Posted on Sep 27, 2023, 12 p.m.
The anticipation is building as we gear up for the biggest weekend in Chicago – A4M’s September event between September 29th and October 1st. Practitioners from across the country will gather in the birthplace of anti-aging medicine for this highly anticipated event.
For over 30 years, A4M has led the charge in advancing functional medicine, integrative hormone therapy, and the anti-aging specialty. The diverse curriculum of this symposium promises to continue that legacy, featuring the latest research and insights from experts in numerous fields.
Attendees can look forward to discovering cutting-edge techniques to implement into their practices, hearing first-hand experiences from fellow Chicago practitioners, and tapping into the excitement and energy of the A4M community.
With unparalleled learning and networking opportunities, this weekend promises to provide immense value to practitioners of all specialties. And there is still time to join your colleagues and industry leaders to exchange knowledge, make connections, and reinvigorate your practice!
What To Expect At A4M’s September Event
We can’t wait to welcome you to the conference next weekend; here’s just a preview of what we have in store:
World-Class Faculty and Networking
Event attendees will have the chance to connect with our renowned faculty and like-minded colleagues. Featuring renowned specialists across the healthcare spectrum, the speaker lineup offers unparalleled wisdom and experience in functional and anti-aging medicine. Participants can meet one-on-one with these experts to ask burning clinical questions, exchange ideas, and make valuable connections.
Whether mingling during session breaks or enjoying the sights Chicago offers, our learners can amplify their professional networks and establish long-lasting connections with peers, faculty, and our market-leading exhibitors.
With abundant chances for networking and collaborating with acclaimed thought leaders, this weekend is the ideal opportunity for personal and professional growth.
Cutting-Edge and Comprehensive Curriculum
This symposium will feature a robust curriculum covering functional medicine’s most innovative and relevant topics. Attendees can dive deep into the latest advancements in endocrinology and bio-identical hormones, fertility, brain health, and peptide therapies. Expert speakers will share emerging research on precision hormone restoration protocols, including critical hormone testing and personalized treatment plans. Cutting-edge discussions will also cover functional fertility approaches, peptide therapies, thyroid disorders, men’s and women’s health, and more. Whether you are looking to fine-tune your existing protocols or learn entirely new modalities, this event offers the ideal forum to discover what’s next for your practice.
The curriculum provides practitioners an invaluable opportunity to bring home new skills and therapies to implement immediately for optimal patient outcomes. Here are the breakthrough subjects we will be exploring next weekend:
Endocrine Balance, Hormone Optimization, and BHRT
At the root of longevity medicine lies helping patients live satisfying, healthy lives throughout aging. As a cornerstone within longevity medicine, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is a key tool allowing patients to maintain full lives regardless of age. Optimizing hormone health can help alleviate symptoms ranging from menopause-related hot flashes and PMS to cognitive decline and chronic fatigue.
Expertise in hormone optimization is fast becoming essential knowledge for practitioners seeking to deliver the most progressive age management care. From optimizing hormones for weight management to the impact of hormones on cognition, the upcoming BHRT Symposium will dive deep into all aspects of precision hormone optimization.
Attendees can expect sessions covering a wide range of conditions that can be addressed with bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. Expert speakers will explore evidence-based solutions, natural supplements, and lifestyle interventions that can help patients achieve hormonal balance. Sessions on perimenopause, menopause, andropause, thyroid disorders, adrenal fatigue, and more will teach providers how to create tailored and effective BHRT treatment plans. Presentations will synthesize the newest research and controversies on hormone optimization while providing actionable insights on treatment plans.
With this diverse curriculum presented by specialists in the field, practitioners will gain invaluable knowledge on precision testing, delivery methods, dosing, risks versus benefits, and cutting-edge protocols to bring back to their clinics. The three-day event will place learners at the forefront of the field, equipped with the tools needed to provide the most progressive hormone-based care and help their patients look and feel their best at any age.
Functional Fertility Medicine
Infertility rates are rising worldwide, affecting 1 in 8 couples. Yet studies continue to report consistently low rates of fertility knowledge across the global population, including among healthcare practitioners who do not obtain fertility training during medical school. With innovative fertility treatments becoming one of the most sought-after medical services, the burgeoning specialty of functional fertility medicine is on the precipice of a boom.
The specialty takes a whole-body, root-cause approach to reproductive health, focusing on optimizing both parent and offspring health outcomes. This approach identifies lifestyle, nutritional, hormonal, and additional factors impacting fertility and provides comprehensive protocols to address dysfunctions contributing to reproductive concerns.
During the upcoming Fertility Certification Course, attendees will discover how to support patients struggling with conception through individualized diet and nutrition plans, stress reduction techniques, supplements to optimize hormones, and emerging therapies not found in conventional OBGYN clinics. They will learn how to give their patients the best chance at conception and pregnancy by addressing the interconnected systems affecting fertility.
Neurological Health and Neurodegenerative Disorders
Rapid growth within the neuroscience field presents promising new opportunities to effectively address cognitive decline, traumatic brain injuries, Alzheimer’s disease, neuropathy, and more. In light of a growing epidemic of neurodegenerative conditions, maintaining brain health and cognitive functioning is paramount to promoting healthy aging.
Recent developments in psychoneuroimmunology and the gut-neuro-endocrine axis have defined critical relationships between the brain and bodily systems at cellular and subcellular levels. Meanwhile, emerging science continues to reveal the alarming prevalence and increasing severity of neurological conditions, from traumatic brain injury to autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Maintaining patient cognitive and mental health is more critical than ever.
As the neurological crisis in America reaches unprecedented levels, the upcoming Module III: Frontiers in Neurology and Brain Health course delivers cutting-edge education and integrated training to match escalating needs. Our renowned neurological experts provide advanced education on optimizing brain function and addressing common neurologic disorders. The diverse curriculum will dive into the neuropsychological components of a systems-biology approach to the brain and peripheral nervous systems.
Cutting-edge treatments such as lipid therapy, the Bredesen Protocol, hyperbaric oxygen treatment, peptides, nutritional approaches, and regenerative therapies will be covered in-depth; expertise in the latest neurological health modalities will set participants apart. This world-class curriculum will equip practitioners to meet growing patient needs through integrated, cutting-edge techniques to improve cognition, protect against neurologic decline, heal past injuries, and enhance overall mental well-being.
As one of the most promising frontiers in functional longevity medicine, peptide therapies offer powerful benefits with minimal side effects for an increasingly wide range of conditions. While research continues to elucidate the multi-faceted therapeutic potential of peptides, forward-thinking practitioners are propelling the field forward and optimizing patient outcomes with targeted solutions.
During the upcoming Module II of the Peptide Therapy Certification, attendees will receive immersive education on the clinical applications, testing protocols, dosing, and best practices for peptide treatments. Guided by renowned faculty, participants will obtain hands-on peptide training in aesthetic techniques, injury repair protocols, strategies for resilient aging, and cutting-edge uses to address chronic diseases.
As the adoption of peptide therapeutics broadens to the medical mainstream, expertise in this rapidly advancing field is a competitive edge. This exclusive training will equip practitioners to safely and effectively incorporate peptide therapies into their clinics to better serve patients.
With a world-class curriculum designed to empower forward-thinking health professionals, networking opportunities that connect attendees with industry experts, like-minded colleagues, and leading vendors, and the added excitement of our Chicago conference, there’s no doubt that this event is set to be a game-changer for your career and practice.
If you haven’t secured a spot, there’s still time to register for some of the programs — click here to view availability and sign up today.
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