During the 21 years since the first symposium, Mentoring in IBD has evolved into an innovative and successful annual educational program for Canadian gastroenterologists. Mentoring in IBD now includes regional satellite meetings in both official languages, a website, a newsletter series, and regular electronic communications answering key clinical questions with new research. Each new initiative has provided gastroenterologists with a fresh opportunity to update their knowledge, share their experience with colleagues and expand their clinical expertise.
The annual Mentoring in IBD curriculum has become increasingly popular among Canadian specialists. One reason for this steadily increasing popularity is the consistent, practical and clinically relevant objectives governing the development of each component:
The MIIBD Curriculum consists of seven integrated components:
Mentoring in IBD: The Master Class Annual National Symposium
The 21st iteration on November 6, 2020, The Master Class will adopt a virtual format for the first time while staying true to its proven formula of clinically relevant state‐of‐the‐art lectures on hot topics in tandem with expert‐led, case‐based workshops and open discussions with distinguished faculty and peers to address the complexities of IBD diagnosis and management.
A quarterly newsletter launched in 2004, IBD Dialogue communicates new developments and best practices in IBD management as it reports the participant consensus of each case‐based workshop discussed at the MIIBD National Symposium. Distributed electronically, IBD Dialogue will publish 5 issues in 2020. All participants of MIIBD national and regional symposia receive IBD Dialogue by email as part of the post‐program learning requirements.
Mentoring in IBD website
www.mentoringinibd.com provides Canadian and international gastroenterologists with an archive of materials generated from recent Mentoring in IBD courses. Among other features, the site offers users the opportunity to obtain educational credits, correspond with peers and international experts and download MIIBD publications including IBD Dialogue (both Classic and Special Editions), E-Mentoring in IBD and The Dermatology of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, a reference guide for the diagnosis and treatment of dermatological manifestations of IBD.
E‐Mentoring in IBD
Launched in 2008 and delivered electonically twice each month to 1,230 current subscribers across Canada and around the world, E‐Mentoring in IBD asks a clinical IBD question and provides a two‐ sentence bottom‐line answer based upon the results of a key paper from the current research literature. Level of evidence and hyperlinks to the source complement the project. All participants of Mentoring in IBD national and regional symposia receive E‐Mentoring in IBD by email as part of the post‐program learning requirements.
Mentorat sur les MII—Québec
Created in response to the needs of Francophone gastroenterologists in 2004, and based on the MIIBD National Symposium content each year, the 17th annual Mentorat sur les MII to have taken place in Montreal, QC, on April 4, 2020, was postponed due to COVID-19 safety measures, and will convene virtually in the Fall.
Mentoring in IBD: The Master Class—Western Canada Chapter
A customized extension of the MIIBD National Symposium for Western Canada. The 13th annual live meeting in Vancouver to have convened in March was cancelled due to COVID-19 safety issues.
Mentoring in IBD: The Master Class—Atlantic Canada Chapter
A customized extension of the MIIBD National Symposium for Atlantic Canada. The 12th annual symposium in Halifax to have convened in March was also cancelled due to COVID-19 safety issues.