Frequently Asked Questions



Future DDWs

Where and when will DDW 2017 be held?

Digestive Disease Week 2017
May 6–9
Exhibit Dates: May 7–9
McCormick Place
Chicago, IL

Where and when will DDW 2018 be held?

As is the practice with many other medical meetings, the DDW Council has decided to limit the release of future dates and locations of DDW to one year in advance. We will be announcing the 2018 dates and location when we publish our 2018 meeting promotional materials in April 2017.

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How much does it cost to register?

Registration fees vary. Registration for DDW 2017 will open in January 2017.

What is included in the registration fee?

A DDW portfolio bag, online access to DDW On Demand, admission into the Poster Hall, the Exhibit Hall and most DDW sessions are included in your registration fee. Ticketed sessions — indicated with an icon in the DDW preliminary program — are not included and require an additional fee.

How do I register and what's the deadline?

Registration for DDW 2017 will open in January 2017. There is no registration deadline, but if you register early, you can book a room in your choice of DDW hotels, reserve your seat in popular ticketed sessions and receive a discounted registration fee.

Do I have to register and pay the registration fee if I submitted an abstract?

Yes, all participants must register. Submission of the abstract handling fee does not include registration for DDW.

Can someone register another person?

Yes, as long as they can provide all of the necessary information and payment.

Can I go to only one session?

DDW does not sell registrations for portions of the meeting. Anyone interested in attending one talk will have to register for the entire meeting.

Can my spouse attend DDW scientific sessions with me?

Spouses and guests are welcome at DDW. A guest is a nonmember, non-physician person accompanying a DDW registrant. Guests must have DDW badges and may only attend sessions at which their DDW registrant is presenting. They may also enter the poster and exhibit halls. Each attendee is limited to two guests, and the registration fee per guest is $45. There will be a special hospitality lounge located at one of the official DDW hotels, and exciting tours of the host city can be recommended by a staff person at the Restaurant Reservations desk on site. 

Can I bring my child to DDW?

Please note that DDW is a professional medical meeting. In order to maintain this environment, children under the age of 12 are NOT permitted to attend DDW scientific sessions or Postgraduate Courses. No exceptions will be made. Children age 12 and older must be accompanied by an adult and must be registered for DDW as a guest in order to attend a session. Children age six months to 12 years old are NOT permitted in the exhibit hall. Infants under the age of six months are permitted in the hall if they are in a front/back child carrier. Strollers are NOT permitted in the exhibit hall.

Can I register on site?

Yes, however we encourage you to register in advance, particularly for ticketed sessions, which may sell out. By registering in advance, you can also avoid standing in line on site. If you register before April 25, your badge and meeting credentials will be mailed to you in advance of the meeting so that you can go directly to sessions.

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Housing & Travel

How do I make hotel reservations?

Housing for DDW 2017 will open in January 2017. The link will be provided on the DDW website and the registration confirmation email. Registration is not required to make your hotel arrangements.

Can I make my own hotel and travel arrangements without going through DDW Housing?

You must make hotel reservations through DDW, as hotels cannot accept individual reservations.

What if I need to change or cancel my hotel reservations?

Your hotel's cancellation policy will be printed on the confirmation you receive from DDW's housing partner. If you do not cancel your reservation before the hotel's deadline, you will forfeit your deposit. If you fail to arrive at the hotel on your confirmed arrival date, you will forfeit your deposit and your reservation will be cancelled.

How do I get around San Diego without renting a car?

Many of the official DDW hotels will have shuttle service to and from the convention center. Additionally, San Diego has several transportation options. Visit DDW's Travel Arrangements web page for more information.

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When will the abstract submission period open?

The abstract submission site for DDW 2016 is now closed. Abstracts submissions for the 2017 meeting will be accepted starting in the fall.

How do I submit an abstract?

Miss your chance to submit an abstract for DDW 2016? View the full 2016 Abstract Submission Guidelines, a step-by-step guide and tutorial video, so you're prepared to submit for DDW 2017.

Where are abstracts?

Abstracts selected for presentation by AASLD, AGA, and SSAT are published online in a supplement to Gastroenterology. Abstracts selected for presentation by ASGE are published online in a supplement to GIE: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Abstracts selected for presentation at DDW are also available with the DDW Mobile App.

ePosters and poster abstracts from DDW 2015 and previous years are available at the DDW ePosters archive.

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CME/Certificate of Attendance

Is CME credit available? What about a certificate of attendance?

CME is available for most DDW sessions. Sessions that do not offer CME credit were indicated in the DDW Agenda Book, distributed on site. You can request a certificate of attendance or claim CME for DDW 2016 by using the form found on the CME page.

You may claim CME for DDW 2015 and earlier years by completing the CME Request Form.

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Other Questions

How many people attend DDW?

Approximately 15,000 GI professionals attended DDW 2016, plus an additional 2,000 to 3,000 exhibitors.

How can I get a letter of invitation?

To request an invitation letter from Digestive Disease Week 2017 for your visa application, you must first register for the meeting. Registration opens in January 2017. Please visit the International Attendees page for more information that may be helpful.

Play to Win Game Rules

Scan each QR code you find to collect points and add to your score. Each activity has a listed point value that is automatically added to your total score once scanned. Collect all the points and the first player with the most points at the each day will win an Apple® Watch. The first player most points at the end of the event wins complementary DDW 2017 registration with four nights hotel stay. Winners announced at the DDW Theater in Hall A at 3:45pm. Must be present to win. Game starts Sunday and ends Tuesday. Exhibitors, guests and spouses are not eligible to participate. Game uses internet so use the Wi-Fi Network DDW2016.

    • Visit Practical Gastroenterology at Booth 3766(50)
    • Visit EndoSoft, LLC at Booth 543 (50)
    • Visit Applied Proteomics Booth 3052 (50)
    • Visit RegionalCare Booth 903 (50)
    • Visit Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals, Inc. at Booth 1011 (50)
    • Visit US Endoscopy at Booth 1342 (50)
    • Visit Shire at Booth 3443 (50)
    • Visit Braintree Laboratories, Inc. at Booth 835 (50)
    • Visit Prometheus Laboratories at Booth 2943 (50)
    • Visit Hayes Locums at Booth 543 (50)
    • Relax at the Recharge Lounge in Hall D, Aisle 3600 (30)
    • Have a Patient Education Poster made at Booth 1410 (30)
    • Enjoy Lunch at BistroDDW in Hall G (10)
    • Visit the AGA Booth at 3243 (15)
    • Peruse the ASGE Store in Hall D Lobby (15)
    • Visit AASLD at Booth 3717 (15)
    • Visit SSAT Membership Desk in Hall C Lobby (15)
    • Visit the Industry Showcase in Hall D Lobby (30)
    • Learn something at DDW TechConnect in Hall D Lobby (25)
    • Stop by the Trainee and Young GI Lounge in the Sails Pavilion (25)
    • Attend a Product Theater in Hall A (30)
    • Learn about upcoming events at Symposia Central in the Ballroom 6 Lobby (10)
    • Attend a session in Room 30 (10)
    • Visit the Career Center in the Sails Pavilion (10)
    • Browse the Posters in Hall C (10)