AGA Highlights

Richard M. Peek, MD, AGAF, AGA Institute Council Chair, spoke to DDW TV outlining the highlights of this year’s AGA program at DDW 2014. View the information below for additional information and videos of 2014 AGA programming.

AGA Spring Postgraduate Course

Best Practices at the Bedside: Critical Thinking for Common Conditions

Course Director: David Rubin, MD, AGAF
Co-Directors: Bruce Bacon, MD, AGAF and Grace Elta, MD, FASGE

The foremost experts on GI and hepatology presented latest information in practical use for the clinician at the bedside of the patient. Optional clinical challenge sessions and lunch breakout sessions allowed particpants to delve deeper into 14 clinical topics and have the opportunity to work in small groups.

This critical thinking course gave attendees the opportunity to reevaluate their approaches to common conditions. Topics ranged from functional bowel disorders to esophagus and upper GI conditions, and IBD.

Grace Elta, MD, AGAF, FASGE, incoming DDW council chair, gave an overview of the 2014 AGA Spring Postgraduate Course to DDW TV. Watch video.

Course Highlights:

  • General sessions explored common causes and current treatment options for a variety of common conditions.
  • Focused, small-group sessions provided direct access to internationally-renowned faculty.
  • Attendees received a syllabus containing detailed summaries of all sessions that can be used as a permanent reference tool after the course. Choose a printed copy or a flash drive. Additional copies available for purchase.
  • Attendees earned up to 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and 11 MOC points.

AGA Trainee and Young GI Track

These sessions were specifically designed to meet the unique needs of physicians who are new to the field. Participants learned about all aspects of starting a career in clinical practice or research; had the opportunity to network with mentors and peers and reviewed board material.

Mentor and Advisor Program: Reception for Trainees/Young GIs – An Evening with AGA Mentors

Trainee and Young GI Reception

Board Review Session

Session Chairs: Arthur J. DeCross, MD, AGAF; Carl A. Berg, MD; Anil B. Nagar, MD

This session, designed around content from DDSEP® 7, served as a primer for third-year fellows preparing for the board exam as well as a review course for others wanting to test their knowledge. DDSEP 7 discount coupons were offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Career and Professional Related Issues

Session Chairs: Brijen Shah, MD, and Rotonya Carr, MD

Attendees received advice on common career issues such as choosing a practice type and location, developing a CV, interviewing, negotiating contracts and maintaining work-life balance.

Preparing Yourself for Life After Fellowship

Monday, May 5, 2014, 2–3:30 p.m.

Attendees were provided with information on measures that ensure successful transition from fellowship to a career in gastroenterology. A designated portion of the session illustrated the importance of career opportunities within fellowship training as well as the benefits (short and long term) gained from mentor-mentee relationships.

The Next Accreditation System (NAS) and Milestones: Advice for Fellows and Faculty

Attendees were provided with pertinent information on milestones and how they relate to GI fellowship training, as well as new requirements associated with the Next Accreditation System (NAS). In addition, a summary of changes regarding the NAS and how it relates directly to fellows and faculty was presented.

Focused Clinical Updates and Focused Research Roundtables

These sessions were designed to help you choose the “must-see” clinical research and basic science abstracts accepted by AGA for presentation at DDW.

Topics included:

  • NSAIDs: Risk and Prophylaxis (FC01)
  • Functional Dyspepsia (FC02)
  • Antibiotic-Resistant H. pylori Infection: What to Do When Standard Therapy Fails (FC03)
  • Upper GI Bleeding (FC04)
  • Emerging Therapies in IBD (FC05)
  • How to Manage the Autistic Child With Gastrointestinal Disorders (FC06)
  • Difficult Diarrheas (FC07)
  • Chronic Pancreatitis (FC08)
  • Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (FC09)
  • New Insights in Immune Mechanisms of IBD (FR01)

Problem-Based Learning Luncheons

During these small-group sessions, an expert facilitator led registrants in a discussion of real-life case presentations. The group identified relevant facts, hypotheses and learning agenda items and then resolved the problem put forth in the case presentation.

Session titles included:

  • Tough Decisions in Managing Crohn’s Disease in Adolescents (LL01)
  • Diagnostic and Management Tools for the Constipated Patient (LL02)
  • Controversies in the Diagnosis and Management of Colorectal Neoplasia in Patients With Inflammatory Bowel Disease (LL03)
  • Cystic Neoplasms of The Pancreas: What Do I Really Need to Know? (LL04)
  • Optimizing the Care of Crohn’s Disease Patients: What to Do When Medications are Not Working (LL05)
  • Choledochal Cysts: Complex Diagnostic and Management Problems in the Adult Patient (LL06)
  • “Help! Why Do I Have So Much Gas?” Are There Any Magic Pills or Remedies for Irritable Bowel Syndrome? (LL07)
  • Acute Pancreatitis: Fighting the War and Minimizing Collateral Damage (LL08)
  • Bringing the 18-Year-Old with IBD from Pediatric to Adult Care — How Both Sides Can Ease the Transition (LL09)
  • Pancreatic “Mass Querader” (LL10)

Plenary Sessions

Plenary sessions highlighted the most novel and innovative studies presented at DDW.

ASGE/AGA Presidential Plenary

ASGE and AGA presented the most novel and innovative research in gastroenterology and GI endoscopy at this collaborative session. The plenary featured clinical abstracts and invited speakers.

DDW TV conducted a joint interview with AGA President Anil Rustgi, MD, AGAF, and ASGE President Kenneth Wang, MD, FASGE, about the second annual ASGE/AGA Joint Presidential Plenary Session at DDW 2014. Watch video.

AGA Academy of Educators Plenary Session

Physician Competencies and Milestones Across the Continuum

At this special session for educators, participants discussed the shift to a competency-based model of medical training; learned to apply competency-based education to practice settings; shared creative methods of teaching gastroenterology concepts; and received an update on GI competency milestones. Presentations were followed by roundtable discussions led by faculty.

Learn more about the Academy of Educators.

AGA Section Education and Networking Exchange

  • Interact with section members and leaders.
  • Learn about section events and plans for the future.
  • View top posters from each section and discuss with the authors.

Abstract Funding Sources

View a listing of the sources of funding for abstracts accepted by the AGA Institute for programming at DDW 2014.

MOC Now and Tomorrow: Meeting the New MOC Requirements

Sponsored by the AGA Institute Education and Training Committee

As of January 2014, requirements for the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program have changed. Physicians attended this session to learn how the changes to MOC affected their certification. Presenters reviewed ABIM updates and requirements, and helped attendees understand how to integrate practice improvement modules and quality improvement into everyday practice. Attendees also heard about the resources AGA offers to help complete MOC requirements.

21st Century Patient-Provider Communication

Moderator: Ashish Atreja, MD, MPH (listen to his podcast on the DDW Blog)

Presentations included:

  • Communication With the Patient in the Era of EHR.
  • Electronic Communication via Email and Patient Portals.
  • Patient Engagement Through Apps and Social Media.

Curbside Consultants

Topics included:

  • Does This Patient Really Have Celiac Disease? (CC01)
  • Enteral Feeding in Acute Pancreatitis: To Whom, When & How? (CC02)
  • Difficult Abdominal Pain (CC03)
  • Diagnosis & Management of Multiple Food Allergies (CC04)