At Monday’s ASGE Annual Postgraduate Course, attendees will learn the latest developments in GI endoscopy while interacting with internationally renowned faculty. And for the first time at DDW®, course participants can earn 11 American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) points by attending the course and completing the online self-assessment module.


Brian C. Jacobson, MD, MPH, FASGE

“Endoscopists have access to new equipment that they may not have implemented in their practice, some of which is very straightforward. We hope that this course helps to demystify some of these new endoscopic techniques that have been found to be so helpful in treating patients,” said Brian C. Jacobson, MD, MPH, FASGE, who is co-course director along with Brenna W. Casey, MD, FASGE, and Grace H. Elta, MD, FASGE.

More than 30 endoscopy experts will serve as faculty for the all-day course, which is titled Best Endoscopic Practices 2015: Understanding the Evidence and Enhancing Your Skills. Each of the course’s four clinical sessions —Esophagus, Gastroduodenal and Small Bowel, Colonoscopy, and Pancreatic and Biliary Disorders — features four lectures followed by case-based discussions.
“We think material will be presented at a pace that keeps people interested while also having fun watching some of the noted experts in the field squirm a little when asked to think out loud,” said Dr. Jacobson, associate professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine.

The course will begin with the Basil I. Hirschowitz Lecture, in which ASGE President Colleen M. Schmitt, MD, MHS, FASGE, will discuss the economics of a modern endoscopic practice and look at the day-to-day business of gastroenterology in the current climate of health-care reform.

At lunchtime, attendees can choose from 10 breakout sessions that cover topics such as quality improvement, medical/legal issues, management of large polyps and management of varices. The breakout sessions feature experts from each field presenting in a more casual environment.

“The luncheon sessions will be less didactic than the lectures, with audience interaction encouraged and the opportunity for attendees to bring up some of their complicated cases if they would like help, or would like to comment on how they handle things in their own practices,” Dr. Jacobson said.

The course will continue with a series of afternoon lectures, concluding with the Scott Zarrow Memorial Lecture. The lecture will be presented by one of the nation’s leading experts in IBD, Francis A. Farraye, MD, FASGE, who will discuss how to perform a surveillance colonoscopy in IBD cases.

A separate registration fee, which includes syllabus, continental breakfast and lunch, is required to attend the postgraduate course. For complete details, visit or stop by the ASGE Learning Center or ASGE Resource Center in the Washington Convention Center.

Please refer to the schedule-at-a-glance in Monday’s issue for time and location of this and other DDW events.