• The curriculum is evidence based from peer reviewed publications and designed according to the criteria set down by the Rome IV (2016) for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (FGIDs)1.
Rome IV defines FGIDs as ‘alteration of the gut-brain interaction’ and includes 5 disorders. These are :
• Motility disturbance
• Visceral hypersensitivity
• Altered mucosal and immune function
• Altered gut microbiota
• Altered central nervous system (CNS) processing.
Rome IV describes FGIDs as ‘a group of disorders classified by GI symptoms related to any combination of ’ the above 5 conditions.
The curriculum as of 2023 consists of two introductory overview videos and 6 modules:
1; INTESTINAL MICROBIOLOGY.
The Gut ecosystem; Classification of bacteria; Gut commensal organisms; Metagenomics vs Culturomics; Rome IV Criteria (2016); Management of FGIDs (general principles).
2; ALTERED GUT MICROBIOTA, Causative factors, Associated pathologies and Management.
3; ALTERED CNS PROCESSING Altered gut microbiota and neurocognitive impairment; ‘Gut-brain’ symptoms; ‘Gutfermentation’ syndrome, ‘non-alcoholic’ ethanol related; Fatigue, mental fatigue; Sleep, anxiety & moods.
4; VISCERAL HYPERSENSITIVITY & Altered gut microbiota.
5; MOTILITY DISTURBANCE & Altered gut microbiota.
6; ALTERED MUCOSAL LAYERS & Altered gut microbiota.