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Functional Medicine Advanced Practice Modules®(APM) Immune 2021


The Many Faces of Immune Dysregulation and Chronic Inflammation: Chronic Infections, Atopy, and Autoimmune Disorders

February 19 - 21, 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 Cardio APM will take place on January 29-31, 2021.



Today’s Landscape

It is estimated that 25 million to 50 million Americans suffer from autoimmune diseases. Functional Medicine teaches that immune imbalance, while often resulting from a genetic disposition, will generally arise in the context of one or more of the following: the habitual consumption of a proinflammatory diet; food allergies and intolerances; microbial infections; hormonal imbalances; nutritional insufficiencies; and xenobiotic exposure.

Nearly 100 different diseases have been classified as autoimmune in nature, with 40 more suspected. While these conditions tend to be viewed as separate entities, a broader perspective may reveal that shared mechanisms are the underlying cause of these maladies. It is abundantly clear that environmental factors have important parts to play in the underlying etiology. In rheumatoid arthritis, for instance, genetic factors have been shown to be responsible for less than 50% of the risk. This means that environmental factors—and gene-environment interactions—must play a significant role. Despite this understanding, less attention has been focused on determining these other important causal factors.

IFM’s IMMUNE Advanced Practice Module

This course will focus on chronic inflammation, systemic influences on the immune system, and the consequent dysfunction that may ensue. The Immune APM will supply you with an in-depth understanding of underlying immune mechanisms and enable you to develop effective interventions even in the absence of a conventional diagnosis.

IFM Planning Calendar

Schedule and Educators

7:00 am - 7:15 am
Dan Lukaczer, ND Welcome and Introduction (CME)
7:15 am - 8:15 am
Robert Rountree, MD Underlying Concepts of Immune Dysfunction and Inflammation, Part 2 (CME)
8:15 am - 8:30 am
Robert Rountree, MD Dan Lukaczer, ND Interactive Q&A/Case Studies (CME)
8:30 am - 9:15 am
Morning Break, Virtual Exhibit Hall & Resource Center open
9:15 am - 10:15 am
Kara Fitzgerald, ND Therapeutic Uses of Essential Fatty Acids (CME)
10:15 am - 10:30 am
Dan Lukaczer, ND Kara Fitzgerald, ND Interactive Q&A/Case Studies (CME)
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Sponsored Presentation (Optional, Non-CME)
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch Break, Virtual Exhibit Hall & Resource Center open
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Helen Messier, PhD, MD The Dietary Prescription for Chronic Inflammation & Autoimmune Conditions (CME)
1:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Helen Messier, PhD, MD Dan Lukaczer, ND Interactive Q&A/Case Studies (CME)
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Afternoon Break, Virtual Exhibit Hall & Resource Center open
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Robert Rountree, MD Laboratory Testing of Biomarkers of Immune Dysfunction (CME)
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Robert Rountree, MD Dan Lukaczer, ND Interactive Q&A/Case Studies (CME)
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Robert Rountree, MD Helen Messier, PhD, MD Kara Fitzgerald, ND Q&A with Live Stream Audience (CME)
6:15 am - 6:45 am
IFM Certification Program Open Forum (Optional, Non-CME)
7:00 am - 8:15 am
Thomas Sult, MD Assessment of Chronic Infections, Part 1: Lyme Disease and Other Occult Infections (CME)
8:15 am - 8:30 am
Thomas Sult, MD Dan Lukaczer, ND Interactive Q&A/Case Studies (CME)
8:30 am - 9:15 am
Morning Break, Virtual Exhibit Hall & Resource Center open
9:15 am - 10:45 am
Kara Fitzgerald, ND Food Allergies, Sensitivities, and Intolerances: Diagnosis and Treatment (CME)
10:45 am - 11:15 am
Thomas Sult, MD Kara Fitzgerald, ND Q&A with Live Stream Audience (CME)
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Sponsored Presentation (Optional, Non-CME)
11:15 am - 12:45 pm
Lunch Break, Virtual Exhibit Hall & Resource Center open
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Robert Rountree, MD Underlying Rationale for Use of Immunomodulators
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Afternoon Break, Virtual Exhibit Hall & Resource Center open
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Helen Messier, PhD, MD Therapeutic Uses of Anti-inflammatory Botanicals and Phytochemicals (CME)
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Helen Messier, PhD, MD Robert Rountree, MD Dan Lukaczer, ND Round Table Discussion: Immunomodulators, Anti-inflammatory Botanicals and Phytochemicals (CME)
5:45 am - 6:30 am
TBD (Optional, Non-CME)
6:30 am - 6:50 am
Priya Kamani, MD, MBA Dan Lukaczer, ND Living Matrix Presentation (Optional, Non-CME)
7:00 am - 8:30 am
Helen Messier, PhD, MD Assessment of Chronic Infections, Part 2: Dysbiosis (CME)
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Thomas Sult, MD Case Management of Chronic Infections (CME)
9:30 am - 10:00 am
Helen Messier, PhD, MD Thomas Sult, MD Dan Lukaczer, ND Round Table Discussion: Dysbiosis and Chronic Infections (CME)
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Morning Break, Virtual Exhibit Hall & Resource Center open
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Kara Fitzgerald, ND Case Management of Allergic and Atopic Disease (CME)
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Robert Rountree, MD Case Management of Autoimmune Disease (CME)
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Robert Rountree, MD Summary: Key Clinical Applications (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:
  • Recognize patterns of chronic inflammation or immune dysfunction that will help guide overall evaluation and treatment of patients.
  • Broadly understand the physiology and pathophysiology associated with inflammation and immune dysregulation and their associations with systemic disease.
  • Elicit and recognize important history and physical exam findings associated with immune dysregulation and inflammation so as to counsel patients appropriately on evaluation and treatment options.
  • Evaluate and recognize the most important underlying antecedents, triggers, and mediators of immune dysfunction and inflammation.
  • Reframe the patient’s story in the context of the Functional Medicine Matrix Model and a patient-centered assessment, with incorporation of the concepts of antecedents, triggers, and mediators.
  • Learn how to evaluate the most useful and reliable laboratory tests associated with immune dysfunction and inflammation.
  • Develop and organize individual treatment protocols that include dietary changes, lifestyle modifications, nutraceutical, pharmaceutical and botanical treatments.

CME Information

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

Live participation February 19-21, 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.

RD: The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) automatically accepts CME courses accredited for AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM through the ACCME. Therefore, pre-approval is not required of IFM. Please check with your state licensing board to inquire if prior approval by CDR is required to obtain continuing education credits for an activity despite this circumstance.

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 & Cancellation Policies

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 live-stream registrations will be taken after 4:00 pm PT, January 30, 2021.


Live participation from January 31 – February 2, 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 30, 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.

My registration for the Immune 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.

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.


Developing and Utilizing Mentorships & Diving into Functional Medicine Practice Finances

Effective prescribing of Functional Medicine (FM) requires a deep dedication to the learning and honing of clinical skills. However, the successful integration of FM into a healthcare practice requires its own unique set of expertise including a short and long term business plan and a clear and detailed financial strategy. Mentorship by other FM leaders is often key in learning how to create successful FM businesses and practices. This 90 minute PI session will give listeners insight into the various ways mentorships can support a new FM practice. Attendees will also have the opportunity to take part in a short “financial mentorship” workshop looking at big picture strategy in setting up a successful FM business.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn more about currently available mentorships in the FM ecosystem
  • Hear FM experts discuss their experience both as FM mentors and mentees
  • Participate in a financial strategy workshop