Trainee Events and Meetings

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 general session topics for the 2017 course will be Bariatric Endoscopy, Essentials of Nutrition Support, Financial Planning, Hands-On Capsule Endoscopy, Job Search and Negotiation, Medico-Legal / Informed Consent and PPI UseIn addition, there will be three breakout sessions on the following topics: Fertility and Pregnancy in IBD, Hands-On Endoscopy and NAFLD/NASH.

Attendees rotate through the three 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.

The link to the Nomination website is sent in July directly to the GI Program Directors, who then nominate a second year fellow from their program to attend this meeting. Space is limited to 125 fellows from across North America. Nominations will be accepted from July 18 – August 15, 2016. If accepted into the course, the nominee must be able to arrive in Washington, DC by 6:00 pm on January 13th.

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 twenty-five 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-November through mid-January. 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 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 PowerPoint® slide presentation, that clearly and appropriately illustrates the research project to the audience

* Discuss orally 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 twenty-five. Once selected, invited fellows will receive invitations to the conference. Details on the specific guidelines for the presentations will also be included with the invitation. 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.

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Career Opportunities for Women in GI Lunch

The Women in Gastroenterology Committee is hosting a program geared toward residents and trainees who are facing difficult decisions regarding the future of their medical careers. Female gastroenterologists from a variety of medical backgrounds will address the issues of being a female sub-specialist, balancing career and family, and opportunities for women in medicine, and, more specifically, gastroenterology. Advance registration is required and space is limited.

Navigating, Networking and Negotiating Your First Job Workshop

The Women in Gastroenterology Committee is hosting a program geared to Senior GI Fellows and Junior Faculty, addressing negotiation and networking skills for men and women. This workshop will involve a combination of faculty role play and didactic sessions to enhance your understanding of effective negotiation skills during crucial conversations and to improve networking skills that will broaden future opportunities. Separate breakouts for small group discussions are planned. There is a $30 fee for this workshop. Dinner will be provided.

Trainees’ Luncheon

The Trainees Luncheon is held each year during the Annual Postgraduate Course. In 2016, the Luncheon will be on Sunday, October 16th. Registration for this lunch is limited to trainees and costs $40.