  • Receive coaching in the development of treatment plans that deliver results

  • Gain resources to support the growth of your practice

Tuition & Benefits

What you get

Get credit for your learning

Earn continuing medical education credits

Thanks to the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine, participants who successfully complete all aspects of the course are eligible to receive 24 general CME credits. Successful completion requires satisfactory performance on all assignments as well as attendance and active participation for the duration of the in-person course experience.

Learn from the Best

Dr. Dick Thom

Lead Instructor

Dr. Dickson Thom

Dr. Dickson Thom, ND, DDS has over 45 years of medical experience as a clinician and teacher to doctors, students and the lay public in proven medical principles and business skills. He obtained his first post-doctoral degree from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry in 1974 and his first Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from the Ontario College of Naturopathic Medicine in Canada in 1986. In 1989, Dr. Thom completed a second degree from National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Thom is a former Dean of Naturopathic Medicine at NCNM where he was a full-time professor for over 25 years. In 2009, he was awarded “The Vis Award” from the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians for his commitment to the Healing Power of Nature as demonstrated through his work, life, and community service, a prestigious honor. Dr. Thom has lectured extensively for over 40 years throughout the world and has written and collaborated on many articles dealing with energy medicines and nutrition. Additionally, he has authored 5 books. In addition to a long career as a professor, Dr. Thom has always maintained a private practice with a primary focus on chronic disease, autoimmune disease, neurological conditions, gastrointestinal problems, and endocrine disorders. Today, he continues to practice biological medicine in Scottsdale, AZ.

Sample Schedule

A taste of your learning weekend