Lower GI EMR STAR Certificate Program

Dates: February 17 - 18, 2018

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The EMR lower STAR Certificate Program is designed to specifically teach core knowledge and motor skills in lower EMR through case-based video sessions and intensive, standardized hands-on training. Immediately following the live components, all participants will complete a post-test, as well as a one-on-one assessment of a standardized checklist of skills. The Certificate of Completion will be awarded to those participants who meet the passing standard for both post-test and the assessment components. Enrollees will be invited to bring one tech or nurse to train with them for no additional registration fee.
Enrollment Criteria & Learning Objectives

Enrollment Criteria

The enrollment criteria is intended to give potential participants an idea of the basic skill levels expected of program participants, and the skills that are needed to successfully perform Lower GI EMR.  Enrollees should have:

  • A minimum of two years in practice post-fellowship
  • Performed at least 500 colonoscopies independently, and currently performing colonoscopy as part of daily practice
  • Proficiency in basic polypectomy, hemostasis, and injection techniques

Learning Objectives

After successfully completing all the components of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the morphology of colonic polyp and assess their endoscopic appearance for resectability
  • Appropriately select and demonstrate the use of various snares, cautery and injection/lifting technique in EMR of “large, complex or high-risk colonic polyps (e.g., >20 mm, difficult location, with depression or significant nodularity.
  • Demonstrate the use of appropriate accessories for both polyp retrieval and adverse event management
  • Select appropriate surveillance intervals based on current guidelines.
Course Directors & Faculty


Robert E. Sedlack, MD, MHPE, FASGE
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

Kevin A. Waschke, MD, FASGE
McGill University Health Center
Montreal, Canada


Neil Gupta, MD, MPH
Loyola University Medical Center
Chicago, IL

Shayan Irani, MD, MBBS, FASGE
Virginia Mason Medical Center
Seattle, WA

Jennifer Maranki, MD
Temple University School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA

Jeffrey L. Tokar, MD, FASGE
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Philadelphia, PA

Cynthia Yoshida, MD
University of Virginia Health System
Charlottesville, VA

Program Components
Participants will earn the ASGE Lower GI EMR STAR Certificate of Completion by completing several components sequentially over the course of three to six months. ASGE estimates that completion of the online activities will require approximately 13 total hours to complete. Course registrants will receive continued access to online course materials after completion of live course.


Online Curriculum

Prior to the skills-training component, enrollees will be required to complete several online components, including:    

  • Baseline pre-test. This test will provide the enrollee an initial assessment of their knowledge.
  • Literature. Participants will read and review guidelines, technology reviews and key articles.
  • Instructional videos. Participants will view instructional videos from the ASGE Endoscopic Learning Library (ELL).
  • Re-take pre-test. Enrollees will re-take the pre-test following the online instructional components. Participants will receive automatic feedback and references after completing the exam.


Participants will earn CME credit at the completion of the online curriculum.

Course and Assessment

This course is designed to specifically teach standardized knowledge and motor skills in Lower GI EMR. Enrollees will participate in a half-day of detailed case-based video sessions and a half-day of intensive, standardized, hands-on training preparing enrollees for the skills assessment (3 participants per station). On the final day, participants will complete a one-on-one skills assessment as well as a post-test, and will be provided feedback from their performance at the completion of the course. Enrollees are invited to bring one nurse or technician to the live course to train with them for no additional registration fee.

Course Follow-Up

  • All enrollees will be provided a transcript detailing the completed curriculum, earned CME and assessment of performance in Lower GI EMR skills.
  • Participants who pass both assessment components will receive a Certificate of Completion in Lower GI EMR.
  • Participants who do not pass the written exam or the skills assessment will be provided with information on the specific areas in which they did not succeed and options for further training and/or retesting.


Important Note
Opportunities for retesting may be available at DDW. However, ASGE does not guarantee date or availability of re-training or re-testing until the next iteration of this program. For details, contact ASGE at education@asge.org





Registration and Hotel Information

Registration fee includes access to online curriculum and attendance at course sessions, and includes breakfast, lunch and refreshments.  Upon registration, you will receive access to the online curriculum (usually made available 4-6 months prior to the live course).  Registration fee includes the opportunity to bring one (1) nurse or technician to train alongside you for no additional fee

Maximum physician capacity: 40 participants
Your registration includes the opportunity to bring one nurse or one technician at no additional charge.

2018 Lower GI EMR STAR Certificate Program Fees

Physician Members
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Cancellation/Refund Policy
Cancellations must be received at least 90 days prior to a course and will be subject to a $250 administrative fee. Refunds are not accepted after 90 days. If space is available in a future STAR program, a $500 fee will be required to transfer to another course date. ASGE has the right to cancel a program at any time at its discretion. For more information, email education@asge.org or call (630) 573-0600.

Hotel Accommodations

  • Hotel Information: Marriott Suites, 1500 Opus Pl, Downers Grove, IL 60515. Phone 1-630-852-1500, Fax: 1-630-852-6527
  • Sleeping Room Rate: $99 per night (plus applicable state and local taxes); includes WiFi and shuttle transportation to IT&T.
  • Reserving a Hotel Room: Reservations for this event will be made by individual attendees that will call Marriott toll free at 1-888-236-2427 or 1-630-852-1500.  Attendee should reference “ASGE STAR Lower GI”.
  • Reservations by attendees must be received approximately three weeks prior to the event to receive the group rate (based on availability).

Special ASGE Frequency Discounts

Past STAR course participants and those who register for two or more 2017-2018 programs can receive 15% off their registration fee when they use code I5STARBUNDLE when registering.

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

ASGE designates the Lower GI EMR educational session for a maximum of 23 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Maintenance of Certification

Successful completion of this CME activity enables the participant to earn up to 23 MOC points (13 points for the online curriculum and 10 points for the live course) in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.


ASGE requires all individuals who are in a position to control the content of an educational activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial entity producing health-care related products and/or services. Disclosures are made in written form prior to the start of the educational activity and any potential conflicts of interest that exist are resolved prior to the start of the activity through the ASGE Conflict of Interest Resolution Policy Process. All disclosures are made available and communicated to the learner prior to the activity starting.

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Industry representatives interested in attending this course must contact Linda kay Tyler, Senior Director of Sales and Business Development (phone: 630-570-5601; email: ltyler@asge.org) or Sara Estrella, Assistant Manager of Sales and Business Development (phone: 630-570-5618; email: sestrella@asge.org). In compliance with ACCME guidelines, industry representatives may not participate in hands-on training or ask questions during a CME course.

Photography Waiver
ASGE periodically takes photographs and/or video during our educational courses and events, and reproduces them in ASGE educational, news or promotional material, whether in print, electronic or other media, including the ASGE website. By participating in this course, you grant the right to use your name and photograph for such purposes to ASGE. All postings become the property of ASGE.