EduCom News 2023

The efforts of the IBUS educational committee is ongoing, with the main goal of promoting the use of IUS. The last two modules and workshop took place in the USA (New York in September 2022 and the recent one in Chicago in March 2023) introducing IUS to close to 70 American IBD specialists. The 2-day workshop in Chicago, run by local organizers Noa Krugliak Cleveland and David Rubin, trained more than 35 candidates under the guidance of international bowel US experts.

The next module 1 workshops in 2023 will take place in Lueneburg (Germany) and Hyderabad (India), with the latter being the first workshop held in the far east.

Module 2 hands-on training is ongoing at all IBUS centers. New centers in Europe, Australia, and the USA have joined the IUS educational efforts. Most participants from previous module 1 workshops were placed in IBUS module 2 training centers. A new logbook system was implemented to allow continuous monitoring of trainees’ achievements during their module 1 training.

A module 3 workshop was carried out during the ECCO meeting in Copenhagen and involved finalising the educational curriculum of IBUS.

The first advanced virtual workshop on pelvic sonographic imaging in Crohn’s disease was organised successfully, lead by 6 international experts from Italy, Israel and Japan, and involved lectures and virtual “hands-on” sessions. A second advanced workshop on intestinal ultrasound in post-operative patients and the use of contrast enhanced ultrasound is planned for this year. Bi-monthly webinars on various topics are continuously held and a webinar library is currently available for IBUS members on our website.

After many years of fruitful work, Prof. Giovanni Maconi has recently stepped down from the educational committee. His past and ongoing contributions to education on ultrasound is greatly appreciated and he was awarded with the first and prestigious IBUS honourable membership during the previous IBUS members meeting. Dr. Federica Furfaro from Milan was elected to join the educational committee.

The future objectives of the educational committee involve the adaptation of the educational syllabus to the increasing worldwide demand for IUS education and the development of state-of-the-art technological educational solutions, namely, an E-learning platform. We currently strive to fulfil this objective in the next 2-3 years.

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Group photo - Module 1 Chicago 2023

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