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Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice, March 2018 (AFMCP)

Up to 34.5 CME Credits
  • A gift from IFM: $500 off of this AFMCP offering already applied for everyone (original value: $3,350 physician, $2,830 non-physician).
  • If you are a member, and you are logged in, your 10% member discount has been automatically applied. More Info
  • 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
  • Registration at regular tuition closes 4:00 pm PDT, Friday, March 16, 2018. Late registration tuition includes a $300 processing fee. Scroll down to the “Registration and Cancellation Policies” section for detailed information.

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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
Ever wondered what it is really like to attend Functional Medicine’s premier, case-based course, Applying Functional Medicine in Practice (AFMCP)? Take a look into AFMCP by the numbers.

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 370 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)
  • 12-month support series for course graduates
  • Access to IFM-hosted online forum discussions
  • Small-group, interactive, case-based learning led by IFM educators and IFM Certified Practitioners
  • More than 35 hours of onsite lectures, Q&A sessions, and discussion
  • Online roundtable discussions following the course
  • Delicious and nutritious snacks, sponsored lunches, and an evening reception

IFM Planning Calendar

Schedule and Educators

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 am
8:00 am - 8:15 am
Dan Lukaczer, ND Welcome and Orientation
8:15 am - 9:45 am
Introduction to Functional Medicine: Redefining Disease Applied Systems Medicine
9:45 am - 10:15 am
Morning Break – Refreshments in Foyer
10:15 am - 12:15 pm
Kristi Hughes, ND Mapping the Territory: Using the Functional Medicine Matrix Model
12:15 pm - 1:45 pm
Lunch Break
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
All Levels Yoga
1:45 pm - 3:30 pm
Dan Lukaczer, ND DIGIN to Root Causes of Gut Dysfunction
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Afternoon Break – Refreshments in Foyer
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Thomas A. Sult, MD Treatment of GI Dysfunction in the Context of the Functional Medicine Matrix
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Evening Break
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Welcome Reception
Schedule subject to change | Times are in PDT
7:00 am - 7:45 am
Robert Luby, MD Gillian Ehrlich, ARNP Jeremy Flagel, MD IFM’s Certification Program: The Path and Benefits - Optional, Non-CME
8:00 am - 9:30 am
Robert Rountree, MD Immune Dysfunction and Inflammation: A Primary Mechanism of Illness
9:30 am - 10:00 am
Morning Break – Refreshments in Practice Implementation Showroom
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Food Allergies, Sensitivities, and Intolerances: Diagnosis and Treatment
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Sponsored lunch presented by Doctors Data: "It's Too Late to Have a Happy Childhood! ACE (adverse childhood events) and HPA Axis and Neurotransmitter Clinical Correction" by Erin Lommen, ND -
Optional, Non CME
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Free Time
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Bette Bischoff, MD, RD Prescribing an Elimination Diet
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Afternoon Break – Refreshments in Practice Implementation Showroom
3:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Michael Stone, MD, MS Anthropometrics, Biomarkers, Clinical Assessment, and Diet Evaluation: The ABCDs of Nutritional Evaluation: Part 1
4:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Short Restroom Break
4:45 pm - 6:00 pm
Monique Class, MS, APRN, BC Shifting the Therapeutic Encounter
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Nutritional Genomics Reception and Panel Discussion with Nathan Morris, MD., Penny Kendall-Reed, BSc., ND and Caroline Cederquist, MD
Sponsored by Pure Encapsulations
Optional, Non-CME - Light refreshments will be served
Schedule subject to change | Times are in PDT
7:00 am - 7:45 am
Breakfast and Q&A with Facilitators - Optional, Non-CME
8:00 am - 9:45 am
Michael Stone, MD, MS Anthropometrics, Biomarkers, Clinical Assessment, and Diet Evaluation: The ABCDs of Nutritional Evaluation: Part 2
9:45 am - 10:15 am
Morning Break – Refreshments in Practice Implementation Showroom
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:
“Nutritional Genomics Should Not Be Difficult! PureGenomics®: A solution that is easy to understand and implement for better patient outcomes” by Nathan Morris, MD & Penny Kendall-Reed, ND -
Optional, Non CME
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Free Time
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Yousef Elyaman, MD Functional Approaches to Cardiometabolic Disease
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Afternoon Break – Refreshments in Practice Implementation Showroom
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Monique Class, MS, APRN, BC Challenges in the Journey of Change
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Business and Clinical Strategies for Successful Practice Implementation – Optional, Non-CME
Schedule subject to change | Times are in PDT
7:15 am - 7:45 am
Dan Lukaczer, ND Introduction to the IFM Communities, IFM Toolkit and Natural Medicine Database - Optional, Non-CME
8:00 am - 9:15 am
Joel M. Evans, MD Understanding the HPATG Axis: From Biochemistry to Application
9:15 am - 9:45 am
Morning Break – Refreshments in Practice Implementation Showroom
9:45 am - 11:00 am
Lisa M. (Perry) Portera, DC Assessment and Treatment of Adrenal Dysfunction
11:00 am - 11:15 am
Short Restroom Break
11:15 am - 12:30 pm
Dan Lukaczer, ND Assessment and Treatment of Thyroid Dysfunction
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Lunch Break
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
All Levels Yoga
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Mark Holthouse, MD Testosterone Deficiency in Men
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Afternoon Break – Refreshments in Practice Implementation Showroom
4:15 pm - 5:45 pm
Margaret Christensen, MD Modulating a Woman’s Hormones
5:45 pm - 6:00 pm
Question and Answers Session
Schedule subject to change | Times are in PDT
8:00 am - 9:30 am
David Haase, MD Mitochondria and Energy Dynamics
9:30 am - 10:00 am
Morning Break – Refreshments in Foyer
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Elizabeth Boham, MD, MS, RD Clinical Integration of Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Change
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch Break
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Robert Luby, MD Dan Lukaczer, ND IFMCP and Post Course Elimination Diet Q&A - Optional, Non-CME
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Robert Luby, MD Clinical Integration and the Functional Medicine Matrix
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Question and Answers Session
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Afternoon Break – Refreshments in Foyer
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
David S. Jones, MD Insight, Intuition, and the Therapeutic Partnership
Schedule subject to change | Times are in PDT

Additional Information

Hotel Information

Manchester Grand Hyatt
1 Market Place, San Diego, CA, USA, 92101
Click to book your hotel at the IFM rate
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IFM Room Block Rate: $285
Cutoff Date for Special Room Rate: March 9th – EXTENDED (subject to availability)

Rooms in the block are limited and may sell out prior to the cutoff date. If rooms are not available, please continue to check back as there may have been a cancellation.

To make your reservation, please book online or call 888.421.1442 and mention you are booking in the “IFM – AFMCP 2018 March” room block.

Benefits of Booking in 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

We only choose hotels who meet our standard for serving organic and gluten- and 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

Nearby Airports

  • San Diego International Airport – SAN (3 miles)


  • Self parking: $8/first hour, $35/overnight guest, $35/daily maximum
  • Valet parking: $10/first hour, $49/overnight guest, $55/daily maximum

Airport and parking information is provided for reference only and subject to change. For transportation assistance or additional questions please contact the hotel directly at 619.232.1234.


IFM knows how important it is to have healthy food options, and that many of our partners have special dietary needs. With that in mind, we have compiled a list of nearby restaurants serving Fresh Fare that can accommodate those needs.

CME Information

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

MD/DO: The Institute for Functional Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 34.5 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.

NEW! ABIM MOC Points Available: Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 34.5 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

DC: Northwestern Health Sciences University (NWHSU) provides continuing education credit for chiropractic physicians. An application was submitted to NWHSU who applied to all states, except AZ, KY, OK, TN, and TX. Applications were submitted for 34 CEU hours. For a complete list of states and approval hours, please contact IFM.

ND: Generally, programs that are accredited through the ACCME for CME credits are approved by  naturopathic state licensing boards. Contact your state naturopathic board to inquire if CME credits from ACCME-accredited organizations are accepted.

PA: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts all continuing education credits from organizations accredited by the ACCME. Contact your state physician assistant board to inquire if CME credits from ACCME-accredited organizations are accepted.

NURSING PROFESSIONAL: For the purpose of re-certification with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), hours approved through ACCME can be used. Contact your state nursing board to inquire if CME credits from ACCME-accredited organizations are accepted.

RD: Prior approval was not sought for this course as the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) automatically accepts continuing education credits obtained from ACCME-accredited organizations. Please check with your state licensing board to inquire if prior approval is required to obtain continuing education credits for an activity.

LAc: IFM is a continuing education provider (provider #0232) of the California Acupuncture Board (CAB). The CAB approved this course for 34.5 Category 1 hours. Per the Recertification Handbook of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), if a course is approved by a state acupuncture regulatory board, then it is eligible to submit with the re-certification application. Contact your state acupuncture board to inquire if continuing education credits approved by the CAB are accepted. Note: California acupuncturists must attend this course in full to receive CPEUs. Partial credit will not be provided.

Other: Please contact your healthcare licensing board to inquire if CME credits from ACCME-accredited organizations are recognized and can be used toward fulfilling your continuing education requirements.

CME credits are subject to change.

Registration and Cancellation Policies

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. Registration at regular tuition will close 4:00 pm PDT, Friday, March 16, 2018. Late registration tuition includes a $300 processing fee. Late registration in-person at the conference (subject to space) will incur a $300 processing fee.

Retroactive discounts will not be issued after March 30, 2018.

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.

cancellation POLICY

Cancellations must be received in writing no later than March 9, 2018, to be eligible for a refund, less a $300 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after March 9 and before March 19, 2018, 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.


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.

Win an Exclusive Lunch With Patrick Hanaway, MD (closed)

If you registered for this program before February 9, you have been automatically entered into the drawing to win an exclusive lunch with Patrick Hanaway, MD, director of research at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, along with two other AFMCP attendees. The lunch will take place on Monday, March 19—the first day of the conference. Winners will be notified via email on March 12, 2018.


IFM is proud to partner with our Corporate Leaders, Collaborators, and Program Sponsors, providing our practitioners with on-site (and virtual) access to a wide variety of products and services.

Corporate Leaders

Cleveland HeartLab
Doctor’s Data
Genova Diagnostics
Metabolic Maintenance
Nordic Naturals
Ortho Molecular Products
Pure Encapsulations
Thorne Research
Vital Nutrients
Wellness Pharmacy
ZRT Laboratory


Functional Medicine Coaching Academy

Additional Sponsors

Alletess Medical Laboratory
Apex Energetics
Lifestyle Matrix Resource Center

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