Visiting IBD Fellow Program: Clinical Observership

Applications for the 2019-2020 program are now closed

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Visiting IBD Fellowship 2019-2020 program year will run from April 1, 2019 to July 1, 2020. This activity is supported by an educational grant from Gilead Sciences, Inc., Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC 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

Learn more

The 2019-2022 programs will be held at the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation IBD Visiting Fellow Centers* below.

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

**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.  If you would like to be notified when the next cycle opens in late 2021 please email   

 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 2019-2020 program is supported by an educational grant from Janssen. 

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:

 “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.”- VIBD Fellow, 2017-2018

“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.”- VIBD Fellow, 2017-2018