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 inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) healthcare providers through our educational and training programs. CCFA wants to further this mission by encouraging the best and brightest healthcare providers 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:
- IBD continues to become more complex despite advances in diagnostic and therapeutic options.
- Training in IBD requires specialized exposure and resources.
- A shortage of gastroenterologists, nurses, and advanced practice providers with specialty training in IBD.
- Many providers are not properly trained or prepared to confidently care for IBD patients.
- 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 train gastroenterologists and address the needs above, as well as 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.
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.
IBD Clinical Practice Video Series
CCFA is excited to offer an accredited activity to educate gastroenterology trainees and recent graduates on the latest information on treatments and management in IBD. This program is a four-part, free online series of engaging videos based on identified knowledge gaps among trainees. The activity is developed by the Rising Educators Academics and Clinicians Helping IBD (REACH-IBD), a task force under the CCFA’s National Scientific Advisory Professional Education Committee. Topics include: Postoperative Recurrence in Crohn’s Disease; Pouch Endoscopy; Pregnancy in IBD; and Advanced Treatment Approaches for IBD Care and Recognizing Complications. Offering providers with this vital information will ensure a better understanding of key topics in IBD, and ultimately improve the care of their patients.
GI Tract Guide
CCFA is proud to announce the launch of the GI Tract Guide, an 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.
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