Find out more about topics related to IFM's 5-day foundational course, Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice:

Functional Medicine Tools to Expand on Your Current Successes

Functional Medicine expands your clinical toolbox to help patients with lifestyle change. In this video, Monique Class, MS, APRN, BC, describes IFM's questionnaires and patient-focused nutrition documents. These turnkey tools accelerate patient care and patient compliance.

Monique Class, MS, APRN, BC, Discusses Effective Tools and Patient Education for Lifestyle Change

Improving the Odds: Lifestyle Changes for Hypertension

Every year, 38.9 million physician visits involve patients with essential hypertension as the primary diagnosis.1 This makes it the second leading cause of physician office visits (only routine infant/child check-ups are more common).1 Hypertension, as well as many other cardiometabolic conditions, tends to respond well to lifestyle changes, but how do we motivate patients to adopt lifestyle changes that are realistic, achievable, and truly effective?

For some practitioners, the challenge of lack of compliance for lifestyle changes can lead to feeling disillusioned and resigned, reluctant to discuss lifestyle changes that are still considered essential.2 Lifestyle change is hard, for hypertension as well as many other chronic conditions, but with the right tools, we can help our patients get it right.

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Healthier Patients, Happier Clinicians


By IFM Educator Shilpa Saxena, MD

Physician burnout is an increasingly common experience reported by nearly 46% of healthcare providers.1 Burnout in primary care physicians has increased over the previous decade not only in the United States but in Europe as well.2,3 Despite the variety of definitions that have been used to measure burnout, certain themes have tended to emerge, including:

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What Can Clinicians Expect to Change After Attending AFMCP?

Robert Rountree, MD, describes his perspective on the top takeaways for clinicians who attend Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP). From techniques to increase patient compliance to tools for assessing and treating patients, clinicians walk away from IFM’s foundational course ready to make changes in practice.

Dr. Rountree on Top Takeaways from AFMCP

Worrying Trends Suggest Increasing Morbidity

First, the good news: a recent longitudinal study found that in the US, longevity continues to increase.1 Unfortunately, the study also found that the proportion of a person’s life in which they could expect to live disability-free is decreasing—and that the young will have more years with disability than individuals over 65.1 Decreasing quality of life may continue to be all-too-common as the younger generation matures. As clinicians, we can help by promoting health and wellness for our patients, and doing it early and often.

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Functional Medicine Through Active Learning


For two decades, the Institute for Functional Medicine has offered its foundational 5-day program, Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP). This groundbreaking program integrates science, research, and clinical insights to help treat and prevent chronic disease.

IFM continues to lead the way in transforming continuing medical education. Our clinical content has always been innovative, and our educational presentation format is state-of-the-art. Instead of hours of long lectures, at AFMCP you are engaged in an active learning experience. IFM leads the way in best practices for continuing medical education:

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Go Beyond Theory to Improve Patient Outcomes

The best learning experiences involve a dynamic interplay between theory and application. At IFM’s Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP), attendees participate in their own learning and thereby acquire skills to apply immediately in the clinic.

Expert speakers lecture on the biochemical foundations of disease and wellness, while facilitated small group sessions and case studies help turn theory into practice. Experienced Functional Medicine practitioners guide clinicians in using these newly learned concepts for better patient outcomes.

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Lifestyle, Diet, and Helping Patients with Mental and Physical Illnesses

As the incidence of chronic conditions continues to rise, the proportion of Americans with mental health conditions has followed. Anxiety, depression, obsessive behaviors, eating disorders, and other conditions often occur in concert with health conditions such as metabolic syndrome, autoimmune disorders, and cardiovascular concerns. In fact, patients with mental illnesses may be more likely to come to the doctor's office with minor illnesses than patients without mental health diagnoses.1 Nutritional changes can address both physical concerns and mental health issues.

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