Visiting IBD Fellow Program: Clinical Observership

Applications for the 2018-2019 program is now closed.*


The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Visiting IBD Fellowship 2018-2019 program year will run from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. This activity is supported by educational grants from Abbvie, Gilead Sciences, Inc., Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.  If you have any questions, please email Rida Mahmood at .

Our Visiting IBD Fellow program accepts qualified gastroenterology 2nd & 3rd year** fellows for a one-month, (most) expenses-paid observation at a leading IBD center. This highly competitive fellow program offers you exposure in treating and managing IBD patients.

By participating, you will:

  • Improve your IBD skills by following a standard curriculum designed by expert faculty with real-world experience.

  • Be exposed to clinical practices employed at leading IBD Centers.

  • Share evidence-based and expert opinion-based approaches to the diagnosis, treatment, and management of IBD.

Download the current curriculum by clicking linkCrohn's & Colitis Foundation Visiting IBD Fellowship Curriculum

Download the current reading list by clicking link - Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Professional Education Reading List 2018

Programs are held at these Crohn's & Colitis Foundation IBD Visiting Fellow Centers * throughout the country:

*Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Visiting IBD Fellow Centers are subject to change.

**Are you an advanced fellow and want to learn more about other advanced fellowship training opportunities?  Download the attached listing of programs in the United States: Advanced Fellowship Opportunities

Interested in becoming a Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Visiting IBD Fellow Center?  We welcome interested IBD centers to apply to become a host institution for the Visiting IBD Fellowship  program. Please note that we have already secured for the 2018-2019 cycle and are not currently anticipating expanding the program due to the limited number of fellows supported through the program, but we welcome your institution to apply and your application will be kept on file for future consideration.

Program Details

The Visiting IBD Fellow program is designed for 2nd and 3rd year gastrointestinal (GI) fellows who express an interest in learning more about IBD—irrespective of their plans to be in private practice or stay in academics. Ideally, the program targets GI fellows who are at centers that do not have IBD-specific curricula or a sufficient volume of patients for training.  

This highly-competitive program has limited space and is open to GI Fellows interested in either adult or pediatric IBD. The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation will pay some of your program-related expenses, including travel and accommodations. The 2018-2019 program is supported by an educational grant from AbbVie Inc., Gilead Sciences, Inc., Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.  

Participant selection criteria include the following:

  • Candidates must be enrolled in an accredited fellowship training program within the U.S. at the time of application and at the time of scheduled rotation.
  • Candidates employed by a participating host institution may apply and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, but candidates from other programs will receive priority.
  • Candidates should express a specific interest in IBD education for a future career (not necessarily IBD specialty or academics).
  • Candidates should have the full support of their program director for time away from the candidate's home institution for the duration of the program.

Hear what past fellows have said about their experience:

"This experience has been invaluable for my overall approach to IBD patients, and has confirmed my commitment to this especially vulnerable group of patients." - VIBD Fellow, 2017

"The program was invaluable to say the least. The ability to work with experts in the field truly solidified my desire to pursue a career in ths field and build new mentoring relationships that I will maintain throughout it" - VIBD Fellow, 2017