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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.

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.

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.


"One of the things that distinguishes this module is its focus on practical tools for assessing and treating GI and systemic issues by looking at underlying mechanisms."

Liz Lipski, PhD, CCN, CHN
  • CME Credit
  • A step toward becoming an IFM Certified Practitioner
  • More than 15 live lectures (Click here to view the full schedule of topics)
  • Course Materials: PDF presentation slides, MP3 audio recordings, and MP4 video recordings of presentations (Recordings are available to download 4-6 weeks after the course concludes from your online account)
  • Pre- and post-course recorded webinars
  • Temporary access to over 200 clinician resources that can be accessed and used in practice immediately after the course
  • IFM tools to incorporate into your practice:
    • Intake forms
    • Patient handouts
    • Assessment questionnaires
  • 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

New This Year! In addition to the pre-course webinars and reading materials, we now offer interactive learning videos designed to engage learners on key concepts unique to each Advanced Practice Module. In the video, Director of Medical Education Dan Lukaczer, ND, talks about this new learning opportunity that will be made available to attendees approximately three weeks prior to the start of the course.

Understanding of Key Learning Objectives

After attending the GI module, you'll return home with practical tools for assessing and treating patients with gut dysfunction including IBS, IBD, gluten sensitivity, and GERD. In addition, you will come away with tools for assessing and treating systemic disease that has possible underlying etiology in the gut.

Clinical competencies to be mastered through the module:

  • Evaluate the relationship between systemic disease and GI dysfunction
  • Recognize and treat the most important antecedents and triggers of GI dysfunction
  • Develop and organize individual treatment protocols using lifestyle, diet, and nutraceutical, botanical and pharmaceutical agents
  • Identify the most important and reliable laboratory evaluations associated with GI dysfunction
  • Recognize when to use specific dietary protocols including the Elimination Diet, FODMAP diet, and Specific Carbohydrate diet
  • Identify the role of prebiotics and probiotics and when to appropriately prescribe them

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