Frequently Asked Questions

How do I receive my RingCentral invitation for my mentorship session?

After you have scheduled/booked your session using our online schedule, you will receive an order confirmation email. Please note, this is NOT your appointment confirmation, only your order receipt. You will receive a SECOND EMAIL within 48 hours of booking your session with a link to your RingCentral mentorship session. This will include the time and an option to “add to calendar” if you so choose. If you do not receive this email, please contact fxmentorship@ifm.org.

Is there any structure to the individual sessions? Do I need to prepare anything ahead of time?

Most mentees will come to their mentors for their initial sessions with a case in SOAP format. A typical session will include management of this case from a Functional Medicine perspective. However, anything related to Functional Medicine, including review of Timeline/Matrix, discussion of specialty labs, and treatment modalities is appropriate.

How long are the mentorship sessions?

Fifty (50) minutes for one-on-one individual sessions.

My mentor cancelled, what happens now?

Please email fxmentorship@ifm.org to receive a full refund of your session, and to schedule a complimentary session with another mentor.

I don’t know how to use RingCentral and I’m afraid of missing my session, what can I do?

When you receive your RingCentral email confirmation, please download the application on your desktop or phone. There are several tutorial videos on the RingCentral website that will introduce you to the basics of using this service. Please note, YOU DO NOT NEED A PAID RINGCENTRAL ACCOUNT to attend RingCentral meetings for the FxMentorship Program.

Can I request a phone-only session (vs. a RingCentral videoconference)?

At this time, all sessions need to be facilitated using the RingCentral video conference. Please note, RingCentral can be accessed from all mobile devices.

I have a clinical question for my mentor that regards a patient I am seeing today/tomorrow/this week. Can I communicate with them about this?

This mentorship program is designed for non-urgent clinical mentorship. If your mentor has availability and you’d like to schedule a session sooner, please schedule a session by contacting fxmentorship@ifm.org.

Can I send my mentor documents/labs to the mentor for review prior to my scheduled session?

Our online schedule allows for a short description of our session to be transmitted to your mentor. While documents cannot be shared at this time, it is an opportunity for you to let your mentor know if you would like to review a case, discuss practice implementation, ask a clinical question, etc. Please note, the mentorship program is designed to be completely free of personal health information. Exchange of HIPAA sensitive materials is not allowed.

I’m dissatisfied with my mentorship experience. Can I get a refund?

Please contact fxmentorship@ifm.org and they will request you to fill out a feedback form. We will then inform the Medical Director of your concerns.

Can I do a joint session with another colleague so we can split the cost?

At this time, we are not offering shared sessions for one-on-one mentorship. We anticipate offering group sessions for our mentees in 2019.

The mentor I want to schedule with is fully booked. Can I get on a waitlist/cancellation list?

We are not currently keeping a waitlist for this program. Please continue to check back for cancellations on the scheduling website AND email fxmentorship@ifm.org.

I want to schedule a session within the four-day (96 hour) block-out period. Can I still do this?

Yes. You may schedule a session up to 24 hours before the appointment time by contacting FxMentorship@ifm.org.

I couldn’t login to RingCentral/ the internet was down / I had technical difficulties connecting with my mentor and missed my session – What can I do?

Unfortunately, technical difficulties on the mentee’s side are non-refundable, but please write a description of your case and send it to fxmentorship@ifm.org. We will review all technical connection concerns and follow-up  with you to ensure to troubleshoot the issue.

I want to only reschedule my session, not cancel, can I do that online?

Yes, the ability to reschedule is built into our online schedule. However, rescheduling must be done at least 96 hours prior to the time of the session and must be rescheduled with the same mentor. A switch of mentors requires a cancellation and new appointment to be made.

How far ahead of my sessions can I change or cancel?

The cancellation window is 96 hours (or four days), otherwise the cost of the session is forfeited. There are no exceptions to this rule. If you need to cancel, please contact fxmentorship@ifm.org.

Where can I look up my scheduled session?

To check the time of a previously scheduled appointment, go to: My Account (under IFM account page) > My Orders > Click the order for the session you want to view or reschedule > View or Edit Booking.

What is the time zone on the scheduling application?

The scheduling application is listed in Pacific Standard Time (PST). Please make sure to note this when scheduling.

How many sessions can I schedule at one time?

At this time, only one session can be scheduled at one time. The sessions are first come, first served.

What is the cost of the program? Are there any packages?

The cost of a one-on-one session is $225 (per session). At this time we do not offer packages for these sessions.

How do I schedule a mentorship session?

Please visit IFM’s Mentorship page – from there you will find a web page with a description of the program, biographies of mentors, and a link to the scheduling application.

Is there a special discount for active duty military?

IFM is now offering a 15% discount for active duty military. This discount is valid for IFM educational programs and IFM membership. Please call 800.228.0622 to learn more about this opportunity.

How do I enable or disable cookies in my browser?

Adjusting cookie settings varies depending on your web browser. Please click on the appropriate link below for instructions:

•  Mozilla Firefox
•  Internet Explorer
•  Google Chrome
•  Safari
•  Safari on iOS (iPhones, iPads, iPods)

Please note that disabling cookies will compromise your user experience. You will have difficulty using account features, making purchases, and some online learning features may not function at all.

What are the technical requirements for Online Learning courses?

Your computer or mobile device should meet the following technology requirements:

  1. Access to a high-speed internet connection: 3.5 Mbps download speed or higher
  2. Uses a supported operating system: Windows 7 or newer, Mac OS 10.7 or newer.
  3. Uses a supported browser: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Internet Explorer 11, Android (Tablet/Mobile) or Safari5 (macOS/iOS).
  4.  Functioning internal or external speakers.

Why do I need to hold a healthcare license to become or maintain IFM Certified Practitioner status?

IFM has determined that passing a licensing examination in one’s primary discipline is an essential factor in assuring basic competence and public safety. Because all degrees are not licensable in all states or jurisdictions, it is acceptable to present a license or registration from a state or jurisdiction that does recognize your degree, even if practicing in another location.

Do my license, CV, and diploma need to be translated?

Yes, all required credentials should be translated into English by an official translator. The translation does not need to be notarized.

Will you accept a transcript in lieu of a diploma?

Some official documentation of graduation is required; transcripts may be acceptable if they show actual graduation. You may wish to contact your school and request a duplicate diploma or letter attesting to the fact that you did receive the diploma.

Can I pay for the entire certification program at once?

We do not offer a one-time payment option at this time.

How much does the certification program cost from start to finish?

Course fees do change from time to time and the total cost will depend on what the fees are when each course is taken, whether you’re an IFM member who receives the 10% discount on all programs and products, and so forth. The estimated range is $12,000–$15,000.

What happens if I don’t pass the IFM Certification Program (IFMCP) written exam?

A Candidate who fails the IFMCP written examination but passes the case report, or who fails the case report but passes the IFMCP written examination, may remediate the failed element (that is, re-take the exam or re-submit a new case report). A Candidate who fails both elements may retake the exam and resubmit a new case report. Any remediation process needs to be completed within seven years from the day your application was approved. IFMCP testing fees will apply for remediation. Please contact IFM for the fee structure at ifmcp@ifm.org.

What information will I be tested on in the IFMCP Written Exam?

The 200 multiple choice questions in the written exam are based on information presented at AFMCP and the six APMs. Once your application to the IFM Certification Program is accepted, you receive full conference video and audio recordings for new iterations of courses you attended in the past, so you can stay up-to-date on the latest information.

Webinars, forum discussions, and supplemental material include useful information and are recommended for review; however, the written examination will not draw on these materials.

Where do I take the Written Exam?

The Written Exam is administered by Pearson Professional Centers, which has about 200 locations around the United States. Nearly everyone in the United States should live within a few hours’ drive of a testing location. Pearson Professional Centers are also available internationally. The Exam must be taken in person and identification will be verified at the Center. You will receive all the information you need prior to taking the exam in your testing cohort materials. No additional charge will be incurred by the Candidate, as it is rolled into the $800 Written Exam Application fee.

What kind of case should I use for my Case Report?

While there are no formal constraints on case selection, the case must demonstrate your knowledge of and ability to apply the Functional Medicine model. As such, the case you choose should be a patient:

  1. Who has/had chronic complaints;
  2. With whom you are very familiar (a family member or friend may be used, but candidates cannot use themselves);
  3. On whom you have gathered sufficient initial information; or
  4. For whom you have collected sufficient information on follow-up visits to present a full case.

The case you select does not have to show full resolution of the patient’s problem(s); however, it should demonstrate your knowledge of and ability to apply Functional Medicine to the benefit of your patient.

When you are ready to begin to work on your Case Report, many resources are available to assist you, including the Candidate Handbook and your interactions with educators, staff, and your colleagues on the IFM Certification Program forum.

What does the Case Report process entail and how is it scored?

The case report submission process is a structured, web-based, data-entry process based on the Functional Medicine Matrix and following the GOTOIT framework. Candidates enter assessment, treatment, and outcomes information. Case Reports are scored by IFM educators on a pass/fail basis.

Candidates receive access to the Case Report Template upon payment of the $800 case report fee and verification of eligibility for the IFMCP written exam.

Should I take the optional Review Course?

The Review Course is an opportunity for IFM Certification Program candidates to undertake a comprehensive review of current core knowledge. The Review Course is an online program. It is not required, although it is strongly recommended. Candidates are eligible to register for the Review Course after they have completed all the required coursework for the IFM Certification Program. To learn more, contact ifmcp@ifm.org.

How do I maintain and renew my IFM Certification?

To maintain certification:

  • Hold current IFM Membership.
  • Hold an active clinical healthcare license.

To renew certification:

  • Pass a written examination every sixth year following certification.
  • Provide a copy of your current healthcare practitioner license.

Can I take the APMs before I take AFMCP?

Yes, although we recommend starting with AFMCP whenever possible. AFMCP provides a comprehensive overview of Functional Medicine, introducing core concepts and tools that will be assumed in the APMs.

Can I complete the coursework for the IFM Certification Program online?

All six Advanced Practice Modules (APMs) are offered in live-streaming format. Visit the Learning Center to view upcoming programs. At this time, we do not offer Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP) in the live-streaming format. AFMCP is a unique learning environment with small group case work led by IFM Faculty and Certified Practitioners. The in-person format creates the opportunity for important interactions between attendees and facilitators that is not yet available in an online format.

How long does it take to complete IFM’s Certification Program?

It is possible to complete the seven required programs and two testing components within 16 months. Most practitioners take between 18 months and two years to complete the program. You will have seven years from the date your application is approved to complete the program.

Do I have to be accepted into IFM's Certification Program before I can register for AFMCP or an APM?

No. You may apply to IFM’s Certification Program anytime. However, if your intent is to become certified, we highly recommend you apply early in the process for the following reasons:

  • Once your application is approved, you will receive full audio and video recordings from new iterations of IFM Certification Program courses you have already taken, so that you can keep your knowledge current.
  • If there is any obstacle to your acceptance into the program, it can be identified and remediated.
  • Once you have applied and been accepted into IFM’s Certification Program, IFM will be able to alert you to specific news, updates, and opportunities related to the certification program.

How does IFM support Certified Practitioners?

Here are just a few of the ways IFM supports Certified Practitioners:

  • The most visited area of IFM.org is the Find A Practitioner search. Patients use this database to search for a practitioner trained in Functional Medicine. IFM Certified Practitioners receive priority listing and a special designation.
  • As with many existing specialty certifications, the ultimate purpose of the program is to improve patient care. Certification will enable clinicians to substantially improve the care they provide to their patients through the most in-depth Functional Medicine training available.
  • The IFM Certified Practitioner badge is awarded to IFM Certified Practitioners. The badge may be used on all marketing and promotional materials (website, business cards/forms/letters, etc.).

What can I do with IFM Certification?

Becoming an IFM Certified Practitioner establishes you as a leader in the field. Current patient demand far exceeds the number of providers available. IFM Certified Practitioners are recognized as clinicians whose rigorous training and evaluation places them in the top tier of Functional Medicine practitioners.

Will an IFM educator or staff member answer my question?

Many of our in-person and live-stream programs include a four-week post-course forum moderated by IFM educators. Check the schedule for the program you are attending to find out when specific presenters will be available to answer questions. This schedule may be found by searching for the program in question in the Learning Center.

The Member’s Forum is moderated on an ongoing basis by the IFM Medical Education Team, so you may receive a response from a staff member. Occasionally, IFM educators will drop by the forum to post or interact with other comments.

Are forum posts confidential?

Anyone who is a member of IFM and/or attending a current in-person or live-stream program has access to the forum. If you are posting about a patient case, you must use your discretion to remove all personally identifying health information.

Why can't I find the forum when I log in?

You must be enrolled in our Membership Program to access the forum. If you cannot find the forum after you log in to your online account, your membership may have expired. Renew your membership to regain access.

If you are registered to attend a live-stream or in-person conference and cannot find the conference forum, please contact Margaret Parus, partner experience and engagement assistant, at margaretparus@ifm.org.

Who has access to the forum?

Anyone who is a member of IFM or attending a current in-person or live-stream program has access to the forum.

I entered my CME hours incorrectly by accident, what do I do?

Please call us at 800.228.0622, or email the CME team at CME@IFM.org.

How do I get my CME Certificate?

  1. Login to your IFM account.
  2. Click on “Claim My CME” in the menu bar to the left.
  3. Click “CME Proof of Attendance” beneath the course title. This will not appear until after the last day of the course.
  4. Check the boxes next to the sessions you attended and click “Submit Timecard” at the bottom of the page. A certificate will be automatically generated.
  5. To access your certificate, click the “My Transcripts” link at the top of the page.
  6. Click “Launch” next to Transcript.
  7. Under the “Your Certificates” section, click the ribbon next to the course.

Can I download an IFM video or audio to watch offline on my iPad?

Apple recommends using a laptop or desktop computer in conjunction with your iPad.

  • First, open the link you wish to watch later in your preferred web browser on your computer.
  • Next, download the video to your computer and add it to iTunes.
  • Connect your iPad and computer with the USB cable and then sync.

This will transfer the video file to your iPad. Disconnect the device, and you will now be able to watch the video offline. For more information on accessing materials on your iPad, please refer to our Tablet Technology Guide.

I am having issues accessing my course. What should I do?

Here are steps you can take if you are having issues accessing a course:

  1. Try accessing the course in a different browser. (We recommend Mozilla Firefox).
  2. Content may also be blocked if you are accessing the course from a public or work computer. Try again from a home computer.
  3. Select the “refresh” button in your browser to reload the page.
  4. Ensure your software is up to date:
    •  Flash player plug-in
    •  JavaScript
    •  Adobe Acrobat
  5. Check to ensure cookies are enabled in your browser settings.
  6. Clear your browser cache. Clearing your cache varies depending on your web browser. Please click on the appropriate link below for instructions:
    •  Mozilla Firefox
    •  Internet Explorer
    •  Google Chrome
    •  Safari
    •  Safari on iOS (iPhones, iPads, iPods)

Are there resources to share with other practitioners about Functional Medicine?

As a member, you have access to IFM-developed PowerPoint presentations to help you present information about Functional Medicine to your colleagues. To access these presentations:

  1. Log in to the IFM website using your email address and password.
  2. Select “My Certification & Membership” from the menu on the left.
  3. Here you will find your progress in IFM’s Certification Program and membership details. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to the “My Memberships” section.
  4. Click “Launch” next to “Membership Resource Center and Toolkit Access”. Note: You will see the date your membership will expire.
  5. Here you will find all of your membership resources.

How do I update my member profile in the Member Directory?

Log into your account, then click “My Practitioner Profile.” If you would like your profile to be seen by other IFM members only, please check the box marked, “Restrict my profile to IFM Members only.” This box is found at the bottom of the page.

Whether or not you mark the box, you may also include information that only other members may see. This private information may be found under the heading, “Information for Member Listing (Private).”

Make your changes and click “Save Profile” at the bottom of the page.

Updates will be applied immediately to your listing. Enter the information you would like to appear in the Member Directory, and remember to activate your profile to appear in the search.

How can I search for other members who live in my area?

Log in to your online account. Then go to the Find A Practitioner page and search by location. As a member, you will see Member-only information in the practitioners’ profiles (if they have completed those fields).

How do I access the IFM Toolkit?

  1. Log in to the IFM website using your email address and password. Note: If you are logging in to our new website for the first time, you will need to reset your password.
  2. Select “My Toolkit” from the menu on the left.
  3. Note: The link will only appear if your membership is current. If you do not see the link, check your membership status from the “My Certification & Membership” tab on the left.

How do I receive my 10% membership discount on IFM programs and products?

Your 10% discount will be applied automatically to any program or product you purchase at IFM.org when you are logged in. You will see the discounted price reflected in your cart at checkout.

How do I access the Natural Medicines Database?

  1. Log in to the IFM website using your email address and password. Note: If you are logging in to our new website for the first time, you will need to reset your password.
  2. Select “My Certification & Membership” from the menu on the left.
  3. Here you will find your progress in IFM’s Certification Program and membership details. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to the “My Memberships” section.
  4. Click “Launch” next to “Membership Resource Center and Toolkit Access”. Note: You will see the date your membership will expire.
  5. Here you will find all of your membership resources and the Natural Medicines Database. Click “Launch” to open it.

I haven't received the Connections newsletter. What should I do?

Please call us at 800.228.0622 or email Margaret Parus, partner experience and engagement assistant, at margaretparus@ifm.org.

To access previous iterations of the Connections Newsletter:

  1. Log in to the IFM website using your email address and password. Note: If you are logging in to our new website for the first time, you will need to reset your password.
  2. Select “My Certification & Membership” from the menu on the left.
  3. Here you will find your progress in IFM’s Certification Program and membership details. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to the “Resource Center” section.
  4. Click “Launch” next to “Membership Resource Center & Toolkit Access.” Note: You will see the date your membership will expire.
  5. Here you will find all of your membership resources and Connections archives.

How do I know when my membership will expire?

Membership expiration information may be found in the following way:

  1. Log in to the IFM website using your email address and password. Note: If you are logging in to our new website for the first time, you will need to reset your password.
  2. Select “My Certification & Membership” from the menu on the left.
  3. Here you will find your progress in IFM’s Certification Program and membership details. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to the “Resource Center” section to learn when your Membership will expire. If nothing appears in this section (or the section does not exist), most likely you need to renew your Membership, which you may do here. If you believe the lack of Membership is an error, please contact Margaret Parus, partner experience and engagement assistant, at margaretparus@ifm.org
    or 800.228.0622.

If I can only attend a portion of the conference, can I get a discount?

No. Partial registration is not available for any of our courses.

Do you offer a special tuition rate for groups registering from the same clinic?

Yes.

Three or more members of the same clinic who register together are eligible to receive $500 off AFMCP tuition and $250 off APM tuition.

Groups of 10-14 members of the same clinic who register together are each eligible to receive $550 off AFMCP and $275 off APM tuition.

Groups of 15-19 members of the same clinic who register together are each eligible to receive $600 off AFMCP.

Groups of 20 or more members of the same clinic who register together are each eligible to receive $650 off AFMCP.

Official Rules/Restrictions

  • Group conference registrations must be purchased at one time with a single payment.
  • Individuals must be from the same organization, academic institution, or practice.
  • Each conference registration under this policy will be treated as an individual registration. Course materials and/or benefits may not be shared with others.
  • Membership discounts may be used in addition to group conference registrations. However, scholarships or student discounts may not be used. No additional discounts may be used.
  • The Tell-A-Colleague reward program will not apply.

How to Participate

  • Ensure that all practitioners included have an account set up on the IFM website.
  • Gather the names, mailing addresses, email addresses, and primary degrees of participants.
  • Send information to IFM Bookkeeper Debbie Sanstad at debbiesanstad@ifm.org and include the credit card information to process the payment. You may also call Debbie at 253.661.3021.

How do I access my course materials and schedule?

  1. Log in to the IFM website using your email address and password.
  2. Select “My Education” from the menu on the left.
  3. Select “My Courses.”
  4. Select the appropriate category.
  5. Navigate to the appropriate course and select “Launch.”

Is there a dress code?

We do not have a dress code at our in-person programs. Attendees typically wear business or business casual attire.

I have dietary restrictions. Will you provide snacks that meet my dietary needs?

Mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks are gluten-free and dairy-free and are prepared within the IFM Elimination Diet guidelines. We also provide a list of nearby restaurants with menus that are friendly to those with special dietary needs. The restaurant list will be added to your pre-course materials.

Can I purchase the conference recordings if I am not able to attend?

Audio and video recordings are only available to attendees of the program. We do not sell the presentation slides or audio or video recordings of any conference that is part of the IFM Certification Program.

Can I bring my staff member or spouse with me?

Only registered attendees with name badges will be allowed in the conference room. Children, unregistered spouses, and unregistered staff members may not attend the program or sponsored events.

Where can I go to book my hotel room?

Go to the Learning Center and search for the program you plan to attend. Hotel booking information will be listed in the course description.

Can I request to share a hotel room with another conference attendee?

Yes. You may post your request “My Forums.” To post the request, follow these instructions:

  1. Log in to the IFM website using your email address and password.
  2. Select “My Forums” from the menu on the left.
  3. Click on the appropriate course during which you are searching for a room.
  4. Click on the “Community Connections” thread.
  5. Type in your request, and do not forget to include a compelling Topic Title. We also recommend checking the box marked, “Notify me of follow-up replies via email.” Click “Submit.”

Where do I find the schedule for my live-stream program?

Visit the Learning Center and search for the program you are interested in. The schedule will be listed in the course description.

How do I access live streaming on the day it starts?

About an hour before the live stream starts (local time), course participants will receive an email with the link to access the live stream. Participants are notified that they will receive this email with the link at several times days in advance of the start of the course.

If you have not received the email with the live-stream link, please check your junk folder. If you still do not see it, please contact us at info@ifm.org.

Can I switch from the in-person event to the live-stream option?

Switching from the in-person event to the live-streaming option will incur a $150 processing fee until 10 days prior to the start of the course. Requests to switch from the in-person event to the live-streaming option made after 10 days prior to the start of the course and before the online registration deadline will incur a $300 processing fee. No cancellations of live streaming or switches to the live-stream option will be processed after the online registration deadline.

Can I pause if I need to walk away for a moment?

While you cannot pause the program, you will be able to take the same breaks as in-person attendees that are listed in the program schedule.

Is the time of the live stream adjusted for my time zone?

Presentations are broadcast in the time zone in which they occur and are not adjusted based on a participant’s time zone. To find out when the conference will be broadcast in your time zone, we recommend using this World Time Converter. View the schedule for the program you plan to attend to find out which time sessions will begin.

I did not pass the system checker screening. How can I reach technical support?

Technical support is provided by our live-stream provider Digitell:

Email Support: support@digitellinc.com
Phone Support: (Monday–Friday, 8 am–5 pm Eastern)
Toll-Free: 877.796.1325
International: 1.716.664.2041

In addition to the listed times above, support is available during live streams beginning one hour before the start and continuing until 30 minutes after the last session ends.

How do I know my computer, mobile device, or tablet meets the minimum technical requirements for live streaming?

Use the system checker in the location and on the device you intend to use to access the live-stream program.

I’m a chiropractor. Can I receive Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credit for attending IFM courses?

IFM applies to Northwestern Health Sciences University to obtain CEUs for Doctor of Chiropractics (DCs) for AFMCPs (US only) and APMs. Some states approve CEUs and some do not. For more information, please contact IFM’s CME department at cme@ifm.org.

What are the live-stream participation requirements? Can I log in with multiple devices?

Live, synchronous participation is required for IFM live-stream programs. You must participate in the broadcast by logging into your own IFM account to receive CME credit and to fulfill IFM Certification Program requirements. Live-stream login information is unique and cannot be shared. Those who do not log in through their own IFM account during the live stream will be removed from the program and will not receive program materials, recordings, CME credit, or credit toward the IFM Certification Program.

Do you have any educational materials that will help me prepare for AFMCP?

Yes. As part of your course tuition, you will receive access to an introductory video immediately after you register. Additional course materials will be provided approximately one week prior to the start of the course. We also recommend you take one or both of our free online learning courses, Introduction to Functional Medicine and Introduction to Functional Nutrition.

Can I take another course before taking AFMCP?

Many learners find taking AFMCP first helps them to understand IFM’s proprietary tools, such as the Functional Medicine Matrix, and provides context for the skills, processes, and science behind incorporating Functional Medicine principles into practice. The course is offered multiple times each year in order to meet the needs of clinicians wishing to begin their IFM education with AFMCP. However, AFMCP is not a prerequisite to take any IFM course if you are comfortable with the material to be presented.

Will I be certified as a Functional Medicine practitioner after attending AFMCP?

No. AFMCP is one of seven required courses in the IFM Certification Program. In addition to AFMCP, you must complete the six Advanced Practice Modules as required coursework for the IFM Certification Program.

Will I be listed on the Find A Practitioner search after I attend AFMCP?

After attending AFMCP, you will be eligible to list your profile in our Find A Practitioner search as long as you are also enrolled in the IFM Membership Program. Before your profile is listed, however, you must fill in your practice information and activate your profile to appear in the search. Here are the following instructions to activate your profile:

  1. Log in to the IFM website using your email address and password.
  2. Click on “My Practitioner Profile” in the left hand menu of the account page.
  3. Update your information as you would like it to appear on your listing.
  4. At the bottom of the page change your visibility preferences to “Show my profile in Find A Practitioner results.” (Leave the other option un-checked).
  5. Click the “Save Profile” button at the bottom of the page to save your information.

Who is AFMCP designed for?

IFM encourages a multidisciplinary approach to patient care. We welcome a variety of licensed healthcare disciplines to AFMCP, including MDs, DOs, NDs, DCs, physician assistants, nursing professionals, and nutrition professionals.

My condition isn’t listed in the Advanced Search. What should I do?

Try to identify the larger category your condition may belong to. For example, rheumatoid arthritis may be categorized under Autoimmune Diseases. Searching within the larger category will give you a more comprehensive list of practitioners to choose from.

What if there are no practitioners in my area?

You can expand your search to include nearby cities or other locations you travel to on a frequent basis. You can also search for practitioners who offer online or phone consultations using the Advanced Search.

Can you recommend a practitioner for me?

Because everyone’s situation and health needs are unique, we can’t recommend specific practitioners. We encourage you to use the Advanced Search to identify the qualities you’re looking for in a practitioner. In addition, you’ll notice that IFM Certified Practitioners receive a special designation in the search results. IFM Certified Practitioners have completed the highest level of training we offer and have passed a rigorous written examination.

I’m willing to travel to see a Functional Medicine practitioner. Can you tell me where I am most likely to find one?

Practitioners from around the globe are listed in our practitioner search. Major metropolitan areas in the United States are most likely to have the highest concentration of practitioners.

Are practitioners available for phone or online consultation?

Some practitioners are available for phone or online consultation. Choose “Advanced Search” and select phone or online consultation to refine your search results.

Do Functional Medicine practitioners accept my insurance?

Functional Medicine practitioners operate many different practice types. When you go to the Find A Practitioner search, choose “Advanced Search” and select the payment option you prefer to limit your search results to practitioners who meet your criteria. In some cases, you may need to call the practitioner’s office to find out if they accept your specific insurance plan.

How do I choose the right Functional Medicine practitioner?

Here are some questions that may help you decide which practitioner in your Find A Practitioner search results may be right for you.

What can I expect when I visit a Functional Medicine practitioner?

Read our introduction to Working with a Functional Medicine Practitioner here. More patient resources may be found in our Patient Resource Center.

How many patients search Find A Practitioner?

The Find A Practitioner search has more than 90,000 unique searches each month.

Why doesn’t my profile show up when I search for my location?

Go to the My Profile area of your online account to update your listing. Enter the address of your clinic and select “View in Google Maps” to ensure the system has identified the correct address.

How do I update my Find A Practitioner listing?

If you’re a practitioner and you’ve already attended our foundational course, Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice, and are enrolled in our Membership Program, you can update your Find A Practitioner listing by following these instructions:

  1. Log in to the IFM website using your email address and password.
  2. Click on “My Practitioner Profile” in the left hand menu of the account page.
  3. Update your information as you would like it to appear on your listing.
  4. At the bottom of the page change your visibility preferences to “Show my profile in Find A Practitioner results.” (Leave the other option un-checked if you would like to keep your profile private).
  5. Click the “Save Profile” button at the bottom of the page to save your information.

A few tips:

  • Enter the address of your clinic and select “View in Google Maps” to ensure the correct address is identified. Most patients search for a practitioner by location, so this step can make your profile visible to more patients.
  • Select the specialties and conditions that apply to your clinical practice.
  • Specify the billing model you use in your practice so that patients know what to expect when they come in for their first office visit.
  • Take advantage of the text fields to provide more information about your training, your practice, or your staff.
  • Try searching for your profile on the Find A Practitioner page using various search terms and adjust the information in your profile as needed.

How can I get listed on Find A Practitioner?

In order to have your profile listed on Find A Practitioner, you must attend our foundational course, Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP), and also be enrolled in our Membership Program. Practitioners who complete the full IFM Certification Program receive a special designation in the search, so patients know they have completed the highest level of Functional Medicine training available.