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Events and Support Resources

We understand that living with inflammatory bowel disease can be challenging. Our team offers monthly support groups as a resource to bring together patients facing these chronic diseases. As leaders in the field, we also provide ongoing educational programming to help both patients and medical professionals better manage IBD. Learn more about:

IBD Support Group

We host a monthly support group for patients with inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis) and their families. Meetings are held at our downtown offices, located at 150 E. Huron Street, 9th floor. We validate parking in the 150 E. Huron garage. Support group events are held from 7 to 9 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month unless otherwise noted.

February's meeting has been cancelled.

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Educational Events for Patients and Families

A patient advisory board is forming to engage our patients as our partners in the science and delivery of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis treatment. Learn more about our patient advisory board and how you can get involved with the IBD Center.

Upcoming Events

The IBD Center offers events throughout the year. Check back frequently for more information or email and ask to be added to our mailing list.

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Events for Physicians, Nurses and Students

Advanced Practice Providers and IBD Nurses: Moving from Novice to Expert in IBD Care
Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Location: Hyatt Regency O’Hare
Free CME

The Advanced Practice Providers and IBD Nurses: Moving from Novice to Expert in IBD Care Immersion Program will be an invaluable learning experience for practitioners seeking basic or advanced IBD knowledge. The IBD nurse specialist/physician assistant role is expanding in the areas of gastroenterology, colorectal surgery, hospital inpatient and outpatient clinic areas. Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) and Physician Assistants (PA), as providers, improve patient access to care and play key roles in the diagnosis, treatment and ongoing management of IBD patients. This program will provide an opportunity for APNs, IBD nurses and PAs to advance their knowledge, get answers to challenging patient care questions, and observe how evidence-based practice and research are implemented in the daily care of patients. This educational opportunity will provide APNs, IBD nurses and PAs with the most up-to-date and cutting-edge information they need to provide optimal patient care.
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IBD University
Created in 2008, IBD University provides training and educational programs taught by the inflammatory bowel disease experts at the University of Chicago Medicine. IBD-U™ offers: customized industry education programs; training for medical students, residents and fellows; programs for physicians and allied healthcare professionals; programs for visiting clinical observers and postdoctoral scholars; advanced fellowship programs; and patient education.

To learn more about IBD-U™ programs, please call (773) 702-6073 or email

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