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ASGE Endorsed Activities

As you partner in endoscopy, ASGE provides endorsement for both domestic and international educational activities that meet certain requirements. Attaining ASGE endorsement is a process involving the submission of certain materials to ASGE and an understanding of the conditions under which ASGE agrees to provide endorsement.  ASGE carefully reviews all submitted materials and endorses the educational activities that meet the specific requirements. ASGE offers endorsement for educational activities and enduring materials.

Effective immediately, domestic endorsement application will be charged $4,500.

 Submit all completed application(s) to:

13th Annual Rocky Mountain Interventional Endoscopy Course 
February 17-19, 2016 at

We have an internationally recognized endoscopy lab at the University of Colorado Hospital including five interventional endoscopy suites fully equipped with ERCP/EUS/Cholangioscopy capabilities.  Education at the regional and national level has become a niche for our medical campus. To enhance the experience for the hands-on stations, workshops will take place in the GI endoscopy unit. The conference will be held in the 600-seat auditorium on campus.

Several highlights include the 5th Annual Yang K. Chen memorial lectureship that will be presented by Professor Paul Fockens, Chief of Digestive Diseases at Amsterdam Medical Center. Professor Fockens is also our co-course director and his state-of-the-art lecture will be on “Innovations in Interventional Endoscopy: The European Perspective” which will prove to be a remarkable and innovative discussion. As in years past, we have a world class faculty that includes leaders within the ASGE and physicians from some of the highest regarded endoscopy units in the country. A specific focus of this program will be the next generation of endoscopic technology and instrumentation, as well as, the varied techniques used by experts in the field. We have more recently also attempted to emphasize techniques and devices that are practical for the community practitioner to improve their individual practices. There will be extensive discussion of endoscopic techniques, devices and instruments, live case demonstrations, and 15 hands-on stations. We also will have a fully upgraded high-definition video transmission from three procedure rooms. Once again, this year, we are encouraging “team-based” hands-on station registration and assignments to further enhance and recognize the critical piece of MD/RN or MD/GI Technician collaboration and communication critical for appropriate and safe use of medical devices. University of Colorado Hospital will also offer fluoroscopic equipment during hands-on workshops in ERCP and advanced stenting.

 Mayo Clinic Gastroenterology and Hepatology 2016
 Thursday – Sunday
 February 25-28, 2016 

 Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
 Scottsdale, Arizona   

 Course website:

Course Overview 
Mayo Clinic’s Gastroenterology and Hepatology 2016 is designed to update physicians and other health care providers practicing in gastroenterology and hepatology about new approaches for diagnosis and management of gastrointestinal and liver diseases. Faculty will present data on multiple topics, including inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal neoplasia, general gastroenterology, esophageal, motility, nutrition, pancreaticobiliary disorders, endoscopy and hepatology.  Controversies in diagnosis and management will be analyzed in discussions and concurrent breakout sessions. Complex endoscopy cases and cutting-edge technology will be presented by expert endoscopists in a video forum. 

Highlighting the 2016 course is participation by the Presidents of all four major gastroenterology societies in the United States. Presidents include Mayo Clinic consultants Keith D. Lindor, M.D., Kenneth R. DeVault, M.D., Michael Camilleri, M.D., and Douglas O. Faigel, M.D., of AASLD, ACG, AGA and ASGE, respectively. Attendees will have an opportunity to interact with the Presidents at breakfast and lunch sessions.

To maximize time away from practice and enhance your learning experience, three optional educational activities will be offered: 

The American Board of Internal Medicine Maintenance of Certification Learning Session – 2015 Update in Gastroenterology

Hands-on Endoscopy Workshop offering Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection, EMR Band Technique, Radiofrequency Ablation, Single Balloon Endoscopy, Double Balloon Endoscopy, Hemostasis/New Devices, and Enteral Stents stations

Advanced Practitioner Afternoon Session

Please refer to the course brochure for additional optional educational activity session descriptions and objectives. 

In addition, Mayo Clinic invites you to an open house and tour of its new endoscopic suite located at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. 

Course Director:  Shabana F. Pasha, M.D.
Course Co-Directors:  Frank Lukens, M.D., and William Sanchez, M.D.

Online Registration Now Open!
For more information, contact Mayo School of Continuous Professional Development 

 Phone:  (480) 301-4580 

 The Endoscopy Master Class
 March 4, 2016
 Movenpick Hotel, Dubai, UAE
 Program Director: Dr. Ajit Tharakan, MBBS, MD, DM (Gastro)

Conference Website: TBA

Please contact Dr. Ajit Tharakan for more information:


 Therapeutic Endoscopy Course 2016
 March 4-6, 2016

 The Grand Summit Hotel Park City, Utah 

This course focuses on the role of endoscopy in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of gastrointestinal, biliary and pancreatic disorders. It is designed for gastroenterology practitioners and gastrointestinal endoscopists, GI fellows, and GI mid-level providers. General and pancreaticobiliary surgeons will also benefit. There will also be an additional program directed specifically for GI nurses and technicians. Sessions will center on endoscopic diagnosis, management and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases. Difficult clinical problems and the roles of new techniques will be covered using lectures, video, hands-on demonstrations and live endoscopy. The faculty members are nationally and internationally recognized experts in the field of therapeutic endoscopy. This course combines University of Utah and Brigham and Women's Gastroenterology Faculty and other invited experts in an informal atmosphere that compels strong faculty and attendee interaction.


The 16th Annual Gastroenterology and Hepatology: Viva la Vida on March 8-11, 2016 will provide, through formal lectures, questions and answer sessions, as well as audience interactive systems, including interactive endoscopic cases from The Johns Hopkins Hospital, presentations of various gastrointestinal and liver disorders that will be of interest to practitioners in the field. This year, the conference will focus on common clinical challenges faced by practitioners with a special session on “How To Endoscopy” and “GI Mysteries,” which will focus on tips and tricks by Johns Hopkins experts using endoscopic techniques in challenging cases. Many GI disorders have controversial approaches. A special session on these hot topics will be debated by Johns Hopkins faculty. Course attendees will be updated in a series of symposia to include modern approaches to patients with IBD, fatty liver disease, commonly known as NAFLD, pancreatitis, sphincter dysfunction and hot new and emerging topics including eosinophilic esophagitis, intestinal perforations, submucosal endoscopy and recent advances in Hepatitis C treatment. This activity is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  To register and for further information please visit the website:  

9th Annual Penn Live: GI Endoscopy and Liver Disease 2016
 Friday-Saturday, March 11-12, 2016

Smilow Center for Translational Research at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 

Course Description & Target Audience

This program is designed to demonstrate the application and execution of therapeutic gastrointestinal endoscopy. Using a format of lectures and live cases, our faculty will address challenges and practical solutions in the endoscopic management of digestive disorders including benign and malignant disorders of the esophagus, gastroduodenum, pancreas, bile ducts, and colorectum. Additional topics will include applications of endoluminal resection, radiofrequency ablation, argon plasma coagulation, ERCP, endoscopic ultrasound, polypectomy, and endoprosthetic therapies. The program will also focus the current research and recommendations for managing patients with acute and chronic liver disease, including viral and autoimmune hepatitis, metabolic liver disease, portal hypertensive bleeding, refractory ascites, hepatic encephalopathy, liver transplantation and post liver transplant considerations. 

This conference is designed for Gastroenterologists, Hepatologists, GI Surgeons, GI Radiologists, Gastroenterology Fellows, GI Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Medical Residents and Medical Students.

 For additional information and to register for the conference, please visit  

 Interventional EUS 2016: 5th Mumbai Live EUS Course 
 March 24-26, 2016

The Association of Interventional Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (AIGE), in association with the Asian EUS Group(AEG) will be holding the 5th edition of its annual Mumbai Live EUS Course “Interventional EUS 2016”. The course will be held at Hotel ITC Grand Central, Parel, Mumbai, India on March 24-26,2016.

Faculty:  Vinay Dhir MD,FASGE is the course director. International faculty member include Robert Hawes, Kenjiro Yasuda, Pierre Deprez, Michael Levy, Shyam Varadarajulu, Claudio Giovanni De Angelis, Guillermo De la Mora, Takao Itoi, Jong H Moon, Dong Wan Seo, Mitsuhiro Kida, Hiroyuki Isayama, Ichiro Yasuda, Hsiu Po Wang, Anthony Yuen Bun Teoh, Thawee Ratanchuek, Majid Al Madi, and Ho Khek Yu Lawrence.

Course details: The course will consist of didactic lectures, live demonstrations and hands on training in diagnostic and interventional EUS. Live procedures to be demonstrated include Celiac ganglion block, variceal coil injection, Fiducial placement, radofrequency ablation,Pseudocyst drainage, necrosectomy, rendezvous procedures, choledocho-duodenostomy, hepatico-gastrostomy, antegrade procedure, pancreatico-gastrostomy, gallbladder drainage and gastro-jejunostomy, depending upon availability of suitable patients. Hand on training will be provided to a limited number of participants on first come basis. Training will be provided on the Mumbai EUS 3D model and trainees will be taught steps of Radial and linear EUS, Fine needle aspiration, pseudocyst drainage, bile duct drainage, and radiofrequency ablation

Website: Limited number of registrations will be accepted. Kindly log on to for program details and online registration

  Frontiers of Endoscopy 
  POEM, ESD, EFTR, STER and more... 
  April 1-3, 2016

Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY.

Don’t miss the course that Chris Gostout called “the most unique live case course on the globe from the perspective of demonstrating where interventional endoscopy can and should be going” and Haruhiro Inoue has described “as a course with the most challenging and advanced cases in the world”!

 The course will focus again this year on cutting-edge endoluminal surgery and NOTES techniques with 6 lectures and 12 live cases including 3 simultaneous POEMs demonstrating technique variations by 3 expert operators in challenging clinical scenarios, multiple ESD and full thickness resections of GI tumors (EFTR/STER), peroral pyloromyotomy and other novel endoscopic surgical procedures. The course will feature live POEM & ESD cases by Haruhiro Inoue, an ESD pioneer and global “father of POEM”, POEM & STER/EFTR cases by Pinghong Zhou, the highest volume POEM operator and “first-in-humans” EFTR/STER pioneer and live ESD cases by Naohisa Yahagi, the pre-eminent ESD master in the world. Western approaches to colonic ESD including use of the Lumen-R device will be demonstrated by Sergey Kantsevoy and western approaches to POEM, ESD and EFTR including hybrid knife and Overstitch techniques will be demonstrated in live cases by course director Stavros StavropoulosChris Gostout, NOTES visionary and thought leader will be again the master of ceremonies providing masterful commentary and guidance to the live operators and audience. The very popular “hands-on lab with the masters” will be held on April 2nd, offering ex-vivo instruction in POEM, ESD and other techniques by the renowned live faculty. This year, the 3rd Winthrop Master Class, offering live animal individualized POEM, ESD, Lumen R, Overstitch instruction to more advanced resectionists will follow LI live on Sunday April 3rd. Both bioskill labs have rapidly sold-out in the past; we recommend early registration. For those interested in past LIL content, the 2013, 2014, and 2015 courses are archived in their entirety (18 lectures and over 30 live “New NOTES”/endoluminal surgery procedures) at as an educational resource for those embarking on POEM, ESD, EFTR, STER, cricopharyngeal myotomy, endoscopic sleeve-gastroplasty, MUSE, transluminal EUS guided interventions and other “New NOTES” and endoluminal surgical procedures. 


April 1, 2016         7:00 a.m. – 6:00 PM
 April 2, 2016         Hands-On Lab       8:00 a.m. – 1:00 PM
 April 3, 2016         “Master’s Class”    7:00 a.m. – 3:00 PM

Live from the University of Chicago!  Endoscopic Advances for Your Clinical Practice 2016
Center for Endoscopic Research and Therapeutics (CERT)
April 8-9, 2016 (Friday & Saturday)

CME certified: 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)

The University of Chicago Medicine
Center for Care and Discovery
5700 South Maryland, 7th Floor
Chicago, IL 60637 

Course Overview

This course will outline where standard practices in endoscopy are currently and how new innovations may enhance or revolutionize endoscopy practice in the future.  A series of lectures, debates, and live case demonstrations over two full days will be conducted by expert faculty from multiple disciplines and from all over the world. 

This activity has been planned for Gastroenterologists, Endoscopists, Endosonographers, Surgeons, Oncologists, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses and Gastroenterology fellows committed to the advancement of endoscopy.

Conference Co-Directors
 Irving Waxman, MD, FASGE, Uzma D. Siddiqui, MD, FASGE, Vani Konda, MD, FASGE, Andres Gelrud, MD, MMSc 

 For additional information and to register online today please visit:

 3rd Athens International Symposium

July 8-9, 2016
Event Director:  Ioannis Katsogridakis, MD (Greece)

Contact Person - Secreteriat: 
Mrs Pouli Eftihia, E-Mail: 

Event topics: 
Barrett’s Esophagus and Esophageal Cancer
Abnormal Liver Test – Diagnosis in Primary Care
GERD Management
Gastric Cancer
Approach to Anemia in GI diseases
Peptic ulcer treatment
Dysphagia diagnosis and management
Rectal Bleeding Management
Hematemesis and Melena
Chronic Diarrhea Management
Colorectal cancer screening
Obstructive Jaundice
Celiac Disease in Primary Care
How to Improve Adenoma Detections
How to Stage BE Cancer and How to Treat It
Early Gastric Cancer
EUS in biliary-pancreatic diseases
Esophageal Gastroduodenal and Colonic Stents
SCC Detection
Colon Capsule and Colonography
PEG(J) tube placement
Zenker’s diverticulum
Endoscopic treatment of Achalasia
Endoscopic management of Perforation 

Event aims:

- This symposium is intended for internists and general practitioners, as well as gastroenterologists and gastrointestinal surgeons and it will feature comprehensive discussions of premalignant gastrointestinal conditions, their recognition and symptom alerts, as well as current diagnostic approaches and therapies.

- It will provide the attendees with the proper knowledge and awareness in order to recognize the various premalignant conditions of the digestive system and decide how to manage them with surgical or endoscopic treatments, or both.

- It will highlight all the latest innovative diagnostic and therapeutic techniques used in gastroenterology throughout the world.

- It will demonstrate to gastroenterologists and gastrointestinal surgeons through Live Demonstrations the latest endoscopic techniques and procedures by world-renowned experts.

For more information, please visit the program’s website -

EUS 2016 - 20th International Symposium on Endoscopic Ultrasonography
September 22-24, 2016

Budapest, Hungary
For more information, please visit the program's website -