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View the 2014 GI Program Brochure
In the United States, more than 70 million people suffer some form of gastrointestinal (GI) disorder. The relationship between gastrointestinal dysfunction and chronic disease is multifaceted, compelling, and complex. It is clear that when the normal integrity of the GI tract is compromised, this can result in distant systemic complaints even in the absence of overt GI symptomatology.

Modern science has validated what ancient healing traditions have known for centuries: the GI tract has a central role in chronic, systemic disease. From intestinal pathogens and allergens, to intestinal permeability and imbalances in colonic microbiota, gut dysfunction compromises a patient’s health and diminishes vitality. It is often the first place to start in improving overall health.

IFM's GI Advanced Practice Module

This Advanced Practice Module takes a whole systems approach to evaluating and treating not only local gastrointestinal disease, but many systemic diseases that are linked to GI dysfunction.

This course will supply you with the foundational background, insight, and in-depth clinical thinking to confidently work up and treat patients who may present with conditions, signs, and symptoms indicative of gastrointestinal dysfunction. We will discuss in detail the important laboratory evaluations to be considered, the appropriate clinical connections that must be made, and the treatment approaches that should be used.

Your GI Advanced Practice Module will include the following:
  • Pre-course webinars and post-course webinars including IFM foundational archived videos
  • GI-specific chapters from the IFM Textbook of Functional Medicine in PDF format to review prior to the onsite portion of the course
  • More than 20 on-site lectures
  • MP4 video recordings, MP3 audio recordings, and PDF presentation slides of all on-site lectures (Available 4-6 weeks after the onsite course concludes)
  • Interactive case workshops
  • Healthful snacks and morning movement activities
  • Question and Answer sessions with presenters
  • Networking opportunities
  • Opportunities to ask additional questions on a post-conference online forum moderated by IFM faculty

Your Takeaways will include:

  • Key IFM tools to incorporate into your practice - Intake forms, patient handouts, and assessment questionnaires
  • A step toward becoming an IFM Certified Practitioner
  • CME credit hours (Details will be posted in the months leading up to the event.)