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Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice®, March 2020 Sold Out

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.

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

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 private Facebook group for community interaction
  • 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
  • Delicious and nutritious snacks, sponsored lunches, and an evening reception

IFM Planning Calendar

Schedule and Educators

7:00 am - 8:00 am
8:00 am - 8:15 am
Dan Lukaczer, ND Welcome and Orientation
8:15 am - 9:45 am
Patrick Hanaway, MD Introduction to Functional Medicine: Redefining Disease Applied Systems
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
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 brought to you by Siete Family Foods
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Patrick Hanaway, MD Treatment of GI Dysfunction in the Context of the Functional Medicine Matrix
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Evening Break
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Welcome Reception brought to you by Siete Family Foods
7:00 am - 7:45 am
Robert Luby, 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 Exhibit Hall
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Dan Lukaczer, ND Food Allergies, Sensitivities, and Intolerances: Diagnosis and Treatment
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Sponsored lunch presented by Doctor's Data: Third Generation Microbiome Analysis with Joel Mortensen, PhD- Optional, Non-CME
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Free Time
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Elizabeth Boham, MD, MS, RD Prescribing an Elimination Diet
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Afternoon Break- Refreshments in Exhibit Hall
3:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Michael P. Stone, MD, MS Elizabeth Boham, MD, MS, RD 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
7:00 am - 7:45 am
Breakfast and Q&A with Facilitators - Optional Non-CME
8:00 am - 9:45 am
Michael P. Stone, MD, MS Elizabeth Boham, MD, MS, RD Anthropometrics, Biomarkers, Clinical Assessment, and Diet Evaluation: The ABCDs of Nutritional Evaluation: Part 2
9:45 am - 10:15 am
Morning Break -Refreshments in Exhibit Hall
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: Integrative Medicine for Attention and Focus in Adults with James Greenblatt, MD- Optional, Non-CME
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Free Time
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Shilpa P. Saxena, MD Functional Approaches to Cardiometabolic Disease
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Afternoon Break- Refreshments in Exhibit Hall
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Monique Class, MS, APRN, BC Challenges in the Journey of Change
7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Dessert, Drinks, & Discussion sponsored by Pure Encapsulations - Optional, Non-CME
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Kristi Hughes, ND Daniel Kalish, DC Business and Clinical Strategies for Successful Practice Implementation - Optional Non-CME
7:15 am - 7:45 am
Priya Kamani, MD, MBA Dan Lukaczer, ND Joel M. Evans, MD The Value of Coaching and Technology in Building a Successful Functional Medicine Practice- 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 Exhibit Hall
9:45 am - 11:00 am
Keesha Ewers, PhD, MSN, ARNP, FNPc Assessment and Treatment of Adrenal Dysfunction
11:00 am - 11:15 am
Short Restroom Break
11:15 am - 12:30 pm
Robert Luby, MD Assessment and Treatment of Thyroid Dysfunction
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Lunch Break
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Geo Espinosa, ND, LAc, CNS Testosterone Deficiency in Men
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Afternoon Break- Refreshments in Exhibit Hall
4:15 am - 5:45 am
Wendy Warner, MD Modulating Woman's Hormones
5:45 pm - 6:00 pm
Question and Answers Session
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
Kristi Hughes, ND Clinical Integration of Functional Nutrtion and Lifestyle Change
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch Break
11:45 am - 12:30 pm
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Robert Luby, MD Clinical Integration and the Functional Medicine Matrix
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Questions 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

Additional Information

Hotel Information


Belmond Charleston Place
205 Meeting St. Charleston, SC 29401
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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.

If you need to cancel your hotel reservation, please call Central Reservations at 800.831.3490. Cancellations must be made 72 hours prior to arrival to avoid penalty of one night’s room and tax.

Transportation Information
Nearby Airports
  • Charleston International Airport (CHS) 13 miles
Hotel Parking
  • Self: $20/night
  • Valet: $37/night
Public Transportation
  • Uber/Lyft $20-$30
  • Click here for additional options and details

Transportation information is provided for reference only and subject to change. For assistance or additional questions please click here or contact the hotel directly at 206.973.1234.


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.

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.

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 AL, AZ, KY, OK, NY, TN, and TX. Applications were submitted for 34.5 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: The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) automatically accepts CME courses accredited for AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM through the ACCME. Therefore, pre-approval is not required of IFM. Please check with your state licensing board to inquire if prior approval by CDR is required to obtain continuing education credits for an activity despite this circumstance.

LAc: IFM is a continuing education provider (provider #0232) of the California Acupuncture Board (CAB). An application will be submitted to CAB 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. If approved, contact your state acupuncture board to inquire if continuing education credits approved by the CAB are accepted. Note: If approved, 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 PT, Friday, March 6, 2020. 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 February 28, 2020 to be eligible for a refund, less a $150 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after February 28 and before March 9, 2020, are eligible for a refund less a $300 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: Jenniferstroh@ifm.org or 253.661.3065. 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.


For conference accommodations or modifications due to a disability please let IFM know here:
Please provide any requests for your hotel room with the hotel directly.

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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