The Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Section of the Division of Gastroenterology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is pleased to offer an Advanced IBD Training Program with named fellowship support from the Lawrence C. Pakula IBD Education & Innovation Fund, as well as participating as a Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Visiting Observership Host Site.

The overall goal of the IBD Fellowship Program is to provide specialized training to gastroenterologists who wish to pursue an academic, clinical, or research career in IBD.  This full-time program offers preparation for GI specialists interested in advanced study in Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and Celiac Disease diagnoses, disease management, and research and can be offered at one or up to two years.

Extensive training in both research and clinical care is provided through a didactic, comprehensive program of hands-on clinical experience.  There will be significant exposure to both inpatient and outpatient management of patients with complex IBD, and broad opportunities for participation in research activities and conferences within the Division of Gastroenterology.

We are the largest IBD referral center in more than 300 miles with a catchment area serving a population of more than 5 million.  Our well-developed IBD program has provided care for over 8000 unique IBD outpatients in the last decade.  Last year alone we provided new consultation to over 600 IBD patients and continued to serve more than 4500 return patients.  We also have a dedicated IBD hospital service staffed by our faculty that served over 150 IBD inpatients.

The IBD program at Washington University is composed of 17 clinicians (14 MD’s, 2 ANP and 1 GI Health Psychologist and IBD Nutritionist ) who all focus their practice on IBD patient management.  Many of our gastroenterologists are recognized as national leaders for their expertise in IBD clinical care and research.  Complementing our expert IBD clinicians is a support staff dedicated specifically to IBD patient care, including IBD trained Registered Nurses (RNs), Nurse Practitioners (NPs), and IBD research coordinators.

Balancing out a holistic care model, we have GI and IBD focused clinical health psychologist in our center, as well as an IBD experienced nutritionist.  We partner with other service lines specializing in advanced IBD care including Radiology, Colon and Rectal Surgery, and Pathology.  Interactive joint conferences are held monthly or more frequently to discuss the most challenging IBD cases.  This means that individualized patient treatment plans are developed based on knowledge from the leading edge of medical practice.

The successful candidate will be expected to carry out one or more clinical or basic-translational research projects related to IBD under the supervision of a faculty mentor. The IBD Program will sponsor travel for the fellow to attend at least one educational conference or meeting.  Clinical or basic-translational projects are expected to be presented at one national convention.

Review the eligibility requirements for the WUSM IBD Fellowship and application process.