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It is estimated that 25 million to 50 million Americans suffer from autoimmune diseases. Functional Medicine teaches that immune imbalance, while often resulting from a genetic disposition, will generally arise in the context of one or more of the following: the habitual consumption of a proinflammatory diet; food allergies and intolerances; microbial infections; hormonal imbalances; nutritional insufficiencies; and xenobiotic exposure.

Nearly 100 different diseases have been classified as autoimmune in nature, with 40 more suspected. While these conditions tend to be viewed as separate entities, a broader perspective may reveal that shared mechanisms are the underlying cause of these maladies. It is abundantly clear that environmental factors have important parts to play in the underlying etiology. In rheumatoid arthritis, for instance, genetic factors have been shown to be responsible for less than 50% of the risk. This means that environmental factors—and gene-environment interactions—must play a significant role. Despite this understanding, less attention has been focused on determining these other important causal factors.

View the 2016 Program Brochure.

IFM's Immune Advanced Practice Module

This course will focus on chronic inflammation, systemic influences on the immune system, and the consequent dysfunction that may ensue. The Immune APM will supply you with an in-depth understanding of underlying immune mechanisms and enable you to develop effective interventions even in the absence of a conventional diagnosis.

Benefits

  • CME credit
  • A step toward becoming an IFM Certified Practitioner
  • Two and a half days of live lectures (View the full schedule of topics)
  • Course Materials: PDF presentation slides, MP3 audio recordings, and MP4 video recordings of the full course (Recordings are available to download from your online account 4-6 weeks after the course concludes)
  • Pre- and post-course 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 (Onsite only)
  • 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, IFM Educator Robert Luby, MD talks about this new learning opportunity that will be made available to attendees approximately four weeks prior to the start of the course.


Clinical competencies to be mastered through the module:

  • Broadly understand the physiology and pathophysiology associated with inflammation and immune dysregulation and their associations with systemic disease.
  • Elicit and recognize important history and physical exam findings associated with immune dysregulation and inflammation.
  • Evaluate and recognize patterns associated with underlying antecedents,triggers, and mediators involved in immune dysfunction and inflammation.
  • Learn how to evaluate the most useful and reliable laboratory tests associated with immune dysfunction and inflammation.
  • Develop and organize individual treatment protocols that include dietary changes, lifestyle modifications, and nutraceutical, pharmaceutical, and botanical treatments.

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