This educational activity has been developed by Mechanisms in Medicine Inc.

YouAndColonoscopy.com com is an educational resource that provides easy-to-understand animations, slide shows, and videos to help patients, as well as their families and caregivers, learn about colonoscopy and how to prepare for one.


Initial funding for this activity was provided by independent educational grants from Boston Scientific and Ferring Pharmaceuticals.
Current funding is provided by Mechanisms in Medicine to support the outreach of this activity and expand its educational curriculum.

All content is developed independently by Mechanisms in Medicine Inc. in collaboration with an Expert Faculty group; funders are allowed no influence on the content of You And Colonoscopy.

This website is part of the Animated Patient™ series developed by Mechanisms in Medicine Inc., to provide highly visual formats of learning for patients to improve their understanding, make informed decisions, and partner with their health care professionals for optimal outcomes. For more information visit www.AnimatedPatient.com.

YouAndColonoscopy.com has won the 3rd Annual SCOPY Award for Best Patient Education Website.

The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) 3rd annual SCOPY Awards (Service Award for Colorectal Cancer Outreach, Prevention and Year-Round Excellence) recognizes the achievements of ACG members in their community engagement, education and awareness efforts for colorectal cancer prevention.

Best Patient Education Website

Andres Gelrud, MD, MMSc, Gastro Health, Miami Cancer Institute, Miami, FL
Juan F. Echavarria, MD, MS, University of Texas Health Science Center At San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
Neil Sengupta, MD, University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Using Multimedia to Provide Patient Education


Juan F. Echavarria, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Department of Gastroenterology
Chair, Clinical Competency Committee
University of Texas Health Science Center At San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas
Andres Gelrud, MD, MMSc
Gastro Health, Miami Cancer Institute
Miami, Florida
Neil Sengupta, MD
Assistant Professor, Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Director of Quality Improvement, Gastroenterology Section
University of Chicago Medical Center
Chicago, Illinois


The goals of "You And Colonoscopy: An Animated Patient's Guide to Understanding Colonoscopy" are to:

  1. Enhance communication between colonoscopy patients and their health care providers, by increasing patient understanding about what a colonoscopy is, how one is performed, why and when one may be necessary, and how to prepare for one.
  2. Explain concepts about colorectal cancer screening to patients – including what are polyps, why and how polyps are removed, the risk factors for developing colon cancer, concerns about safety and pain, and what circumstances can impact the number of times a colonoscopy needs to be performed.
  3. Empower patients through effective education on colonoscopy in order to be better partners with their health care providers, thereby promoting better dialogue between patients and their physicians to achieve improved health outcomes.


Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance their own personal development.

Technical Requirements

You and Colonoscopy is an internet-based educational program available on Mac and PC. Click here to view the complete Technical Requirements.

This website was originally launched on December 15, 2016.