ASGE Suturing STAR Certificate Program

Dates: September 7 - 8, 2019

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The Suturing STAR Certificate Program will provide standardized, evidence-based education, training and assessment in suturing through a unique blend of self-study, didactic, and intensive, standardized hands-on training taught by nationally-known experts in the field.  

This program is the only opportunity to become familiar with endoscopic suturing using state-of-the-art data and technique by the most experienced faculty, in dedicated, small group, hands-on experience.

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. Enrollees will be invited to bring one tech or nurse to train with them for no additional fee. The Certificate of Completion will be awarded to participants who meet the passing standard for both post-test and the assessment components.

Enrollment Criteria, Skills Covered & Learning Objectives

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Enrollment Criteria   

The enrollment criteria described below 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 endoscopic suturing.

Enrollees should have:

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

Skills to be covered:

  • Device mechanics and set up
  • Interrupted and running sutures
  • Suture stent fixation
  • Fistula and leak closure
  • Defect and perforation closure
  • Full-thickness suturing

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Recognize the indications for suturing and the types of suturing patterns
  • Mount and load the suturing device
  • Apply suturing techniques of the various fundamental suturing patterns
  • Troubleshoot for common problems with suturing
Course Directors and Faculty

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The ASGE would like to thank the following esteemed faculty for their dedication to this program:

Course Directors

david loren headshotDavid Loren, MD
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, PA


reem sharaiha headshotReem Z. Sharaiha, MD, MSc

Weill Cornell Medical College
New York, NY


Aziz Aadam, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Northwestern Memorial Faculty Foundation
Chicago, IL

Christopher Chapman, MD, FASGE
Director of Bariatric and Metabolic Endoscopy
Assistant Professor of Medicine
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Austin L. Chiang, MD, MPH
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Philadelphia, PA

Prashant S. Kedia, MD, FASGE
Medical Director of Interventional Endoscopy
Methodist Health System
Dallas, TX

Nikhil A. Kumta, MD, MS
Director of Surgical & Bariatric Endoscopy
Mount Sinai Hospital
New York, NY

Monica Saumoy, MD, MS
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Uzma D. Siddiqui, MD, FASGE
Associate Professor of Medicine
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Christopher C. Thompson, MD, MHES, MSc, FASGE
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Rabindra R. Watson, MD, FASGE
Interventional Endoscopy Services
San Francisco, CA

Program Components

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Participants will earn the ASGE Suturing 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 the endoscopic suturing. 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 endoscopic suturing skills.
  • Participants who pass both assessment components will receive a Certificate of Completion in the endoscopic suturing.
  • 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. We do not guarantee date or availability of re-training or re-testing until the next iteration of this program. For details, contact ASGE at


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Fundamentals of Endoscopic Suturing
Saturday, September 7, 2019
6:15 – 6:45 am
Shuttle from Marriott Suites Downers Grove to ASGE IT&T Center
Pickup shuttle in Marriott main lobby
6:30 – 7:00 am
7:00 – 7:05 am
Welcome & Agenda Review – Course Directors
7:00 – 7:20 am
Equipment Setup and Mechanics
Nikhil Kumta, MD, MS
7:20 – 7:30 am
Transition Time Bio Skills Lab
7:30 – 8:10 am
Lab for DRY hands on set up for ALL participants

Group A

8:15 – 8:45 am
Suture and Stent FixationAuditorium

Rabindra Watson, MD, FASGE

8:45 – 9:15 am
Fistula and Leaks

Uzma D. Siddiqui, MD, FASGE

9:15 – 9:45 am
Suturing Closures of Defects and Perforations

Aziz Adam, MD

9:45 – 10:00 am
Refreshment Break and Exhibits
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Hands-on Training in the Bio Skills Lab
  1. Suture for fistula and leak
  2. Stent fixation

Dry model suturing, map out suture pattern for defect closure, execute suturing pattern, stent fixation

12:00 – 1:00 pm
Lunch and Exhibits
1:00 – 1:40 pm
Full thickness suturing applications Auditorium

Prashant Kedia, MD, FASGE

1:40 – 2:20 pm
Other suturing applications

Monica Saumoy, MD, MS

2:20 – 3:00 pm

Trouble shooting

Christopher C. Thompson, MD, MHES, MSc, FASGE

3:00 – 3:15 pm
Refreshment Break and Exhibits
3:15 – 5:15 pm
Hands-on Training in the Bio-Skills Lab
Full thickness, outlet reduction, and trouble-shooting demos
Group B


8:15 – 10:15 am
Hands-on Training in the Bio Skills Lab
  1. Suture for fistula and leak
  2. Stent fixation

Dry model suturing, map out suture pattern for defect closure, execute suturing pattern, stent fixation

10:15 – 10:30 am
10:30 – 11:00 am
Suture and Stent Fixation Auditorium

Rabindra Watson, MD, FASGE

11:00 – 11:30 am
Fistula and Leaks

Uzma D. Siddiqui, MD, FASGE

11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Suturing Closures of Defects and Perforations

Aziz Adam, MD

12:00 – 1:00 pm
Lunch and Exhibits
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Hands-on Training in the Bio-Skills Lab
Full thickness, outlet reduction, and trouble-shooting demos
3:00 – 3:15 pm
Refreshment Break and Exhibits
3:15 – 3:50 pm
Full thickness suturing applicationAuditorium

Prashant Kedia, MD, FASGE

3:50 – 4:30 pm
Other suturing applications

Monica Saumoy, MD, MS

4:30 – 4:15 pm

Christopher C. Thompson, MD, MHES, MSc, FASGE

Groups A & B


5:15 – 5:45 am
5:15 – 5:45 pm
Shuttle Drop-off: ASGE IT&T Facility to the Marriott Suites Downers Grove Main Lobby (ROTATION)

Sunday, September 8, 2019
Please use your breakfast vouchers on Sunday at the Marriott Suites (7:00 – 11:00am)
No attendee breakfast will be provided at the IT & T Center on Sunday

STAR Fundamentals of Endoscopic Suturing Hands-on Assessment- Bio -Skills Lab

7:00 8:00 am               Group A

8:00 9:00 am               Group B

9:00 10:00 am             Group C

10:00 11:00 am           Group D

11:00 am – 12:00 pm     Group E

The assessment should take about 45 minutes and afterwards nurse/technician assistants will be excused, and participants will receive feedback from the assessor. Participants will receive an electronic copy of their score sheet within 1 week of the course.


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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.

2019 ASGE Suturing Star Certificate Program Fees

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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 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: $104 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 Suturing”.
  • Register for 2 or more 2019 programs and receive 15% off your registration fee, using code 15STARBUNDLE when registering. 
Additional Information

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

ASGE designates the ASGE Suturing STAR Certificate Program educational session for a maximum of 26.25 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 26.25 MOC points 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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