2017-11-28 15:30:38 UTC

5 Reasons to Pursue a Career in IBD Research or Patient Care

Nov. 28, 2017

GIs say that inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is one of the most challenging & rewarding subspecialities.

A career in IBD promises to be challenging, exciting, at times frusturating, and always educational. We asked our expert faculty for the upcoming Crohn’s & Colitis Congress™ to reflect on why a career in IBD is an excellent path to take.

If you are pursuing a career in IBD, you'll benefit greatly from attending the inaugural Crohn’s & Colitis Congress, a partnership of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and AGA. Taking place Jan. 18-20, 2018, in Las Vegas, the Congress will help you advance your skill set, learn from leading practitioners and researchers in the field, and network with your IBD colleagues. Join us to transform IBD.

Five Reasons to Pursue a Career in IBD

1. IBD is the fastest moving area of GI to integrate science (genomics, microbiome, immunology) into care that will change the natural history of disease. The physicians and scientists have an unusually collegial culture, and the patients really care. — Jonathan G. Braun, MD, PhD

2. Managing patients with IBD is becoming ever more complex. When patients move beyond having mild disease, complex decisions need to be made. Choosing the right medication at the right time for the right patient will lead to the best outcomes for patients with IBD. I have every reason to believe that specializing in clinical care of patients with IBD will be intellectually challenging while offering great personal satisfaction in taking care of these ill patients. — Francis A. Farraye, MD, MSc

3. IBD research findings and the implications for patient care are evolving rapidly. Many recommendations that we made five to 10 years ago have changed as we are learning more about IBD every day. There are so many opportunities to participate in expansion of that knowledge base and help us reach our goal of a cure for IBD in the lifetime of many of our patients. Take the challenge. — Teri Lynn Jackson, MSN, ARNP

4. IBD is an outstanding field led by great people who want to see fellows and junior faculty succeed. Identify a mentor and listen to them, meet and engage with new people, be curious, think big, and work hard! — Michael J. Rosen, MD, MSCI

5. The best career in the world! Such variety. A home for everyone with any interest. It won’t always be smooth, but it will be incredibly rewarding with hardly a dull moment. — Dermot McGovern, MD, PhD, FRCP

For additional tips and advice, visit the AGA Community.


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