AGA Highlights

AGA Spring Postgraduate Course

Best Practices at the Bedside: Critical Thinking for Common Conditions

Saturday, May 3, 2014, 8:15 a.m.–5:30 p.m. & Sunday, May 4, 2014, 8:30 a.m.–12:35 p.m.
Course Director: David Rubin, MD, AGAF
Co-Directors: Bruce Bacon, MD, AGAF and Grace Elta, MD, FASGE

Learn from the foremost experts on GI and hepatology and exercise your mind on the latest information in practical use for the clinician at the bedside of the patient. Optional clinical challenge sessions and lunch breakout sessions allow you to delve deeper into 14 clinical topics and give you the opportunity to work in small groups.

This critical thinking course gives you the opportunity to reevaluate your approaches to common conditions. Topics range from functional bowel disorders to esophagus and upper GI conditions, and IBD.

Course Highlights:

  • General sessions explore common causes and current treatment options for a variety of common conditions.
  • Focused, small-group sessions provide direct access to internationally-renowned faculty.
  • You will receive 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.
  • Earn up to 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.™

For complete course details, please visit the AGA website at

Registration Fees

Category Fee
AGA Member $480
AGA Member Trainee $220
AGA Senior Member
AGA Mid Level Provider $320
Nonmember $630
Nonmember Trainee $320
Nonmember Mid Level Provider

AGA Trainee and Young GI Track

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

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

Saturday, May 3, 2014, 5:45–7:15 p.m.

Meet your peers, and more established colleagues who serve as mentors, while enjoying refreshments. Please RSVP by April 18 to attend.

Trainee and Young GI Reception

Sunday, May 4, 2014, 7–9 p.m.

Join AGA and your fellow colleagues at the ROOF on theWit in Chicago, IL for a night of networking, music and refreshments. Please RSVP by April 18 to attend.

Board Review Session

Monday, May 5, 2014, 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Session Chairs: Arthur J. DeCross, MD, AGAF; Carl A. Berg, MD; Anil B. Nagar, MD

This session, designed around content from DDSEP® 7, serves 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. Discount coupons for DDSEP 7 will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Career and Professional Related Issues

Monday, May 5, 2014, 12:30–2 p.m.
Session Chairs: Brijen Shah, MD, and Rotonya Carr, MD

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

Free lunch is included, but quantities are limited. Boxed lunches are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Preparing Yourself for Life After Fellowship

Monday, May 5, 2014, 2–3:30 p.m.

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

Complimentary coffee and tea will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

Monday, May 5, 2014, 4–5:30 p.m.

Attendees will be 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). A summary of changes regarding the NAS and how it relates directly to fellows and faculty will be presented.

Focused Clinical Updates and Focused Research Roundtables

Sunday, May 4, 2014, and Monday, May 5, 2014, 6:30–7:45 a.m.
Session Fee: $60 per session

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

Topics include:

  • 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

Monday, May 5, 2014, and Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 12:30–1:45 p.m.
Session Fee: $70 per session
Location: Hyatt Regency McCormick Place

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 include:

  • 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 will highlight the most novel and innovative studies at DDW.

ASGE/AGA Presidential Plenary

Sunday, May 4, 2014, 1:30–5 p.m.

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

Both societies have scheduled their postgraduate courses and other DDW programming around this session to help attendees stay up-to-date with the latest research without missing other educational opportunities.

Basic Science Plenary

Sunday, May 4, 2014, 10–11:30 a.m.

Distinguished Abstract Plenaries

Saturday, May 3Monday, May 5, 2014, TBD

Late-Breaking Abstract Lectures

Basic Science
Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 8–9:30 a.m.

Clinical Science
Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 10–11:30 a.m.

These sessions feature the most up-to-date research, submitted and reviewed just prior to the meeting.

AGA Academy of Educators Plenary Session

Physician Competencies and Milestones Across the Continuum

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 8–9:30 a.m.

At this special session for educators, participants will discuss the shift to a competency-based model of medical training; learn to apply competency-based education to practice settings; share creative methods of teaching gastroenterology concepts; and receive an update on GI competency milestones. Presentations will be followed by roundtable discussions led by faculty, and breakfast will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Learn more about the Academy of Educators.

AGA Section Education and Networking Exchange

Saturday, May 3, 2014, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Location: McCormick Place, Grand Concourse Lobby

  • 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.

Cochrane Symposium: Old Dogs, New Tricks: What Can Cochrane Reviews Tell Us About New Applications for Traditional Agents?

Sunday, May 4, 2014, 10–11:30 a.m.

Emmet B. Keeffe Symposium: Update on Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 8–9:30 a.m.

Funderburg Symposium: New Models for Understanding Gastric Cancer

Sunday, May 4, 2014, 2–3:30 p.m.

Morton I. Grossman Lectureship: Gastrointestinal Stem Cells and Epithelial Cell Homeostasis

Monday, May 5, 2014, 2–3:30 p.m.

Rodger C. Haggitt Gastrointestinal Pathology Society Session: Problems With Large Intestine Polyps

Sunday, May 4, 2014, 10–11:30 a.m.

The Dr. Charles S. Lieber Lecture: New Insights Into Fatty Liver Disease: From Genetics to Microbiome

Sunday, May 4, 2014, 2–3 p.m.

MOC Now and Tomorrow: Meeting the New MOC Requirements

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 10–11:30 a.m.
Sponsored by the AGA Institute Education and Training Committee

Starting in January 2014, requirements for the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program have changed. Physicians should attend this session to learn how the changes to MOC affect their certification. Presenters will review ABIM updates and requirements, and help attendees understand how to integrate practice improvement modules and quality improvement into everyday practice. Attendees will also hear about the resources AGA offers to help complete MOC requirements.

21st Century Patient-Provider Communication

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 10–11:30 a.m.
Moderator: Ashish Atreja, MD, MPH

Presentations include:

  • 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

Sunday, May 4, 2014, and Monday, May 5, 2014, 12:30–2 p.m.
Session Fee: $60 per session

Topics include:

  • 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)