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Therapeutic Food Plans: A Component of Personalized Nutrition (TFP) In Development

Online Course
Up to 7.5 CME Credits
  • *This Course is Currently In Development*

Therapeutic Food Plans: A Component of Personalized Nutrition (TFP) is being developed in collaboration with the American Nutrition Association (ANA) to educate clinicians and other nutrition professionals on the customization and clinical applications of IFM’s suite of therapeutic food plans to meet the individual health needs of patients. The ANA is a constituent nonprofit comprised of five leading nutrition-related organizations committed to the science and practice of personalized nutrition.

This interactive, online learning course will offer case-based scenarios with diverse patients profiles to demonstrate real-world application and personalization of each food plan. Clinicians will be able to design personalized, therapeutic food plans for their patients, taking into account their unique dietary needs and preferences. This course increases point-of-care skills and provides the necessary tools to address modifiable lifestyle factors that may be influencing dietary patterns. This course will benefit clinicians who work closely with patients on nutrition, as well as other nutrition-oriented healthcare workers.

In collaboration with the American Nutrition Association (ANA), this course will offer instruction on how to personalize IFM’s suite of therapeutic food plans in order to best meet the needs of clients and patients.

What Clinicians Will Learn

  • Established and emerging therapeutic and prevention strategies.
  • How to design nutritional interventions to improve patient engagement and outcomes.
  • How to utilize IFM tools to recognize and address nutritional inadequacies and dietary patterns that may be impacting health.
  • Selecting and personalizing the most appropriate IFM therapeutic food plan for an individual’s health concerns and dietary needs or preference.
  • Identifying appropriate therapeutic foods for different conditions and overall wellness
  • Increased facility with point-of-care skills and tools to address modifiable lifestyle factors
  • Explaining Functional Nutrition concepts to individuals, thereby improving their awareness of the role nutrition plays in overall health and well-being.

Tools and Takeaways

Your enrollment in the course includes a comprehensive nutrition toolkit, with strategies to enhance your practice and patient care approaches. These include:

  • Over seven hours of interactive materials, exploring each of IFM’s nine food plans, divided into segments so learners can come and go as they please within a 45-day timeframe.
  • Access to 46 of IFM’s proprietary toolkit resources, available to download and share with patients. These include: comprehensive guides for each food plan with weekly shopping lists and recipes, intake forms, assessment questionnaires, patient handouts, and nutrition resources.
  • A listing on ANA’s Professional Directory for those who have completed Therapeutic Food Plans and meet the ANA’s eligibility and listing requirements.
  • An invitation to join an IFM-hosted private Facebook group for community interaction for the duration of the course. Expert moderators will help facilitate discussions.

*Course note: IFM strongly recommends completion of Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP) prior to enrollment in this course. AFMCP provides the context to Functional Medicine framework, including clinical applications of IFM’s proprietary tools such as the timeline and matrix and the fundamentals of Functional Nutrition. You will get the most benefit from the course learnings in Therapeutic Food Plans from the topics covered during AFMCP.

Additional Information

More About The Course

Therapeutic Food Plans examines the role of nutrition within the Functional Medicine framework and how selecting therapeutic foods can impact many chronic conditions. This course offers over 46 toolkit resources that are available to download and share with patients.

Clinicians will develop mastery of the IFM Food Plans including features, scientific rationale, customization, troubleshooting, and patient engagement tips. The course is broken up into the following sections:

  • Review of Functional Medicine Fundamentals
  • The Role of Nutrition in the Functional Medicine Ecosystem
  • Personalizing the IFM Therapeutic Food Plans
  • Phytonutrient Spectrum
  • Core Food Plan
  • Cardiometabolic Food Plan
  • Detox Food Plan
  • Mito Food Plan
  • ReNew Food Plan
  • Advanced Elimination Diets
  • Integrative Case Studies Summative Exam

Through this course, clinicians will be able to select and personalize an appropriate food plan based on their patient’s unique set of health concerns and lifestyle preferences. Clinicians from all disciplines are encouraged to join the course, especially if they work closely with patients on nutrition.

Therapeutic Food Plans is in development. Practitioners will have 45 days to complete the course and may access materials at any time of the day, from any location with internet. Supporting program materials, including toolkit resources, will be available in your account for one year.

There will be over seven hours of interactive materials, including videos, case studies, quizzes, and numerous patient-facing resources for each food plan. Clinicians will have exclusive access to IFM’s Food Plan Video Series, a collection of video resources to share with patients. Cohort members will also have access to a Facebook group with educators and other experienced nutrition professionals to network and share best practices.

CME Information

Up to 7.5 CME credits available.

MD/DO: The Institute for Functional Medicine designates this other activity (a semi-synchronous online cohort) for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ACCME-accredited courses for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are eligible for Category 2 credit through the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). To obtain the Category 2 credit, please email, fax, or mail certificates of attendance to the AOA Department of Client and Member Services. For more information, click here.

ABIM MOC Points Available: 

To obtain ABIM MOC points, you must complete the CME evaluation and pass all chapter quizzes with 80% or greater. IFM will submit participant data to ABIM within two weeks from the closing date of this course using the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting Systems (PARS).

ND: Generally, naturopathic state licensing boards accept continuing education courses accredited through ACCME. Please contact your state naturopathic board to inquire if CME credits from ACCME-accredited organizations are accepted.

PA: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts all continuing education credits from organizations accredited by ACCME. Please contact your state physician assistant board to inquire if continuing education 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 are accepted. Please contact your state nursing board to inquire if continuing education credits from ACCME-accredited organizations are accepted.

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

*CME credits are subject to change.

Registration and Cancellation Policies

Refund Policy

A full refund can be requested within one week (seven days) of receiving access to course content, granted that you did not begin the course material. Refund requests received after one week (seven days) of receiving access to course content are eligible for a refund, less a $75 cancellation fee. Refund requests must be received in writing by email or fax: info@ifm.org or 253.661.8310. IFM will reply with a written acknowledgement.


Participants of the Therapeutic Food Plans Online Course have 45 days from the course start date to complete the program. Program materials and records of achievements are delivered to you through your personal IFM online account. Online access cannot be shared—course materials, course content, and CME credit are provided to the individual registrant only. For this reason, you may not register multiple people or someone other than yourself. No partial CME credit will be awarded.

My registration for Therapeutic Food Plans signifies that I have read and agreed to IFM’s cancellation policy found above. My participation in Therapeutic Food Plans 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.

Therapeutic Food Plans FAQ

Who should take this course?
IFM encourages a multi-disciplinary approach to nutrition and patient care. We welcome a variety of clinicians who work closely with their patients on nutrition. This may include physicians, RD, CNS, pharmacists, and others with a Master’s degree or higher level education. Other healthcare providers and nutritional professional are also encouraged to join the 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 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.


Will I receive CME/CE credits after completing this course?
Clinicians are eligible to receive up to 7.5 CME credits. A record of educational achievement will also be delivered upon completion of the course.


Will I be certified as a Functional Medicine practitioner after completing the course?
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.


Will I be listed on a practitioner search database after the course?
Clinicians who complete this course as well as AFMCP, and meet the ANA’s eligibility and listing requirements can be listed on the ANA’s Professional Directory.


What IFM patient education materials are available during this course?
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.

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