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Introduction to Functional Medicine

Online Course

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Up to 1.5 CME Credit
CME Credit type

ACCME Accreditation Statement
The Institute for Functional Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Accreditation Statement
The Institute for Functional Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Description

José is a middle-aged community college professor whose presenting complaint is lower back pain. He is stressed, overweight, and—you discover—clinically depressed. How often do you see patients like José?

Patients have become more complex, and those with multiple chronic conditions are increasing.1-6 Such estimates rarely include obesity, however, which affects nearly 40% of American adults,7 and incorporating these rising obesity rates means most patients have comorbid diagnoses.

For many of these patients, lifestyle interventions can change their disease trajectory,8-9 yet lifestyle change remains a challenge for most clinicians and patients.10-14

This interactive course with two patient cases provides the tools to effectively connect with patients, educate them about lifestyle interactions, and apply core Functional Medicine principles and techniques to restore health.

Additional Information

Learning Objectives

  1. Collect and interpret a thorough clinical history using the Functional Medicine Timeline with Antecedents, Triggers, and Mediators.
  2. Differentiate between food allergy, food intolerance, and food sensitivity.
  3. Select tests for and interpret results to recognize food allergy, food intolerance, and food sensitivity.
  4. Recognize the many potential causes of depression.
  5. Multifactorial analysis of depression symptoms in a particular case.
  6. Synthesize information using the Functional Medicine Matrix to identify root cause and appropriate interventions.

CME Information

To earn CME credit, you must complete a pre-course and a post-course survey, as well as achieve 80% or higher on the post-course test within 3 attempts.


ACCME Accreditation Statement

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

Continuing Education Credit Designation

MD/DO: The Institute for Functional Medicine designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.5 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.

ND: Generally, programs that are accredited through the ACCME for CME credits are approved 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 obtained from ACCME-accredited programs are accepted.

PA: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts all continuing education credits obtained from ACCME-accredited programs. 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) accepts Continuing Professional Education (CPE) from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

OTHER: Please contact your regulatory board to inquire if continuing education credits obtained from ACCME-accredited programs are accepted and can be used toward fulfilling your continuing education requirements.


Intended Audience

This course has been developed to address the needs of all primary care practitioners, including: MDs, DOs, DCs, NDs, RDs, NPs, and nutritionists.


Release and Termination Date

Release Date: January 23, 2018
Last Reviewed Date: January 23, 2018
Termination Date: January 23, 2021

Delivery and Return Policy

  • Your course will be delivered electronically to your online account directly upon purchase.
  • You will have access to the course for 60 days from the date of purchase.
  • The course video and audio are only available to stream and cannot be downloaded.
  • You will have access to downloadable slides and other resources.
  • Cancellations and extensions can only be processed manually, requests should be submitted via email or over the phone.

Citations

  1. Ward BW, Schiller JS, Goodman RA. Multiple chronic conditions among US adults: a 2012 update. Prev Chronic Dis.2014;11:E62. doi:5888/pcd11.130389.
  2. Wong CY, Chaudhry SI, Desai MM, Krumholz HM. Trends in comorbidity, disability, and polypharmacy in heart failure.  Am J Med. 2011;124(2):136-143. doi:1016/j.amjmed.2010.08.017.
  3. Zhang X, Decker FH, Luo H, et al. Trends in the prevalence and comorbidities of diabetes mellitus in nursing home residents in the United States: 1995–2004. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2010;58(4): 724-730. doi:1111/j.1532-5415.2010.02786.x.
  4. Gupta S. Burden of multiple chronic conditions in Delaware, 2011–2014. Prev Chronic Dis. 2016;13:E160. doi:5888/pcd13.160264.
  5. Fu S, Huang N, Chou YJ. Trends in the prevalence of multiple chronic conditions in Taiwan from 2000 to 2010: a population-based study. Prev Chronic Dis. 2014;11:E187. doi:5888/pcd11.140205.
  6. Ashman JJ, Beresovsky V. Multiple chronic conditions among US adults who visited physician offices: data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2009. Prev Chronic Dis. 2013;10:E64. doi:5888/pcd10.120308.
  7. Hales CM, Carroll MD, Fryar CD, Ogden CL. Prevalence of obesity among adults and youth: United States, 2015–2016. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/databriefs/db288.htm. Published October 2017. Accessed December 21, 2017.
  8. Kushner RF, Sorensen KW. Lifestyle medicine: the future of chronic disease management. Curr Opin Endocrinol Diabetes Obes. 2013;20(5):389-395. doi:1097/01.med.0000433056.76699.5d.
  9. Bauer UE, Briss PA, Goodman RA, Bowman BA. Prevention of chronic disease in the 21st century: elimination of the leading preventable causes of premature death and disability in the USA. Lancet. 2014;384(9937):45-52. doi:1016/S0140-6736(14)60648-6.
  10. Martin LR, Williams SL, Haskard KB, DiMatteo MR. The challenge of patient adherence. Ther Clin Risk Manag. 2005;1(3):189-199.
  11. Reinehr T. Lifestyle intervention in childhood obesity: changes and challenges. Nat Rev Endocrinol. 2013;9(10):607-614. doi:1038/nrendo.2013.149.
  12. Dalle Grave R, Calugi S, El Ghoch M. Lifestyle modification in the management of obesity: achievements and challenges. Eat Weight Disord. 2013;18(4):339-349. doi:1007/s40519-013-0049-4.
  13. Berra K. Challenges of changing lifestyle to reduce risk for cardiovascular disease. J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2010;25(3):223-227. doi:1097/JCN.0b013e3181cec7e4.
  14. Elwell L, Powell J, Wordsworth S, Cummins C. Challenges of implementing routine health behavior change support in a children’s hospital setting. Patient Educ Couns. 2014;96(1):113-119. doi: 1016/j.pec.2014.04.005.