Background: Advanced inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) fellowships are available for gastroenterologists who wish to increase their expertise in complex IBD. However, little is known about the outcomes of such training. The aims of this study were to assess clinical and academic outcomes following advanced training in IBD. Methods: We surveyed gastroenterologists who completed advanced IBD fellowships and compared competency and outcomes to gastroenterologists focusing in IBD who completed gastroenterology training alone. Participants completed a survey via REDCap. Continuous variables were compared using the Wilcoxon rank-sum test. Categorical variables were compared using chi-square or Fisher's exact tests. Results: A total of 104 physicians participated in the study. IBD fellowships were completed by 31 physicians (30%), of whom 29 (94%) felt their training was excellent. Management of complicated IBD (84%), research mentoring (74%), and career mentoring (71%) were felt to contribute most highly to professional development. Compared to non-advanced trained physicians, advanced trained physicians expressed higher levels of comfort with management of IBD during pregnancy (P = 0.003), complicated IBD (P = 0.057), and peri-operative IBD (P = 0.057). No significant advantage was detected in academic productivity. Common barriers to participation in IBD fellowships included feeling it was unnecessary (45%) and desire to begin a faculty position (42%). Conclusions: This study suggests there may be clinical benefit to advanced IBD training. Importantly, this study identified that there are also unique challenges to the assessment of clinical competency in IBD training. Efforts by the IBD community to establish a registry of advanced trainees and improve competency assessments are needed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCrohn's and Colitis 360
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2020


  • Crohn
  • Education
  • Microscopic colitis
  • Outcomes
  • Ulcerative colitis


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