Improving Quality and Safety in Your Endoscopy Unit - May 2019

Dates: May 4, 2019


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  3. On-Demand Click here to purchase recorded event
    Note: On-Demand course will be available approximately 2 weeks after the live event.


This highly popular course was developed by ASGE to educate physicians and non-physician staff of endoscopy units on how to translate quality and safety concepts into everyday practice. The content of the course is dynamic, addressing the fundamentals of quality and safe practice as well as emerging trends and evidence.Through a mixture of didactic lecture and interactive sessions taught by leading experts in the field, participants of the course will advance their knowledge of endoscopy unit quality and safety. They will also be prepared to apply for the ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program or be able to renew their current participation.

Who Should Attend

Practicing gastrointestinal endoscopists and surgeons, medical directors, nurse managers, unit managers and allied professionals interested in advancing their knowledge in endoscopy unit quality and safety.

Units interested in applying for the ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program (EURP) or renewing their ASGE EURP Certificate are encouraged to send both a physician and a non-physician manager to the course. Program eligibility criteria require completion of this course by at least one unit representative within one year prior to program application for newly applying units and within one year prior to recognition expiration for renewing units.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:

• Identify ways to define and measure quality in endoscopy
• Describe techniques to make endoscopy more efficient while maintaining safety
• Describe methods to improve patient satisfaction in endoscopy, including improved doctor-patient communication
• Recognize the potential sources of infection from contact with various body fluids, their transmissibility during gastrointestinal endoscopy, and their susceptibility to potential disinfectants
• Specify measures for improving unit quality, including training and credentialing for new procedures, quality assurance programs, sedation and monitoring, and unit accreditation and re-accreditation

Course Directors and Faculty

Raman MuthusamyV. Raman Muthusamy, MD, FASGE
UCLA Medical Center Program
Los Angeles, CA

V. Raman Muthusamy, MD is currently a professor of clinical medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of endoscopy for the UCLA Health System. He completed his undergraduate work at Stanford University and went to medical school at the University of Washington School  of Medicine, where he graduated with Honors. His residency was undertaken at Duke University Medical Center where he served as assistant chief resident and traveled abroad to study evidence-based medicine under Dr. David Sackett at Oxford University. He completed his fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of California San Francisco before undertaking his advanced endoscopy fellowship at the University of California Irvine which he completed in 2001. His clinical research interests focus on the evaluation of existing and new endoscopic technologies for the diagnosis and treatment of digestive disorders. They include endoscopic ablative techniques for Barrett's esophagus with dysplasia and early esophageal adenocarcinoma, clinical applications of endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) with a particular focus on EUS-guided tissue acquisition, assessment of new endolumenal stents, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) with a particular interest in cholangioscopy and stent patency, and endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR).

Eun Shin

Eun Ji Shin, MD
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

Dr. Eun Ji Shin is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  She is the Director of Endoscopic Ultrasound Program, Director of the Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship Program and the co-Director of the Gastroenterology Fellowship Program.  Dr. Shin graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University with B.A. in Biology.   She received her M.D. degree from Duke University School of Medicine and her Ph.D. degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Dr. Shin completed her internal medicine residency, Gastroenterology fellowship and advanced therapeutic endoscopy fellowship at Johns Hopkins.  Dr. Shin has clinical and research interests in GI malignancy, Barrett’s esophagus, pancreato-biliary disease, and advanced endoscopy, including ERCP and EUS.


Agenda – Subject to Change

6:30 – 7:30 AM          REGISTRATION
                                  CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST and EXHIBITS

7:30 – 7:40 AM          Course Directors’ Welcome & Introductions   
Eun Ji Shin, MD and V. Raman Muthusamy, MD, FASGE               

7:40 – 8:10 AM          What Constitutes a High-Quality Endoscopy Unit?

8:10 – 8:40 AM          Quality Indicators for Colonoscopy
8:40 – 9:10 AM          Advanced Endoscopy and Upper GI Bleeding Quality Indicators

9:10 – 9:40 AM          Round Table Discussion I: Challenges to Establishing
                                  and Maintaining a High-Quality Endoscopy Unit Part I

9:40 – 10:00 AM        BREAK & EXHIBITS

10:00 10:30 AM      Improving Bowel Preparation in Your Endoscopy Unit

10:30 – 11:00 AM      Endoscopy and Sedation: Adhering to Quality and Patient Safety

11:00 – 11:30 AM      Improving Efficiency in the Endoscopy Unit

11:30 – 11:45 AM      Round Table Discussion II: Challenges to Establishing

                                  and Maintaining a High-Quality Endoscopy Unit Part II


1:00 1:20 PM           Infection Control in Endoscopy: Updates and Challenges

1:20 1:40 PM           Infection Control in Endoscopy: Nuts and Bolts

1:40 2:20 PM           Infection Control Q&A

2:20 –  2:30 PM          BREAK & EXHIBITS

2:30 – 2:50 PM           How to be Prepared and Successful for Endoscopy Unit Survey                         Accreditation              

2:50 – 3:10 PM           Enhancing the Employee Experience, Maintaining Staff Morale                         and Managing a Disruptive Staff Member                                           

3:10 – 3:30 PM           Improving the Patient Experience

3:30 – 3:50 PM           Round Table Discussion III:  Creating a Quality Culture

3:50 – 4:00 PM           Closing Remarks and Course Adjournment    
Registration and Hotel
Two way to participate: Attend in-person or Live stream the course!

When you attend the classroom course, you’ll join your peers at the state-of-the-art ASGE IT&T for a day of education and networking. After the course you’ll receive complimentary access to the on-demand recorded session.

The live simulcast is a practical solution for those who aren’t able to take time away from their practice. You’ll still receive the world-class educational experience that is the hallmark of ASGE courses, including the ability to participate in real-time Q&A sessions. Materials will be available prior to the start of the course, and you will receive the on-demand recorded session after the course.

When you register, you will be prompted to choose either the in-person or live streaming option.

Please note: attendees taking the course in pursuit of honoree status in the Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program, as first-time applicants to the program, must have at least one unit representative attend the course in-person.

Early Registration Deadline: April 4, 2019

Registration Fees

On or Before April 4, 2019

After April 4, 2019

ASGE Physician Member                     
Physician Non-Member
ASGE Trainee / Nurse Member
   $450   $550
Non-Member Nurse / Trainee
   $550   $650

Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program Honorees
: Contact ASGE Customer Care at 630-573-0600 for special discounted pricing.

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Industry Representatives
Industry representatives interested in attending this course must contact Vanita Jordan-Moore, Senior Manager, Sales and Business Development (Tel: 630.570.5625; email: or Linda kay Tyler, Senior Director, Sales and Business Development (Tel: 630.570.5601; email: In compliance with ACCME guidelines, industry representatives may not ask questions during a CME course.

Cancellation Policy
Requests for refunds must be sent in writing at least two weeks before the activity to Refunds will be subject to an administrative fee of $100. Attendee substitutions are permitted with ASGE authorization. ASGE has the right to cancel a program at any time at its discretion.

Hotel Accommodations

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.

Chicago Marriott Suites Downers Grove
1500 Opus Place
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Marriott Reservations at 1-800-228-9290 or 630-852-1500

ASGE has arranged a room block for this course at $99 per night plus applicable tax. This discount is valid only if the reservation is made before April 15, 2019. Please contact the hotel directly to make hotel reservations.  Please mention the name of the ASGE course when making your reservation.

A free shuttle will be provided between the hotel and the ASGE Institute for Training and Technology.
CME and Other Information

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

PHYSICIANS - ASGE designates the Improving Quality and Safety in Your Endoscopy Unit course for a maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for this activity. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

NURSES  will receive a certificate of participation specifying hours of education accredited for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. This certificate can be used toward nursing requirements.

ALL OTHER HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS will receive a certificate of participation specifying hours of accredited for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Photography Waiver
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