Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) Partnership

FMPhA IFM Partnership
IFM has long been regarded as the ‘gold standard’ in functional medicine education and training, and at FMPhA, we recommend that all pharmacists take AFMCP, whether you are brand new or have been practicing for a while. AFCMP provides a foundational understanding of functional medicine, as well as lists you in the Find a Practitioner Directory for IFM. In order to support more pharmacists in pursuing this training as well as establish pharmacists as an important provider in the field of functional medicine, FMPhA announced our new partnership with the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) in February 2021. As part of this new agreement, FMPhA Premium Members will have access to the following benefits and inclusions from IFM:
  • Complimentary IFM Membership ($375 value)
  • An exclusive 20% discount to AFMCP ($1960 vs $2450, a $490 savings!)
  • Access to the IFM Toolkit including educational content, customized practitioner training and patient care tools necessary to advance in functional medicine in varying patient care settings and environments.
  • 10% off Advanced Practice Modules (APMs) ($1543.50 vs $1715, $170 savings)
  • 40% off Annual International Conference (AIC) ($117 vs $195)
  • 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.

Why AFMCP?
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
How to Redeem IFM Membership & Discounts as a Premium Member:
Once logged in as a Premium Member on fmpha.org, 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. For AIC, the discount code can be found in the AIC section of the IFM Module.

Note: Students/Residents are eligible for further discounted rates for IFM membership, AFCMP and APMs that may not be combined with FMPhA: More Info