Functional Medicine Advanced Practice Modules® (APM) GI

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GI 2024 Conference

 In Person; Chicago, IL
  Livestream (Central Time)

  • Up to 12.75 CME Credits Available
  • Live Q&A with presenters 
Register Now: September 29 - 30


This 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. It will discuss in detail the important laboratory evaluations to be considered, the appropriate clinical connections that must be made, and the treatment approaches that support restoration of function. 

+ What You Will Learn at the GI APM Conference

Clinical competencies to be mastered:

  • Understand the role of gastrointestinal dysfunction in extraintestinal and systemic diseases. 
  • Restore GI function using lifestyle modifications, nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, and botanicals.  
  • Explain to patients the root causes of their GI dysfunction and improve their engagement, motivation, and treatment adherence by establishing a therapeutic partnership. 
  • Identify and interpret the most important and reliable laboratory biomarkers associated with gastrointestinal dysfunction. 
  • Use a systematic approach to assess patients who present with vague GI symptoms. 
  • Identify and address the root causes of GI dysfunction, including dysbiosis, intestinal permeability, hypochlorhydria, pancreatic exocrine insufficiency, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, and adverse food reactions. 
  • Identify the five domains of GI dysfunction that may explain vague intra- and extraintestinal symptoms and other complex syndromes tied to gut health.   
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Why book in the IFM room block:

  • We only choose hotels who meet our standard for service with quality gluten and dairy free offerings in their catering and room service menus and through the outlets in the hotel.
  • Hotel room rates for future IFM programs are determined by the total room nights booked at the previous programs. You can help IFM secure excellent hotel locations and affordable room rates for future programs by booking your room through our room block.
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IFM Room Block Rate: $289 +tax
Cutoff for Special Room Rate: Wednesday, September 4, 2024

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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

GI Function & Dysfunction: Insights & Education

Gut Dysfunction & Chronic Conditions

For many chronic conditions, dysfunction starts in the gut. While this statement might seem transparent, the dynamic between gastrointestinal dysfunction and chronic disease is anything but simple; it is multifaceted, compelling, and complex. Research suggests that when the normal integrity of the GI tract is compromised, it can result in distant systematic complaints, even in the absence of overt GI symptoms.

How does a clinician unravel the many systemic diseases that are linked to GI dysfunction? Explore more below about how functional medicine addresses common issues related to GI dysfunction

The Institute for Functional Medicine's GI distress Statistics Infographic

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GI Related Articles

Exploring the Gut-Brain Axis

Alterations in the gut-brain axis may be involved in the pathogenesis of IBS and anxiety disorders.

Man smiling in an exercise class, because he knows exercise increases his gut microbiome.
Gut Microbiome & Exercise

How does the gut microbiome response to exercise inform personalized clinical interventions?

Woman in the park looking towards the sky, she's at peace knowing nutrition has helped treat her GERD.
Treating GERD

Does risk outweigh benefit for PPIs? Adjunctive therapies may provide symptom relief.

A list of FODMAP food surrounded by healthy fats, fruits, and veggies helping to reduce IBS symptoms.
Primary Causes of IBS

Many lifestyle factors affect both irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) emergence and severity.

Bowl of kimchi with health prebiotics, which increase probiotics in the body.
Pre- and Postbiotics

The fermented by-products of prebiotic foods can influence the landscape of the gut microbiome.

Flat lay of grains, fruits, nuts, etc, which help decrease overall inflammtion.
Inflammatory Triggers

Improving gut mucosal integrity may resolve symptoms that may not initially seem GI-related.

Learn About IFM's GI Experts


Attendee Testimonials

This course is a wealth of knowledge that can be implemented into practice right away. If you want to understand the GI system, what to look for and how to create a plan to improve a client's quality of life, I highly recommend this course

GI 2022 Attendee


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