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Immune Advanced Practice Module 2018 (APM)

Conference

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

February 04 - 06, 2018 Loews Atlanta Hotel
Atlanta, GA
Up to 17 CME Credits Camera Live Stream Available
  • If you are a member, and you are logged in, your 10% member discount has been automatically applied. More Info
  • Refer a colleague to AFMCP or an APM and receive $200 in educational credit. 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
  • Registration at regular tuition closes 4:00 pm PST, Friday, February 2, 2018. Late registration tuition includes a $300 processing fee. Scroll down to the “Registration Policy” section for detailed information.
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Details

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.

Pre-Course Materials

Interactive Videos

Webinars

  • Available week of January 12: The Human Microbiome: Its Impact on Immunity and Health with Robert Rountree, MD
  • Available week of January 26: Introduction to the Immune Module with Dan Lukaczer, ND
Post-Course webinar and Materials (Non-CME)

Private Facebook Group

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 - 9:15 am
Robert Rountree, MD Underlying Concepts of Immune Dysfunction and Inflammation, Part 1
9:15 am - 9:30 am
Short Restroom Break
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Robert Rountree, MD Underlying Concepts of Immune Dysfunction and Inflammation, Part 2
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Morning Break – (Refreshments in Practice Implementation Showroom, In-person attendees only)
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Helen Messier, PhD, MD, CCFP The Dietary Prescription for Chronic Inflammation & Autoimmune Conditions
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Pure Encapsulations Sponsored lunch:
Practical Immunology for Non-Immunologists: A Functional Medicine Road Map for Your Most Complex Patients with Samuel F. Yanuck, DC, FACFN, FIAMA
(Optional, Non-CME, Now available via live stream!)
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Free Time
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Robert Rountree, MD Laboratory Testing of Biomarkers of Immune Dysfunction
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Afternoon Break (Refreshments in Practice Implementation Showroom, In-person attendees only)
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Kara Fitzgerald, ND Food Allergies Sensitivities and Intolerances: Diagnosis and Treatment
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Questions and Answers Session 1 - Presenters
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Q&A Session with Immunology Expert Dr. Sam Yanuck
Sponsored by Pure Encapsulations
Optional, Non-CME - Light refreshments will be served
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Schedule subject to change | All times are in EST
7:15 am - 7:45 am
Robert Luby, MD IFM Certification Program Open Forum (Optional, Non-CME, In Person Only)
6:00 am - 7:00 am
Yoga (In-Person attendees only)
8:00 am - 9:30 am
Helen Messier, PhD, MD, CCFP Assessment of Chronic Infections, Part 1: Dysbiosis
9:30 am - 10:00 am
Morning Break (Refreshments in Practice Implementation Showroom, In-person attendees only)
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Thomas Sult, MD Assessment of Chronic Infections, Part 2: Lyme Disease and other Occult Infections
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Lunch Break
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Dan Lukaczer, ND IFM Certification Program Open Forum
(Optional, non CME, live stream only)
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Robert Rountree, MD Therapeutic Use of Immunomodulators
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Afternoon Break (Refreshments in Practice Implementation Showroom, In-person attendees only)
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Kara Fitzgerald, ND Therapeutic Uses of Essential Fatty Acids
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Questions and Answers Session 2 - Presenters
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Helen Messier, PhD, MD, CCFP Therapeutic Uses of Anti-Inflammatory Phytonutrients and Botanicals
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Kristi Hughes, ND Thomas Sult, MD Kara Fitzgerald, ND Robert Rountree, MD Tricia O'Brien, MD Immune: Business and Clinical Strategies for Successful Practice Implementation (non CME)
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Schedule subject to change | All times are in EST
6:00 am - 7:00 am
Yoga (In-Person attendees only)
7:00 am - 7:45 am
Helen Messier, PhD, MD, CCFP IFM Breakfast
Application of Metabolomics on the Microbiome: On the Cusp of Something Big
(Optional, Non CME)
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Thomas Sult, MD Case Management of Chronic Infections
9:00 am - 9:15 am
Short Break
9:15 am - 10:15 am
Kara Fitzgerald, ND Case Management of Allergic and Atopic Disease
10:15 am - 10:45 am
Morning Break (Refreshments in Practice Implementation Showroom, In-person attendees only)
10:45 am - 11:45 am
Robert Rountree, MD Case Management of Autoimmune Disease
11:45 am - 12:00 pm
Robert Rountree, MD Summary: Key Clinical Applications
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Schedule subject to change | All times are in EST

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 webinars and PDFs of textbook chapters
  • More than 18 hours of onsite lectures, Q&A sessions, and discussion (visit IFM.org/Immune for a full schedule of topics)
  • Educator-hosted forum discussions
  • Business and Clinical Strategies for Successful Practice Implementation
  • 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)
  • 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.

Hotel Information

Loews Atlanta Hotel
1065 Peachtree Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30309
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IFM Room Block Rate: $239
Cutoff for Special Room Rate: January 5, 2018 (subject to availability) – Extended through Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Rooms in the block are limited and may sell out prior to the cutoff date.

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.

Transportation information

Airport

  • Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL): 12 miles/20 minutes from hotel

Ground Transportation

  • Taxi: $35-40 (one way)
  • Uber: $20-25 (one way)
  • MARTA red line to Midtown Transit Station: $2.50 (one way)

Parking

  • Self parking: $26/day (20% discount given to guests booked in the IFM room block)
  • Valet parking: $38/ day (20% discount given to guests booked in the IFM room block)

Parking and transportation information is provided for reference only and subject to change. For assistance or additional questions please click here or contact the hotel directly at 404.745.5000.

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.

MD/DO: The Institute for Functional Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 17 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Osteopathic Association recognizes IFM’s Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses for CME hours in Preventive Medicine within the American Osteopathic Board of Preventive Medicine.

NEW! 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 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 Science University (NWHSU) provides continuing education credit for chiropractic physicians. An application was submitted to NWHSU who applied to all states, except Arizona, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. Applications were submitted for 17 continuing education units (CEUs). For a complete list of states and approval hours, please contact IFM.

ND: Generally, programs that are accredited through the ACCME are accepted by naturopathic state licensing boards. 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 can be used. 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 approved this course for 16 Continuing Professional Education Units (CPEUs).

Acupuncturist: IFM is a continuing education provider (provider #0232) of the California Acupuncture Board (CAB). The CAB approved this course for 17 Category 1 hours. Per the Recertification Handbook of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (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 approved by the CAB are accepted. Note: California acupuncturists must attend this course in full to receive CPEUs. Partial credit will not be provided.

Other: Please contact your healthcare licensing board to inquire if continuing education credits from ACCME-accredited organizations are recognized and can be used toward fulfilling your continuing education requirements.

*CME credits are subject to change.

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. Registration at regular tuition will close 4:00 pm PST, Friday February 2, 2018. Late registration tuition includes a $300 processing fee. Late registration in-person at the conference (subject to space) will incur a $300 processing fee. No live-stream registrations will be taken after 4:00 pm PST, Friday, February 2, 2018.

Live-Stream Participation Policy

Live participation February 4-6, 2018, 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.

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

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 January 25, 2018, to be eligible for a refund, less a $150 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after January 25 and before February 4, 2018, 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 January 25, 2018, to be eligible for a refund less a $150 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after January 25 and before February 4, 2018, 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 January 25, 2018. Requests to switch made after January 25, 2018, will incur a $300 processing fee. Requests to switch must be submitted no later than 4:00 pm PST on Friday, February 2, 2018, 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 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

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.

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.

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