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Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice®January 2022 (AFMCP) Online

Online Course
January 10 - April 11, 2022
Up to 35.5 CME Credits
  • Full tuition for this program is $2,950. Automatic discounts, including membership pricing, have already been applied for logged in users. More Info
  • This course is eligible for Resident and Medical Student Tuition. More Info
  • IFM now offers a military discount. More Info
  • This course is part of the IFM Certification Program. More Info

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

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 430 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 AFMCP offering. Recordings will be made available after the close of the course, only 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.
  • Supplement Training Guide with clinician tools: ” Brand Quality Checklist ” and “Dietary Supplement Ingredients Quality Checklist.”
This course includes 23 lectures:
Session Educator
Welcome and Orientation Dan Lukaczer, ND
Introduction to Functional Medicine: Redefining Disease Applied Systems Medicine Part 1 Mark Hyman, MD
Introduction to Functional Medicine: Redefining Disease Applied Systems Medicine Part 2 Patrick Hanaway, MD
Facilitated Q&A: Redefining Disease – Non-CME Mark Hyman, MD
Patrick Hanaway, MD
Jeffrey Bland, MD
Mapping the Territory: Using the Functional Medicine Matrix Model Kristi Hughes, ND
DIGIN to Root Causes of Gut Dysfunction Patrick Hanaway, MD
Treatment of GI Dysfunction in the Context of the Functional Medicine Matrix Tom Sult, MD
Social Determinants of Health James Carter, MD
Facilitated Q&A: Gut Function and Dysfunction – Non-CME Tom Sult, MD
Robert Rountree, 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: Part 1 Michael Stone, MD, MS
Elizabeth Boham, MD, MS, RD
Facilitated Q&A: Food Reactions – Non-CME Michael Stone, MD, MS
Elizabeth Boham, MD, MS, RD
Shifting the Therapeutic Encounter Monique Class, MS, APRN, BC
Anthropometrics, Biomarkers, Clinical Assessment, and Diet Evaluation: The ABCDs of Nutritional Evaluation: Part 2 Michael Stone, MD, MS
Elizabeth Boham, MD, MS, RD
Lowering the Toxic Body Burden Using Diet, Lifestyle, and Other Strategies Robert Rountree, MD
Functional Approaches to Cardiometabolic Disease James Carter, MD
Facilitated Q&A: Cardiometabolic Disease – Non-CME Mark Holthouse, MD
James Carter, MD
Challenges in the Journey of Change Monique Class, MS, APRN, BC
Understanding the HPATG Axis: From Biochemistry to Application Dan Lukaczer, ND
Assessment and Treatment of Adrenal Dysfunction Arti Chandra, MD
Assessment and Treatment of Thyroid Dysfunction Robert Luby, MD
Facilitated Q&A: Adrenal and Thyroid – Non-CME Dan Lukaczer, ND
Arti Chandra, MD
Testosterone Deficiency in Men Mark Holthouse, MD
Modulating a Woman’s Hormones Part 1 Wendy Warner, MD
Modulating a Woman’s Hormones Part 2 Joel Evans, MD
Facilitated Q&A: Modulating a Woman’s Hormones – Non-CME Joel Evans, MD
Wendy Warner, 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
Facilitated Q&A: Clinical Integration and Lifestyle Change – Non-CME Robert Luby, MD
Shilpa Saxena, MD
Facilitated Q&A: Therapeutic Partnership – Non- CME Monique Class, MS, APRN, BC
David S. Jones, MD
Insight, Intuition, and the Therapeutic Partnership David S. Jones, MD

Additional Information

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 35.5 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.

ABIM MOC Points Available: Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 35.5 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 survey and pass all chapter quizzes with 80% or greater. IFM will submit participant data to ABIM within four 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.

DC: Northwestern Health Sciences University (NWHSU) provides continuing education credit for chiropractic physicians. IFM submitted an application to NWHSU who applied to all states, except Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin. For a complete list of states and approval hours, please contact IFM.

LAc: IFM is a continuing education provider (provider #0232) of the California Acupuncture Board (CAB).  An application will be submitted to CAB for this course for 35.5 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 re-certification application. Please contact your state acupuncture board to inquire if continuing education credits can be obtained from this course. Note: California acupuncturists must attend this course in full to receive CPEUs. Partial credit is not available.

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.

*CME credits are subject to change.

Registration, Participation, and Cancellation Policies

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 registrations will be taken after 4:00 pm PT, Monday, January 17, 2022. 

Participants of the AFMCP Online Course have 90 days from the course start date (Monday, date) to complete the program. If registrants are not current IFM members, 90 day access to IFM’s Clinical Practice Toolkit is included beginning on the course start date (Monday, January 10). No partial CME credit will be awarded.  

Cancelations must be received in writing no later than 4:00 pm PT, Thursday, January 20, 2022, to receive a complete refund of your tuition. Cancelations received after  Thursday, January 20, 2022 and before April 11, 2022 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 April 11, 2022, 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 Jenniferstroh@ifm.org or 253.661.3065. IFM will reply with a written acknowledgement.  

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. 

Elimination Diet Challenge

Included in your Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice course, you will have the opportunity to participate in an experiential, five-week Elimination Diet course with support from a certified health coach. This course will increase your confidence in applying this critical tool into your practice and gives you first-hand experience of the value that health coaches can bring to a care team.

What does a Functional Medicine Health Coach do?

A Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach (FMCHC) partners with individuals and groups in a client-centered process to support their health. FMCA graduates are trained to work closely with clients on lifestyle factors (sleep/relaxation, exercise/movement, nutrition, stress, relationships) that influence health. They are experts in behavior change and employ effective strengths-based coaching strategies such as motivational interviewing and appreciative inquiry. Health coaches possess the skills required to create connection, trust, and rapport. This directly leads to improved communication with the treating practitioner, a better understanding of the therapeutic plan, and a deeper commitment to following treatment recommendations.

An FMCHC has a solid understanding of the foundations of functional medicine. They are fully trained to utilize resources provided by IFM, such as the Timeline, Matrix, and various Food Plans. This background allows them to understand and, with the addition of their coaching skills, support the client to implement Functional Medicine treatment plans into their lifestyle. A health coach moves beyond the diagnosis-prescription model to co-create and execute a plan with the client that inspires him or her to a path of better health. A FMCHC does not assess, prescribe, diagnose, treat, or interpret results nor do they provide meal plans or fitness programs.

What can I expect in my sessions with my FMCHC?

You will have 5 sessions with your health coach through this program. It will be up to you and your coach to determine the length and frequency of your sessions, but in general health coaching sessions range from 30 to 60 minutes in length, and it is recommended that clients meet weekly or bi-weekly for the best results.

The first session with your coach is what we call a “Foundation Session” where you and the coach will get to know each other and the coach will ask you about your goals, vision and aspirations as it relates to what you are wanting to work on with your coach (completing the Elimination Diet, and other goals you may have such as managing stress, getting more sleep, or having more energy).

  • “With the help of my coach, I did the elimination diet and I saw myself becoming positive through the journey.  I started introspection on what was my higher goal and how I should take small steps to reach my goals.  I learned that It is always about looking at the brighter side of things.  I am a better person now.”
  • “It was really helpful having a health coach support me through the elimination diet.  Without her support I don’t think I would have been compliant and completed the “challenge”.  I felt I had a commitment to her and myself and was able to finish the challenge with a lot more motivation!”
  • “I didn’t expect to take away so much from the coaching. I found my coach to be incredibly insightful.  I learned a lot more about myself through the process other than the basics of just being able to put the plan into practice and keep to it. She helped guide me towards recognizing behaviors and self-limiting beliefs I had about myself, that of course ultimately are linked to my overall health.”

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."