Thank you for agreeing to moderate a session at Digestive Disease Week 2016. Your responsibilities prior to and during your session are outlined below.

Moderator Checklist

DDW Registration

Moderators are not automatically registered for DDW Scientific Sessions or housing (unless noted otherwise in your invitation). All moderators (members and non-members) must register for DDW 2016 and pay the appropriate registration fees. Register now!

Additionally, moderators must secure their own housing and travel arrangements (unless noted otherwise in your invitation).

Review Your DDW Session Details and Invitations

Log into the speaker management system to review specific details regarding your invitations for sessions at the San Diego Convention Center. 

Conflicts of Interest

As providers of CME credit, the DDW sponsoring societies are required to identify and resolve potential conflicts of interest (COI) for all sessions in advance of an educational activity. The potential for a conflict exists when the presenter has a financial relationship with a commercial company relevant to the content they are presenting. As the session moderator, it is your responsibility to review the disclosures of your presenters and resolve any potential conflicts in one of the following ways:

  • Review the financial relationships and determine that they are not relevant to the content of the session.
  • Review the presentation or presentation content to ensure that the content is not commercially biased, and all conclusions are supported by cited evidence.
  • Determine that faculty will not be presenting any clinical recommendations relevant to their financial relationships.
  • Recommend a change in faculty if the conflict cannot be resolved.

You will receive instructions by email to review potential conflicts of interest if a speaker in the session you are scheduled to moderate has indicated that he or she has a relevant disclosure.

Prepare for DDW

Presentation Slides

Moderators can access the DDW presentation upload site to submit slides and review presentation slides submitted by speakers in their session. Presenter slides will only be available for viewing at the site if presenters submit them in advance of the meeting. Please note that most speakers wait to finalize and submit their slides until close to start of the meeting or onsite at DDW at Speaker Headquarters. Contact for assistance logging into the presentation upload site.


Moderators of abstract-based sessions will have access to full-text abstracts prior to DDW. Moderators will receive email from in late April that will contain a link to abstracts featured in their sessions.

Moderate at DDW

Moderator Responsibilities

Your role as moderator is key to the success of your session. Responsibilities of a moderator are as follows:

  • During presentations, ensure presenters with potential conflicts of interest adhere to the best available evidence. The potential for a conflict exists when involvement with a commercial interest includes one or more of the following: salary, royalty, research support, consulting fee, etc.
  • Remind audience members that the use of recording devices such as video recorders, cameras, cell phones, etc. is strictly prohibited during the session.
  • Encourage attendees to move to the front of the room if there are empty seats there and the session is filling up.
  • Be familiar with DDW's Presentation Management System, including the A/V operation of the session's walk-in slides and presentations.
  • Ensure that all presenters adhere to their allocated times so that Q&A reserved for attendees is preserved.
  • Prepare to ask questions of the presenters to stimulate discussion if attendee questions are sparse.

Speaker Headquarters

San Diego Convention Center
Room 23
Friday, May 20: Noon–8 p.m.
Saturday, May 21 to Tuesday, May 24: 6:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Moderators who will be using their own slides during their sessions should visit the Speaker Headquarters at least 24 hours in advance of their sessions to obtain a moderator ribbon, upload slides or review slides already submitted via the DDW presentation upload website. Technicians will be available to answer questions about the equipment and ensure that all slides are properly formatted.

During Your Session

Please arrive at your meeting room 15 minutes before your session begins. DDW staff will be available at the start of the session to answer any questions or provide technical support.

When you enter the room and view the room computer screen, you will see listing of all scheduled presentations for your session. Presenters will be able to access their presentations by clicking on their names. After a speaker has reached the end of his presentation, the display will return to the full list of presenters.

If you have any difficulties or experience technical problems during your session, click the REQUEST ASSISTANCE button (denoted by a red flag) and a technician will immediately be sent to your room.

Please contact if you have any questions about your session.