I'm not trying to excuse un-returned phone calls or messages because that's unexcusable in my book. But as far as wait times for new patients, IBD diseases are on the rise and the medical colleges need to train more GIs. Here's what my GI told me, who is a fairly new in the field: There is a quota for how many fellowships they award each year to train new GIs. I thought he said 1500 for the whole U.S., which is a REALLY small number, especially when IBD disease is on the rise. He said the "older" GI generation didn't want to add more fellowships because they didn't want to lose patients ($$$$) to other GIs. I don't think they foresaw that the need for GIs was going to explode on them. My GI said the newer generation of GIs are trying to change the # of fellowships but it's going to take time -- and then they have to be trained.
I never knew there was so much politics involved in training doctors for specialties. I don't think my GI had any reason to lie about this and it makes sense. Sad for us patients, though.
UC pancolitis DX March 2016, Partial Colectomy for diverticulitis Sept 2014
Apriso .375 g x 4/day, Canasa & Uceris foam as needed
Supplements: Zinc, L-glutamine, Probiotics: Reuteri pearls, VSL #3, Folic Acid, CoQ10, turmeric, boswellia, milk thistle, NAC, reservatol, colostrum, glycine
Started Entyvio 3/29/17 (Constant flares since March 2016 only relieved by Prednisone)