In addition to providing you with the latest IC research and treatment news, the ICA also offers educational programs so physicians and other healthcare providers can learn about the most current approaches to diagnosis and management of IC. Some of these educational tools also carry CME/CEU/CE credit for physicians, physicians’ assistants, nurses, pharmacists, and other providers.

New ICA Educational Program for Healthcare Providers

In partnership with the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) and The France Foundation (TFF), the Interstitial Cystitis Association (ICA) has released its newest continuing medical education (CME) program, Conquering IC: Identification and Management Strategies. Located on, this educational program provides an interdisciplinary audience with comprehensive continuing education on identification and management of patients with IC – a chronic bladder condition that usually consists of recurring pelvic pain, pressure, or discomfort in the bladder and pelvic region, and urinary frequency and urgency.

Educational opportunities like the ICA CME teach healthcare providers about the most current approaches in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of IC, which may translate into better symptom control and improved outcomes for patients with IC.
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Interstitial Cystitis: What Healthcare Providers Need to Know

This online ICA medical education tool helps you become familiar with all aspects of IC, including an overview of the new 2011 American Urological Association IC guidelines.

Download this PDF for a comprehensive overview of the etiology, natural history, diagnosis, treatment, and impact of IC.

PainWeek CME/CE Courses

PAINWeek is more than an annual or regional conference. It is now the Pain Education Resource for Frontline Practitioners. The PAINWeek communications platform represents a single point of access for busy practitioners spanning live, digital, and print communications that will extend the energy and experience of their national and regional conferences throughout the year, and to a wider audience of frontline practitioners with an interest in pain management.

You can participate in the CME/CE courses here: There is no charge to participate in any of these activities.

AUA Establishes Urology Core Curriculum for Doctors

The American Urological Association (AUA) recently unveiled the first ever AUA Urology Core Curriculum—a comprehensive reference guide detailing the knowledge and steps involved in delivering quality urological care. The Core Curriculum is divided into more than 50 specialized sections and thoroughly covers the breadth of urology topics—including IC—and can be accessed entirely online. This allows urologists and other health care professionals all across the country to access the latest information concerning a particular urologic condition they may see in their practice, as well as urology as a whole.

One of these sections is devoted entirely to IC with the goal of ensuring that all urologists can:

    • define and recognize IC symptoms
    • accurately diagnose IC using appropriate diagnostic criteria
    • understand the different theories on the causes of IC
    • recognize that IC and other chronic pain conditions may present with similar symptoms
    • recommend multimodal therapies for IC
    • appreciate the impact of IC on the patient and their families.

In addition to being a comprehensive resource for urologic information, the Core Curriculum provides the content base upon which American Board of Urology (ABU) certification and recertification exams for residents and physicians will be based in the future. This will ensure that all urologists receive adequate training about the full spectrum of urologic conditions—including IC. All AUA members will have access to the AUA Urology Core Curriculum and content will be updated frequently to ensure that information is kept current.

Screening, Treatment, and Management of IC/PBS

The ICA in partnership with the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) offers a continuing medical education (CME) program, Screening, Treatment, and Management of Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome (IC/PBS).

Developed in concert with an expert advisory panel, this course (accredited for 1 hour of CME/CEU/CE) includes carefully developed components to meet healthcare providers’ and patients’ needs for education. Check out the evidence-based program materials:

  • Consensus Meeting on Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome: A Multidisciplinary Meeting of Researchers, Clinicians, and Patients
  • Slide Set available free at ARHP’s open-access tool, the Curricula Organizer for Reproductive Health Education (CORE)
  • Monograph: ARHP Clinical Proceedings
  • Quick Reference Guide for Clinicians, Diagnosis and Management of Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome
  • Healthcare Provider Fact Sheet: What You Need to Know, Understanding Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome
  • Webinars: Archived sessions

Made possible through an independent educational grant from Ortho-McNeil Women’s Health and Urology.

Revised Thursday, March 26th, 2015