Basic ARIA Program

Dates: November 4, 2019


COURSE DATE: November 4, 2019

The ASGE Recognized Industry Associate (ARIA) program, an initiative dedicated to industry professionals.

The content for the Basic ARIA Course has been developed for GI sales and marketing professionals, and the programs are created and taught by leading GI experts. With comprehensive, thorough and non-biased education in the field of gastroenterology provided through our training program, your representatives can become partners to ASGE physician members and other health care providers - supporting positive health outcomes for patients.

This course offers a variety of critical presentations and one-on-one time with our nationally recognized faculty. Additionally, you will experience actual hands-on GI training in ASGE's bioskills lab, providing a full-spectrum interactive experience covering GI anatomy, physiology, procedural acumen, patient care, technical expertise and equipment operation with the latest endoscopic tools and techniques. The unique format of this program is intended to facilitate effective learning across all levels of clinical training.  

Each Station will cover:  Basic Scope Handling, Foreign Body Removal, Injections/Clips, Bicap/Thermal Therapies, Bands/Polyps and Argon Plasma Coagulations (APC)

Course Director and Faculty


Keith Obstein, MD, MPH, FASGE 
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN


Jennifer Christie, MD, FASGE
Emory School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA

Walter Coyle, MD, FASGE
Scripps Clinic
San Diego, CA

Ashley Faulx, MD, FASGE
University Hospitals Medical Group INC
Cleveland, OH

Waqar Qureshi, MD, FASGE
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX

Learning Objectives


  1. Provide an overview of basic GI anatomy and physiology as well as commonly encountered gastrointestinal diseases and their endoscopic findings through a lecture-based format.

  2. Provide a hands-on experience that will introduce both basic and advanced endoscopic techniques.


November 4, 2019


7:30 – 7:40 am            Welcome and Course Overview        

7:40 – 8:00 am            Day in the Life of a Gastroenterologist:  An Interactive Discussion with the Faculty (Part I of II)

GI Tract in Health

8:00 – 8:20 am            Esophagus and Stomach

8:20 – 8:35 am            Small and Large Intestine

8:35 – 8:50 am            Liver, Gallbladder and Pancreas

8:50 – 9:20 am            Tools of the Gastroenterologist: Introduction to GI Endoscopy

9:20 – 9:40 am            BREAK   

GI Tract in Disease

9:40 - 10:10 am           Esophagus and Stomach

10:10 – 10:40 am        Small Intestine    

10:40 – 11:10 am        Liver, Gallbladder and Pancreas 

11:10 – 11:40 am        Large Intestine: Lower GI Bleeding, Colorectal Cancer and Diverticulosis

11:40 – 12:00 pm        Large Intestine:  IBD and IBS 

12:00 – 12:40 pm        LUNCH

12:40 – 12:45 pm        Group Photo

12:45 – 12:50 pm        Move Time to Bio Skills Simulation Lab for Hands-On Session

12:50 – 2:30 pm          ASGE Bio-skills Simulation Lab for Hands-on Session

Each Station will cover:  Basic Scope Handling, Foreign Body Removal, Injections/Clips, Bicap/Thermal Therapies, Bands/Polyps and Argon Plasma Coagulations (APC)

Station 1:               Faculty Facilitator

Station 2:               Faculty Facilitator

Station 3:               Faculty Facilitator

Station 4:               Faculty Facilitator

Station 5:               Faculty Facilitator

2:30 – 2:45 pm            BREAK

2:45 – 3:15 pm            Case-Based Discussions 

3:15 – 3:45 pm            Day in the Life of a Gastroenterologist: An Interactive Discussion with the Faculty (Part II of II)  

3:45 – 4:00 pm            Questions, Comments and Discussion                                

4:00 pm                       Adjourn 

Course Registration and Hotel Information

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

Basic ARIA Program Fee:   $1,100


Registration for the ARIA course is handled directly through ASGE. To register, or to schedule group training for your sales representatives, contact Xavier Grady by phone at (630) 570-5638 or by email at

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 Xavier Grady by phone at (630) 570-5638 or by email at

Hotel Accommodations

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 $119 per night plus applicable tax. This discount is valid only if the reservation is made before October 14, 2019. You can click the hotel name above and will be contacted directly to the hotel’s website for online bookings or you can contact the hotel directly to make hotel reservations. Please mention the name of the ASGE course “ASGE ARIA Program” when making your reservation.

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