The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) was founded in 1932 to advance the scientific study and medical practice of diseases of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The College promotes the highest standards in medical education and is guided by its commitment to meeting the individual and collective needs of clinical GI practitioners.

The educational program of the ACG encompasses the implementation of a central objective of ACG’s overall Mission/Goals, namely to provide scientifically based, high quality continuing medical education, encompassing all subjects relating to the digestive tract, to clinicians through scientific publications, regional and annual meetings, and enduring materials.

Target Audience:
The ACG CME efforts are designed for the current members and potential members of the organization, consisting of gastrointestinal specialists and other practicing physicians who desire to increase and improve their knowledge of gastroenterology and other related subjects.  The care of a GI patient often requires more than solely the gastroenterologist.  Selected activities are made available to other physician specialties, including internal medicine, hepatologists, surgeons and pathologists as well as to nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurses.

Types of Activities:
The ACG provides CME activities of various scope and design.  Taking into account adult learning principles and interactive teaching styles, these programs include live courses and meetings (an annual meeting and regional meetings), DVDs, web-based activities, and scientific publications.  With the advances in technology it is the goal of the ACG to enhance the offering of live and archived Internet activities to permit a more rapid and efficient delivery of valuable information and advancements in the management of digestive tract diseases.

Content Areas:
The content of the ACG program centers around diseases of the digestive tract, endoscopic procedures and techniques, advances in technologies that affect these procedures and other related advances that affect the GI physician and the care of their patients, and overall GI practice management guidelines, issues and efficiencies.

Expected Results:
The ACG evaluates and assesses each CME activity.  It is through these evaluations, post-program data, participant feedback and identification of gastroenterology practice gaps, along with setting the highest expectation and highest achievable results, that the ACG is focused on the continual enhancement of each of the CME activities and the overall educational program.

The ACG CME program is designed to improve physician competence of the management of diseases of the digestive tract, and enable physician learners to acquire and/or reinforce the knowledge, skills and strategies required in their practice decision-making and in diagnosing and managing their GI patients to the most effective level.  The expected results of ACG’s CME program are a change in (or reaffirmation of) physician knowledge and competence in the overall delivery of Gastroenterological care to their patients.