The importance of specific training in IBD is increasingly important as the appropriate utilization of biologic agents in the management of IBD is an ever-evolving skill, often beyond the scope of many gastroenterologists who practice a broader scope of general gastroenterology. However, specialty IBD training is not accredited by the Royal College of Physicians of Canada nor the US. The increasing utilization of biologic agents and the rising burden of IBD in Canada and worldwide attests to the need for properly trained individuals to not only manage, but adequately study these patients.
Currently, there are 5 gastroenterologists who have received specific clinical and research training in IBD at different US clinics.
The goal of the IBD fellowship program at the University of Calgary is to train highly qualified individuals to become clinical and research experts in all areas pertaining to the management and study of patients with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
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