Released on Jun 7, 2018

ASGE Training Center Benefits from Donation of Equipment

ASGE’s STATE-OF-THE-ART GI TRAINING CENTER AWARDED MORE THAN $3M IN PRODUCT DONATION

Olympus Corporation of the Americas’ Grants Committee provides equipmentfor ASGE’s Training Programs

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. – June 7, 2018 – The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) Foundation has received a permanent product donation of medical equipment valued at more than $3,200,172 from Olympus Corporation of Americas’ (OCA) Medical and Microscopy Grants Committee. The equipment will be used to enhance the hands-on training programs offered at the ASGE’s state-of-the-art Institute for Training and Technology (IT&T Center).

“We are grateful to Olympus for their generous support and for recognizing the importance of providing high quality physician education in an interactive environment using the latest technologies to improve physician performance and advance patient care,” said ASGE President Karen Woods, MD, FASGE. “Olympus has a long history of partnering with our society, and we look forward to using their donation to ensure physicians are well-trained in hands-on components of new techniques and technologies for endoscopic management of digestive and related disorders.”

ASGE opened its state-of-the-art IT&T Center in 2013. This interactive training lab serves as the global home of endoscopy, offering a full range of medical training and continuing medical education (CME). Popular courses in 2018 include:  ASGE Suturing STAR Certificate Program; Endoscopic Bariatric Therapies; and the ASGE-JGES Masters Course in Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection.

Recently, ASGE added the ability to stream its courses live from the IT&T Center to locations around the world, allowing additional learners to observe hands-on use of the equipment in the lab.

"Continued access to hands-on training and educational opportunities for healthcare professionals at all stages of their careers is one of the cornerstones of Olympus’ support for ASGE,” said Nacho Abia, President and CEO, OCA. “Our Grants Committee carefully considered the many robust educational and training programs that the IT&T Center offers and we are thrilled our donation will enhance these programs and provide more opportunities for physicians seeking to improve or enhance their skills. Supporting healthcare professional education and training is another way we believe we can accelerate our ability to achieve our mission of contributing to society by making people's lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling around the world."

The donation includes more than 280 pieces, including colonoscopes, video processors, light sources, high definition monitors and more. This donated equipment will enable ASGE to train on the latest technologies in its hands-on training courses, with the goal of optimal treatment effectiveness and safety for patients.

Robert Sedlack, MD, FASGE, Chair of ASGE’s IT&T Committee, said, “As a result of Olympus’ profoundly generous donation, our World Class IT&T training center is able to continue to offer courses utilizing the newest and most advanced endoscopy equipment available.”

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About the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Since its founding in 1941, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has been dedicated to advancing patient care and digestive health by promoting excellence and innovation in gastrointestinal endoscopy. ASGE, with more than 15,000 members worldwide, promotes the highest standards for endoscopic training and practice, fosters endoscopic research, recognizes distinguished contributions to endoscopy, and is the foremost resource for endoscopic education. Visit www.asge.org and www.screen4colonand is the foremost resource for endoscopic education. Visit www.asge.org and www.screen4coloncancer.org for more information and to find a qualified doctor in your area.

 

About Olympus

Olympus is a global technology leader, crafting innovative optical and digital solutions in medical technologies; life sciences; industrial solutions; and cameras and audio products. Our solutions enable specialists to look inside the human body, further scientific research, ensure public safety and capture images of the world. Throughout our nearly 100-year history, Olympus has focused on being true to society and making people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling. 

Olympus Corporation of the Americas (OCA)—a wholly owned subsidiary of Olympus Corporation in Tokyo, Japan—is headquartered in Center Valley, Pennsylvania and employs more than 5,300 employees throughout locations in North and South America. For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.


 


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About Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures allow the gastroenterologist to visually inspect the upper gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach and duodenum) and the lower bowel (colon and rectum) through an endoscope, a thin, flexible device with a lighted end and a powerful lens system. Endoscopy has been a major advance in the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases. For example, the use of endoscopes allows the detection of ulcers, cancers, polyps and sites of internal bleeding. Through endoscopy, tissue samples (biopsies) may be obtained, areas of blockage can be opened and active bleeding can be stopped. Polyps in the colon can be removed, which has been shown to prevent colon cancer.

About the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Since its founding in 1941, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has been dedicated to advancing patient care and digestive health by promoting excellence and innovation in gastrointestinal endoscopy. ASGE, with more than 15,000 members worldwide, promotes the highest standards for endoscopic training and practice, fosters endoscopic research, recognizes distinguished contributions to endoscopy, and is the foremost resource for endoscopic education. Visit www.asge.org and www.screen4coloncancer.org for more information and to find a qualified doctor in your area.

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