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

Up to 34.75 CME Credits
  • 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, September 28, 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
Attendees from Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP) discuss their experience at IFM's five-day foundation 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 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

This schedule will be available at a later date.

Additional Information

Hotel Information

Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H Street NW Washington, D.C., USA, 20001
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IFM Room Block Rate: $299
Cutoff Date for Special Room Rate: September 7, 2018 (subject to availability)

Rooms in the block are limited and may sell out prior to the cutoff date. Reservations will open in the months leading up to the event. 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

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, September 28, 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.

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 September 21, 2018, to be eligible for a refund, less a $300 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after September 21 and before October 1, 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.

This 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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