Updated on May 5, 2022
Program participants should carefully consider their level of comfort with this event’s health and safety policy before registering for this program. It is the responsibility of participants to determine their comfort level in attending this event, which has the following health and safety policy: In alignment with government, local, and venue-specific COVID-19 health and safety procedures, this event will not require physical distancing, wearing of facial coverings, COVID-19 testing, or proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Program participants may choose to individually follow COVID-19 health and safety measures as desired onsite. For more details about this policy in action see below.
Join IFM educators and your colleagues on July 8–10, 2022 in Chicago for IFM’s newest program.
For many years, practitioners have requested a hands-on program that guides clinicians through the process of building clinical skills in the practice of functional medicine. After three years of successful beta testing, IFM is excited to announce a new in-person Clinical Skills Training (CST) workshop that meets clinicians where they are on the functional medicine path and provides direct feedback and clinical consultation from expert clinicians on cases drawn from your own practice.
Clinical Skills Training (CST) is an in-person workshop that provides an opportunity to come together and learn new functional medicine clinical skills and applications. This two-and-a-half-day program is designed for practitioners who have taken IFM’s foundational course, Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP), and will be offered two times in 2022 at a limited time introductory price. This highly interactive, hands-on, case-based workshop provides a unique opportunity to hone and elevate your clinical skills by presenting cases from your practice (that you have prepared in advance) in facilitated small groups and receiving feedback from experienced, IFM-certified functional medicine clinicians.
IFM Insight: Why Clinical Skills May be Better Learned in Person
The program will be two and a half days long, Friday-Sunday, plus an optional evening activity on Thursday. Participants will prepare (in advance) a timeline and matrix from two patients in their own practices. These will be presented to peers in small groups facilitated by experienced, IFM-certified functional medicine practitioners. Additionally, there will be live question and answer sessions with IFM educators interspersed between the case workshops. Industry members from the functional medicine ecosystem will present short, 20-minute presentations about the latest trends in functional medicine at the conclusion of days one and two.
Seating is limited, and the program does not carry CME credit—in order to allow for an open and specific exchange of diagnostic and therapeutic options among the program participants and faculty.
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
221 N Columbus Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601
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IFM Room Block Rate: $269
*Please note the $25 urban fee is waived for our group.
Cutoff Date for Special Room Rate: Thursday, June 16th (subject to availability)
Rooms in the block are limited and may sell out prior to the cutoff date.
To make your reservation, please book online or call 312.638.6686 and mention you are booking in the “IFM CST” room block
IFM has negotiated very favorable rates which include these convenient services:
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
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 1.312.565.5258.
IFM knows how important it is to have healthy food options, and we also know that many of our partners have special dietary needs. With that in mind, we have listed restaurants that serve a variety of cuisines at different price points that can meet different dietary restrictions.
HEALTHY DINNING OPTIONS IN CHICAGO
Program materials 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 Friday, June 24, 2022.
IFM advises Attendee to consider the following:
Cancellations must be received in writing no later than 4:00 pm PT Friday, June 24, 2022, to be eligible for a full refund. Cancellations received between Friday, June 24, and Wednesday, July 6 are eligible for a refund less a $200 cancelation 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).
Cancellation requests must be submitted via the Course Cancellation Form. IFM will reply with a written acknowledgement once processed.
My registration for Clinical Skills Training (CST) signifies that I have read and agreed to IFM’s cancellation policy found above. My participation in CST 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.
Program participants should carefully consider their level of comfort with this event’s health and safety policy before registering for this program. It is the responsibility of program participants to determine their comfort level in attending this event, which has the following health and safety policy: In alignment with government, local, and venue-specific COVID-19 health and safety procedures, this event will not require physical distancing, wearing of facial coverings, COVID-19 testing, or proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Program participants may choose to individually follow COVID-19 health and safety measures as desired onsite. For more details about this policy in action see below.
What if I want to participate, but do not feel comfortable after arriving on site – can I get a full refund?
Program participants should decide if they are comfortable attending this program prior to registration, understanding the COVID-19 health and safety policies and procedures this event is following. Individuals will be subject to this event’s cancellation policy.
How is IFM going to ensure the safety of all attendees?
In alignment with government, local, and venue-specific COVID-19 health and safety procedures, this event will not require physical distancing, wearing of facial coverings, COVID-19 testing, or proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Program participants may choose to individually follow COVID-19 health and safety measures as desired onsite.
Will masks/cleaning supplies be provided by IFM as an option?
IFM will provide some disposable facial masks and hand sanitizing stations throughout the conference.
What if someone contracts COVID during the conference? Will attendees be notified?
No. In alignment with government, local, and venue specific-regulations, this event does not require monitoring or notification of COVID-19 exposure.
Will IFM provide onsite COVID-19 testing?
No. However, IFM will have available onsite a curated list of local clinics near the hotel where individuals may receive COVID-19 testing. Will be available soon.
Will additional information be provided if anything changes?
Yes. IFM continues to monitor the latest news and trends on COVID-19. IFM will communicate any changes to the COVID-19 health and safety measures as soon as possible.
What is IFM’s position on COVID-19 vaccines?
Please read IFM’s position statement on COVID-19 vaccines here.
Q: How long is the program?
A: The CST training will be two and a half days. There will be optional activities on Thursday night, but the CST sessions will run from 8:00 am–5:00 pm Friday and Saturday and 8:00 am–3:00 pm on Sunday.
Q: Is this program required for IFM Certification?
A: No, not at this time, but it is very valuable training for anyone on the IFM Certified Practitioner (IFMCP) path.
Q: Does it offer CME?
A: No, this program will not carry CME credit because the facilitators will mention the specific names of labs and supplements they use or recommend and also because it specifically and deeply teaches “how to apply” functional medicine, which is CME-ineligible.
Q: Are there prerequisites? Why?
A: Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP) is the only prerequisite; AFMCP provides the tools and framework to help understand how to work up a patient using the functional medicine matrix and timeline as well as the GOTOIT model. This course presumes attendees know this and have already begun working with patients using these tools. In fact, attendees will come to the training with an already completed timeline and matrix from a functional medicine patient.
Q: Who is this course for? What medical degrees are qualified? Can anyone attend?
A: The course is best-suited for anyone who is qualified to become an IFM Certified Practitioner. It is also best-suited for practitioners who have prescribing permissions, but anyone who has attended AFMCP can attend.
Q: What will happen at the program?
A: Participants will prepare (in advance) an IFM Timeline and Matrix from two patients in their own practices. These will be presented to peers in small groups facilitated by experienced functional medicine practitioners. Industry members of the functional medicine ecosystem will present TED-talk style presentations of the latest trends in functional medicine at the conclusion of days one and two.
Q: What do I need to prepare? How much time will it take to prepare? What resources are you offering to help me prepare? Are there any recommended case types?
A: Participants will prepare an IFM Timeline and Matrix for two patients they have seen in their practice. It is estimated this will take one to two hours of preparatory work per patient, so two to four hours total. We will provide instructions via a brief online learning course, and there will also be a webinar that presents these instructions with a Q&A session. It’s kind of like a simpler version of the process required for the IFMCP Case Study, which is a certification requirement.
Q: Why should I attend this program?
Q: Will this training show on my Find a Practitioner listing?
Q: Do I get a certificate at the end?
A: Yes, you will receive a certificate of completion for the course.
Q: Why is this only offered onsite?
A: A “Required Residential Experience” (RRE) is the industry standard for fellowships and other certification programs of this depth. This single RRE of three days is much less than is required in comparable programs. While this is not required at this time, there is no substitute for the inspiration and intangibles of the onsite experience, and every IFM Certified Practitioner should have that opportunity at least once in their training.
Q: Will it ever be offered online? I can’t/don’t want to travel. What are my options?
A: We are not planning on offering the program online at this time.
Q: What are the learning objectives?
A: Demonstrate competency presenting an IFM Timeline and Matrix of two patients from your practice. Demonstrate the ability to follow the GOTOIT method in the clinical care of these patients.
Q: Will this help me with my IFMCP Case Report? With my IFMCP exam prep? May I use this case for my IFMCP case report?
A: Yes, it is excellent practice for the IFMCP Case Report, though it is not designed to help with the Written Exam preparation. And yes, the same patient may be used for your IFMCP case report.
Q: If I do not have prescribing privileges, what are the benefits for me in attending the industry presentations? I am unable to prescribe or order labs, so is that content irrelevant to me?
A: You will gain knowledge not just of labs, but other supplements, services, devices, etc. If you plan to practice in a collaborative care team in a functional medicine practice, all of this is relevant.
Q: Will there be exhibitors?
A: Yes, over a dozen nutraceutical, laboratory, and practice management companies will be represented in the exhibit hall. The exhibit hall will be open during breaks.
Q: Will I receive recordings?
A: No. Due to the nature of the content—clinicians presenting cases and industry leaders presenting the latest functional medicine tools, recordings are not feasible.
Q: Can I leave early?
A: Due to the small-group format, we encourage you to stay for the entire program out of respect for your fellow learners in the group sessions. There are two opportunities this year to attend if the first dates don’t allow you to stay for the entire program.
Q: What is the Registration Policy?
A: Program materials 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 one week before the conference. Registration deadlines are as follows:
Q: What is the Cancellation Policy?
A: Cancellations must be received in writing no later than two weeks before the conference to be eligible for a full refund. Cancellations received between two weeks and two days before are eligible for a refund less a $200 cancellation fee. Tuition is non-transferable. Failure to appear at the program with no prior written cancellation will result in complete forfeiture of tuition (nonrefundable, nontransferable, no exceptions).
Cancellation requests must be received by email to Jenniferstroh@ifm.org or 253.661.3065. IFM will reply with a written acknowledgement. Cancellation deadlines are as follows:
Information regarding exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities will be available in the fall. To sign up to receive the Exhibitor Prospectus, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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