CME Opportunities That Adjust to Your Schedule: Get Trained in Functional Medicine

We understand that clinicians have very busy schedules and limited time to allocate to any kind of training. Because of that, and in response to the rapid growth in demand for Functional Medicine, we are expanding the options for Functional Medicine training.

We have developed a variety of online learning courses, listed below, that are renowned for their ease of use, interactive properties, practicality, and accessibility. With our new online learning opportunities, you can access more IFM courses from the comfort of your home, your favorite coffee shop, or any place in the world.

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Introduction to Functional Medicine


Most chronic diseases are linked to modifiable risk factors, including poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and stress. Yet despite the effectiveness of a multifactorial approach, many clinicians are not equipped to utilize such methods. The Functional Medicine model was developed as a way for clinicians to access strategies that can be personalized for specific patients.

Clinicians can learn more about Functional Medicine in IFM’s online course, Introduction to Functional Medicine, including:

  1. How to differentiate between and select interventions for food allergy, food intolerance, and food sensitivity.
  2. How to recognize the many potential causes of depression.
  3. How to apply a multifactorial analysis of depression symptoms in a particular case.
  4. How to synthesize information using the Functional Medicine Matrix to identify root cause and appropriate interventions.
Patrick Hanaway, MD, is a board-certified family physician who practices Functional Medicine. Dr. Hanaway teaches about the clinical application of nutritional biochemistry, with an emphasis on digestion, immunology, mitochondrial function, and wellness.

Introduction to Functional Nutrition


This course is a first step in offering physicians and nutrition professionals an overview of the ABCDs of Functional Nutrition Evaluation, a step-by-step system that guides practitioners in the what and how of assessing nutrition status. Experts will demonstrate elements of the nutrition physical exam as well as how those exam findings suggest specific nutritional insufficiencies. The course will also explore how common laboratory tests can be used to glean detailed information about nutritional status.

IFM Chairman Mark Hyman, MD, introduces the course and its key concepts.

Reversing Cognitive Decline Advanced Clinical Training

For many people, an Alzheimer’s diagnosis predicts a bleak future. But some Functional Medicine clinicians are seeing successful outcomes with patients diagnosed with cognitive decline and early Alzheimer’s disease (AD). A multimodal approach focused on personalized dietary and lifestyle intervention has successfully reversed cognitive decline in some patients with early Alzheimer’s disease (AD), and is featured in IFM’s online course, Reversing Cognitive Decline.

The Institute for Functional Medicine, in collaboration with Dale Bredesen, MD, and MPI Cognition, presents this exciting new approach to the treatment of early-stage AD and mild cognitive impairment (MCI). During this course, attendees will learn a multi-pronged treatment strategy for these patients. Using a systems-biology approach, attendees will learn to assess patients for MCI and early AD, stratify them based on the likely causes of their dysfunction, and apply a multimodal protocol to individualize treatments for each patient that address the appropriate underlying causes. In this way, many cases of cognitive decline can be arrested and sometimes reversed.

Prior to joining IFM in 2015, Dr. Robert Luby spent 26 years as a board certified family physician providing primary care in Latino community health centers, successfully applying the Functional Medicine model in these under-resourced settings. After also spending 16 of those years in academic medicine honing his skills in curriculum development and faculty training, he has taken over the reins of IFM’s Medical Education Department.

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