Education

For over 20 years, the Institute for Functional Medicine has trained healthcare professionals in effective treatment and prevention of chronic disease. We continually refine and improve our programs, incorporating innovative teaching methods and instructional technologies suited to the needs of practicing clinicians.

   

IFM Offers the Following Educational Programs:

 

Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice


Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice® (AFMCP) is IFM’s foundational course. This 5-day comprehensive overview of the Functional Medicine Matrix Model provides a basis for the application of our patient-centered, systems biology approach to understanding and treating the underlying causes of chronic disease.



Advanced Practice Modules


The Functional Medicine Advanced Practice Modules® are 2.5-day, intensive clinical programs, each focused on one physiological system within the Functional Medicine Matrix Model. These courses deepen the knowledge base and extend the clinical applications presented at AFMCP, helping clinicians expand their practice of Functional Medicine. Modules are focused in the following areas:

Restoring Gastrointestinal Equilibrium: Practical Applications for Understanding, Assessing, and Treating Gut Dysfunction (GI APM)
Understanding Biotransformation and Recognizing Toxicity: Evaluation and Treatment in the Functional Medicine Model (Detox APM)
The Many Faces of Immune Dysregulation and Chronic Inflammation: Infections, Allergens, and Autoimmune Disorders (Immune APM)
Re-establishing Hormonal Balance in the Hypothalamic, Pituitary, Adrenal, Thyroid, and Gonadal Axis (Hormone APM)
Transforming the Assessment, Prevention, and Management of Chronic Metabolic and Cardiovascular Disorders (Cardiometabolic APM)
Evidence and Emerging Clinical Solutions for Managing Pain, Fatigue, and Cognitive Dysfunction (Energy APM)


Annual International Conference


IFM’s Annual International Conference is the largest annual gathering of the international Functional Medicine community and a catalyst for transforming your clinical practice. We assemble a panel of internationally renowned researchers, educators, and clinicians who present cutting-edge information about complex and intriguing topics. Some examples include:
  • Functional Perspectives on Food and Nutrition: The Ultimate Upstream Medicine
  • Confronting Cancer as a Chronic Disease: Primary Care Takes a 360° View
  • The Challenge of Chronic Infections: Terrain, Tolerance, and Susceptibility


Certification


IFM’s Functional Medicine Certification Program™ is a comprehensive clinical training series for assessment, treatment, prevention, and management of patients with complex, chronic disease. Following the completion of AFMCP, the six Advanced Practice Modules, and the successful completion of a written case study and comprehensive examination, the clinician is then certified as a Functional Medicine practitioner.


eLearning


In addition, IFM now offers eLearning courses which allow you to earn 1-3 CME credits from the comfort of your home or office. We are hard at work developing new online CME offerings, and we are currently offering three online courses:
  • Functional Medicine: A Systems Approach to Reversing the Epidemic of Chronic Disease
    This free eLearning course provides an introduction to the principles, tools, and clinical approach of Functional Medicine and demonstrates how Functional Medicine can help reverse the epidemic of chronic disease.
  • Methylation Strategies in the Clinical Management of Depression and Cardiovascular Disease
    Methylation is a critical component of many biochemical reactions in the body and as such, is a key determinant of optimal function and health. However, the complex and interrelated nature of methylation pathways and the debate surrounding clinical applications of treatments that affect methylation can make it difficult for clinicians to know what to tell their patients. This course will explore the biochemical pathways that rely on methylation, the problems that can result from genetic and environmental deficiencies that affect methylation, and the best strategies for assessing and treating these deficiencies using vitamins and supplements
  • Introduction to Functional Nutrition: Clinical Solutions for Addressing the Underlying Causes of Disease
    Practitioners around the world are seeing patients every day that suffer from chronic diseases. These patients experience increased inflammation, metabolic disturbance, elevated autoimmune activity, energy deficits, and often have altered body composition as a result. Many of these issues are related to diet and nutrition: we are living in an era where overconsumption is ironically coupled with undernutrition due to diets void of nutrient diversity. These emerging nutrition insufficiencies are seen in both the developed and the developing world. - See more at: https://www.functionalmedicine.org/conference.aspx?id=2963&cid=0&section=home#sthash.IqrU8Kdt.dpuf
    This free course includes: 1.5 hours of CME credit; interactive learning experiences presented by experts, including an exploration of the ABCDs of Functional Nutrition Evaluation and the Functional Nutrition Fundamentals; interactive case study in which you choose the clinical course of action; eleven Foundational IFM Functional Nutrition Course Materials to incorporate into your practice, including intake forms, clinical tools, and patient education handouts; and tips from Functional Medicine practitioners on integrating Functional Nutrition into clinical practice.