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Patient Education Series (PES)

Educational Resource
  • Learners have 1 year access to the Patient Education Series after purchase date.
  • If you are a member, and you are logged in, your 10% member discount has been automatically applied to the product price. More Info

The Patient Education Series (PES) is a group of interactive, online, on-demand educational modules designed to guide patients through any of the IFM food plans. If you are a clinician who currently uses, or would like to begin using, any of IFM’s food plans with patients, then PES is for you. Access to PES, with the ability to easily distribute to patients, can be purchased separately or as part of the Therapeutic Food Plans: A Component of Personalized Nutrition (TFP) online course.


PES has benefits for both practitioners and patients, including:
  • Convenient way to introduce patients to any of IFM’s 8 food plans
  • Saves practitioner time that otherwise would be spent repeating the same basic plan information to each patient for which it is indicated
  • Allows practitioners to focus on the elements of a food plan that are personalized for each patient
  • Provides patients continued access to the basics of their plan in case they have questions or forget an element of the plan
  • Helps set up patients for success in adopting sustained lifestyle and dietary changes
  • Can be delivered to patients via EMR patient portals or other methods as needed
The PES series includes all of IFM’s food plans:
  • Core Food Plan
  • Cardio Food Plan
  • Detox Food Plan
  • Phytonutrient Spectrum
  • Mito Food Plan
  • Elimination Diet
  • Low-FODMAP Food Plan
  • Anti-Candida Food Plan
  • Up to 5 practitioners in a practice: one year subscription; $125 ($100 with purchase of TFP course)
For Practices Of 6 Or More:

Custom pricing solutions are available for practices or institutions comprised of 6 or more practitioners. Please fill out the form:

PES Custom Solution Inquiries

Additional Information

Return Policy

Return Policy
Cancellation Request Received Eligible Refund
*After purchase No Refund

Except as otherwise prohibited by applicable laws, purchases of online digital content are not refundable if You have accessed the purchased IFM Materials in any form, including without limitation by streaming, viewing, or downloading the same. If IFM can confirm that You have not accessed the IFM Materials, You can request a refund no later than 15 days from the date of purchase.

My registration for Patient Education Series (PES) signifies that I have read and agreed to IFM’s return policy found above. My participation in PES 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.

Technology Requirements

Technology Requirements

This online course requires a reliable internet connection. The course can be streamed and viewed on mobile devices and tablets, but it is optimized for laptops and desktop computers. Download is not supported on mobile devices or tablets.

Patient Education Series FAQ

Q: Am I required to take any other IFM courses prior?
No, however IFM strongly recommends that you take AFMCP first. Although IFM’s proprietary tools, such as the Functional Medicine Matrix, are reviewed during this course, AFMCP provides in-depth context for the skills, processes, and science behind incorporating functional medicine principles into practice. AFMCP is offered multiple times each year, go to ifm.org/afmcp for more information.

Q: I am a single practitioner practice, can I share my PES subscription with other practitioners?
A: No. Your PES subscription cannot be transferred or shared with practitioners outside of your practice. However, your subscription does admit practitioners from your same practice. Note that the Therapeutic Food Plans elearning course may not be shared outside or within your practice.

Q: Will I be certified as a functional medicine practitioner after completing the course?
A: No. This course is not included in the IFM Certification Pathway. The pathway for the IFM Certification Program requires you to complete AFMCP and the six Advanced Practice Modules as well as pass a certification exam.

Q: What IFM patient education materials are available during this course?
A: Each module of the course offers resources to download, print, and distribute to your patients. These include over 46 toolkit resource: comprehensive guides for following each food plan, shopping lists, recipes, and strategies to address other lifestyle factors. While not required for completion of this course, IFM’s Patient Education Series compliments the TFP course learnings and is a tool to help patients understand how to follow their personalized version of the IFM food plans. Learn more about this add-on tool.