ADVANCED PRACTICUM

The Advanced Practicum (AP) is a self-paced, online educational initiative targeted towards NP/PA graduate students and NPs and PAs currently in or pursuing a specialty practice in gastroenterology or hepatology. The broad educational goal of the online courses offered in the Advanced Practicum program is to educate nurse practitioners and physician assistants on the latest scientific information and developments in the areas of gastroenterology and hepatology. Having educated over 1,500 NPs and PAs through the Advanced Practicum since launch, the AP website is now a definitive internet-based portal for topic-specific education on gastroenterological diseases.

CENTERS OF EDUCATIONAL EXPERTISE

The CLDF and GiHF Centers of Educational Expertise network is an expert-led working group dedicated to educating healthcare professionals on the latest developments in the management of chronic liver and gastrointestinal disorders. The Centers of Educational Expertise network participates in content development meetings and champions the delivery of all educational programming within their local communities. These programs are tailored to the specific needs of gastroenterologists and allied healthcare providers within their local communities.

Each Centers of Educational Expertise member is provided with an individual homepage which serves as the portal to all of their educational offerings including live events, web-based education, slides, and printed material. The member homepages are featured prominently on gihealthfoundation.org or chronicliverdisease.org and are individually marketed to each local community. To ensure that the needs of local audiences are addressed, faculty members are asked to identify and recruit attendees that are in greatest need of education.

HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS

The FMC hands-on workshop platform for gastroenterologists provides a comprehensive course combining theoretical lectures and hands-on training using validated simulation models. The standardized format of these meetings allows for a consistent conveyance of procedural techniques and devices. These workshops are tailored for gastroenterologists who have a varied level of expertise in endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), endoscopic ultrasound, and simulation of fecal incontinence injections. The training will include the use of ex-vivo simulation models to provide a hands-on training experience in a controlled risk-free environment yet maintaining the realism of performing a procedure on an actual patient.

HCV LINK TO CARE

The HCV Link to Care Campaign will help physicians, community based organizations, and other institutions properly screen patients for HCV, capture screening data for future publication and use, and then link the patients that require follow-up care with the appropriate resources. Rolled out in synergy with FMC's ongoing CME programs that aim to prepare the HCV professional workforce for a new era in the management of HCV, the Hep-C-Link to care program aims to:

  • Establish a CLDF sponsored HCV Physician Resource Network comprised of local gastroenterologists, hepatologists, and HCV center(s) to be published on CLDF portal
  • Foster HCV screening to individuals and emphasize the importance of screening, diagnosis and appropriate management to thousands of at-risk individuals and healthcare professionals in targeted areas via a public awareness campaign

REGIONAL CONFERENCES

FMC's regional conference format aims to deliver an educational update from renowned clinicians focused on clinically relevant concepts delivered at the annual gastroenterology society meetings. The benefits of this program include educating healthcare providers involved in the diagnosis and management of gastroenterology disorders, improving the level of competency for a wide range of healthcare providers who care for tens of thousands of patients with gastrointestinal disorders.

Parallel but separate series will be offered by the GiHF and CLDF focused on chronic gastrointestinal disorders and chronic liver disease respectively. Accordingly, the GiHF and the CLDF will cross-promote the events to clinicians within the targeted audience. Through these two conference series, FMC feels that a compressive and clinically focused educational offering will be made available to healthcare providers in need across the US.

SATELLITE SYMPOSIA

FMC proudly offers unique satellite symposia program formats that have been successfully rolled out at major society meetings such as ACG, ATC AASLD, DDW and others. Interactive, themed formats such as "Trial by Jury" and "World News Tonight" deliver cutting edge science in an engaging, impactful, and entertaining format.

From the initial stages of recruitment to the time participants exit the symposium, participants will feel that they have been part of a unique educational experience. Using audience response systems (ARS), the audience participates in carefully crafted clinical decision situations. These clinical decisions are featured in cases that offer the opportunity for expert faculty to provide educational guidance that is tailored to the specific needs of the audience in real-time based on responses to the case questions.