ACG 2013.PG CourseArrive for ACG 2014 on Friday, October 17 and you can attend one or more of the optional Friday courses

Pathology and Imaging in the Evaluation of Gastrointestinal Disease, 7:00 am – 12:30 pm

This course will feature four mini-sessions delivered by pathologists and radiologists who are recognized experts in their fields and pioneers in the development of new technologies and clinical paradigms. The mini-sessions include: Liver Cells, Bile Ducts, Stones and More: Pathology and Imaging of the Liver and Gallbladder; Deep Insight into the GI Tract; Pathology and Imaging of the Small Bowel and Pancreas; Searching for Polyps, Tumors and IBD: Pathology and Imaging of the Colon and Rectum; and Swallowing and Digesting: Pathology and Imaging of the Esophagus and Stomach. This half-day course is part of the 3-day Clinical Review.

What’s New in GI Pharmacology, 1:15 pm – 4:30 pm

This course will provide an intensive review of key GI pharmacology, including comparisons and contrasts between conventional and emerging pharmacological treatment options. The course will consist of lectures and Q & A sessions on such topics as new therapies in IBD management, treatment options for functional abdominal pain, use and management of anticoagulation medications in patients undergoing endoscopy, treatment options for the management of microscopic colitis and pouchitis, determining best available treatment options for treatment of GI disorders in the pregnant patient, reviewing available bowel preps safety and their efficacy for colonoscopy, and updates on the latest evaluation and treatment options for hepatitis C. This half-day course is part of the 3-day Clinical Review.

Practice Management Course, 7:30 am – 4:45 pm

This course will highlight those pressing issues you face in practice: reimbursements, ICD 10, EHR/EMR, MOC and regulations. Learn about ways to develop your patient base, enhance the quality of care and patient satisfaction experience, and improve in-office patient processing and follow-up. Hear the experts discuss mid-level providers and their evolving role in practice, and quality assessment and what are the best data to accumulate and utilize to form quality improvement programs. Experts will also guide you on meaningful use and PQRS, surviving and thriving in the conversion to ICD 10, and what ABIM’s maintenance of certification (MOC) means for you. Advanced topics offered during the one-day program include implementing ancillary services, a debate the on the future of the independent physician, practice mega groups and if it is right for you, and key financial and practice indicators.

ASGE One-Day Endoscopy Course, Tackling Endoscopic Challenges in 2014: What Should Be in Your Toolbox?, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Led by Course Directors Brintha K. Enestvedt, MD, MBA and John J. Vargo,II, MD, MPH, FACG, FASGE, topics will focus on identifying optimal candidates for EMR and mucosal ablation in Barrett’s esophagus, appropriate decision-making in managing anticoagulation and anti-platelet agents in the peri-procedural environment, the roles of various small bowel imaging modalties in the management of obscure GI bleeding, when to refer patients for endoscopic evaluation of incidentally discovered pancreatic cysts, and understanding the endoscopic challenges of procedures in the obese population.

Recertification Preparation and Update Course, 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm, is designed for the clinical gastroenterologist  to help  facilitate completion of an ABIM-approved medical knowledge module, developed by ACG, and earn points toward recertification.  The course will feature a new ACG-module approved for self-evaluation of medical knowledge points towrd ABIM MOC. Over the four-and-half hour course, the faculty will answer and sicuss all 60 questions included in the module covering key areas of gastroenterology. The cases and questions will be presented and the answer options will be described. Attendees will utilize an audience response system to choose which option they believe to e the correct answer. Once the audience has responded and responses are displayed anonymously, faculty will then identify the correct answer, provide the basis for the selection and explanation why teh others options were incorrect. Attendees are required to purchase the 20-point online module that is the basis of this course.