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Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice, November 2017 (AFMCP)

Up to 34.75 CME Credits
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  • Refer a colleague to AFMCP or an APM and receive $200 in educational credit. More Info
  • This course is part of the IFM Certification Program. More Info
  • This course is eligible for Resident and Medical Student Tuition. More Info

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Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP) synthesizes the latest medical research with a model of care that integrates each patient’s individual history, genetics, and lifestyle factors. AFMCP equips clinicians to design effective, personalized treatments for each patient.

In a small-group, case-based setting, a team of experienced Functional Medicine clinicians teach participants how to use IFM’s tools to improve outcomes for patients with chronic diseases.

What Clinicians Will Learn

  • Established and emerging diagnostics, therapeutics, and prevention strategies.
  • How to design nutritional and lifestyle interventions to improve patient compliance and outcomes.
  • How to integrate appropriate assessment tools to diagnose, treat, and assess patient outcomes from a Functional Medicine approach.
  • How to utilize innovative and practical assessment tools.
  • Methods to establish a mutually empowering partnership between clinician and patient.
  • The scientific basis for Functional Medicine principles and fundamental clinical imbalances.
  • How to apply key elements of the Functional Medicine Model in clinical practice.
Attendees from Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP) discuss their experience at IFM's five-day foundational course.

Tools and Takeaways

Your tuition at AFMCP includes a comprehensive toolkit, clinical pearls to apply directly to your practice, and strategies to enhance your practice and approach to medicine. These include:

  • Presentation on business models for the Functional Medicine Practice.
  • 45-day access to IFM’s Toolkit with more than 200 downloadable resources, including intake forms, assessment questionnaires, patient handouts, customizable food plans, and laboratory assessment tools.
  • Course Materials: PDF presentation slides, MP3 audio recordings, and MP4 video recordings of presentations (Recordings are available to download 4-6 weeks after the conclusion of the course).
  • A listing on IFM’s Find A Practitioner database, which has more than 90,000 searches each month (for current IFM members who have completed AFMCP).
  • Online roundtable discussions proceeding the course.
  • 12-month support series for course graduates.
  • Access to IFM-hosted online forum discussions.

IFM Planning Calendar

The schedule for this conference will be posted at a later date. In the meantime, please feel free to review the information below for the June 2017 AFMCP conference in Washington, DC.

Schedule and Speakers

8:00 am - 8:15 am
Dan Lukaczer, ND Welcome and Orientation
8:15 am - 9:45 am
Mark Hyman, MD Introduction to Functional Medicine: Redefining Disease Applied Systems Medicine
10:15 am - 12:15 pm
Kristi Hughes, ND Mapping the Territory: Using the Functional Medicine Matrix Model
1:45 pm - 3:30 pm
Jill Carnahan, MD, ABFM, ABIHM DIGIN to Root Causes of Gut Dysfunction
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Thomas Sult, MD Treatment of GI Dysfunction
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Thomas Sult, MD Integration of Concepts
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Welcome Reception
7:15 am - 7:45 am
Dan Lukaczer, ND Optional (Non-CME) Introduction to the IFM Communities, IFM Toolkit and Natural Medicine Database
8:00 am - 9:30 am
Robert Rountree, MD Immune Dysfunction and Inflammation: A Primary Mechanism of Illness
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Dan Lukaczer, ND Food Allergies, Sensitivities, and Intolerances: Diagnosis and Treatment
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
resSponsored Lunch pented by Doctor’s Data Inc: Updates on Comprehensive Stool Analysis
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Elizabeth Boham, MD, MS, RD Prescribing an Elimination Diet
3:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Michael Stone, MD, MS Elizabeth Boham, MD, MS, RD Anthropometrics, Biomarkers, Clinical Assessment, and Diet Evaluation: The ABCDs of Nutritional Evaluation (Part 1)
4:45 pm - 6:00 pm
Monique Class, MS, APRN, BC Shifting the Therapeutic Encounter
7:00 am - 7:45 am
Robert Luby, MD Optional (Non-CME) IFM’s Certification Program: The Path and Benefits
8:00 am - 9:45 am
Michael Stone, MD, MS Elizabeth Boham, MD, MS, RD Anthropometrics, Biomarkers, Clinical Assessment, and Diet Evolution: The ABCDs of Nutritional Evaluation (Part 2)
10:15 am - 12:00 pm
Robert Rountree, MD Lowering the Toxic Body Burden Using Diet, Lifestyle, and other Strategies
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sponsored Lunch presented by Pure Encapsulations: Functional Medicine in Psychiatry: How to Integrate Genetics for Personalized Approaches
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Shilpa P. Saxena, MD Functional Approaches to Cardiometabolic Disease
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Monique Class, MS, APRN, BC Challenges in the Journey of Change
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Optional (non-CME) Business and Clinical Strategies for Successful Practice Implementation
8:00 am - 9:15 am
Joel M. Evans, MD Understanding the HPATG Axis: Biochemistry and Background
9:45 am - 11:00 am
Marcelle Pick, NP Assessment and Treatment of Adrenal Dysfunction
11:15 am - 12:30 pm
Dan Lukaczer, ND Assessment and Treatment of Thyroid Dysfunction
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Mark Holthouse, MD Testosterone Deficiency in Men
4:15 pm - 5:45 pm
Margaret Christensen, MD Modulating a Woman’s Hormones
5:45 pm - 6:00 pm
Questions and Answers Session
8:00 am - 9:30 am
Datis Kharrazian, DC, DHSc, MS, MNeuroSci Mitochondria and Energy Dynamics
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Shilpa P. Saxena, MD Clinical Integration of Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Change
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Robert Luby, MD Clinical Integration and the Functional Medicine Matrix
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Questions and Answers Session
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
David S. Jones, MD Insight, Intuition, and the Therapeutic Partnership

Additional Information

Hotel Information

Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 E Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 60601
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IFM Room Block Rate: $249
Cutoff for Special Room Rate:
Friday, October 20, 2017 (subject to availability)

Rooms in the block are limited and may sell out prior to the cutoff date.

Booking information will be available soon.  Please check back.

Benefits of Booking in the IFM Block

IFM has negotiated very favorable rates which include these convenient services:

  • Complimentary Internet in guest rooms and meeting rooms
  • 24/7 access to the fitness center
  • No resort fees
  • Discounted valet parking

We only choose hotels who meet our standard for serving organic and gluten/dairy free offerings in their catering and room service menus and throughout the outlets in the hotel.

Hotel room rates for future IFM programs are determined by the total room nights booked at previous programs. You can help IFM secure excellent hotel locations and affordable room rates for future programs by booking your room through our room block.

Airport Information and Parking

Coming soon. Please check back.

CME Information

IFM is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

MDs & DOs: The Institute for Functional Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 34.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Osteopathic Association recognizes IFM’s CME Programs for CME credits in Preventive Medicine within the American Osteopathic Board of Preventive Medicine.

DCs: Northwestern Health Sciences University (NWHSU) provides continuing education credit for chiropractic physicians. An application has been submitted to NWHSU who applies to all states, except AZ, KY, OK, TN, and TX. Applications were submitted for 34.25 CEU hours. For a complete list of states and approval hours, please contact IFM.

NDs: Generally, programs that are accredited through the ACCME for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits are approved by individual Naturopathic state licensing boards. Please contact your individual state board to inquire if CME credits from ACCME accredited organizations are accepted.

PAs: AAPA accepts all continuing education (CE) credits from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Nursing Professionals: For the purpose of re-certification with American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), contact hours approved through ACCME can be used.

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) accepts all continuing education credits from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

RDs: The Commission on Dietetic Registration has approved this course for 34.5 CPEUs.

LACs: IFM is a continuing education provider (provider #0232) of the California Acupuncture Board (CAB). This course is approved by the CAB for 34.75 Category 1 hours. Per the Recertification Handbook of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental (NCCAOM), if a course is approved by a state acupuncture regulatory board, then it is eligible to submit with the recertification application. Please contact your individual state board to inquire if continuing education credits can be obtained from this course.

Others: Please contact your state licensing board to inquire if CME credits from ACCME accredited organizations are accepted and can be obtained from this conference.

Registration and Cancellation Policies

cancellation POLICY

Cancellations must be received in writing no later than November 2, 2017, to be eligible for a refund, less a $300 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after November 2 and before November 12, 2017, are eligible for a refund less a $600 late cancellation fee. Tuition is non-transferable. Failure to appear at the program with no prior written cancellation will result in complete forfeiture of tuition and the course will not count toward certification (nonrefundable, nontransferable, no exceptions). Program materials are available only to in-person attendees.

Cancellation requests must be received in writing by email or fax: tabithabarth@ifm.org or 253.661.8310. IFM will reply with a written acknowledgement.

In-Person Participation Policy

You must check in and be present in person to receive CME credit and to fulfill IFM Certification Program requirements. Only registered attendees with name badges will be allowed in the conference room. Children and unregistered spouses may not attend the program or sponsored events.

registratioN POLICY

Program materials and CME certificates are delivered to you through your personal IFM online account. For this reason, you may not register multiple people or someone other than yourself. Online registration will close at 4:00 pm Pacific on Friday, November 10, 2017. After online registration closes, you may still register in person at the check-in desk (subject to space). Late registrations will incur a $300 processing fee.

My registration for Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP) signifies that I have read and agreed to IFM’s cancellation policy found above. My participation in AFMCP is not a substitute for any licensing requirements that may be applicable to me and does not independently authorize me to render care, prescribe regimens, or prescribe medications or supplements. My activities in the health and wellness field remain subject to my education, qualifications, and licensure.

Practice Implementation

Addressing the Need for Practice Implementation Learning

In our recent study, Functional Medicine Practices: Opportunities, Challenges, and Emerging Trends, we uncovered a common need among practitioners for robust practice implementation training. In response, we’ve begun to enhance our AFMCPs and each of our Advanced Practice Modules (APMs) with additional content on translating the module into action. New presentations will explore topics ranging from clinical pearls to billing and coding compliance for insurance-based practices.


Optional Evening Session

The Business and Clinical Strategies for Successful Practice Implementation series is a set of 90-minute informational sessions, each of which outline the tools, laboratory testing, billing and coding, and legal considerations for implementing the Functional Medicine techniques discussed during the conference. Each session will include presentations by experts as well as a Q&A session that will allow practitioners to ask specific questions about billing, coding, and legal advice. These optional sessions will be offered in the evening of the third day of the AFMCP conference.

The series is specific to the content taught at IFM. Materials, tools, and resources used will correspond to theories, therapies, treatment modalities, and considerations specific to practitioners trained in IFM’s approach to Functional Medicine.

Practitioner Testimonials

The highest quality of teaching physicians that I have seen.

AFMCP attendee

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