Visiting IBD Fellow Program: Clinical Observership

*Applications for our 2022-2023 program closed as of Feb 26, 2022*

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Visiting IBD Fellowship Program will run from Sept 1, 2022 to July 1, 2023

If you have any questions, please email Dan Schneiderjohn, Senior Manager of Professional Education at [email protected]

The 2022-2023 program is supported by educational grants from AbbVie Inc, Bristol-Myers Squib, Ferring, Gilead Sciences, Janssen and Takeda.

Visiting IBD Fellow overview

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

Program locations

Foundation Visiting Fellow Host IBD Centers**:

*Are you currently a GI 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

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

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—regardless 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. 

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
  • Apply here but please read the program overview document in the application -

Lead Faculty 

Our Visiting IBD Fellows Workgroup consists of members of our National Scientific Advisory Committee - Professional Education Subcomittee. They play a vital role in selecting the curriculum for this program, creating content, selecting criteria for applicants, reviewing applications and training fellows.


Lisa B. Malter, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine

NYU Grossman School of Medicine

Director of Education

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center

NYU Langone Health


Animesh Jain, MD

Assistant Professor

UNC School of Medicine


Ashwin Ananthakrishnan, MBBS, MPH

Associate Professor

Massachuttes General Hospital

Harvard School of Medicine



Program testimonials

Read what past fellows said about their experience with our Visiting IBD Fellowship:

“Prior to this experience, I had very little exposure to complex IBD patients and even less experience in management of these patients. IBD is such a large part of GI that I am grateful for the incredible learning experience.”- Visiting IBD Fellow

“This has been an invaluable experience for me. I will highly recommend it to fellows at my center. I can't say enough good things about my time at my [host] IBD Center.”- Visiting IBD Fellow