ECCO IBD Curriculum

3.1. Understands the appropriate investigations for assessing disease activity and extent including: · Inflammatory markers in blood and stool · Upper and lower GI endoscopy / capsule endoscopy / enteroscopy · Imaging techniques, including: CT, MRI, barium imaging and ultrasound
Exit StrategiesECCO e-Learning
Year: 2017
Authors: Johan Burisch, Ren Mao, Edyta Szymanska, Glen Doherty

This course has been developed for gastroenterologists, surgeons, paediatricians, pathologists and other interdisciplinary medical experts interested in Inflammatory Bowel Disease(s) (IBD). One major aim of this e-learning activity is to provide evidence-based guidance for clinical practice so that physicians can make informed decisions in partnership with their patients regarding their optimal exit strategies.

After this course you will:

  • To recognise risks, benefits and timing of stopping anti-TNF used as monotherapy or in combination with IM in IBD.
  • To know optimal monitoring following withdrawal of biologic therapy

Diagnosis, anatomy and physiology in IBD11th N-ECCO School
Year: 2020
Authors: Marc Ferrante
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Medical treatment11th N-ECCO School
Year: 2020
Authors: Dominik Bettenworth
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Endoscopic Scoring in IBD e-Coursee-Course
Year: 2019
Authors: Rosanna Cannatelli, Paolo Gionchetti, Uri Kopylov, Jimmi Limdi, and Marietta Iacucci

This course has been developed for physicians and endoscopists interested in Inflammatory Bowel Disease(s) (IBD). One major aim of this e-learning activity is to increase competence and knowledge with regard to endoscopy in IBD in order to improve patient outcomes.

After this case you will be able to assess:

  • Endoscopic scoring systems in Ulcerative Colitis (UC) 
  • Endoscopic scoring systems to assess Pouchitis 
  • Endoscopic scoring systems in Crohn’s Disease (CD) 
  • Small bowel Crohn’s Disease and capsule endoscopy (CE) 
  • Surveillance colonoscopy in IBD

US as a decision-making tool in IBDSkills Videos
Year: 2019
Authors: Giovanni Maconi
Anaemia in Crohn's Disease: From the nurse's perspective e-Coursee-Course
Year: 2016
Authors: Janette Gaarenstroom and Palle Bager

This sub-course is adapted from the course "Anaemia in Crohn's Disease”, which was developed for gastroenterologists, surgeons, paediatricians, pathologists and other interdisciplinary medical experts interested in Inflammatory Bowel Disease(s) (IBD).  This course has been developed for all nurses who care for patients with IBD. For more advanced knowledge, please follow the main e-learning case, "Anaemia in Crohn's Disease”.

The aim of this e-learning activity is to increase competence and knowledge with regard to the management and care of patients with Crohn's Disease and anaemia in order to improve patient outcomes.

Upon completion of this activity learners will:

  • Have basic knowledge about anaemia in Crohn's Disease patients
  • Have basic knowledge about the symptoms and treatment of anaemia in Crohn's Disease patients


Endoscopic Assessment of UC Activity with UCEIS e-Coursee-Course
Year: 2016
Authors: Simon Travis, Rebecca Palmer

This course was developed by Professor. Simon Travis and Dr. Rebecca Palmer in cooperation with Leading Edge Medical Education. This course is designed for gastroenterologists, paediatricians, surgeons, nurses and other interdisciplinary medical professional interested in the endoscopy of ulcerative colitis (UC) The intended result of this activity is competence and knowledge of endoscopy, in the assessment and follow-up of patients with UC.  The course is divided into three parts: the first is about the UCEIS and descriptors; the second is Self Assessment, which does not contribute to the final score and the third is the UCEIS Certification itself, to confirm  competence in using the UCEIS.  

Upon completion of this activity learners will:

  • Be trained in the evaluation of endoscopic images in the assessment of activity in UC
  • Understand why UCEIS was developed
  • Understand how UCEIS was developed
  • Understand the role of UCEIS
  • Utilise UCEIS in clinical practice

IBD and Malignancies e-Coursee-Course
Year: 2016
Authors: Larry Egan, Loes Nissen, Gianluca Pellino, Franco Scaldaferri, Edyta Szymanska

This course is designed for gastroenterologists, surgeons, paediatricians, pathologists and other interdisciplinary medical experts interested in Inflammatory Bowel Disease(s) (IBD). One major aim of this e-learning activity is to increase competence and knowledge with regard to IBD and Malignancies and to harmonise diagnostics and treatment in order to improve patient outcomes.

This course will follow the following cases on:

  1. Colorectal cancer in IBD
  2. Lymphoma risk following immunosuppressive therapy with thiopurines in IBD patients - cancer and IBD
  3. Skin cancer in IBD
  4. Chemotherapy in chronically active ulcerative colitis

Upon completion of this activity learners will have gained knowledge on:

  • IBD and Solid Tumours
  • IBD and Haematological Malignancies
  • IBD and Skin Malignancies
  • Management of IBD patients with a past history of malignancy


Stricturing Crohn's Disease e-Coursee-Course
Year: 2016
Authors: Ren Mao, Jessica de Bruyn and Gianluca Pellino, Florian Rieder

This course is designed for gastroenterologists, surgeons, paediatricians, pathologists and other interdisciplinary medical experts interested in Inflammatory Bowel Disease(s) (IBD). One major aim of this e-learning activity is to increase competence and knowledge with regard to the prediction, diagnosis and management of stricturing Crohn's Disease (CD) patients and to harmonise diagnostics and treatment in order to improve patient outcomes.

Upon completion of this activity learners will:

  • Achieve familiarity with predictors of fibrostenosing CD.
  • Understand the role of cross-sectional imaging in the diagnostic work-up of patients with suspected fibrostenosing CD.
  • Understand the current management of fibrostenosing CD.
  • Recognise the therapeutic capabilities of anti-inflammatory therapy, endoscopic dilatation and surgery in the setting of fibrostenosing CD.

Surgery in Crohn's Disease e-Coursee-Course
Year: 2016
Authors: Monica Millan, Chaya Shwaartz, Triana Lobaton, Monica Millan

This course has been developed for gastroenterologists, surgeons, paediatricians, pathologists and other interdisciplinary medical experts interested in Inflammatory Bowel Disease(s) (IBD). One major aim of this e-learning activity is to increase competence and knowledge with regard to the management of CD patients and to harmonise indications and technical considerations for surgery in order to improve patient outcomes.

Upon completion of this activity learners will:

  • - Know how to identify surgical indications in patients with Crohn's Disease (CD)
  • - Be able to adequately treat different complications in CD patients that require surgery
  • - Be able to recommend appropriate changes in perioperative treatment and management

UC Update e-Coursee-Course
Year: 2016
Authors: Gianluca Pellino, Tim Raine, Dominik Bettenworth, Johan Burisch, Kristzina Gecse, Pieter Hindryck, Antonio López-Sanromán

This course is designed for gastroenterologists, surgeons, paediatricians, pathologists and other interdisciplinary medical experts interested in Inflammatory Bowel Disease(s) (IBD). One major aim of this e-learning activity is to increase competence and knowledge with regard to the prediction, diagnosis and management of Ulcerative Colitis (UC) patients and to harmonise diagnostics and treatment in order to improve patient outcomes.

Upon completion of this activity learners will:

  • Have insights into the basic epidemiology of ulcerative colitis
  • Know current treatment options for severe ulcerative colitis, including colectomy
  • Be able to use ciclosporin correctly in severe ulcerative colitis
  • Understand when to order thiopurine methyltransferase (TPMT) activity when starting azathioprine

Opportunistic Infections e-Coursee-Course
Year: 2015
Authors: Konstantinos Katsanos, Robin Dart & Klaartje Kok

This course is designed for gastroenterologists, surgeons, paediatricians, pathologists and other interdisciplinary medical experts interested in Inflammatory Bowel Disease(s) (IBD). The intended result of this activity is increased competence, knowledge, performance and improved patient outcomes.

Upon completion of this activity learners will:

  • Identify patients at risk of opportunistic infections and understand the principles of screening for opportunistic infections
  • Understand the issues associated with vaccinating people at risk of opportunistic infections
  • Be familiar with the assessment and management of some of the more commonly encountered and serious opportunistic infections (HBV, TB, VZV, CMV etc.)
  • Understand requirements for people with IBD when travelling and returning from travel
  • Recognise the opportunistic infections which should be considered in acute flares of colitis

Surgery in UC e-Coursee-Course
Year: 2015
Authors: André D'Hoore, Marc Ferrante and Anthony de Buck van Overstraeten

This course is designed for gastroenterologists, surgeons, paediatricians, pathologists and other interdisciplinary medical experts interested in Inflammatory Bowel Disease(s) (IBD). The intended result of this activity is increased competence, knowledge, performance and improved patient outcomes.

Upon completion of this activity learners will:

  • Have insights into the position of surgery versus medical therapy in patients with moderate-to-severe as well as acute severe IV steroid refractory colitis (UC)
  • Be able to select the most optimal surgical modalities
  • Gain knowledge on the appropriate follow-up of patients with an ileal pouch-anal anastomosis (IPAA)

Ultrasound and IBD - e-Coursee-Course
Year: 2015
Authors: Torsten Kucharzik and Fortunata Civitelli

This course is designed for gastroenterologists, paediatricians, surgeons and other interdisciplinary medical experts interested in Inflammatory Bowel Disease(s) (IBD). The intended result of this activity is increased competence and knowledge of the role of imaging techniques, particularly ultrasonography, in the diagnosis and follow-up of IBD patients.

Upon completion of this activity learners will:

  • Understand the role of ultrasonography (US) in the initial diagnostic work-up of suspected IBD
  • Be able to provide a comprehensive overview of normal and abnormal findings in bowel US, with a focus on IBD
  • Be able to understand the usefulness of bowel US in the follow-up of IBD, in assessing disease activity, response to therapy and monitoring disease progression and complications such as stenosis, fistulae and abscesses

Interactive Case - Anaemia - e-Coursee-Course
Year: 2014
Authors: Stephan Vavricka, Dominik Bettenworth

This course is designed for gastroenterologists, surgeons, paediatricians, pathologists and other interdisciplinary medical experts interested in Inflammatory Bowel Disease(s) (IBD). One major aim of this e-learning activity is to increase competence and knowledge with regard to the management of CD patients and to harmonise diagnostics and treatment of anaemia in order to improve patient outcomes.

Upon completion of this activity learners will:

  • Know how to diagnose anaemia in Crohn's disease (CD) patients
  • Be able to adequatly treat iron deficiency anaemia in CD patients

CD Management11th N-ECCO School
Year: 2020
Authors: Marieke Pierik
Diagnosis, anatomy and physiology in IBD11th N-ECCO School
Year: 2020
Authors: Marc Ferrante
Medical treatment11th N-ECCO School
Year: 2020
Authors: Dominik Bettenworth
UC Management11th N-ECCO School
Year: 2020
Authors: Mark Samaan
Interpreting blood results (TGN, IGRA, TNF levels abnormal LFT, importance of TDM) 12th N-ECCO Network Meeting
Year: 2018
Authors: Irving Peter
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