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GI Advanced Practice Module 2017 (APM)

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

October 19 - 21, 2017 Grand Hyatt Denver
Denver, CO
Up to 17.75 CME Credits Camera Live Stream Available
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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, more than 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.

Pre-Course Webinar and Materials (CME)

Interactive Videos

Webinar

Post-Course Educational Activities

Forums

Webinars

  • Available week of November 6:  Pre-recorded; Q and A with Educators – Gerry Mullin MD, MS, CNSP, and Patrick Hanaway, MD
  • Available Week of November 13: Pre-recorded: Q and A with Educators – Tom Sult, MD, and Liz Lipski, PhD, CCN, CNS, LDN
  • Available Week of December 4: Genova SIBO: Bacterial Overgrowth of Small Intestine (breath test) with Christine Stubbe, ND
  • Available Week of December 13: DDI Celiac and Gluten Sensitivity Zonulin (blood spot or serum) with David Quig, PhD

IFM Planning Calendar

Schedule and Educators

7:00 am - 8:00 am
Check-In (In-Person attendees only)
8:00 am - 8:15 am
Dan Lukaczer, ND Welcome and Introduction
8:15 am - 9:30 am
Gastrointestinal Dysfunction, Chronic Disease, and the Functional Medicine Matrix Model
9:30 am - 10:00 am
Morning Break
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Gerard E. Mullin, MD Functional Assessment of Digestive Dysfunction
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thomas A. Sult, MD Foundational Review of Food Reactions
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sponsored Lunch Doctor’s Data: Understanding Gastrointestinal Permeability with David Quig PhD(Non CME) (In-Person attendees only)
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Free Time
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
The Gluten Conundrum
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Liz Lipski, PhD, CNS, FACN, BCHN, LDN, IFMCP Remove, Replace, and Replenish: The Diet Prescription and Supplementation Part 1
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
Afternoon Break
4:45 pm - 5:30 pm
Liz Lipski, PhD, CNS, FACN, BCHN, LDN, IFMCP Remove, Replace, and Replenish: The Diet Prescription and Supplementation Part 2
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Questions and Answers Session
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Schedule subject to change | Times are in MDT
6:00 am - 7:00 am
Yoga (In-Person attendees only)
7:00 am - 7:45 am
Robert Luby, MD IFM Certification Program: The Path and Benefits (non-CME) with Alison Hoffmaster, PA-C and Thomas Sult, MD
8:00 am - 9:15 am
Evaluation of Dysbiosis: Part 1
9:15 am - 9:45 am
Gerard E. Mullin, MD Evaluation Dysbiosis: Part 2 SIBO
9:45 am - 10:15 am
Morning Break
10:15 am - 12:15 pm
Gerard E. Mullin, MD Treatment of Dysbiosis
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Pure Encapsulations Sponsored Lunch: Healthy Gut, Healthy Thyroid: A Functional Partnership with Izabella Wentz, Pharm.D., FASCP (Optional, Non-CME)
1:15 pm - 1:45 pm
Free Time
1:45 pm - 3:00 pm
Thomas A. Sult, MD Fire in the Gut, Part 1: Assessment of Oxidative Stress and Inflammation in Gastrointestinal Dysfunction
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Afternoon Break
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Gerard E. Mullin, MD Fire in the Gut, Part 2: Treating Oxidative Stress and Inflammation in the Gastrointestinal Tract
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Questions and Answers Session
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
M M Kristi Hughes, ND GI: Business and Clinical Strategies for Successful Practice Implementation (non CME)
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Schedule subject to change | Times are in MDT
6:00 am - 7:00 am
Yoga (In-Person attendees only)
8:00 am - 9:30 am
Liz Lipski, PhD, CNS, FACN, BCHN, LDN, IFMCP Navigating Dietary Options for Gastrointestinal-Related Disorders
9:30 am - 10:00 am
Morning Break
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Gerard E. Mullin, MD Putting it Together: Case Management 1
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thomas A. Sult, MD Putting it Together: Case Management 2
12:00 pm - 12:15 pm
The 80/20 Rule: Key Clinical Applications to Use Monday
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Schedule subject to change | Times are in MDT

Additional Information

Benefits

  • CME credit
  • A step toward becoming an IFM Certified Practitioner
  • More than 15 live lectures
  • Course Materials: PDF presentation slides, MP3 audio recordings, and MP4 video recordings of presentations (Recordings are available to download from your online account 4-6 weeks after the course concludes)
  • Pre- and post-course webinars
  • Temporary access to over 200 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)
  • Question and Answer sessions with presenters
  • Networking opportunities
  • Opportunities to ask additional questions on a post-conference online forum moderated by IFM faculty

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.

Hotel Information

Grand Hyatt Denver
1750 Welton Street
Denver, CO 80202
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IFM Room Block Rate: $259
Cutoff for Special Room Rate: Monday, September 25, 2017 (subject to availability) Now Extended Through Friday, September 29, 2017

Rooms in the block are limited and may sell out prior to the cutoff date.

To make your reservation, please book online or call 888.421.1442 and mention you are booking in the “IFM – GI and Detox APMs” room block.

Benefits of Booking in IFM Block

IFM has negotiated very favorable rates which include these convenient services:

  • Complimentary Internet in guest rooms and meeting rooms
  • 24/7 access to the fitness center
  • No resort fees

We only choose hotels who meet our standard for serving organic and gluten/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.

Airport Information and Parking

For directions to the hotel and transportation options, please click here. For assistance or additional questions please contact the hotel directly at 303.295.1234.

Healthy Dining

IFM knows how important it is to have healthy food options, and that many of our partners have special dietary needs. With that in mind, we have compiled a list of nearby restaurants serving Fresh Fare that can accommodate those needs.

CME Information

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

MDs and DOs: The Institute for Functional Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 17.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Osteopathic Association has approved IFM’s courses for Preventive Medicine certification within the American Osteopathic Board of Preventive Medicine.

DCs: Northwestern Health Science University (NWHSU) provides continuing education credit for chiropractic physicians. An application was submitted to NWHSU who applies to all states, except Arizona, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Texas, and Tennessee. Applications were submitted for 17.5 continuing education units (CEUs). Please note that DCs may or may not be eligible for CME through live stream. For a complete list of states and approval hours, please contact IFM or check with your state board.

NDs: Generally, programs that are accredited through the ACCME to provide Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits are approved by individual naturopathic state licensing boards. Please contact your individual state board to inquire if continuing education credits from ACCME-accredited organizations are accepted.

Nursing Professionals: 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 can be used. Please contact your state nursing board to inquire if continuing education credits from ACCME-accredited organizations are accepted.

PAs: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts all continuing education credits from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

RDs: An application will be submitted to The Commission on Dietetic Registration for 17.5 continuing professional education units (CPEUs).

LAcs: IFM is a continuing education provider (provider #0232) of the California Acupuncture Board (CAB). An application was submitted to the CAB for 17.75 Category 1 hours. Per the Recertification Handbook of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental (NCCAOM), if a course is approved by a state acupuncture regulatory board, then it is eligible to submit with the re-certification application. Please contact your state acupuncture board to inquire if continuing education credits can be obtained from this course.

Other: Please contact your state licensing board to inquire if continuing education credits from ACCME-accredited organizations are accepted and can be obtained from this conference.

*CME credits are subject to change

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.

BUSINESS AND CLINICAL STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESSFUL PRACTICE IMPLEMENTATION

Optional Evening Session
The Business and Clinical Strategies for Successful Practice Implementation series is a set of 90-minute informational sessions, each of which outline the tools, laboratory testing, billing and coding, and legal considerations for implementing the Functional Medicine techniques discussed during the conference. Each session will include presentations by experts as well as a Q&A session that will allow practitioners to ask specific questions about billing, coding, and legal advice. These optional sessions will be offered in the evening of the second day of the APM conference.

The series is specific to the content taught at IFM. Materials, tools, and resources used will correspond to theories, therapies, treatment modalities, and considerations specific to practitioners trained in IFM’s approach to Functional Medicine and relevant APMs.

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. Online registration will close at 4:00 pm Pacific on Tuesday, October 17. After online registration closes, you may still register by phone or in person at the check-in desk if you are attending the in-person program (subject to space). Late registrations will incur a $300 processing fee. No live-stream registration will be taken after 4:00 pm PST on Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

Live-Stream Participation Policy

Live participation October 19-21, 2017, 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.

in-person Participation Policy

You must check in and be present in person at the in-person program to receive CME credit and to fulfill IFM Certification Program requirements. Only registered attendees with name badges will be allowed in the conference room. Children and unregistered spouses may not attend the program or sponsored events.

Cancellation and Switching Policies

In-Person Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be received in writing no later than October 9, 2017, to be eligible for a refund, less a $150 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after October 9 and before October 19, 2017, are eligible for a refund less a $300 late cancellation fee. Tuition is nontransferable. 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 received in writing by email or fax: tabithabarth@ifm.org or 253.661.8310. IFM will reply with a written acknowledgement.

Live-Stream Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be received in writing no later than October 9, 2017, to be eligible for a refund less a $150 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after October 9 and before October 19, 2017, are eligible for a refund less a $300 late cancellation fee. 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 by email or fax: tabithabarth@ifm.org or 253.661.8310. IFM will reply with a written acknowledgement.

Switching Policy

Switching from the in-person event to the live-streaming option or from the live-streaming option to the in-person event, will incur a $150 processing fee until October 9, 2017. Requests to switch made after October 9, 2017 will incur a $300 processing fee. Requests to switch must be submitted no later than 4:00 pm PST on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, in writing to tabithabarth@ifm.org or faxed to 253.661.8310. Switches can only be made from the in-person to live stream format (or vice versa) for the program you are registered for.

My registration for the GI 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

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.

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.

Liz Lipski PhD, CCN, CHN

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