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Change the Way You Approach Patients with Chronic Illnesses

Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP) equips healthcare practitioners with the tools they need to implement Functional Medicine and provides clinical insights and cutting-edge research that demonstrate improved outcomes for patients with chronic diseases.

The groundbreaking Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine (CCCFM) launched in 2014 in collaboration with IFM and it constantly seeks more trained Functional Medicine professionals due to increased patient demand.

“[The Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine] has grown much faster and much more profoundly than we expected. We have a great number of people who want to receive services from us, and the demand far outstrips our current resources and capacities.” — Patrick Hanaway, MD, Medical Director, Center for Functional Medicine at Cleveland Clinic

Are You Ready for the Training You Need to Improve Outcomes with Chronically Ill Patients?

IFM trains clinicians by synthesizing the latest medical research with a model of care that integrates each patient’s individual history, genetics, and lifestyle factors, allowing clinicians to design effective, personalized treatments for each patient. This five-day course uses small-group, interactive, case-based learning led by a team of experienced Functional Medicine practitioners.

Clinicians will learn:
  • Established and emerging  diagnostics, therapeutics, and prevention strategies
  • How to utilize innovative and practical assessment tools
  • Methods to strengthen clinician-patient relationships and partnership

Topics Include:
  • Gastrointestinal dysfunction and its links to chronic disease
  • Food sensitivities, allergies, and intolerances
  • Inflammation, immune imbalances, and autoimmunity
  • Toxins, toxicity, and impaired biotransformation
  • Insulin resistance and cardiometabolic syndrome
  • Hormonal imbalance including adrenal, thyroid, and sex hormones

AFMCP Dates and Locations

International AFMCP Locations

Growing Patient Demand for Functional Medicine Practitioners

There is escalating patient demand for Functional Medicine; last year, on IFM’s Find A Practitioner search, there were over one million searches for Functional Medicine practitioners. AFMCP provides the training to start incorporating Functional Medicine into your clinical practice. It also serves as the foundational step toward becoming an IFM Certified Practitioner.

Recommended By Your Colleagues

Watch attendees from Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP) discuss their experience at IFM's five-day foundation course

Tuition and Takeaways

Your AFMCP Tuition Includes:

  • Up to 35 hours of CME*
  • Comprehensive course materials package including:
    • MP4 video and MP3 audio recordings of the full conference (Available 4-6 weeks after the course concludes from your online account)
    • Presentation slides in PDF format
    • Functional Medicine Clinical Practice Toolkit including more than 200 intake forms, assessment questionnaires, patient handouts, dietary plans and other case-based resources
    Functional Medicine is the deepest and most powerful approach to prevention and reversal of disease that I have encountered. It systematically discovers and addresses the root causes of disease and uses sophisticated treatments that lead to dramatically improved outcomes. Robert Sheeler, MD, Editor Emeritus, Mayo Clinic Health Letter
  • Small group, interactive, case-based learning led by IFM Faculty and IFM Certified Practitioners
  • Listing on IFM's web-based practitioner referral network (for current IFM members who have completed AFMCP), which garners up to 75,000 searches per month
  • Case Exploration: Nights at the Roundtable (Post-onsite virtual round table discussions)
  • Year-long support series for course graduates
  • Faculty-hosted online forum discussions
  • Onsite events
    • Delicious and nutritious snacks, some sponsored lunches, and an evening reception
    • Movement and mindfulness activities

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*CME subject to change.