ASGE Announces New Courses, Opening of GI Training Center

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OAK BROOK, Ill.―The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) today announced new courses for 2013, and the upcoming opening of ASGE’s $20 million, 42,000 square foot, state-of-the-art training center and world headquarters. The new ASGE Institute for Training and Technology (IT&T) will use cutting-edge technologies to foster the development, training and adoption of new techniques in order to improve physician performance and advance patient care. The IT&T will open in August 2013 in Downers Grove, Ill.

In addition to the new training facility, ASGE is introducing new courses for 2013.

AGA/ASGE Clinical Congress of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, will be held Jan. 17–19 at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, Calif. AGA and ASGE have partnered on a new Clinical Congress of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, “Best Clinical Practices: 2013." Led by Congress Director David A. Lieberman, MD, AGAF, FASGE, and Co-Directors Gary W. Falk, MD, MS, FASGE and John A. Martin, MD, FASGE, this program is designed to reflect both organizations’ long-standing expertise within the GI community.

New to this year’s Congress are two ASGE hands-on sessions: “Upper GI endoscopy: Esophagus and gastric therapies," and “Lower GI endoscopy: Colonic and intestinal therapies." Practitioners will guide attendees through managing both technical as well as cognitive challenges faced during endoscopic practice. The hands-on sessions will be held on the afternoon of Thursday, Jan. 17, followed by the main Congress on Jan. 18 and 19.  For more information or to register, visit http://www.gilearn.org/clinicalcongress.

Endoscopic Resection Techniques: Practice of EMR & ESD — Increasing Safety & Confidence, will be offered March 1–2, at the ASGE Institute for Training and Technology (IT&T), Oak Brook, Ill. With endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) and endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) being two of the biggest advances in endoscopic therapy during the past 10 years, course directors Michael B. Wallace, MD, MPH, FASGE and Vanessa M. Shami, MD, FASGE, have put together this course to show how to approach these techniques safely and with confidence.

Small Bowel Summit with Capsule Endoscopy will be held March 15–16 at ASGE’s hands-on training center in Oak Brook, Ill. Course directors Gary R. Lichtenstein, MD and Elizabeth Rajan, MD, FASGE, have designed a two-day summit to address all clinical aspects of small bowel disease management as it pertains to endoscopy. Participants interested in furthering their capsule endoscopy skills may choose to sign up for the Capsule Endoscopy Users course on the Friday prior the summit. Intensive case discussions will help participants further their skills in the diagnosis and management of obscure GI bleeding, Crohn’s disease and other clinically relevant disorders of the small bowel, with the use of capsule endoscopy.

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