University of North Carolina Rome IV Professional Continuing Education and Patient Day 2016 Live and Online June 25-26, 2016

May 8, 2016

The University of North Carolina Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders has announced that its 2016 biennial Patient Day will take place at the Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA on  Sunday June 26, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:05 p.m. This event, which is free of charge,  is geared to people with functional GI disorders and families and  will include presentations and panel discussions from a variety of leading FGID professionals on the broad topics of Overview of Irritable Bowel Syndrome,  IBS Symptoms and Constipation, IBS, Diarrhea and Fecal Incontinence,  Upper GI Disorders, and Non-Drug Treatments.  FGID-affected individuals and families who are local to Chapel Hill or are within traveling distance are welcome to attend in person. As was done for a similar patient symposiums in past years,  most of day’s activities will be broadcast live online, allowing anyone in the world with an Internet connection fast enough for audio, video and chat technology to view the sessions and submit questions.

The UNC announcement, with links to the tentative schedule, can be found on this page: http://www.med.unc.edu/ibs/news/cme-ptday  A link to log on to the live connection will be added to the page closer to the event date.

Any questions about Patient Day can be directed to the UNC Center Coordinator, Stefanie, at sjeremia@med.unc.edu

Patient Day 2016 is scheduled to immediately follow a professional continuing education event at UNC  on the Rome IV diagnostic criteria being newly released this month and geared toward medical professionals who provide care to those affected by IBS and other FGID disorders. It is entitled “Introduction to Rome IV and Update on Diagnostic and Treatment Algorithms for IBS and Other Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders” This event will take place on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at UNC in Chapel Hill from 8:00 a.m to 6:00 pm and will also be streamed online for those who prefer the webinar option. For MDs, DOs, NPs and PAs, participation in this live activity carries “a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 credits.” For other professionals, this event is .725 continuing education units (CEUs) or 7.25 contact hours.

The fee for physicians (MD or DO) is $75. For interns or residents, or advanced clinical practitioners such as nurse practitioners or physician assistants is $25. Registration and payment by credit card or interfund transfer only may be completed through the Carolinas Healthcare System/ Charlotte Area Health Education Center at this link: https://www.charlotteahec.org/continuing_education/registration/workshop.cfm?EventID=48376 The Charlotte AHEC site also includes details on requirements to receive credit, and minimum computer/technical needs for those participating by webinar.

Any questions on the professional continuing education event should be directed to Carrie J Jackman-Hoyle, MHA, 704.512.3720

IBS Impact encourages readers to consider these excellent, unique opportunities, to learn from and interact directly with leading researchers and other professionals in the functional GI field.


UNC 2014 Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Patient Symposium Videos Now Online

December 19, 2014

The University of North Carolina Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders  recently announced the expansion of its public online video archive to include broadcasts from its 2014 Patient Symposium, which took place in Washington, DC on June 22-23, 2014. This event included presentations and panel discussions from a variety of leading FGID professionals on many aspects of the broad topics The Patient Experience of Functional GI Disorders, Upper GI Disorders, Lower GI Disorders and Complementary Treatments.The presentations and discussions have now been edited into 19 separate videos ranging in length from approximately 15 minutes to approximately 35 minutes. They can be viewed online free of charge at the following link.

http://www.fgidpatientupdate.com/DCsymposium2014.html

IBS Impact encourages readers to browse and share these high quality, current and state of the science resources and educate themselves and others about various aspects of functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome. We also thank the UNC Center for its long commitment to increasing access to high quality awareness and education for FGIMD-affected people, families, health care professionals and the general public, and to all the participating presenters from UNC and elsewhere for their time and work on behalf of the FGIMD-affected community.


UNC 2014 “Expert Update on Treatment of Functional GI Disorders” Patient Symposium Live and Online June 22-23, 2014

April 22, 2014

The University of North Carolina Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders has announced that its 2014 Patient Symposium will take place at the Marriott Metro Center in Washington, DC on June 22-23, 2014. This event, scheduled to immediately precede IFFGD/DHA Advocacy Day 2014, is geared to people with functional GI disorders and families and  will include presentations and panel discussions from a variety of leading FGID professionals on the broad topics of the Patient Experience of Functional GI Disorders, Upper GI Disorders, Lower GI Disorders and Complementary Treatments.  As was done for a similar patient symposium at UNC in 2012, most of the first day’s activities will be broadcast live online, allowing anyone in the world with an Internet connection fast enough for audio, video and chat technology to view the sessions and submit questions.

Those who wish to attend the symposium in person will also have access to an evening reception and a second day that offers time for two workshops chosen from several options, which are designed for more direct interaction between participants and the professionals involved. Because of the more personal nature of the discussions and U.S. health privacy laws, this second day of activities cannot be streamed to an online audience.

For those attending the symposium in person, advance registration and a modest fee are required ($15 plus a handling fee of $1.82 per person for “early bird” registration no later than May 31, 2014, $20 plus handling per person from June 1, 2014 onward.) Lunch and break refreshments are included on June 22, breakfast and refreshments are included on June 23.  Registration can be done online through the third-party Eventbrite site.  Please note that the Eventbrite times are set to Pacific time, while the event itself, in Washington, DC, is Eastern time. Click on the appropriate link on the registration page to view a PDF version of the full schedule.

2014 UNC Center for Functional GI Disorders Patient Symposium Registration

People who plan to participate online do not need to register but can go directly to http://fgidpatientupdate.com/ on June 22 at the scheduled times for any presentations of interest.  A link to log on to the live connection will be added to the event page prior to the scheduled date.

Any questions can be directed to the the UNC Center Coordinator, Stefanie, at sjeremia@med.unc.edu

IBS Impact encourages readers to consider this excellent, unique opportunity to interact directly with leading researchers and other professionals in the functional GI field, ask questions and give them feedback on our needs and concerns.


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

October 27, 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:

http://www.ibsprogress.com/symposiumonline.html

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.

https://www.charlotteahec.org/continuing_education/registration/workshop.cfm?EventID=41296

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.


UNC Online Chat: “Diet for IBS” on September 18, 2012

September 10, 2012

The University of North Carolina Center for Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders has announced the next online chat in its “Evening with the Experts” series. It will take place Tuesday, September 18, 2012 from 8:00-10:00 p.m. Eastern time.  Erin Slater, RD, LDN, registered dietician at Centennial Medical Group, will present on the topic of  “Diet for IBS.”

People with IBS, and/or their concerned family members and friends are encouraged to make time to attend and participate in this and other UNC chats, which are an excellent, unique opportunity to interact directly with leading researchers and other professionals in the field,  and ask questions and give them feedback about our needs and concerns.

To participate in this or any UNC chat, go to the Center home page about 10 minutes before the starting time, click on the chat icon and follow the instructions given there. Many past video presentations are archived on the Center website, but the actual chat sessions are conducted live and are not archived.

Those who are unfamiliar with UNC’s online chat series may also find this previous post by IBS Impact on July 29, 2011 to be of interest.


UNC Online Chat: “Everything You Want to Know About Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and IBS” on August 14, 2012

August 6, 2012

The University of North Carolina Center for Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders has announced the next online chat in its “Evening with the Experts” series. It will take place Tuesday, August 14, 2012 from 8:00-10:00 p.m. Eastern time.  Jeffrey Lackner, Psy.D., Director of the Behavioral Medicine Clinic and Associate Professor at the University of Buffalo School of Medicine will present on the topic of “Everything You Want to Know About Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and IBS.”

Dr. Lackner is also the author of a book geared toward people with IBS on the subject of self-help cognitive behavioral therapy methods for IBS. Its title is Controlling IBS the Drug Free Way: A 10 Step Plan for Symptom Relief.

People with IBS, and/or their concerned family members and friends are encouraged to make time to attend and participate in this and other UNC chats, which are an excellent, unique opportunity to interact directly with leading researchers, ask questions and give them feedback about our needs and concerns.

To participate in this or any UNC chat, go to the Center home page about 10 minutes before the starting time, click on the chat icon and follow the instructions given there. Many past video presentations are archived on the Center website, but the actual chat sessions are conducted live and are not archived.

Those who are unfamiliar with UNC’s online chat series may also find this previous post by IBS Impact on July 29, 2011 to be of interest.


UNC Online Chat: “Low Energy Metabolism” and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) on June 5, 2012

May 29, 2012

The University of North Carolina Center for Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders has announced the next online chat in its “Evening with the Experts” series. It will take place Tuesday, June 5, 2012 from 8:00-10:00 p.m. Eastern time. Miranda van Tilburg, PhD of the Center will present on the topic of “Low Energy Metabolism: Can It Explain Your IBS Symptoms?”

People with IBS, and/or their concerned family members and friends are encouraged to make time to attend and participate in this and other UNC chats, which are an excellent, unique opportunity to interact directly with leading researchers, ask questions and give them feedback about our needs and concerns.

To participate in this or any UNC chat, go to the Center home page about 10 minutes before the starting time, click on the chat icon and follow the instructions given there. Many past video presentations are archived on the Center website, but the actual chat sessions are conducted live and are not archived.

Those who are unfamiliar with UNC’s online chat series may also find this previous post by IBS Impact on July 29, 2011 to be of interest.