ASGE Held Its First Elevate Leadership Retreat for GI Physicians Underrepresented in Medicine

Promoting diversity within the field of gastroenterology is crucial for ensuring equitable healthcare delivery. Despite the known advantages of having a diverse medical workforce, physicians who are underrepresented in medicine (URiM), as defined by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and those who identify as LGBTQ+ often encounter disparities in career advancement.

In response to this issue, ASGE initiated its first Elevate Leadership Retreat. This event is specifically designed for early-career URiM physicians who are 1-3 years post-fellowship. Over a focused weekend program, these physicians have the opportunity to partake in learning, coaching, and networking sessions crafted to provide them with the essential tools needed for a successful career in gastroenterology.

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 almost 16,000 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 and for more information and to find a qualified doctor in your area.


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