Frequently Asked Questions



Future DDWs

Where and when will DDW 2016 be held?

Digestive Disease Week 2016
May 21–24
Exhibit Dates: May 22–24
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, CA

Registration and housing will open in January 2016.

Where and when will DDW 2017 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 2017 dates and location when we publish our 2017 meeting promotional materials in April 2016.

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How much does it cost to register?

Registration fees vary. Fees for the 2016 meeting will be posted in the fall of 2015.

What is included in the registration fee?

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 will open in January 2016. There is no registration deadline, but if you register ahead of time during the early bird window, 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 will open in January 2016. The link will be provided on the DDW website and the registration confirmations. 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?

Abstracts for DDW 2016 will be accepted online starting on Oct. 22, 2015.

How do I submit an abstract?

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

Where are abstracts?

Abstracts for DDW 2015 are available to view via the Online Planner.

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 2015 by using the form found on the CME page.

You may claim CME for DDW 2014 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 2015, 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 2016 for your visa application, you must first register for the meeting. Registration opens in January 2016. Please visit the International Attendees page for more information that may be helpful.

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