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Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice®, September 2019 (AFMCP) Online

Online Course
September 30 - December 29, 2019
Up to 34.5 CME Credits
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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.

The same comprehensive educational content offered at the in-person conference is delivered to you digitally, at your own pace. Using a combination of interactive video lectures, case studies, online activities, quizzes, and live events, experienced Functional Medicine clinicians teach participants how to use IFM’s tools to improve outcomes for patients with chronic diseases.

AFMCP Online allows you to access the 90-day course at any time of the day, from any location with internet.


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.
AFMCP Online is a highly interactive course featuring lectures, case studies, and quizzes on six major physiological systems—cardiometabolic, immune, hormone, energy, gastrointestinal, and detoxification. Watch this video walk through and learn more about our new online 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:

  • A presentation on business models for the Functional Medicine Practice.
  • 35 hours of highly interactive video divided into segments so learners can come and go as they please, within a 90-day timeframe.
  • 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 for the duration of the 90-day course.
  • Course Materials: PDF presentation slides, MP3 audio recordings, and MP4 video recordings of the most recent in-person offering of AFMCP (AFMCP March 2019). Recordings will be made available after the close of the course, to those who have completed 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 private Facebook group for community interaction.
  • Access to the AFMCP Online Milestone Calendar to guide attendees through upcoming live informational sessions and suggested milestones to stay on track with the course.
  • An experiential, five-week Elimination Diet course that will increase your confidence in implementing this important tool into your practice.
This course includes 23 lectures:
Session Educator
Introduction to Functional Medicine: Redefining Disease & Applied Systems Medicine Mark Hyman, MD
Mapping the Territory Kristi Hughes, ND
DIGIN to Root Causes of Gut Dysfunction Jill Carnahan, MD, ABFM, ABIHM
Treatment of GI Dysfunction Tom Sult, MD
Integration of Concepts Tom Sult, MD
Immune Dysfunction and Inflammation: A Primary Mechanism of Illness Robert Rountree, MD
Food Allergies, Sensitivities, and Intolerances: Diagnosis and Treatment Dan Lukaczer, ND
Prescribing an Elimination Diet Elizabeth Boham, MD, MS, RD
Anthropometrics, Biomarkers, Clinical Assessment, and Diet Evaluation: The ABCDs of Nutritional Evaluation Michael Stone, MD, MS
Shifting the Therapeutic Encounter into an Environment of Insight Monique Class, MS, APRN, BC
Anthropometrics, Biomarkers, Clinical Assessment, and Diet Evaluation: The ABCDs of Nutritional Evaluation: Part 2 Michael Stone, MD, MS
Lowering the Toxic Body Burden Using Diet, Lifestyle, and Other Strategies Robert Rountree, MD
Functional Approaches to Cardiometabolic Disease Shilpa Saxena, MD
Exploring and Facilitating Challenges in the Journey of Change Monique Class, MS, APRN, BC
Understanding the HPA Axis: Biochemistry and Background Monique Class, MS, APRN, BC
Understanding the HPA Axis: Biochemistry and Background Marcelle Pick, NP
Assessment and Treatment of Adrenal Dysfunction Dan Lukaczer, ND
Testosterone Deficiency in Men Mark Holthouse, MD
Modulating a Woman’s Hormones Margaret Christensen, MD
Mitochondria and Energy Dynamics David Haase, MD
Clinical Integration of Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Change Shilpa Saxena, MD
Clinical Integration and the Functional Medicine Matrix Robert Luby, MD
Insight, Intuition, and the Therapeutic Partnership David S. Jones, MD

Additional Information

Free Lecture Series With Purchase

Receive 7 Free Lectures* (Over $100 Value)

VIDEO BUNDLE ON STRESS (4 Expert Lectures):

  • The Art and Science of Well-being: Healing the Pathophysiology of Stress, Pain, and Addiction with Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement, by Eric Garland, PhD, LCSW
  • Stress, Addictions, and the Young Mind, by Elizabeth Mumper, MD, IFMCP
  • PTSD: New Directions, by Robert Hedaya, MD
  • Transforming Health Care and Transforming Ourselves, by David Rakel, MD

VIDEO BUNDLE ON PAIN (3 expert lectures):

  • Pain in Mice and Man: Ironic Adventures in Translation, by Jeffrey Mogil, PhD
  • The Science of Perception, by David Rakel, MD
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Trauma: The Missing Link in Managing Addiction and Pain, by Judy Crane, LMHC, CAP, ICADC

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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 other activity (a semi-synchronous online cohort) for a maximum of 34.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ACCME-accredited courses for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are eligible for Category 2 credit through the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). To obtain the Category 2 credit, please email, fax or mail certificates of attendance to the AOA Department of Client and Member Services. For more information click here.

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.

To obtain ABIM MOC points, you must complete the CME evaluation and pass all chapter quizzes with 80% or greater. IFM will submit participant data to ABIM within two weeks from the closing date of this course using the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting Systems (PARS).

ND: Generally, naturopathic state licensing boards accept continuing education courses accredited through the ACCME. Please 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. Please contact your state physician assistant board to inquire if continuing education 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), contact hours approved through ACCME are accepted. Please contact your state nursing board to inquire if continuing education credits from ACCME-accredited organizations are accepted.

DCs: Please note that continuing education credit is NOT provided through Northwestern Health Sciences University (NWHSU) for AFMCP Online as it is for AFMCP in-person. Click here to learn about our AFMCP in-person conferences.

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

Release Date: September 30, 2019
Expiration Date: December 29, 2019
Last Review Date: August 27, 2018

*CME credits are subject to change.

Registration and Cancellation Policies

cancellation POLICY

Cancellations must be received in writing no later than October 15, 2019, to receive a complete refund of your tuition fee. Cancellations received after October 15, 2019, and before December 29, 2019, are eligible for a refund less a $150 cancellation fee. No refunds will be issued if CME credits have been claimed.  Failure to submit a cancellation request prior to December 29, 2019, will result in complete forfeiture of tuition (non-refundable, non-transferable, no exceptions). CME credits and course materials are not available for those who choose to cancel their registration or fail to complete the course within 90 days. Only those who complete the course will receive CME credit and credit toward IFM Certification. Cancellation requests must be submitted to Kenlee Guss at kenleeguss@ifm.org or via fax to 253.661.8310.

registration POLICY

Participants of the AFMCP Online Course have 90 days from the course start date (September 30, 2019) to complete the program. If registrants are not current IFM members, 90 days access to IFM’s Clinical Practice Toolkit is included beginning on the course start date (September 30, 2019). Program materials and CME certificates are delivered to you through your personal IFM online account. Online access cannot be shared – course materials, course content, and CME credit are provided to the individual registrant only. For this reason, you may not register multiple people or someone other than yourself.  No partial CME credit will be awarded. 

Registration closes at 12:00 pm PT, Tuesday, October 8, 2019.

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.


Practitioner Testimonials

All of the lectures were brilliantly presented. They shed a new light on subjects I'd learned but never fully grasped. I feel like I learned more practical information in a week than I did in Med School."

AFMCP attendee

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