Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP) 

AFMCP functional medicine online CME course

AFMCP September 2024

90-day online cohort
September 16 - December 15, 2024
  • Online Learning
  • Up to 33.5 CME Credits Available

 Register Now: September 16 - December 15, 2024

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 make more personalized assessments, design appropriate treatments to address each patient’s unique combination of history, genetics, and lifestyle, and 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. 


+ Course Testimonials

See what former AFMCP attendees have to say here

+ Elimination Diet Challenge

Included in the Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice course is the opportunity to participate in an experiential, five-week Elimination Diet course with support from a certified health coach, a $400 value. This course increases your confidence in applying this critical tool into practice and provides a first-hand experience of the value that health coaches can bring to a care team.
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+ What You Will Learn at AFMCP

At the AFMCP you will learn how to:

  • Identify root causes of dysfunction to allow personalized, precision-based treatments.
  • Differentiate upstream causes of illness to design individualized treatments for each patient, even those with the same diagnosis.
  • Explain to patients how their unique upstream factors cause their conditions, improving motivation and adherence.
  • Use a whole person, whole health approach by eliciting what matters to your patient.
  • Engage a clinical care team and utilize point-of-care tools to improve practice efficiency and outcomes.
  • Utilize physical exam to detect nutritional deficiencies and imbalances.
  • Use the functional medicine model to make personalized, precision-based diet and lifestyle recommendations.
  • Identify and address five key domains of gut dysfunction with personalization and precision.
+ CME Information

ACCME Accreditation Statement: The Institute for Functional Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement: The Institute for Functional Medicine designates this other activity (a semi-synchronous online cohort) for a maximum of 33.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

+ Most common questions about AFMCP

Who is AFMCP designed for?
IFM encourages a multidisciplinary approach to patient care. We welcome a variety of licensed healthcare disciplines to AFMCP, including MDs, DOs, NDs, DCs, physician assistants, nursing professionals, and nutrition professionals.

Can I take another course before taking AFMCP?
Many learners find taking AFMCP first helps them to understand IFM’s proprietary tools, such as the Functional Medicine Matrix, and provides context for the skills, processes, and science behind incorporating Functional Medicine principles into practice. The course is offered multiple times each year in order to meet the needs of clinicians wishing to begin their IFM education with AFMCP. AFMCP is not, however, a prerequisite to take any IFM course if you are comfortable with the material to be presented.

Will I be certified as a Functional Medicine practitioner after attending AFMCP?
No. AFMCP is one of seven required courses in the IFM Certification Program. In addition to AFMCP, you must complete the six Advanced Practice Modules as required coursework for the IFM Certification Program.

Will I be listed on the Find A Practitioner search after I attend AFMCP?
After attending AFMCP, you will be eligible to list your profile in our Find A Practitioner search as long as you are also enrolled in the IFM Membership Program. Before your profile is listed, however, you must fill in your practice information within your account profile to activate your profile to appear in the search.

+ Exhibit & Sponsorship Opportunities

View the 2024 Core Program Exhibitor Prospectus for details on exhibit and sponsorship opportunities. For any questions or to discuss further, please contact the IFM Exhibiting Manager at

Learn New Tools for Treating Common Conditions

Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP) integrates the latest medical research with a model of care that accounts for each patient’s individual history, unique genetic makeup, and environmental and lifestyle factors. Many chronic diseases occur when fundamental lifestyle factors such as diet, movement, sleep, and stress are lacking or mismatch with a patient’s genetic makeup. AFMCP shows clinicians how to design effective, personalized treatments for every patient.

A mutually empowering patient-practitioner relationship is a key element of the functional medicine model.
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Insights and Research Discussed at AFMCP

Physcian walking through the functional medicine matrix in an whole health physcial assement appointment
Organizing Clinical Imbalances

The functional medicine matrix help clinicians examine the body systems, symptoms, and risk factors associated with a patient’s health.

Closeup of a clock as a women dances ballet and uses functional medicine to improve her circadian rhythm in the background
Chronobiology & Circadian Medicine

The consideration of an individual’s regulatory clock genes and “chronotype” may help create a more personalized treatment.

Addressing Chronic Pain
A whole-person approach to chronic pain examines the various biopsychosocial aspects of this complex syndrome.
Top view of a colorful and nutritious falafel salad, showing that nutrition as a functional medicine intervention
Connections Between Leaky Gut and Arthritis

Research suggests that gut dysbiosis may contribute to the pathology of some rheumatic diseases.

Close up of two people preparing fresh food as they apply nutrigenomics and functional medicine into practice
Nutrigenomics: Personalizing Diets

A person’s gene-nutrient interactions as well as variations of gut microbiome composition are informing new dietary therapies.

A plate of fresh salmon part of a whole foods based diet learned in wellness coaching
Collaborative Team-Based Care
Health and wellness coaching help patients make lifestyle and healthy behavior change sustainable.


Attendee Testimonials

This course far exceeded my expectations. AFMCP was worth every penny and more. The instructors are clearly passionate about functional medicine. They addressed my concerns around how to get started from within an insurance model as well as a self-pay model. They were personable and engaging, witty and real. I never felt disengaged during the lectures, even after I'd already worked a long, hard day in clinic. I can't wait to integrate what I learned here into my own practice. I feel re-energized about medicine and no longer feel that burnout is inevitable. Rather, I'm excited about seeing how much I can learn and do for patients with Functional Medicine during my remaining practice years.

AFMCP Online Attendee


Functional Medicine for All Scholarship

IFM is committed to ensuring access to functional medicine for all, and that begins with providing more opportunities for our practitioners and clinicians. Learn more about the Functional Medicine for All Scholarship & sign up to be notified about additional opportunities >

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