Welcome to the student section of the U-M IBD web site. This section is specifically targeted towards college students with IBD, specifically Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. We hope this site will help make your college adjustments easier and that you will share stories and ideas with other students in similar situations by posting on our message board. The goal of this site is to provide information as well as opportunites to communicate with other students and to participate in research.
There is an IBD clinic for college students on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month. The clinic is held in the morning. When you schedule your appointment, you will be asked for the following information:
Your full name, address, and phone number
Your parents' names & phone numbers
Health insurance information
Primary care physician: name, address, and phone number
The Crohn's & Colitis Student Initiative, a support group for college students with Crohn's and colitis, is now on Facebook.
Meetings are on Mondays from 6:00–7:00 pm in Mason Hall. The room number is specified after the date. Snacks are provided. The dates for the 2015 winter semester are as follows:
The University of Michigan’s IBD Student Group was created by Dr. Ellen Zimmermann to create a forum for students at the University of Michigan and the surrounding colleges to talk about their disease with each other. Not only is the group helpful in providing an outlet for students’ thoughts and feelings, it is a valuable source of information about different kinds of treatments and ways of dealing with diverse aspects of the disease. Attendees have grown to include more than just students themselves: individuals who do not have the disease but who interact with family, friends, and others also attend. The University of Michigan’s IBD Student Group is a dynamic way for everyone involved to gain more knowledge about the disease from people who are affected by it every day.
As a college student it is already hard enough balancing your work load, social life, and other factors that effect daily living. Adding a chronic disease to those factors can make college more of a challenge, especially during a flare-up. Just because you have IBD it does not mean that you cannot go on living your daily life. It is important to go on with your daily routine not letting the disease control you.
Before going off to college, contact health services or locate a gastroenterologist in the area. In case of an emergency, you'll know who to call and they’ll already have a record of your condition.
Know the locations and phone numbers of any hospitals or clinics in your area.
Call your doctor at the first sign of symptoms. Getting treatment earlier in a flare-up will prevent a worsening of your condition and longer periods of time away from class.
Chances are you might be given a medication temporarily and will need to have a prescription filled. Find out where your closest pharmacy is and have the phone number ready for your doctor to call in a prescription.
Have all your professors' e-mail addresses grouped together so that you can send one e-mail message if you have to miss class because you are going home for treatment. This will save the time and hassle of locating their e-mail addresses or office phone numbers.
For college students financial concerns and tight funds can be major issues, but for students with chronic illnesses financial problems can be even bigger. Medications, doctor’s appointments, and procedural costs can be very expensive and add up quickly especially when dealing with a flare-up. It is not uncommon to find students without health insurance or short on financial support. Health insurance can be difficult to understand, but given the right information a plan can be figured out and some of your costs can start being covered. Getting a health insurance plan can be crucial when treating your disease. Because of the extreme expenses that can really add up some students opt to not go to the doctor when they are having complications with their disease, which can be very dangerous.