Participants in this year’s ASGE Annual Postgraduate Course at DDW® can earn 11 American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) points.

This is the first time the postgraduate course has offered MOC credit, according to Brian C. Jacobson, MD, MPH, FASGE, who is course co-director along with Brenna W. Casey, MD, FASGE, and Grace H. Elta, MD, AGAF, FASGE. Once attendees finish the all-day Best Endoscopic Practices 2015: Understanding the Evidence and Enhancing Your Skills on Monday, May 18, they can go online and answer multiple-choice questions for credit toward recertification in gastroenterology.

“The course directors thought [MOC credit] was the sort of thing that would help make the lives of the attendees a little bit easier,” said Dr. Jacobson, associate professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, MA. “People have been finding it tough to comply with some of the MOC requirements, so we thought this would be a nice way to help accomplish that.”

Dr. Jacobson said the postgraduate course will appeal to veteran endoscopists and any physicians who perform endoscopies, as well as fellows and endoscopists new to practice who can cement concepts learned during training. Endoscopic nurses would also benefit from the course, as would anybody preparing for recertification in gastroenterology, he added.

“The pace of change in clinical practice these days is remarkable, with more and more high-quality research studies being conducted that change the way we practice endoscopy,” Dr. Jacobson said. “The course directors see this course as a nice opportunity for people to become acquainted with the latest evidence and guidelines that will impact the way they practice everyday endoscopy.”

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.

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 select from 10 breakout sessions that cover topics such as endoscopic quality improvement, medical/legal issues in endoscopy, 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 interaction with the audience 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 postgraduate course will conclude with the Scott Zarrow Memorial Lecture, featuring one of the nation’s experts in IBD, Francis A. Farraye, MD, FASGE, who will discuss how to perform a surveillance colonoscopy in IBD cases.

“We have numerous case discussions that will be based on real cases and will put our expert faculty in the hot seat as they are forced to think out loud for the audience in terms of how they approach certain clinical problems,” Dr. Jacobson said.

To register for the 2015 ASGE Annual Postgraduate Course, use the DDW registration form or register online at Registration fee includes syllabus, continental breakfast and lunch.