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This first-of-its kind course will explore clinical principles to reduce patient vulnerability to developing severe infection during the pandemic, increase resistance to infection, improve resilience to the more injurious consequences of infection, and optimize recovery from infection and its long term consequences. In the form of a clinical algorithm, the course  provides protocols on what to recommend for which patients and at what point in the course of illness. This algorithm includes a framework for dietary and lifestyle treatments, managing comorbidities that influence risk, and therapeutic approaches to nutraceutical, botanical, and pharmaceutical interventions.

In addition to one year of on-demand access to this content, the course will also include a longitudinal component to keep you up to date on all the newest research findings and clinical pearls regarding this rapidly evolving pandemic. Each month from January through June, IFM will deliver a webinar on the latest topics of interest related to the functional medicine approach to COVID-19.

It covers the pandemic from all angles, including risk factors of vulnerability to severe infection, antecedents and mediators, social determinants of health, clinical course of illness, cellular and molecular-level mechanisms of the virus, and agents that can be used to intervene at all stages of the disease.

Course Features:

  • One year of online, on-demand access to an extended curriculum including six hours of highly interconnected lecture content and monthly webinar discussions on the latest COVID-19 research.
  • A detailed clinical algorithm that provides guidance on what to recommend for which patients and at what point in the course of illness.
  • An expert roster of 19 educators, many with personal experience caring for patients through the COVID-19 lifecycle.


  • Lab testing – where and when
  • What makes people vulnerable from a systems biology perspective
  • Lifestyle factors and the impact of implicit bias
  • Viral mechanisms of action
  • Mechanisms of action of pharmaceuticals, botanicals, and nutraceuticals
  • A comprehensive approach to addressing the post-infectious phase
  • Case studies and group visit model
  • Novel tools to use with patients


*Lectures average 15 minutes each

Lecture Title Educators
Course Flow Introduction, Orientation, and Course Flow Robert Luby, MD
The Story of the Course: “It’s not just the virus” Joel Evans, MD
Epidemiology, Transmission, and Public Health Veronica Anderson, MD
Individual Vulnerability Variability: Antecedents, Comorbidities, Social Determinants of Health James Carter, Jr, MD, FACC
Clinical Course of Infection and the Immune System Response Robert Luby, MD
Clinical Course, Immune System Response, and Laboratory Testing Helen Messier, PhD, MD
Vulnerability Variability: The Role of the Immune Response to Viral Challenge Patrick Hanaway, MD
Vulnerability Variability: Non-specific Antecedents and Mediators of Impaired Immune Response to Viral Challenge Joel Evans, MD
How SARS-CoV2 Impairs the Immune Response Robert Rountree, MD
Diet and Lifestyle Interventions to Strengthen the Immune System Deanna Minich, MS, PhD, CNS
Implicit Bias in the Healthcare Setting and the FM Model Darlene Bernard, MD, FACOG
SARS-CoV-2 Specific Viral Mechanisms: Potential Treatment Targets Gary Goldman, MD, FACOG
Vulnerability Variability: SARS-CoV-2 Specific Mechanisms and “Inducers of Vulnerability” to Severe Infection: Part 1 Yousef Elyaman, MD
Vulnerability Variability: SARS-CoV-2 Specific Mechanisms and “Inducers of Vulnerability” to Severe Infection: Part 2 Kara Fitzgerald, ND
Overview of the Mechanisms of Action of COVID-19 Therapeutics: A Functional Medicine and Systems Biology Perspective Robert Luby, MD
Plausible Interventions to Modulate SARS-CoV-2 Specific Mechanisms: Pharmaceutical Modalities Gary Goldman, MD, FACOG
Plausible Interventions to Modulate SARS-CoV-2 Specific Mechanisms: Botanicals & Nutraceuticals: Part 1 Joel Evans, MD
Plausible Interventions to Modulate the Host Immune System: Botanicals and Nutraceuticals: Part 2 Joel Evans, MD
Case Vignettes Robert Luby, MD
Pre-exposure Group Visits
Post-Infectious Phase: Case S
Kara Parker, MD and Robert Luby, MD
Sue Haddow, MD, ABOIM
Federico Martinez, MD
Post-Infectious Phase Aligned with the Functional Medicine Matrix Robert Luby, MD
Conclusion: A Look to the Future Robert Luby, MD
Joel Evans, MD
Free Panel Discussion / Lecture (click below to view) Educators
Social Determinants of Health: COVID-19 Vulnerability and the Functional Medicine Model Omowunmi Osinubi, MD, MSc, MBA, FRCA, ABIHM
Serena Satcher, MD, FAAPMR
Michelle Robertson, MD, MPH
Kelly McCarron, PsyD
Susan Santos, PhD, MS

Longitudinal Content Webinars

  • The link to attend each webinar will be provided in the online course.
  • Recordings will be automatically added to the course one week following each webinar.
  • Webinars will run approximately 60 minutes including Q&A.
  • Webinar registrants will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance.

Webinar Moderators:

Longitudinal Content Schedule
Webinar Topics
(These reflect the most recent research and developments and will be announced on a rolling basis)
Presenters Live Webinar Date
Mental Health in Chronic COVID Syndrome Robert Hedaya, MD
Thida Thant, MD
January 19, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccines: Current Evidence and Clinical Considerations Patrick Hanaway, MD
Heather Zwickey, PhD

James E. Carter, MD
February 17, 2021
IFM COVID-19 Update: Deepening our Understanding of COVID-19 Vaccines
Chris D’Adamo, Ph.D. March 16, 2021 5:00 PT
How To Assess Your Immune Resilience By Using Flow Cytometry And Immunophenotyping Cyrex Laboratories’ Chief Scientific Advisor,
Aristo Vojdani, Ph.D., M.Sc., C.L.S
March 30, 2021 5:00 PT
IFM COVID-19 Update: Introduction to Post-Acute Sequalae of SARS-CoV-2 (PASC) Joel Evans, MD
James Carter, MD
Michael Stone, MD
Patrick Hanaway, MD
Monique Class, MS, APRN
Sarah LoBisco, ND
Joseph E. Pizzorno, ND
Adrian den Boer, DC, ND, IFMCP
April 20, 2021 5:00 PT
IFM COVID-19 Update: Cardiac, Vascular, and Pulmonary Complications of PASC Joseph E. Pizzorno, ND
Joel Evans, MD
James Carter, MD
Michael Stone, MD
Patrick Hanaway, MD
James E. Carter, MD
Leann L. Silhan, MD
Robert Rountree, MD
May 18, 2021 5:00 PT
IFM COVID-19 Update: Fatigue, Immunomodulation, and PASC Aaron Bunnell, MD
George Schatz, MD
June 22, 2021 5:00 PT

Additional Information

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.

Course FAQs

  • Who should take this course?
    Although the course has been designed for practicing medical professionals, there are no pre-requisites in terms of degree.
  • Am I required to take any other IFM courses prior?
    No, however since a grounding in functional medicine will help in your understanding of the material and the approach, our brief elearning course Introduction to Functional Medicine has been included with Resistance, Resilience, and Recovery: Patient Care in a Pandemic course. This course is not a part of IFM’s Certification Program (IFMCP).
  • What accommodations have been made in this course?
    The elearning course supports keyboard navigation, closed caption, transcripts, and is compatible with many screen readers.
  • Are there CME credits awarded for taking the course?
    No, due to the rapidly evolving knowledge base in this topic area, it is not possible to provide the levels of review required to offer continuing education credits.
  • How long do I have access to the course?
    One year access starting at the date of your purchase.
  • There are so many new developments happening so fast with this topic, will the course go out of date?
    No, as new developments occur updates will be sent to enrolled learners. All enrolled learners will be able to participate in monthly webinars with expert panels with live Q&A beginning in January 2021. These sessions will be recorded and added to the course to become part of the materials going forward.

Cancellation Policy

A full refund can be requested within 48 hours (two days) of receiving access to course content. Refund requests received after one week (seven days) of receiving access to course content are eligible for a refund, less a $50 cancellation fee. Refund requests must be received in writing by email: jenniferstroh@ifm.org. IFM will reply with a written acknowledgement.