IBD Programs & Materials

Professional Education Opportunities

One of the driving principles behind the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is to develop and cultivate the best and brightest inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) physicians through our educational and training programs. CCFA wants to further this mission by encouraging the best and brightest clinical physicians to attain a comprehensive understanding of how to diagnose, treat, and manage patients with IBD.

CCFA has identified the following educational and training challenges concerning IBD care today:

  • Training in IBD requires specialized exposure and resources.
  • A shortage of gastroenterologists with specialty training in IBD.
  • IBD continues to become more complex despite advances in diagnostic and therapeutic options.
  • Without concentrated exposure to a complicated subspecialty like IBD, gastroenterologists are more likely to focus on other areas of specialty. 
  • Most generalist gastrointestinal (GI) physicians are not properly trained or prepared to confidently care for IBD patients.

Visiting IBD Fellow Program
The National Visiting IBD Fellow Program was created to address such needs and to achieve these specific long-range outcomes:

  • Improve IBD care for all patients regardless of geography or economics.
  • Expand and enhance CCFA’s role in IBD training nationwide.
  • Promote a new and larger generation of highly trained clinical IBD doctors.

Download our reading list for the visiting IBD Fellow Program.

Learn more about the CCFA National Visiting IBD Fellow Program.

Virtual Preceptorship
The CCFA Virtual Preceptorship program is a multi-faceted virtual activity that seeks to enhance physician training in the diagnosis, treatment and management of IBD through several unique learning opportunities, including interactive online accredited activities,  quarterly live expert CME teleconferences and a one-time phone mentor session.

Learn more about the Virtual Preceptorship and join today.

Advanced Practice Provider In-Person Preceptorship
CCFA has developed an Advanced Practice Provider Preceptor program that offers three days of comprehensive IBD training, including medical, surgical, outpatient, and inpatient experiences with IBD patients. Our goal is to provide the practitioner with the knowledge and skills needed to provide quality IBD patient care, utilizing current practice guidelines and research available.

Learn more about the Advanced Practice Provider Preceptorship and apply today.

GI Tract Guide
CCFA is proud to announce the launch of the GI Tract Guide, a new interactive resource for professionals to discuss anatomy with their patients and review where an individual’s disease may be active. The Guide is built to function on any internet-enabled device—smartphone, tablet, or computer—and is even disease-specific. It covers all areas of the body.

 Health Maintenance Checklist

CCFA's Professional Education Committee, a subset of the National Scientific Advisory Committee, has produced an evidence based health maintenance checklist for IBD patients.  The resource can be viewable electronically and printed for use in your practice.

External Educational Opportunites