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Functional Medicine Advanced Practice Modules®(APM) Cardiometabolic 2021


Transforming the Assessment, Prevention, and Management of Chronic Metabolic and Cardiovascular Disorders

January 29 - 31, 2021
Up to 17.0 CME Credits Camera Live Stream Available
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  • This course is part of the IFM Certification Program. More Info
  • This course is eligible for Resident and Medical Student Tuition. More Info
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IFM’s Immune APM will take place on February 19-21, 2021.



Today’s Landscape

During the past decade, convincing evidence has accumulated that conquering heart disease is not simply a matter of driving serum cholesterol down. In fact, one-half of the people who have a heart attack have normal cholesterol and now low cholesterol is being associated with a significant risk of early cognitive decline. New information is available. Clinicians are no longer limited to using antiquated measures of cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugars as the primary markers of increased risk for cardiometabolic disorders: advanced lipid assays, markers of oxidative stress, inflammation, hormones, and body composition are all providing new opportunities for safer and more effective early interventions to prevent and reverse cardiometabolic disease.

IFM’s cardiometabolic Advanced Practice Module

The module will help clinicians understand the physiology underlying cardiometabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease, new approaches to effective assessments and treatments, and how to integrate these lifesaving tools into practice.

IFM Planning Calendar

Schedule and Educators

7:00 am - 7:30 am
Shilpa P. Saxena, MD The New Era of Managing Cardiometabolic Risk (CME)
7:30 am - 8:15 am
Shilpa P. Saxena, MD Widening the Lens on Metabolic Syndrome: A Continuum of Causes and Effects (CME)
8:15 am - 8:45 am
Morning Break, Virtual Exhibit Hall & Resource Center open
8:45 am - 10:00 am
Yousef Elyaman, MD An Expanded Approach to Dyslipidemias (CME)
10:00 am - 11:15 am
Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC, ABOIM Functional Considerations in Preventing and Reversing Dyslipidemias and Atherosclerosis (CME)
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Sponsored Presentation (Optional, Non-CME)
11:15 am - 12:30 pm
Lunch Break, Virtual Exhibit Hall & Resource Center open
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
P. Michael Stone, MD, MS Exploring Dietary Choices for Cardiovascular Disease: Implementation Strategies Using the Cardiometabolic Food Plan (CME)
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Afternoon Break, Virtual Exhibit Hall & Resource Center open
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC, ABOIM Strength in the Storm: Enhancing Resiliency to Impact the Effect of Stress (CME)
6:15 am - 6:45 am
IFM Certification Programs: The Path and Benefits (Optional, Non-CME)
7:00 am - 8:30 am
Shilpa P. Saxena, MD Fire in the Hole: The Metabolic Connecting Points Between Major Chronic Diseases (CME)
8:30 am - 9:00 am
Morning Break, Virtual Exhibit Hall & Resource Center open
9:00 am - 10:00 am
P. Michael Stone, MD, MS A Functional Approach to Hypertension (CME)
10:00 am - 11:00 am
P. Michael Stone, MD, MS Shilpa P. Saxena, MD Yousef Elyaman, MD Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC, ABOIM Implementation Strategies Using the Diet Prescription (CME)
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sponsored Presentation (Optional, Non-CME)
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Lunch Break, Virtual Exhibit Hall & Resource Center open
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Afternoon Break, Virtual Exhibit Hall & Resource Center open
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC, ABOIM Maintaining the Heart in Medicine: The Art of Compassion in Health Care (CME)
5:45 am - 6:30 am
TBD (Optional, Non-CME)
6:30 am - 6:50 am
Sandra Scheinbaum, PhD Functional Medicine Coaching Academy Presentation (Optional, Non-CME)
7:00 am - 8:15 am
Yousef Elyaman, MD Putting Genetic Variation into the Cardiovascular Equation (CME)
8:15 am - 8:45 am
Shilpa P. Saxena, MD The Exercise Prescription: Reducing Cardiometabolic Risk Through Movement
8:45 am - 9:15 am
Morning Break, Virtual Exhibit Hall & Resource Center open
9:15 am - 10:00 am
P. Michael Stone, MD, MS Shilpa P. Saxena, MD Yousef Elyaman, MD Implementation Strategies Using The Exercise Prescription (CME)
10:00 am - 11:30 am
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Yousef Elyaman, MD P. Michael Stone, MD, MS Shilpa P. Saxena, MD Case Studies and Implementation Strategies (CME)
12:30 pm - 12:45 pm
Mini Break
12:45 pm - 1:15 pm
1:15 pm - 1:45 pm
Shilpa P. Saxena, MD Reflections and Closing (Non-CME)

Additional Information

Program Highlights

  • CME credit
  • A step toward becoming an IFM Certified Practitioner
  • Course materials: PDFs of all presentations as well as MP3 audio and MP4 video downloads
  • Pre- and post-course interactive videos and webinars
  • More than 18 hours of onsite lectures, Q&A sessions, and discussion (see the “Schedule and Educators” section for a full schedule of topics)
  • Business and Clinical Strategies for Successful Practice Implementation
  • 30-day access to IFM’s Toolkit with more than 370 downloadable clinician resources that can be accessed and used in practice immediately after the course (Intake forms, patient handouts, and assessment questionnaires)
  • Healthful snacks and morning movement activities (in-person only)
  • Networking opportunities
  • Opportunities to ask additional questions on a post-conference private Facebook group moderated by IFM faculty

Clinical competencies to be mastered through the module:

  • Utilize the Functional Medicine Matrix model to develop an effective systems biology organization when taking a cardiovascular medical history.
  • Evaluate the evidence demonstrating the primary mechanisms underlying the relationship between endothelial dysfunction and the progressive development of atherosclerosis.
  • Identify the relationships between chronic stress and the development of dyslipidemias, hypertension, weight gain, and metabolic syndrome.
  • Evaluate and utilize new assessment approaches for identifying chronic inflammation, oxidative stress, autoimmunity, toxicity, and hormonal dysregulation in patients with cardiometabolic dysfunction.
  • Analyze the most practical and useful laboratory assessments and biomarkers necessary to evaluate cardiovascular risks and recognize functional patterns associated with metabolic disease.
  • Evaluate and utilize specific nutrients, phytonutrients, botanicals, pharmaceuticals, dietary plans, stress reduction techniques, and lifestyle interventions to improve the prevention and management of patients with hypertension, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.

CME Information

IFM is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Live participation January 29-31, 2021, is required to receive continuing education credit for this IFM program.

MD/DO: The Institute for Functional Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 17.0 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 17.0 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. IFM submitted an application to NWHSU who applied to all states, except Alabama, Arizona, Kentucky, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. For a complete list of states and approval hours, please contact IFM.

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.

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.

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.

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 Policy and Cancellation Policy

Registration Policy

Program materials and CME certificates for both in-person and live-stream programs 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, January 27, 2021.


Live participation from January 28 – January 30, 2021, is required for this IFM program. You must participate in the broadcast by logging in to your unique IFM account to receive CME credit and to fulfill IFM Certification Program requirements. Live-stream log-in information is unique and cannot be shared. Those who do not log in through their own IFM account during the live broadcast will be removed from the program and will not receive program materials, recordings, CME credit, or credit toward the IFM Certification Program.


Cancellations must be received in writing no later than January 27, 2021, to be eligible for a refund. Tuition is non-transferable. Failure to log in to the live-stream broadcast 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 participants. Just as is the case with in-person courses, participation is limited to the paid registrant. Log-in information is unique and cannot be shared.

Cancellation requests must be received in writing or by email: Jenniferstroh@ifm.org or 253.661.3065. IFM will reply with a written acknowledgement.

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

Live-Stream Information

Before registering for the Live Stream option, please click the button below to test your device’s ability to support live streaming.

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Practitioners who register for the live stream of any APM receive the same benefits as in-person participants, including CME credit, audio and video recordings, PowerPoint materials, and completion of one step toward becoming an IFM Certified Practitioner. (Note: You must log in to view the live broadcast with your unique access link to receive credit toward IFM Certification).

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

DCs may or may not be eligible for CME through live stream. Please check with your state board.

Live Stream Chat Policy

The chat feature allows for our live stream learners to interact with their colleagues 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.

This program is being live streamed from the actual event location over the internet to provide you with the ability to access this educational program from the comfort of your home or office. 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 Digitell 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.


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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 have begun to enhance 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.


Leading by Example: Self-Care Influences the Health & Success of the FM Practice

The health of a FM business is closely related to the self-care of the practitioners and staff of the practice. In this 90 minute PI session take a deep dive into your own self-care habits, discover areas that need additional focus; highlight self-care steps you already use and which influence your patients’ outcomes. How does the self-care of your staff reflect your practice’s message, does your practice environment encourage self-care in your patients, staff and yourself? During this session you’ll hear from other FM practitioners on their own self-care journey.  This session will wrap up with attendees taking part in a mini workshop to explore the care of the most important part of your practice – You.


  • To reflect and consider whether your personal daily habits and those of your staff are modeling the self-care that patients are being taught in your practice
  • Hear personal stories from FM practitioners and how they learned, and now practice, the “art” of self-care
  • Participate in a workshop to explore more ways to cultivate self-care behaviors for yourself and your staff