More than 15,000 GI professionals gathered in San Diego, CA, for Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2016. Of course, it’s never too early to start thinking ahead to DDW 2017, which will be held May 6-9 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, one of the meeting’s most popular host cities.
Hepatitis C (HCV) therapy has never been better. The latest data show sustained viral response rates (SVR) of 96 percent across the general population, while tweaks to existing regimens and new agents promise to bring SVRs closer to 100 percent. A panel of experts discussed the prospects for new HCV treatments during an AASLD symposium at DDW 2016.
A shift has occurred in the treatment costs of inflammatory bowel disease and other GI conditions. Historically, the highest costs associated with treatment were related to hospitalizations. Today, much of the cost can be attributed to the increased expense of prescription drugs, said Akbar K. Waljee, MD, one of four speakers to discuss the cost and cost-effectiveness of various GI drugs during an AGA symposium at DDW 2016.
ASGE and the ASGE Foundation honored several outstanding gastroenterologists who have contributed to the advancement of GI endoscopy during the 12th Annual Crystal Awards Dinner on Sunday, May 22, at the U.S. Grant Hotel in San Diego. M. Brian Fennerty, MD, FASGE, received the Rudolf V. Schindler Award, ASGE’s top honor.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was intended to improve access to health coverage and the way care is delivered and paid for in the U.S. President Obama’s signature legislation has already driven the uninsured rate below 10 percent, but changes in care delivery and payment are just beginning.
As the millennial generation enters the GI profession, its 20-somethings bring with them a unique set of characteristics that will drive new paradigms in medical training and education, and impact the workplace, according to Suzanne Rose, MD, MSEd, who participated in an AGA panel discussion about millennial GIs at Digestive Disease Week® 2016.
Master endoscopists will come together for the ASGE Postgraduate Course at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2017 to share tips for perfecting various endoscopic procedures. The two-day course, titled Best Tips/Worst Mistakes: Lessons from the Masters, will take place May 7 and 8, 2017, in Chicago, IL.
Representatives from each of the four participating DDW® societies will summarize the most important findings presented at this year’s meeting during Tuesday’s ‘Best of DDW 2016’ session. The session’s moderators, including DDW Council Treasurer Steven A. Edmundowicz, MD, FASGE, provide a preview of the session.
Half of medical students show signs of burnout by their second year and three-quarters of residents show similar signs, according to SSAT President Selwyn M. Vickers, MD, who discussed strategies for avoiding professional burnout Sunday morning at Digestive Disease Week®.
There will be a new champion in the annual ‘ASGE World Cup of Endoscopy’ this year, which will take place Tuesday. The popular competition features some of the best educational videos submitted to Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2016.