UNC Online Symposium for Health Professionals “Treating IBS Effectively” on November 2, 2013

The University of North Carolina Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders has announced that it will be offering  real-time online access to its on-site continuing medical education symposium, “How to Treat IBS Effectively.” The full day event will take place on Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 8:00 a.m-5.45 pm. Registrants may participate in the full event or specific sessions of interest to them. The symposium will be conducted by leading experts in irritable bowel syndrome at UNC and other major institutions in the field of functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders.

Topics will include the latest scientific information on the etiology of IBS, presented by William Whitehead, MD of UNC, the doctor-patient relationship presented by Douglas Drossman, MD, president of the Rome Foundation, pharmacological treatment options, presented by William Chey, MD of the University of Michigan and Lin Chang, MD of UCLA,  probiotics, antibiotics and diet. presented by Magnus Simren, MD of the University of Gothenburg in Sweden and Sheila Crowe, MD of the University of Virginia, and effective psychological interventions such as cognitive behavioral therapy, gut-directed hypnotherapy and mindfulness and relaxation, presented by Jeffrey Lackner, PsyD of the University at Buffalo/State University of New York, Olafur Palsson, PsyD of UNC, and Laurie Keefer, PhD of Northwestern. Dr Drossman, Dr Whitehead  and Dr. Chang will also conduct a session on appropriately using the Rome criteria for diagnosis of IBS, and on the revisions to the criteria that are currently under development for Rome IV.

For those who attend the symposium online and who do not need certificates of attendance or CME/CEU credits, the event is offered by UNC free of charge. You will receive full access to the sessions and resources over a  real-time video feed, be able to download a book of numerous symposium handouts on IBS geared toward treating medical professionals, and have the opportunity to submit questions online to be answered during the panel discussions in each session, equivalent to those who attend in person in Chapel Hill. Registration is required by Wednesday, October 30, 2013 on the following page:


The link above includes further links to the full schedule. Other questions can be directed to Stefanie at sjeremia@med.unc.edu Please note that for participants who do require certificates of attendance or CME/CEU credits for this symposium, UNC asks that you register through the Charlotte Area Health Education Center on the following page for a small fee.


IBS Impact encourages medical and mental health professionals to attend. We thank the UNC Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders for its long commitment to making state of the science, expert patient and professional education more widely accessible worldwide through online technology, and all of the presenters for their long years of clinical care, research and education in moving the field forward and improving the lives of people with functional GI disorders like IBS. It is in our interest as a community of people with IBS to support the continuing medical education of professionals who may provide treatment to us or others with IBS.

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