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Functional Medicine Advanced Practice Modules (APM) Hormone International 2022


Re-establishing Hormonal Balance in the Hypothalamic, Pituitary, Adrenal, Thyroid, and Gonadal Axis

November 18 - 20, 2022
Camera Live Stream Available
  • This course will be rebroadcast in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). All times are displayed in GMT.
  • Module content comprises recorded presentations that will be re-broadcast as a live stream presentation. Introductions, transitions, and Q&A sessions will be live streamed.
  • Full tuition for this program is $1,975. 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
Today’s Landscape

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is an extremely common intervention, but it has its own health risks and may not address underlying causes of hormonal imbalance. For some clinicians, HRT in women and men is still considered the fountain of youth; for others, it has become a dangerous area fraught with considerable risk that is avoided completely. Controversies and disagreements abound regarding how to diagnose and measure hormonal dysfunction; how to address safety concerns in prescribing HRT; the form, application, and dosage to use; and when and how to insert lifestyle, diet, nutraceutical, and botanical treatments.

The functional medicine approach is uniquely capable of responding to the controversy surrounding HRT by looking upstream to the wide variety of ways that the hypothalamic, pituitary, adrenal, thyroid, and gonadal (HPATG) axis modulates health. By applying dietary modifications, nutraceutical supplementation, and other lifestyle changes as a frontline treatment, the need for HRT can often be minimized or avoided.

IFM’s Hormone Advanced Practice Module

This Functional Medicine Advanced Practice Module will clarify exactly how to approach hormonal dysregulation, with discussions on the most important evaluations to make and integrative treatment approaches to apply. We will help you analyze the controversies and provide you with tools that you can use immediately in your practice.

Our expert faculty team will supply you with the foundational background, insight, and in-depth clinical thinking to confidently assess and treat patients who present with hormonal dysfunction. This program will provide a unique, experiential, case-based, clinically practical experience from which you will acquire the tools you need to apply a comprehensive functional medicine approach to hormone dysfunction in your patients.

IFM Planning Calendar
Additional Program Information

Schedule and Educators

8:00 am - 8:15 am
Michael Ash, BSc, DO, ND, RNT Introduction to the Hormone Advanced Practice Module
8:15 am - 10:00 am
Joel M. Evans, MD Key Principles of Assessing and Treating Hormonal Dysfunction
10:00 am - 10:45 am
Morning Break, Virtual Exhibit Hall and IFM Resource Center open
10:45 am - 11:50 am
Filomena Trindade, MD Assessing and Treating Patterns of Adrenal Dysfunction, Part 1
11:50 am - 12:00 pm
Mini Break
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Filomena Trindade, MD Assessing and Treating Patterns of Adrenal Dysfunction, Part 2
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Lunch Break, Virtual Exhibit Hall and IFM Resource Center open
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Filomena Trindade, MD Assessing and Treating Patterns of Adrenal Dysfunction, Case Studies
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Dan Lukaczer, ND Advanced Assessment and Treatment of Thyroid Dysfunction, Part 1
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Afternoon Break, Virtual Exhibit Hall and IFM Resource Center open
4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Dan Lukaczer, ND Advanced Assessment and Treatment of Thyroid Dysfunction, Part 2
5:45 pm - 6:15 pm
8:00 am - 9:15 am
Joel M. Evans, MD Stress, Spiritual Beliefs, and Chronic Illness
9:15 am - 10:00 am
Morning Break, Virtual Exhibit Hall and IFM Resource Center open
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Mark Holthouse, MD Evaluating and Treating Hormonal Dysfunction in Men, Part 1
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch Break, Virtual Exhibit Hall and IFM Resource Center open
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mark Holthouse, MD Evaluating and Treating Hormonal Dysfunction in Men, Part 2 and Interactive
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Mini Break
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Marcelle Pick, NP Evaluating and Treating Hormonal Dysfunction in Women, Part 1 and Interactive Q&A
3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
Afternoon Break, Virtual Exhibit Hall and IFM Resource Center open
3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
IFM Certified Practitioner Paths to Certification and Q&A
(Optional, Non-CPD)
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Marcelle Pick, NP Evaluating and Treating Hormonal Dysfunction in Women, Part 1 cont. and Case Discussion
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
6:45 am - 7:30 am
Movement Class
(Optional, Non-CPD)
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Wendy Warner, MD Evaluating and Treating Hormonal Dysfunction in Women, Part 2
9:00 am - 9:15 am
Mini Break
9:15 am - 10:30 am
Wendy Warner, MD Evaluating and Treating Hormonal Dysfunction in Women, Part 2 cont. with Case Discussion
10:30 am - 11:15 am
Morning Break, Virtual Exhibit Hall and IFM Resource Center open
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Joel M. Evans, MD Evaluating and Treating Hormonal Dysfunction in Women, Part 3
12:15 pm - 12:30 pm
Mini Break
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Joel M. Evans, MD Evaluating and Treating Hormonal Dysfunction in Women, Part 3 cont. with Case Discussion
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Additional Information

Program Highlights

  • A step toward becoming an IFM Certified Practitioner
  • Course materials: PDFs of all presentations as well as MP3 audio and MP4 video files
  • 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)
  • 45-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)
  • Morning movement activities
  • Virtual networking opportunities
  • 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:
  • Broadly understand…
    1. The impact stress has on the physiology and pathophysiology of the HPATG axis and the autonomic nervous system.
    2. The physiology and pathophysiology associated with melatonin, cortisol, DHEA, pregnenolone, TSH, T3, T4, RT3, testosterone, progesterone, estrogen, and, specifically, their signaling, sensitivity, activity, metabolism, and excretion.
  • Recognize common antecedents and triggers and signs and symptoms associated with dysregulation of the HPATG axis.
  • Evaluate the most important laboratory tests to use in assessing hormone-related dysfunction, and recognize common pitfalls of lab testing.
  • Develop individualized treatment protocols using diet, nutraceuticals, botanicals, pharmaceuticals, and mind-body/behavioral interventions to address hormone dysregulation.
  • Appropriately prescribe bioidentical hormones and understand important differences in routes of delivery, issues regarding safety and effectiveness, and HRT risks.
  • Understand the controversies around breast cancer prevention and appropriately plan treatment programs for women.
  • Recognize the role of the mind-body connection as antecedent, trigger, and mediator in the feed-forward cycle of chronic disease.

IFM and Clinical Education (UK)

IFM is proud to partner with Clinical Education

Clinical Education is a Not-for-Profit organization based in the United Kingdom that brings a range of educational experiences to healthcare professionals in the UK and EU. They have a hard-earned reputation as an independent provider of expert-led nutrition and lifestyle medicine education.

Clinical Education and IFM have worked closely together since hosting the inaugural AFMCP UK in 2011 and the collaboration has grown stronger each year. Clinical Education sponsors and organizes IFM educational events for practitioners and clinicians who are unable to attend IFM programs held in the United States. They contribute rich clinical experience in the production of regionally adapted content and presentations, creating an invaluable experience for practitioners by keenly connecting the presented material to practice implementation for international audiences. This partnership continues to have a significant impact on our mission of the global widespread adoption of functional medicine.


Continuing Education Credit Information

AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM are not available for IFM courses held in conjunction with non-accredited organizations. A certificate of attendance indicating hours of participation will still be awarded. International registrants may send certificate to Clinical Education for CPD credits from the following

Outside of the US, CPD Credits are provided from:

  • Self-Accreditation from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.
  • The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT).
  • The Naturopathic Nutrition Association (NNA).
  • Association of Naturopathic Practitioners
  • Nutritional Therapists of Ireland (NTOI).

Others, as required, will be considered.

  • The Royal Colleges of Physicians approve external CPD events for post-training physicians.
  • External events are defined as educational events which are targeted towards physicians from multiple hospitals and trusts. External events may be regional, national or international in character.
  • Medical Drs: The Royal College of Physicians have recommended that medical Drs attending the Hormone Advanced Practice Module training claim the hours attended as ‘Self-Accreditation’ They may record a maximum CPD educational activity of 18.75. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.

  • Medical Drs: Under the CPD guidelines issued by the academy, 1 credit per hour attended may be applied to your annual CPD educational activities requirements. Attendees utilising their respective royal colleges CPD mechanism will record this event under ‘Self-Accreditation’ and ensure that as per usual they complete the requirements to describe the relevant activities for their clinical life and their reflective learning assessments are recorded.

DCs, and DOs: For Osteopaths and Chiropractors in the UK and EU the need for external accreditation will be determined by your registering body. Please check with them as to which CPD credit you can use.

The Position in the UK and Europe

  • Nutritional Therapists: The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) is the professional body for Nutritional Therapists. 18.75 CPD Credits have been approved. Additional credits may also be logged by attending the optional sessions.
  • Ireland: CPD Credits have been applied for from the Nutritional Therapists of Ireland (NTOI).
  • Naturopaths: Please contact your own registering board to ascertain if these recognising authorities are compatible.
  • Nursing Professionals: Please contact your own registering board to ascertain if these recognising authorities are compatible

Do Not Recognise These?

If you are seeking approval for CPD credits from your own professional organisation and you are unsure about the status of these awarding bodies in relation to your own CPD/CME requirements, please contact your own professional bodies in the first instance and if required please ask them to contact Clinical Education for additional information.

Registration, Participation, and Cancellation Policies


Program materials and 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 11:59 pm GMT, November 17, 2022.


Live-stream participation from November 18 – November 20, 2022, is required for this IFM program. You must participate in the broadcast by logging in to your unique IFM account to receive credit 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, forfeit registration fees, and will not receive program materials, recordings, or credit toward the IFM Certification Program.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be received in writing no later than November 17, 2022, 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 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.

Live-Stream Information

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Practitioners who register for the live stream of any APM receive the same benefits as in-person participants, including 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.

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.


For conference accommodations or modifications due to a disability please let us know here:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

I have more questions, who should I ask?
Please contact info@IFM.org with any additional questions.

Who is organising this program?
IFM is organising this Hormone International Advance Practice Module. Clinical Education is partnering with IFM to provide critically important regionalization for the UK/EMEA region.

Is the Module the same as the one run in the US time zone?
The Hormone International Advance Practice Module will be run at the same level and high standards as the US broadcast. The presentations will be adjusted to account for variations in the language, laboratory profiles and medications. The EU/UK has a different regulatory network relating to food supplements than the US and some changes to the content will be made to reflect that. In addition, the tests discussed will be ones that are obtainable in the UK through relevant laboratories or their distributors, details of which will be hosted by the Clinical Education Virtual Exhibit Hall.

Who is the course designed for?
Functional medicine has long encouraged an integrative approach to clinical education. This course is for healthcare practitioners who are already qualified in a core discipline and applicants/attendees must be a graduate of an accredited medical, osteopathic, chiropractic, naturopathic, homeopathic, dietetics, acupuncture, pharmacy, physiotherapy or nutritional therapy programme. If you have any doubts you may contact IFM. Previous training in functional medicine is desirable but not essential; a good understanding of the role nutrition plays in health is also helpful.

Meeting the minimum eligibility requirements for this course does not guarantee acceptance into IFM’s Certification Program. Healthcare practitioners who would like to continue their Functional Medicine education with IFM and seek certification will need to apply directly to IFM to have their eligibility determined. You can find our eligibility requirements here. Every application is evaluated on educational background, program degree, regulatory status, and clinical experience.

If the presentations are recorded, why do I have to attend live?
You must check in and be present for the duration of the Live Rebroadcast to receive CPD credit and to fulfill IFM Certification Program requirements. This has been pre-approved by IFM as eligible for the Certification Program.

I want to talk about the course with someone, who do I contact?
Please contact the IFM Experience Team via telephone, email, or live chat
Phone: [800-228-0622]
Email: info@ifm.org
Live chat available M-F from 8:00 to 4:30 PST
If you are EMEA or UK based and have questions specific to your region, our Experience team will be happy to put you in touch with Clinical Education staff directly.

Practitioner Testimonials

I don’t think I have ever been to a medical conference where at the end I wanted to cry because it was so moving and at the same time wanted to desperately be a better person than I am, as well a better clinician- and not just clinician- healer.