Trainee Meetings

North American Conference of GI Fellows (NACGF)

ACG offers the North American Conference of GI Fellows (NACGF) as an annual program for fellows. Sponsored by the American College of Gastroenterology and endorsed by the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology, NACGF includes research presentations by the Fellows, along with lectures, breakout sessions and coaching by a distinguished faculty of gastroenterologists. The conference is normally held between February and April and attendance at the conference is limited to forty Fellows and is by invitation only. To contend for an invitation, Fellows must submit an abstract of their research via the website, Abstract submissions usually take place between mid-October through mid-December. Updated information regarding the program can be found on this website.

A Fellow may submit up to three abstracts. The research should be based on clinical or basic science gastroenterology projects with which the Fellows have been involved, including work in progress, work published within the past year or case reports with comprehensive literature reviews. Fellows will be selected competitively to receive invitations, based on their submitted abstracts. All Fellows attending the conference will be honored with a certificate of attendance. Each year, some Fellows attending the conference will be selected to receive Distinguished Achievement Awards, which include a $750 travel award to the ACG Annual Meeting held in October of the same year.

Covered expenses for Fellows attending the conference include hotel accommodations, group meals, round-trip coach airfare and transfer between the hotel and the airport. Departures will not be scheduled before Sunday morning. Spouses/Guests are not included in the conference or at any conference activities, including meals. Spouses/Guests may accompany the Fellow on the trip at their own expense. Although the conference is held at a prime family vacation area, it is a three-day working conference and each Fellow’s attendance is expected at all events. Children, other family members and guests are discouraged from attending with the Fellow unless absolutely necessary.

The goals of this conference include providing Fellows an opportunity to present their research to colleagues in a less pressured environment than at national meetings, and to receive coaching on presentation skills from experienced faculty. Educational objectives for this part of the conference include the following:

* Design a poster presentation layout, or PowerPoint® slide presentation, that clearly and appropriately illustrates the research project to the audience

* Discuss orally a poster presentation, or a PowerPoint® podium presentation, of research that clearly and concisely communicates the research project to the audience within a specified time limit

The Educational Advisory Committee reviews all submitted abstracts and selects forty. Once selected, invited fellows will receive invitations to the conference. The invitation includes information on whether the presentation will be an oral PowerPoint® presentation or a poster presentation. Details on the specific guidelines for the presentations will also be included with the invitation, as will the general criteria by which the Fellows will be judged for the Distinguished Achievement Award. Note that, when submitting your abstract, you will be asked to verify that your Program Director has given permission for you to submit an abstract, and that the Program Director is supportive of you attending the conference in March, if the abstract is selected.

To learn about the agenda, faculty and fellows who participated at the 2010 NACGF conference, click here. The NACGF is supported with unrestricted educational grants by the Asacol® brand, as part of Warner Chilcott Pharmaceuticals and the Align®, Metamucil®, Pepto Bismol and Prilosec OTC® brands as part of Procter & Gamble Personal Health Care’s longstanding commitment to supporting educational programs for the gastroenterology specialty.

2nd Year Fellows Course

This exciting and unique opportunity is for 2nd year fellows across North America. The College, through its Training Committee, sponsors a weekend course designed specifically for the 2nd year GI fellow. ACG covers travel, lodging and meal expenses for fellows-in-training to attend this meeting.

The 2011 meeting will feature two general sessions. One focused on Advanced and Therapeutic Endoscopy and the other on Pancreatic Cancer. In addition, there will be five breakout sessions on the following topics: Reflux: Acid and Non-Acidic, IBD, The Approach to Abnormal LFT’s and Abnormal Imaging, Nutrition Assessment and Support, and Radiology in GI.

Attendees rotate through the five breakout sessions in small groups. These case centered discussions by the experts follow a meet-the-professor format to encourage two-way discussion between the fellows and faculty. The focus is practical, i.e., how you would approach this patient and what tests you would order, in addition to the form of therapy.

Nomination forms are sent directly to the GI Program Directors the first week of November, who then nominate a second year fellow from their program to attend this meeting. Space is limited to approximately 125 fellows from across North America. Selection of attendees is designed to maximize the number of programs participating as well as geographic balance.

The 2010 Second Year Fellows Course was supported by educational grants from AstraZeneca and Shire.

Trainees’ Forum

The Trainees Forum is held each year during the Annual Postgraduate Course. In 2011, the Forum will be on Sunday, October 30th. Typically the session focuses on finding the ideal job and negotiating the ideal contract. All trainees should plan to attend this event, which is available without charge to trainees in gastroenterology and hepatology. Refreshments are served and there is an opportunity for social interchange.

Trainees’ Luncheon

The Trainees Luncheon is held each year during the Annual Postgraduate Course. In 2011, the Luncheon will be on Sunday, October 30th. Registration for this lunch is limited to trainees and costs $25.