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.
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.