ASGE Advanced ARIA Program

Dates: November 13, 2018

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The Advanced ARIA course is a 1.5 day educational program providing participants an opportunity to hear from leaders in the field of gastroenterology about how changes in healthcare policy and insurance reform will affect patients, practitioners and industry partners, while highlighting our significant accomplishments and looking ahead to identify strategies to help improve patient care and job satisfaction in the future. The course offers a variety of talks, panel discussions, small group sessions and one-on-one time with our nationally recognized faculty.

The ARIA Advanced Program is an advanced educational event created to educate and challenge our gastroenterology industry partners as well as offer a platform to share ideas with the overriding goal of improving patient care.  The 2018 theme is “Innovation in Health Care”.   Innovation is defined simply as a new idea, device or method but is also viewed as the application of better solutions that meet new requirements, unarticulated needs or existing markets. 

The program will provide participants an opportunity to hear from leaders in the field of gastroenterology about how medical professionals and industry have worked together to create new medical devices and medications to solve medical problems, treat disease and save lives.  But disease management is not the only problem that requires innovative strategies to improve patient care.  We will also explore how innovation in the way we deliver health care is crucial in a time when health care policies and economics are rapidly changing, how this will affect industry and what industry can do to be part of the solution. 

There will be breakout sessions that focus on innovative methods of communicating with patients and how industry can interact with physicians as well as a live endoscopy case.  The course offers a variety of talks, panel discussions, small group sessions and one-on-one time with our nationally recognized faculty. 

  • Describe the potential obstacles (and how to overcome them) that may be encountered during development of a new device or medication.
  • Identify key changes in health care policy, how these changes will affect patient care, physician practice, and the role of industry and what we can do to improve the delivery of health care within these constraints.
  • Explore innovative changes in how health care professionals interact with patients and how industry can interact with physicians.
  • Offer one-on-one time with faculty as well as ample time during the course for industry participants to ask questions and share ideas that are pertinent to their practice.
Course Director(s) & Faculty

Course Director(s) & Faculty:



Jennifer Jorgensen, MD, FASGE 
Co-chair, Advanced ARIA

Confluence Health, Wenatchee Valley Clinic, Wenatchee, WA
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Amitabh Chak MD, FASGE 
Co-chair, Advanced ARIA 

Case Western Reserve, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland, OH

Robert Ganz, MD, FASGE
Keynote Speaker
Minnesota Gastroenterology, Minneapolis, MN

Stuart Freed, MD
Confluence Health
Wenatchee Valley Clinic, Wenatchee, WA

Klaus Mergener, MD, PhD, MBA, FASGE
Digestive Health Specialists, Tacoma, WA

Andrew Ross, MD, FASGE
Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA
Ryan W. Stidham, MD
University of Michigan Medical Center
Ann Arbor, MI


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

4:30 – 5:30 PM           Registration and Reception with faculty                   

5:30 – 6:30 PM           Dinner

6:30 – 7:30 PM           Pathway to Innovation
                                   Robert Ganz, MD

7:30 - 8:30 PM            Moderated Panel Discussion with faculty

8:30 PM                      Adjourn for evening and reflect


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

8:00 – 8:15 AM           Welcome Again and Overview of Day
                                   Jennifer Jorgensen, MD
Amitabh Chak, MD

8:15 – 9:15 AM            The Modern GI Practice - Surviving and Thriving in Times of Extreme Change
                                    Klaus Mergener, MD, PhD, MBA

9:15 – 9:45 AM           Innovations for the future healthcare system
                                   Stuart Freed, MD

9:45 – 10:15 AM         Innovations in Pharmaceutical and/or Medical Device Development
                                   Ryan W. Stidham, MD

10:15 – 10:45 AM       Break

10:45 – 11:45 PM       Live Endoscopy Case

11:45 – 12:45 PM       Lunch

12:45 – 3:15 PM         Small Group Breakout Sessions (50 min)

            12:45 – 1:35 PM        Breakout Session #1

            1:35 – 2:25 PM          Breakout Session #2

            2:25 – 3:15 PM          Breakout Session #3

3:15 – 3:30 PM           Break

3:30 – 4:30 PM           Day in the Life of a Gastroenterologist Panel Discussion

4:30 – 4:45 PM           Recap and Reflections

4:45 PM                      Group Photo

5:00 PM                      Adjourn

IMPORTANT:  Choose your top three from the 8 topic options listed below!   Based upon participant’s highest interest, faculty will focus their attention on the three areas that are most popular and selected by participants prior to the course.  Choose carefully from the list below and faculty will accommodate according to your learning interests and needs!

         Teaching new dogs old tricks - approaches to educating docs about your products, how to get a physician to try your drug or device, advise about how and when to interact with physicians, different ways physicians like to interact and learn – we will offer some advice here but will also ask the participants to share with each other, what works and doesn’t work for them.

         What does it take to get a new device approved?  Navigating the many steps now involved from purchasing to staff education to VAC and how can industry assist in the process. 

         Innovation in how physicians deal with adverse eventsfrom deny and defend to disclose and do what’s right

         Innovation in patient care - shared decision-makingit’s no longer acceptable to practice paternalistic care.  Patients are more informed and what to be a part of the decision-making process about their health.

         Understanding patient flowwhat steps does the patient go through from start to finish when they have a procedure in the ASC or hospital-based procedure unit.

         Understanding reimbursement what will insurance companies pay for?  What gets reimbursed in the ASC vs the hospital

         Innovations in patient safety from checklists to quality metrics to standardization of care – and how this affects industry (limited equipment and formularies)

         Innovations in technology to improve patient care telemedicine, social media, educational tools and how industry can work with physicians to maximize patient care and education

Course Registration and Hotel Information

Next Course:

November 13, 2018

The courses will be held at the ASGE Institute for Training and Technology (IT&T) in Downers Grove, Illinois, located approximately 30 minutes west of downtown Chicago.

To register for the ASGE ARIA Program, or to scheduling group training for your sales representatives, contact Linda kay Tyler, Senior Director of Sales and Business Development, by phone at (630) 570-5601 or by email at

Limited space available for this premier event! Register today to reserve your spot


ASGE courses have a history of selling out. It is recommended that you make your hotel reservations as soon as possible. However, you may want to wait to make your airline reservations until you have received confirmation of registration from ASGE.

ASGE has arranged a room block for this course at TBD before TBD. Please contact the hotel directly to make hotel reservations. Please mention the name of the ASGE course when making your reservation.

Cancellation Policy

Requests for refunds must be received in writing to at least two weeks before the activity and will be subject to a $100 administrative fee. Substitutions are permitted with ASGE authorization. ASGE has the right to cancel a program at any time at its discretion. For more information on the ASGE ARIA Program, including scheduling group training for your sales representatives, contact Linda kay Tyler, Senior Director of Sales and Business Development, by phone at (630) 570-5601 or by email at