Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) Partnership

FMPhA IFM Partnership
In February 2021, FMPhA announced our new partnership with the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM). As part of this new agreement, FMPhA Premium Members will have access to the following benefits and inclusions from IFM:
  • Complimentary IFM Membership ($350 value)
  • Access to IFM Toolkit including pharmacist-specific educational content, customized practitioner training and patient care tools necessary to advance in functional medicine in varying patient care settings and environments.
  • 20% discount to AFMCP (only $1960 vs $2450)
  • Facilitated small group sessions with IFM educators through the AFMCP course (dependent on how many FMPhA members enroll for a given cohort)
  • 10% off Advanced Practice Modules (APMs)
  • 50% off Resistance, Resilience and Recovery: Patient Care in a Pandemic COVID Course
  • 10% off Annual International Conference (AIC)
  • Subscription to Natural Medicines Database through the IFM Toolkit ($177 value)
  • Access to clinical articles, partner publications, partner discounts
Have you been interested in expanding your knowledge in functional medicine but don’t know where to start?
The Institute for Functional Medicine’s (IFM) foundational course, Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP)  provides a new framework for designing effective, personalized treatments for every patient, in every care setting. AFMCP allows you expand your education in nutrition and how to approach patients in a more holistic way. Also, once you complete the course, you can advertise that you now have basic foundational knowledge in functional medicine. You will have a better understanding of how to approach a patient more holistically with many tools to really assist you in prescribing food plans, lifestyle recommendations, sleep hygiene, exercise prescription, and more in a more detailed way! After completing AFMCP, IFM membership will qualify you to be listed on IFM’s web-based practitioner referral network, Find A Practitioner. More than 100,000 new patients looking for healthcare professionals trained in functional medicine access this referral network each month.
What is Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice?
Many chronic diseases occur when fundamental lifestyle factors like diet, movement, rest, and/or sleep are lacking or mismatch with a patient’s genetic makeup. Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice® (AFMCP) shows clinicians how to design effective, personalized treatments for every patient.
AFMCP integrates the latest medical research with a model of care that accounts for:
  • Patient’s individual history
  • Unique genetic makeup, and
  • Environmental and lifestyle factors
IFM encourages a multidisciplinary approach to patient care. We welcome a variety of licensed healthcare disciplines to AFMCP, including MDs, DOs, NDs, DCs, pharmacists, physician assistants, nursing professionals, and nutrition professionals.
At AFMCP, expert educators provide case-based, interactive presentations using real-world situations to model the use of a suite of new clinical tools. These tools help clinicians to:
  • Make more personalized assessments
  • Design appropriate treatments to address each patient’s unique combination of history, genetics, and lifestyle
  • Guide patients through the sometimes difficult process of making sustainable lifestyle changes that lead to better outcomes
Integrating the simple strategies of modifiable lifestyle factors in a healthcare plan can help patients feel more empowered to take charge of their own health, thereby increasing overall health and well-being.
AFMCP Clinical Competencies Attendees will learn:
  • Established and emerging diagnostics, therapeutics, and prevention strategies
  • How to design nutritional and lifestyle interventions to improve patient compliance and outcomes
  • How to integrate appropriate assessment tools to diagnose, treat, and assess patient outcomes from a Functional Medicine approach
  • How to utilize innovative and practical assessment tools
  • Methods to establish a mutually empowering partnership between clinician and patient
  • The scientific basis for Functional Medicine principles and fundamental clinical imbalances
  • How to apply key elements of the Functional Medicine Model in clinical practice
PS: Are you considering taking Advanced Practice Modules in 2022? Pricing on the APMs is changing for everyone, but the good news is that FMPhA Premium Members will have the opportunity to capitalize on the current rates before this change by registering for any APM before January 31, 2022. After that date, the non-member non-physician rate will increase from $1,650 to $1,715 (a 4% increase). FMPhA Premium rate with 10% off will increase from $1,485 to $1,543. PPS – If you’re a student, you will continue to receive 50% off IFM trainings!
How to Redeem IFM Membership as a Premium Member:
Once logged in as a Premium Member on, you can click on the Premium Member link in the left side menu. Once you enroll in the module, it will walk you through the steps to complete your registration on the IFM website and redeem your complimentary IFM membership. Once the IFM membership is redeemed, your discounts to AFMCP and other IFM products will be automatically applied.

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