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CME Training That Lets You Learn by Doing

At AFMCP, educators use case-based learning as the central presentation method for clinical material. By working with real patient information, clinicians can hone their diagnostic skills and learn from peers. The cases frame Functional Medicine in the context of patient care so clinicians can immediately apply the tools they learned when they return to their offices. Read More
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Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP)

The premier course in Functional Medicine, Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP), provides practitioners with Functional Medicine training—and IFM has now made it available both in-person and online.

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The Science of Meditation

For thousands of years, cultures have recommended mindful practice as a way to cultivate well-being, and over the last several years, incredible scientific advances have been made to confirm its benefits. While scientific understanding of meditation is still in its infancy, research suggests that mindfulness practice is a powerful modulator of structural and functional brain plasticity. READ MORE
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Health Coaching as a Strategy to Enhance Your Practice

One strategy to improve the patient-provider relationship is by utilizing health coaching. The role of health coaches is to listen to and guide patients through a change process. Coaches set expectations, provide feedback, and help clients identify challenges along the way. Read More
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What Is the IFM Toolkit?

How does a traditional medical practitioner transition into Functional Medicine? What resources are available to help them along this path? This is where the IFM Toolkit comes in. All practitioners who complete IFM’s premier course, Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP), either online or in-person, have access to the IFM Toolkit, which contains hundreds of easy-to-use resources for new and seasoned practitioners alike. READ MORE
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Is AFMCP Online Right for Me? Take Our Quiz to Find Out!

Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP) Online provides the same education and learning objectives as AFMCP in person. Each individual, however, will gravitate toward certain learning environments. Take this quiz to find out if AFMCP Online is right for you. Take Quiz
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Free Download: Functional Medicine Timeline, a History-Taking Tool

Every practitioner takes a patient history, but did you know that it is one of the most critical opportunities to improve patient engagement and compliance? Using the Functional Medicine Timeline as a basis, IFM teaches you skills and strategies to maximize patient engagement and improve outcomes.

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Functional Medicine Tools Improve Patient Compliance

If you are frequently frustrated by patients who don't stick with prescribed treatments, you’re not alone. Two important strategies for managing chronic disease are adherence to treatment and sustained, health-related lifestyle changes; however, research suggests that approximately 50% of patients with chronic conditions do not adhere to treatment. Read More
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Alternatives to Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain and Diet with Bette Bischoff, MD, RD“For millions of people across the globe, excruciating pain is an inescapable reality of life,” writes Allyn L. Taylor, in an article published in The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. Does it have to be this way? Read More
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AFMCP by the Numbers

Ever wondered what it is really like to attend Functional Medicine’s premier, case-based course, Applying Functional Medicine in Practice (AFMCP)? Here is a look into AFMCP by the numbers. Read More
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Clinician Burnout & Ways to Care For “Self”

While large patient volumes and some home life factors may be outside of one’s control, diet, exercise, sleep, and/or lifestyle are malleable. In other words, the things clinicians are frequently telling patients to change, the fundamental components of Functional Medicine, are also key components of clinician self-care. Indeed, one of the core lessons in the practice of Functional Medicine is caring for the “self” while also caring for patients. Read More
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Nutrition and Exercise Improve Well-Being & Metabolism

Most clinicians recognize that lifestyle change is difficult for patients. Recent research is helping them understand what patients really need in order to make sustainable and effective changes in their diet and activity level. Read More