Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) is the largest GI conference and is very useful (not to mention fun!) for trainees of all levels to attend. Learn about the most recent advances in the fields of gastroenterology and hepatology, network with leaders in the field as well as other trainees, and enjoy the lectures to improve your knowledge in GI.

Planning Your Meeting

Download the conference’s mobile app prior to arriving at the conference so that you have enough time to look over relevant and interesting sessions and make a schedule for yourself — otherwise the number of things to do and see can become overwhelming! Make a personal calendar of sessions you absolutely don’t want to miss and make sure to pencil in some time between sessions to stop by the Poster Hall and Exhibit Hall. If you have a particular research or clinical interest in GI, make sure to attend poster sessions on the topic.

Sessions You Don’t Want to Miss

There are a number of AGA programs and sessions to lookout for that are especially targeted to trainees. Register for the AGA Postgraduate Course which will be held on Saturday, May 21, 8:15am to 5:30pm and Sunday, May 22, from 8:35 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. The topic of this year’s course is Cognitive and Technical Skills for the Gastroenterologist which promises to be a very interesting and dynamic program. Trainees can register at a discounted rate so secure your spot early!

In addition, there will be a board review course held on Sunday, May 22 from 1:15 to 5:45 p.m. which is a great opportunity to jumpstart your boards prep. The session which will be designed around content from DDSEP 8 and discount coupons for the new DDSEP 8 will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Round off Sunday evening at the trainee and young GI networking event held from 7 to 9 p.m. and take advantage of a great opportunity to meet fellow trainees.

Several sessions on Monday and Tuesday will be very beneficial for those planning and preparing for their future career. Stop by the lunchtime session entitled Career and Professional-Related Issues to obtain important tips on getting your career started. In addition, on Tuesday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. a roundtable discussion with experts entitled “Surviving the First Years in Clinical Practice” will be held to address important early career questions in all practice settings. Also, consider attending the “Advancing Clinical Practice: GI Fellow-Directed Quality Improvement Projects” to learn about how your colleagues have worked to improve the practice of GI as well as obtain advice on how to get published in top GI journals from editors of Gastroenterology, CGH and CMGH. If you are looking to establish mentorship with a faculty mentor — consider attending the “Mentoring Across the Generations” session on Monday from 4-5:30 p.m. which will focus on how to obtain the most out of mentor/mentee relationships.

DDW Trainee and Young GI Lounge

Stop by the Sails Pavilion (SDCC) and take a break in a new lounge specifically for us! This is a great place to network over a cup of coffee.

Register Today

I look forward to seeing you at DDW 2016! Early bird registration is available until April 6, 2016. Sponsoring society trainee and postdoctoral fellows can register for free until this date.[divide color=”#000000″]

Tatyana Kushner, MD attended college at Cornell University and is a graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York where she also completed her residency in internal medicine. She is currently a third year fellow in gastroenterology at the hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where she is also obtaining a Master’s in Clinical Epidemiology. She will be starting a fellowship in transplant hepatology at UCSF this coming July. Her research interests focus on viral hepatitis and women’s issues within hepatology. She is a member of the AGA Women’s Committee and Trainee and Young GI Committees. She is also a new mom of twin girls!