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Functional Medicine Advanced Practice Modules (APM) Hormone 2024

Online Course

Re-establishing Hormonal Balance in the Hypothalamic, Pituitary, Adrenal, Thyroid, and Gonadal Axis

July 12 - 14, 2024
Up to 19.25 CME Credits
  • Module content comprises recorded presentations that will be rebroadcast as a livestream presentation. Introductions, transitions, and Q&A sessions will be live. This course will be presented in Pacific Time (PT).
  • Only the CME/CE option is eligible for commensurate CME/CE credits. More Info
  • Base tuition for this program is $1,875. Automatic discounts, including membership pricing, have already been applied for logged in users. 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
  • IFM offers a military discount. More Info
  • All times are displayed in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).
Functional Medicine Advanced Practice Modules® (APM) Hormone

This Functional Medicine Advanced Practice Module will clarify exactly how to approach hormonal dysregulation, with discussions on the most important evaluations to make and integrative treatment approaches to apply. We will help you analyze the controversies and provide you with tools that you can use immediately in your practice.

Our expert faculty team will supply you with the foundational background, insight, and in-depth clinical thinking to confidently assess and treat patients who present with hormonal dysfunction. This program will provide a unique, experiential, case-based, clinically practical experience from which you will acquire the tools you need to apply a comprehensive functional medicine approach to hormone dysfunction in your patients.

Why this module is important

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is an extremely common intervention, but it has its own health risks and may not address underlying causes of hormonal imbalance. For some clinicians, HRT in women and men is still considered the fountain of youth; for others, it has become a dangerous area fraught with considerable risk that is avoided completely. Controversies and disagreements abound regarding how to diagnose and measure hormonal dysfunction; how to address safety concerns in prescribing HRT; the form, application, and dosage to use; and when and how to insert lifestyle, diet, nutraceutical, and botanical treatments.

The functional medicine approach is uniquely capable of responding to the controversy surrounding HRT by looking upstream to the wide variety of ways that the hypothalamic, pituitary, adrenal, thyroid, and gonadal (HPATG) axis modulates health. By applying dietary modifications, nutraceutical supplementation, and other lifestyle changes as a frontline treatment, the need for HRT can often be minimized or avoided.

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Program Highlights

  • CME/CE credit, if CME/CE option is selected for purchase 
  • A step toward becoming an IFM Certified Practitioner
  • Course materials: PDFs of all presentations as well as MP3 audio and MP4 video files
  • Pre- and post-course interactive videos and webinars
  • More than 19 hours of lectures, Q&A sessions, and discussion (see the “Schedule and Educators” section for a full schedule of topics)
  • 30-day access to IFM’s Toolkit, with hundreds of downloadable clinician resources that can be accessed and used in practice immediately after the course (intake forms, patient handouts, and assessment questionnaires)
  • Morning meditation session
  • Virtual networking opportunities
  • Virtual exhibit hall featuring labs, nutraceutical companies, and practice management experts
  • Opportunities to ask additional questions on a post-conference private discussion group moderated by IFM faculty
  • Live Q&A with presenters
Clinical competencies to be mastered through the module:
  • Broadly understand…
    1. The impact stress has on the physiology and pathophysiology of the HPATG axis and the autonomic nervous system.
    2. The physiology and pathophysiology associated with melatonin, cortisol, DHEA, pregnenolone, TSH, T3, T4, RT3, testosterone, progesterone, estrogen, and, specifically, their signaling, sensitivity, activity, metabolism, and excretion.
  • Recognize common antecedents and triggers as well as signs and symptoms associated with dysregulation of the HPATG axis.
  • Evaluate the most important laboratory tests to use in assessing hormone-related dysfunction, and recognize common pitfalls of lab testing.
  • Develop individualized treatment protocols using diet, nutraceuticals, botanicals, pharmaceuticals, and mind-body/behavioral interventions to address hormone dysregulation.
  • Appropriately prescribe bioidentical hormones and understand important differences in routes of delivery, issues regarding safety and effectiveness, and HRT risks.
  • Understand the controversies around breast cancer prevention and appropriately plan treatment programs for women.
  • Recognize the role of the mind-body connection as antecedent, trigger, and mediator in the feed-forward cycle of chronic disease.

CME/CE Information

The CME/CE option is intended for clinicians who need to fulfill continuing education requirements. If you do not need CME/CE credits, you may purchase the non-CME option.

For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board or other credentialing organization regarding the acceptance of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM from ACCME-accredited organizations.

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 19.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABIM MOC points available: Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 19.25 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. Continuing education approval applications were submitted by NWHSU to all state chiropractic boards except Arizona, Arkansas, California, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin. For a complete list of states and approval hours, please email cme@ifm.org.

ND: Generally, state naturopathic boards accept courses accredited through the ACCME.

Nursing Professional: The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) accept contact hours approved through ACCME.

PA: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts contact hours approved through ACCME.

RD: The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) accepts contact hours approved through ACCME.

Acupuncturist: IFM is a continuing education provider (provider #0232) of the California Acupuncture Board (CAB). IFM applies to CAB for this course. Per the Recertification Handbook of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), courses approved by a state acupuncture regulatory board are eligible to submit with the re-certification application. Note: California acupuncturists must attend this course in full to receive CPEUs. Partial credit is not available.

*CME credits are subject to change.

Registration, Participation, and Cancellation Policies

REGISTRATION POLICY

Program materials and CME/CE 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. No registrations will be taken after 4:00 pm PT, Thursday, July 11, 2024.

PARTICIPATION POLICY

Livestream participation from July 12 – July 14, 2024, is required for this IFM program. You must participate in the live rebroadcast by logging in to your unique IFM account to receive CME/CE credit and to fulfill IFM Certification Program requirements. Livestream log-in information is unique and cannot be shared. Those who do not log in through their own IFM account during the live rebroadcast will be removed from the program and will not receive program materials, recordings, CME/CE credit, or credit toward the IFM Certification Program.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellation Request Received Eligible Refund
Date of registration/purchase – June 12, 2024 * Refund less 5% administrative fee
June 13, 2024 – July 01, 2024 * Refund less 25% administrative fee
July 02, 2024 – July 11, 2024  * Refund less 50% administrative fee
After July 11, 2024 * No Refund
*Next tier of fees in effect at midnight Pacific time

Tuition is non-transferable. Failure to log in to the livestream broadcast with no prior written cancellation or switch will result in complete forfeiture of tuition, course materials, and the course will not count toward certification (nonrefundable, nontransferable, no exceptions). Program materials are available only to registered participants. Log-in information is unique and cannot be shared.  If you have completed your purchase through Affirm, your cancellation will incur an additional fee of up to 6%. Cancellation requests must be submitted via the Course Cancellation Form. IFM will reply with a written acknowledgement once processed. IFM will reply with a written acknowledgement once processed.

My registration for the Advanced Practice Module (APM) signifies that I have read and agreed to IFM’s cancellation policy found above. My participation in the APM 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.

Livestream Information

Before registering, please click the button below to test your device’s ability to support livestreaming.

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Additional information related to how to access livestreams (including system requirements) can be found in our FAQ section.

DCs may or may not be eligible for CME/CE through livestream. Please check with your state board.


Livestream Chat Policy

The chat feature allows for our livestream learners to interact with their colleagues and presenters throughout this program. While we know our community has high standards for interacting respectfully with their peers and would never abuse the chat feature, we want to remind you that recruiting, advertising, soliciting, or spamming is not permitted. IFM reserves the right to remove individuals or specific comments from the chat and chat logs.

Although we are confident that the quality of this program will be outstanding, there may be occasional interruptions due to the nature of online streaming. All recordings of the educational sessions will be provided after the course.

We ask that you understand the nature of the internet and refrain from unnecessary comments in the chat regarding your internet issues, or the issues of others, that may occur. IFM and BroadcastMed are doing the best that they can to deliver this program, and we are confident that the event will be an overall success.

Thank you for your understanding.

Exhibitors

Exhibiting opportunities available. Contact exhibiting@ifm.org for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

If the presentations are recorded, why do I have to attend live?
You must check in and be present for the duration of the live rebroadcast to receive CME/CE credit and to fulfill IFM Certification Program requirements. Conference sessions feature real-time chat moderation with the educators. You may pose questions, comments, and interact with fellow attendees during the live rebroadcast. IFM encourages networking during the course. Please help us create a positive learning environment by adhering to our Chat Policy.

 

 

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