Catch up on the best of DDW® 2018 and make plans to celebrate DDW’s 50th anniversary in 2019

Digestive Disease Week® 2018 was one for the books. More than 14,000 GI professionals gathered in Washington, D.C., for the world’s premier GI meeting. The four-day conference featured 4,110 posters, 981 presentations by invited speakers and 1,100 oral abstracts.
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Reminders for DDW® 2018

Welcome to Washington, D.C. and Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2018! Read on to learn information you’ll need to make your first day go smoothly.
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DDW Tracks: Functional GI and Motility Disorders

Discover how DDW Tracks can help you find sessions of interest with topic areas like Function GI and Motility Disorders.
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DDW® 2018 features enhanced attendee resources

Meeting planners have made it easier than ever for attendees to navigate Digestive Disease Week®, which will be held June 2-5 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. DDW Council Chair Grace H. Elta, MD, AGAF, FASGE, highlights some of the new meeting's new features.
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2018 DDW TechConnect Demo Schedule

Stop by the tech desk to inquire about all of DDW’s digital platforms, including the DDW Mobile App, social media channels, ePosters and DDW On Demand online access. Staff will provide hands-on help for all your tech needs. You can also pick up social media swag...
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Making the Most of Your DDW® Experience

Written By: Lea Ann Chen, MD It’s that time of the year again: Digestive Disease Week (DDW®)! This event evolved out of the AGA annual meetings and was first advertised as DDW in the January 1969 issue of Gastroenterology. Since that time, it has grown into a truly...
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Plan Your DDW® with the Mobile App and Planner

Take advantage of resources that will help attendees navigate the 2018 meeting's science, exhibitors and DDW events from your mobile devices.
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Attend the DDW Diversity Symposium and Reception

Attend a special event to celebrate and promote diversity in GI.
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Stay Connected

Stay connected through the DDW's social media sites.
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Cool Off During DDW® 2018 with These D.C. Waterfront Activities

Splash around Washington, D.C.'s waterfront areas to stay cool during your DDW® 2018 downtime.
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AASLD case-based session highlights advances in cirrhosis management

The management of cirrhosis has evolved at a rapid pace in recent years. During a case-based AASLD symposium on the final day of DDW® 2018, three experts reviewed the most recent developments in diuretic resistant/refractory ascites, recurrent/refractory hepatic encephalopathy and recurrent/refractory variceal bleeding. The panel was co-moderated by Catherine Frenette, MD, FAST, AGAF.

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Making technology work for your practice and your patients

On Tuesday, June 5, at DDW® 2018, a panel of tech experts, including Simon Mathews, MD, discussed some the challenges created and opportunities afforded by technology. The AGA Institute Practice Management and Economics Committee-sponsored symposium was titled Technology Opportunities in Gastroenterology Practice: How to Make Technology Work for You.

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Notable science from DDW 2018

In a DDW Daily News video exclusive, DDW Council Chair Grace H. Elta, MD, AGAF, FASGE, discusses four notable abstracts from DDW 2018 in Washington, D.C. Dr. Elta highlights one abstract from each of the four DDW-sponsoring societies.

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Why is rectal cancer increasing among younger people?

Colonoscopy, a dreaded, but highly recommended procedure that helps detect and prevent colorectal cancer (CRC), is typically not something to worry about until your 50s. While the incidence of CRC has generally been declining in the U.S. and death rates have...

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Stool donation: motivators and deterrents

We’re all familiar with donating our clothing, our blood and even our valuable time. But, what about donating your stool? There’s an urgent medical need for stool donation for those in need of fecal microbiota transplant (FMT), but many people have trouble getting...

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Private practice GIs share strategies for growing practice

John Petrini, MD, FASGE, and Colleen Schmitt, MD, FACG, FASGE, discuss ways to grow your GI practice and make it stand out from the crowd in this DDW Daily News video exclusive. The duo will moderate Tuesday’s ASGE Clinical Symposium Distinguishing Yourself in Practice: Simple Tricks for Your Practice.

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Treatment strategies for rectal cancer continue to evolve

Rectal cancer requires a multidisciplinary care team because it is such a complex disease, according to Evie H. Carchman, MD, a member of the SSAT Research Committee. In this DDW Daily News video exclusive, Dr. Carchman discusses variables affecting patient care, several ongoing treatment debates and future treatment directions for rectal cancer.

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AGA continues to ‘push the envelope,’ president says

During Monday’s AGA Presidential Plenary, AGA President Sheila E. Crowe, MD, AGAF, said AGA is boosting its continuing efforts to advance GI research, clinical care and clinical practice. She addressed the association’s efforts in maintenance of certification reform, improvements to the Medicare Quality Payments program and the AGA Foundation’s fundraising efforts.

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Panel examines evolving strategies for treating, eliminating HCV

The AASLD Clinical Symposium HCV Treatment: Gastroenterologists Role in Eradicating HCV featured a panel of experts who discussed strategies to maximize the number of individuals who are treated for chronic HCV. “Despite recommendations and, in some states, mandates, we are falling behind on HCV screening,” said Robert S. Brown Jr., MD, MPH, AGAF.

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Claim CME credits on-site

DDW® 2018 offers attendees the chance to earn up to 32.75 continuing medical education (CME) credits by participating in designated sessions. Track CME hours through the DDW Mobile App, claim them at a CME kiosk or go to www.ddw.org/cme.

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A successful career starts with taking charge

Successful careers are made by individuals who take charge and build their own success. That was the key message in Strategies for a Successful Career: Wellness, Empowerment, Leadership and Resilience on Monday.

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Nine countries will vie for gold at World Cup of Endoscopy

Tuesday’s eighth annual ASGE World Cup of Endoscopy features nine of the best endoscopic videos from around the globe. After surviving a rigorous review process to make it to DDW®, the videos will be scored by a panel of international judges to see which three will take home gold, silver and bronze medals for their respective countries.

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ASGE Speaker Spotlight: Sachin Wani, MD, FASGE

Sachin Wani, MD, FASGE, will present “Most Advanced Endoscopy Trainees (AETS) Meet Quality Indicator (QI) Thresholds in the First Year of Independent Practice: The Rapid Assessment of Trainee Endoscopy Skills (RATES2) Study” during Tuesday’s ASGE Topic Forum Quality Improvement for Trainees and Colonoscopy.

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DDW On Demand is free to all attendees

DDW® attendees unable to attend every session on their wish list can access nearly 500 hours of non-ticketed course presentations through DDW’s online-only digital library, DDW On Demand. Register at watch.ondemand.org/ddwlogin to get started.

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Is an HCV cure rate of 100 percent realistic?

Although antiviral therapy has led to a cure rate of more than 90 percent of hepatitis C virus (HCV) cases, David E. Bernstein, MD, FAASLD, thinks more can be done to increase the cure rate. In this DDW Daily News video exclusive, Dr. Bernstein discusses several obstacles preventing patients’ access to curative therapies. He also addresses the benefits of HCV therapy and whether it’s possible to eradicate HCV and achieve 100 percent cure rate.

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Experts review challenges in chronic pancreatitis pain management

Suresh Chari, MD, examined the medical and nutritional therapies for pain management in an ASGE Clinical Symposium on Sunday morning. “Pain is processed in some of the same areas of the brain as thoughts and emotions — structural damage or inflammation are not essential to experience pain,” Dr. Chari said.

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Sights to see in Washington, D.C.

Whether you have an evening free after DDW® sessions or you’re staying a couple extra days after the meeting, Washington, D.C., offers a variety of activities and capital sights to see this spring.

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Gastroenterologists can help combat opioid abuse

Gastroenterologists can play an important role in the opioid epidemic, according to Eva Szigethy, MD, PhD. She weighs in on how GIs can help their patients as she previews Monday’s AGA Clinical Symposium Impact of America’s Opioid Epidemic on the Practice of Gastroenterology.

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DDW Council Chair Grace H. Elta, MD, AGAF, FASGE, discusses four notable abstracts from DDW 2018

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