IBD UNITE

March 2, 2024

UPMC’s 2024 IBD UNITE program will provide education and support for patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and their loved ones. IBD includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis as well as indeterminate, microscopic, or collagenous colitis.  Participants will learn innovative ways to manage their IBD during case discussions, lectures and panel discussions.

This year’s conference will be held in-person.  The first two case-related sessions will be recorded and will be posted on the UPMC IBD UNITE webpage this spring.  Nurses, dietitians, and social workers who are seeking credits may claim credit hours for course participation time.  

Target Audience

IBD UNITE is designed for patients, family members, and loved ones. IBD UNITE is also accredited for nurses, dietitians, and social workers. Attendance is welcome from everyone interested in IBD disease diagnosis, management, and treatment advancements.  

Learning Objectives

#1    To educate patients, nurses, dietitians, and caregivers about IBD treatment
advancements and personalized approaches to disease management.
#2    To provide support for parents, nurses, dietitians, and caregivers to encourage knowledgeable and full-service multidisciplinary care for patients and families. 
#3    To enable IBD patients to interact with their caregivers in a relaxed educational environment to support networking among all in attendance.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 4.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 4.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 4.00 ASWB
  • 4.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
11/30/2023
Course expires: 
06/30/2024
Event starts: 
03/02/2024 - 9:00am EST
Event ends: 
03/02/2024 - 2:30pm EST

UPMC IBD UNITE 2024
IBD:  Digesting the Facts!

March 2, 2024 @ The University Club
Fri. Evening – IBD & Gastro Professionals Education & Networking Event @ The Oaklander

 
9:00 – 9:30     Registration & Continental Breakfast 
 
9:30 – 9:40     Welcome 
Jeffrey M. Dueker, MD, MPH
 
MULTI-DISCPLINARY CASE DISCUSSIONS with the UPMC IBD Team
9:40 – 10:20     Case #1:  UC/Pouchitis
10:20 – 11:00     Case #2:  CD/Perianal Fistulizing Disease
 
11:00 – 11:15     Break 
 
11:15 – 11:45     Breakout #1: 
A.    Nutrition
David Gardinier, RD, LD 
B.    Gut Feelings: Managing the Brain Gut Connection in IBD
Patrick Buckley, MD;  Helen Hunt, LSW;  Tara Sherry-Torres, LSW
C.    Ostomy/Surgery
Robert Tessler, MD, MPH;  Cecilia Zamarripa PhD, RN, CWON
 
11:45 – 12:10     Lunch & Break 
 
12:10 – 12:35     Keynote Lecture:  Shrinivas Bishu, MD
12:35 – 12:45     Q&A with Dr. Bishu 
 
12:45 – 1:05     Break 
 
1:00 – 1:25     Breakout #2 (repeated): 
A.    Nutrition
David Gardinier, RD, LD
B.    Gut Feelings: Managing the Brain Gut Connection in IBD
Patrick Buckley, MD;  Helen Hunt, LSW;  Tara Sherry-Torres, LSW
C.    Pregnancy, Fertility, & Family Planning
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1:25 – 1:35     Break 
 
1:35 – 2:00     Living with IBD: The Patient Experience 
(or = Living with IBD: A Peer-to-Peer Discussion)
Lori Plung
(others?)
 
2:00 – 2:30     Q&A and FAQ with Medical Team and Patient Advocates 
Moderator:  Jeffrey M. Dueker, MD, MPH 

2:30 Adjourn 

University Club - University of Pittsburgh campus
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
United States

Jeffrey M. Dueker, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Gastroenterologist, Total Care-IBD
Co-Associate Program Director, GI Fellowship Program
Course Director, IBD UNITE

Therezia Alchoufete, MS, RD, LDN
Dietitian, Total Care-IBD
Co-Course Director, IBD UNITE

Helen Hunt, LSW
Clinical Social Worker, Total Care-IBD
Co-Course Director, IBD UNITE

Arthur M. Barrie, III, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Gastroenterologist, UPMC IBD Center

Shrinivas Bishu, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Gastroenterologist
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Patrick Buckley, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Total Care-IBD

David Gardinier, RD, LD
Dietitian, Digestive Disease & Surgery Institute
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Cleveland, OH

Lori Plung
Patient Advocate
Facilitator & Manager, UPMC/Crohn’s & Colitis Foundaiton Support Groups

Marc Schwartz, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Gastroenterologist and Co-Director, Total Care-IBD

Tara Sherry-Torres, LSW
Clinical Social Worker, Total Care-IBD

Robert A. Tessler, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Surgery
UPMC Division of Colorectal Surgery

Cecilia Zamarripa PhD, RN, CWON
Wound, Ostomy, Continency (WOC) Nurse
Manager, UPMC WOC Nursing Department
and Coordinator for Wound Treatment & Ostomy Care

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physician (CME)
The University of Pittsburgh designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing (CNE)
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 4.0 contact hours.

Social Work 
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, University of Pittsburgh is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. University of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 4.0 continuing education credits.

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity. 

Available Credit

  • 4.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 4.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 4.00 ASWB
  • 4.00 Attendance
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Participation by all individuals is encouraged. Advance notification of any special needs will help us provide better service. Please notify us of your needs at least two weeks in advance of the program by emailing Joy Jenko Merusi at: joj2@pitt.edu