Postgraduate Course at ACG 2020: Creative Solutions to Everyday Endoscopic Challenges

Dates: October 23, 2020
8:00 AM - 5:45 PM (UTC)

The 2020 ASGE Postgraduate Course was created to provide information on a diverse yet commonly encountered group of topics. This course has been specifically designed for practitioners of gastrointestinal endoscopy, especially gastroenterologists, gastrointestinal surgeons, gastrointestinal nurses, and fellows in training. It is equally relevant to those in private practice and academic practice.
Course Overview

Join ASGE’s esteem faculty who will review and highlight a number of emerging diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic techniques in the literature and its implications in clinical practice. Discussing the most recent published guidelines will be a consistent theme throughout this course. Our program is divided into seven topic focused sessions: 

Session 1:  Best Practices in Colonoscopy

Session 2:  Endoscopy in the Esophagus

Session 3:  Bariatric Endoscopy Update

Session 4:  Endocopic Survival in the Covid ERA

Session 5:  Pancreaticobiliary Adventures

Session 6:  Don’t Panic:  Evidence Based Approach to Managing GI Emergencies

Session 7:  EUS Enigmas and More

In this era of the COVID-19 pandemic, expert faculty members will provide guidance on preparing for a similar pandemic in the future. Faculty will discuss how to mitigate burnout; a growing problem for gastroenterologists. Key discussions will include updates in best practices in colonoscopy. This session will primarily highlight the most recent recommendations for surveillance after colonoscopy and polypectomy and for endoscopic removal of colorectal lesions. Faculty will also discuss optimal strategies for examination of the colonic polyps and discuss the role of artificial intelligence. The role of advanced resection techniques such as ESD will be highlighted in this session.

This course will provide a state of the art update in Bariatric Endoscopy and provide practical tips for performing endoscopy in patients with altered anatomy. This will be followed by a detailed review of important issues in pancreaticobiliary disorders. Faculty will provide practical guidance on achieving high rates of cannulation during ERCP in clinical practice and optimizing outcomes in ERCP with a focus on reduction in post-ERCP pancreatitis rates. Additional topics will include the latest approach in the management of choledocholithiasis, biliary drainage in malignant obstruction and management of pancreatic fluid collections including walled off pancreatic necrosis.

Esophageal topics covered in this course will focus on optimal approach to endoscopic examination of patients with Barrett’s esophagus and endoscopic eradication therapies in patients with Barrett’s related neoplasia. Presentations will review the latest guidelines in the management of patients with achalasia and provide a practical approach to management of esophageal strictures. This course will include presentations on management of most GI emergencies and will provide a pragmatic and algorithmic approach to managing these emergencies in clinical practice. Faculty will review current guidelines on the evaluation and management of patients with pancreatic cystic lesions and highlight the expanding role of EUS. Our program is designed to engage the audience with faculty through audience response along with question, answer and discussion. Attendees are encouraged to share difficult cases prior to and during the course and are also encouraged to enjoy lunch with the speakers and enjoy conversations about challenging cases and techniques.

We look forward to having you participate in our live program!  All content will be archived and available in ASGE’s GI Leap.


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

  • Recognize recent recommendations for follow-up after colonoscopy and polypectomy and endoscopic removal of colorectal lesions  (knowledge)
  • Review the latest approaches to bariatric endoscopy and performance of endoscopy in the post-bariatric patient population (comprehension)
  • Describe techniques and approaches for optimizing outcomes in ERCP and recognize the role of EUS in contemporary endoscopic practice (knowledge)
  • Recognize the optimal endoscopic approach to patients with Barrett’s esophagus and management of patients with Barrett’s related neoplasia. (knowledge)
  • Identify techniques and therapies for management of common GI emergencies such as bleeding, perforations and cholangitis. (knowledge)

This course has been specifically designed for practitioners of gastrointestinal endoscopy, especially gastroenterologists, gastrointestinal surgeons, gastrointestinal nurses, and fellows in training.  This course is equally relevant to those in private practice and academic practice.

Invited Faculty

Course Directors

Uzma D. Siddiqui, MD, FASGE
Professor of Medicine
Associate Director, Center for Endoscopic
Research and Therapeutics (CERT)
Director, Advanced Endoscopy Training Program
University of Chicago Medicine
Chicago, Illinois

Sachin Wani, MD, FASGE
Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Medical Director
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Medical Director Esophageal & Gastric Center
University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Center
Aurora, Colorado

Invited Faculty


Marianna Arvanitaki, MD
Erasme Hospital
Brussels, Belgium

Ji Young Bang, MD, MPH
Florida Hospital Medical Group
Orlando, Florida

Alan N. Barkun, MD,CM, MSc, FASGE
McGill University, The Montreal General Hospital
Montreal Quebec CANADA

Christopher Chapman, MD
The University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Anna Duloy, MD
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center
Aurora, Colorado

Badih Joseph Elmunzer, MD
Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
Charleston, South Carolina

Rehan Haidry, BSc (Hons), MRCP
UCLH, London

Tonya R. Kaltenbach, MD, MS, FASGE
VA Palo Alto
San Francisco, California

Rajesh N. Keswani, MD
Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation
Chicago, Illinois

Klaus Mergener, MD, PhD, MBA, FASGE ASGE
President 2020-2021
Seattle, Washington

V. Raman Muthusamy, MD, FASGE
UCLA Medical Center Los Angles, California

Douglas K. Rex, MD, MASGE
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, Indiana

Payal Saxena, MBBS, FRACP RPA
Medical Centre Australia

Amrita Sethi, MD, MASGE
Columbia Presbyterian Hospital
New York, New York

Vanessa M. Shami, MD, FASGE
University of Virginia Health System
Charlottesville, Virgina

Reem Z. Sharaiha, MD, MSc
Weill Cornell Medical College
New York, New York

Jeanin E. Van Hooft, MD, PhD, MBA, FASGE

Leiden University Medical Center
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Kevin E. Woods, MD, MPH
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia


7:50 – 8:00 am             
Welcome and introductions
Course Directors

SESSION ONE                 
Best practices In colonoscopy

Moderator: Tonya R. Kaltenbach, MD, MS, FASGE and Alan N. Barkun, MD,CM, MSc, FASGE

8:00 – 8:25 am               
Updated Surveillance Guidelines after colonoscopy and polypectomy                                                                                                                Douglas K. Rex, MD, MASGE

8:25 – 8:40 am               
Advanced Imaging In The Colon: Lights, Camera, Action!
Tonya R. Kaltenbach, MD, MS, FASGE

8:40 – 8:55 am               
Optimal Resection Methods For Colon Polypectomy And EMR
Douglas K. Rex, MD, FASGE

8:55 – 9:10 am               
More Tissue Is The Issue: Role Of ESD And FTRD
Amrita Sethi, MD, FASGE 

9:10 – 9:30 am               
Panel Discussion Q&A

SESSION TWO                

Moderator: V. Raman Muthusamy, MD, FASGE and Sachin B. Wani, MD, FASGE

9:30 – 9:45 am               
Barrett’s Basics: Screening And Surveillance Guidelines
Sachin B. Wani, MD, FASGE

9:45 – 10:00 am             
Evolution Of Endoscopic Therapy For Barrett’s Dysplasia
V. Raman Muthusamy, MD, FASGE  

10:00 – 10:15 am           
Endoscopic Workup And Management Of Achalasia: Can We Tunnel To Success?
Amrita Sethi, MD, MASGE

10:15 – 10:30 am           
Endoscopic Plumbing For Esophageal Stricture
Rehan Haidry, BSc (Hons), MRCP

10:30 – 10:45 am           
Panel Q&A

10:45 – 10:55 am           

SESSION THREE              
Bariatric endoscopy update

Moderator: Rehan Haidry, BSc (Hons), MRCP, Christopher Chapman, MD

11:00 – 11:15 am           
Bariatric Endoscopy Tools and Techniques in 2020:
Reem Z. Sharaiha, MD, MSc

11:15 – 11:30 am           
Scoping The Bariatric Patient: Dealing With Altered Anatomy And Post-op Complications
Christopher Chapman, MD     


11:30 – 11:45 am           
Panel Q&A

SESSION FOUR                

Moderators: Badih Joseph Elmunzer, MD, Vanessa M. Shami, MD, FASGE

11:45 – 12:00 pm           
Ways to Minimize Physician Burnout
Rajesh N. Keswani, MD    


12:00 – 12:15 pm           
Improving Quality In The Endoscopy Unit
Vanessa M. Shami, MD, FASGE

12:15 – 12:30 pm           
Preparing for the Next Pandemic
Klaus Mergener, MD, PhD, MBA, FASGE

12:30 – 12:45 pm           
Panel Q&A

12:45 – 1:15 pm             

SESSION FIVE             

Moderators: Reem Z. Sharaiha, MD, MSc, , Marianna Arvanitaki, MD, PhD

1:15–1:30 pm                 
Tricks For Ensuring Successful Cannulation At ERCP
Marianna Arvanitaki, MD, PhD


1:30 –1:45 pm                
Management Of Biliary Strictures: Malignant vs Benign
V. Raman Muthusamy, MD, FASGE

1:45-2:00 pm                  
Sweep, Crush, And Clear: Endotherapy For Bile Duct Stones   Jeanin E. Van Hooft, MD, PhD, FASGE  

2:00-2:15 pm                  
Optimizing ERCP Outcomes
Badih Joseph Elmunzer, MD

2:15-2:30 pm                  
Dealing With Pancreatic Collections: When To Drain And How
Ji Young Bang, MD, MPH

2:30-2:45 pm                  
Panel Q&A

2:45-3:00 pm                 


Moderator: Jeanin E. Van Hooft, MD, PhD, FASGE, Kevin E. Woods, MD, MPH

3:00– 3:15 pm                
Halting The Hemorrhage: Esophageal And Gastric Variceal Bleeding
Anna Duloy, MD

3:15 –3:30 pm                
Achieving Hemostasis In Non Variceal UGI Bleeding
Alan N. Barkun, MD,CM, MSc, FASGE

3:30-3:45 pm                  
Optimal Timing Of ERCP In Cholangitis Management
Jeanin E. Van Hooft, MD, PhD, FASGE

3:45—4:00 pm               
Damage Control In Perforations: Endoscopic Closure Techniques
Payal Saxena, MBBS, FRACP

4:00-4:15 pm                  
Paving The Way For Patency: Managing Duodenal And Colonic Obstruction
Kevin E. Woods, MD, MPH

4:15 – 4:45 pm               
Panel Q&A

SESSION SEVEN              

Moderator: Payal Saxena, MBBS, FRACP, Uzma D. Siddiqui, MD, FASGE

4:45– 5:00 pm                
Pancreatic Cyst Guidelines: What You Need to Know
Vanessa M. Shami, MD, FASGE

5:00 – 5:15 pm               
Thinking Outside The Box: Therapeutic EUS
Uzma D. Siddiqui, MD, FASGE

5:15 – 5:30 pm               
Panel Q&A
Closing Remarks: Siddiqui and Wani

Registration and CME

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

ASGE designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful completion of this CME activity enables the participant to earn up to 7.5 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) MOC program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC points.

ASGE Assurance to High Level Scientific Evidence and Adherence to Neutrality:  ASGE is committed to you, our learners.   We are committed to assuring the highest level of scientific rigor, research-based evidence and practicality to clinical use is conveyed throughout this educational activity.  Members who designed this educational activity are carefully selected for their content expertise, teaching excellence and neutrality on the topic(s) being presented.  ASGE requires all subject matter experts, committee members and staff planners who are in a position to control any aspect of content to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.  Financial relationships in any amount is considered a potential conflict of interest, is peer-reviewed and resolved according to ASGE’s Educational Conflict of Interest Policy prior to the start of this program.   

Educational programming is supported, in part, by the ASGE Foundation. To donate, visit

HIPAA Accountability:  ASGE makes every effort to not include individually identifiable health information in this educational activity.  To protect patient privacy, faculty are requested to de-identify patient related material in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Educational Attributes:   This ASGE educational program addresses the following desirable physician attribute(s) that align with ACGME/ABMS Competencies, Institute of Medicine Competencies and/or Interprofessional Education Collaborative Competencies:  a) Medical Knowledge; b) Practice-Based Learning and Improvement; c) Provide Patient-Centered Care; and d) Employ Evidence-Based Practice

ASGE Outcome-Based Education Level:

2020 ASGE Postgraduate Course on Creative Solutions to Everyday Endoscopic Challenges is designed to meet ASGE’s Level 2 on an anticipated outcome-based education (OBE) scale.  ASGE’s OBE level designation is an educational indicator on what is anticipated for participants to gain from this program’s instruction and objectives. 

ASGE’s Commitment to Our Learners:  ASGE’s continuing medical education program consists of a diversified educational portfolio. Each educational activity serves to maintain, develop, or increase our learner’s knowledge, skill, and professional performance.  It is our intention that you will be able to transfer this learning to the provision of services for your patients, the public and the endoscopy profession. Content developed for this educational activity is based upon a body of knowledge and skills generally recognized and accepted by the GI profession and ASGE’s standards of practice, the basic medical sciences, the discipline of clinical medicine, and the provision of health care to the public.

Written notice of cancellation and requests for refunds must be sent to by September 30, 2020. After this date, no refunds will be possible. Registration cancellations are not accepted by telephone. There will be a $50 administrative fee assessed for cancellation of any paid event. Refunds will be issued after the meeting.


All registration is handled through the American College of Gastroenterology.

Online only: You may register online at



ASGE or ACG Member



□ $390

□ $490


□ $200

□ $250

Allied Health Professional

□ $200

□ $250

Practice Manager

□ $200

□ $250

Advertisers and Exhibitors