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Restoring Gastrointestinal Equilibrium: Practical Applications for Understanding, Assessing, and Treating Gut Dysfunction

September 29 - October 01, 2023
Up to 18.25 CME Credits
  • Only the CME option is eligible for commensurate CME or credits. More Info
  • 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 Time (PT).
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Today’s Landscape

Modern science has validated what ancient healing traditions have known for centuries: the GI tract has a central role in chronic, systemic disease. From intestinal pathogens and allergens, to intestinal permeability and imbalances in colonic microbiota, gut dysfunction compromises a patient’s health and diminishes vitality. It is often the first place to start in improving overall health.

In the United States, 60-70 million people suffer some form of gastrointestinal (GI) disorder. The relationship between gastrointestinal dysfunction and chronic disease is multifaceted, compelling, and complex. It is clear that when the normal integrity of the GI tract is compromised, this can result in distant systemic complaints even in the absence of overt GI symptoms.

IFM’s GI Advanced Practice Module

This Advanced Practice Module takes a whole systems approach to evaluating and treating not only local gastrointestinal disease, but many systemic diseases that are linked to GI dysfunction.

This course will supply you with the foundational background, insight, and in-depth clinical thinking to confidently work up and treat patients who may present with conditions, signs, and symptoms indicative of gastrointestinal dysfunction. We will discuss in detail the important laboratory evaluations to be considered, the appropriate clinical connections that must be made, and the treatment approaches that should be used.

Additional Program Information
IFM Planning Calendar

Schedule and Educators

7:00 am - 7:15 am
Dan Lukaczer, ND Welcome and Introduction to the GI Module
7:15 am - 8:30 am
Elizabeth Boham, MD, MS, RD Gastrointestinal Dysfunction, Chronic Disease, and the Functional Medicine Matrix Model
8:30 am - 9:15 am
Morning Break, Virtual Exhibit Hall, Resource Center open
9:15 am - 10:30 am
Liz Lipski, PhD, CNS The Diet Prescription & Introduction to Navigating Dietary Options
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch Break, Virtual Exhibit Hall, Resource Center open
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Elizabeth Boham, MD, MS, RD Patrick Hanaway, MD Exploring Underlying Causes of IBS: Digestive Insufficiency and Interactive Q&A
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Afternoon Break, Virtual Exhibit Hall, Resource Center open
2:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Elizabeth Boham, MD, MS, RD Patrick Hanaway, MD Exploring Underlying Causes of IBS: Dysbiosis, Gut Pathogens and Interactive Q&A
6:00 am - 6:45 am
IFMCP Paths to Certification and Q&A
(Optional, Non-CME)
7:00 am - 8:30 am
Elizabeth Boham, MD, MS, RD Patrick Hanaway, MD Exploring Causes and Consequences of Intestinal Permeability and Interactive Q&A
8:30 am - 9:15 am
Morning Break, Virtual Exhibit Hall, Resource Center open
9:15 am - 11:00 am
Vivian Asamoah, MD Liz Lipski, PhD, CNS Exploring Underlying Causes of IBS: Small Intestinal Bacterial and Fungal Overgrowth and Interactive Q&A
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Lunch Break, Virtual Exhibit Hall, and Resource Center open
12:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Elizabeth Boham, MD, MS, RD Patrick Hanaway, MD Exploring Underlying Causes of IBS: Food Reactions and Interactive Q&A
2:15 pm - 3:00 pm
Afternoon Break, Virtual Exhibit Hall, and Resource Center open
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Dawn Borromeo Beaulieu, MD Evaluation and Treatment Options for Inflammatory Bowel Disease
5:45 am - 6:30 am
Movement Session
(Optional, Non-CME)
6:30 am - 6:50 am
Sandra Scheinbaum, PhD Dan Lukaczer, ND Functional Medicine Coaching Academy Presentation and Q&A
(Optional, Non-CME)
7:00 am - 8:15 am
Vivian Asamoah, MD Evaluation and Treatment Options for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease and Interactive Q&A
8:15 am - 8:30 am
Mini Break
8:30 am - 9:00 am
Dawn Borromeo Beaulieu, MD Patrick Hanaway, MD Elizabeth Boham, MD, MS, RD Round Table Discussion/Case Studies with Educators
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Liz Lipski, PhD, CNS Navigating Dietary Options for Gastrointestinal-Related Disorders: Case Exploration
10:00 am - 10:45 am
Morning Break, Virtual Exhibit Hall, Resource Center open
10:45 am - 11:00 am
Liz Lipski, PhD, CNS Cooking Demo: Cashew Coconut Kefir
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Patrick Hanaway, MD The Microbiome and the Matrix
11:30 am - 12:00 pm
12:00 pm - 12:15 pm
Mini Break
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
Liz Lipski, PhD, CNS Vivian Asamoah, MD Elizabeth Boham, MD, MS, RD Dan Lukaczer, ND Round Table Discussion/Case Studies with Educators
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Additional Information

Program Highlights

  • CME credit, if CME 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 downloads
  • Pre- and post-course interactive videos and webinars
  • More than 18 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 more than 430 downloadable clinician resources that can be accessed and used in practice immediately after the course (Intake forms, patient handouts, and assessment questionnaires)
  • Opportunities to ask additional questions on a post-conference private Facebook group moderated by IFM faculty
  • Dietary Supplement Quality Educational Materials: Supplement Training Guide; includes clinician tools “Brand Quality Checklist” and “Dietary Supplement Ingredients Quality Checklist”

Clinical competencies to be mastered through the module:

  • Identify the most important and reliable laboratory evaluations associated with gastrointestinal dysfunction.
  • Evaluate the relationship between systemic disease and gastrointestinal dysfunction.
  • Recognize and treat the most important antecedents and triggers of gastrointestinal dysfunction.
  • Develop and organize individual treatment protocols using lifestyle, diet, nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals and botanicals.
  • Understand and be able to implement an elimination diet.
  • Reframe the patient’s story in the context of the functional medicine matrix model and a patient-centered assessment, incorporating the concepts of antecedents, triggers, and mediators.

CME Information

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

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 18.25 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 18.25 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, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin.

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

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.

PA: For the purpose of re-certification with the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), contact hours approved through ACCME are accepted.

RD: The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) automatically accepts courses accredited through the ACCME.

Acupuncturist: IFM is a continuing education provider (provider #0232) of the California Acupuncture Board (CAB). CAB approved this course for 18.0 Category 1 hours. 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.

Other: 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 contact hours through ACCME-accredited organizations.

*Continuing education 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. For this reason, you may not register multiple people or someone other than yourself. No registrations will be taken after 4:00 pm PT, September 28, 2023.


Livestream participation from September 29 – October 1, 2023, 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. Livestream 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 September 28, 2023 to be eligible for a refund. Tuition is non-transferable. Failure to log in to the livestream 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 submitted via the Course Cancellation Form. 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 for Livestream, please click the button below to test your device’s ability to support livestreaming.

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Practitioners who register for the livestream of any APM receive 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 livestreams (including system requirements) can be found in our FAQ section.

DCs: Please note that DCs may or may not be eligible for CME through livestream. For a complete list of states and approval hours, please contact IFM or check with your state board.

Livestream Chat Policy

The chat feature allows for our livestream 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 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.

Practice Implementation

In each of IFM’s Advanced Practice Modules we have added additional practical information to help you translate the laboratory and nutraceutical recommendations we discussed into action. You have access to two quick-reference guides which summarize condition-specific laboratory assessment and nutraceutical interventions, which will help you efficiently create personalized assessment and treatment plans.


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Practitioner Testimonials

One of the things that distinguishes this module is its focus on practical tools for assessing and treating GI and systemic issues by looking at underlying mechanisms.