Improving Quality and Safety in Your Endoscopy Unit

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. 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, as well as discuss emerging trends and evidence. They will also be prepared to apply for the ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program or be able to renew their current participation.
Course Directors & Faculty
Course Directors
Anna Duloy, MD

Rahul Shimpi, MD


Lukejohn Day, MD FASGE

James Collins, RN, CNOR

Learning Objectives

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

  1. List 2-3 ways you can define and measure quality in endoscopy.
  2. Recognize techniques described to make your endoscopy unit more efficient and safe.
  3. Indicate 1 method learned you could use to improve patient satisfaction in your endoscopy unit, specifically areas that aid in doctor-patient communication.
  4. Define potential sources of infection from contact with various body fluids, transmissibility during endoscopic procedure and the susceptibility to potential disinfectants.
  5. Discuss measures you could use within your unit quality assurance program, including sedation and monitoring and unit accreditation and re-accreditation.

8:20 – 8:30 AM

Course Directors’ Welcome and Introductions

Defining and Measuring Quality in Endoscopy

As our ability to measure actual outcomes has improved, our understanding of what constitutes quality in endoscopy has necessarily evolved. During this series of talks, we will discuss the importance of measuring quality with a specific focus on procedural quality indicators.

8:30 - 8:50 AM                

What Constitutes a High-Quality Endoscopy Unit?

8:50 - 9:20 AM               

Quality Indicators for Colonoscopy

9:20 - 9:50 AM                

Approaching Automation of Data Collection and Data Analysis

9:50 - 10:10 AM             


10:10 - 10:30 AM           

Surveillance Recommendations and Positive Cologuard Follow-up

10:30 - 11:00 AM           

Advanced Endoscopy and Upper GI Bleeding Quality Indicators

11:00 - 11:20 AM           

Endoscopy considerations in patients with IBD

11:20 - 11:50 AM           

Roundtable Discussion I: Defining and Measuring Quality in Endoscopy

11:50 AM - 12:20 PM   

Establishing and Maintaining a High-Quality Endoscopy Unit

With the right infrastructure, your team will not lose sight of the fundamentals upon which excellence is built. During this series of talks, we will discuss improving quality at the patient, procedural, and unit levels.


12:20 - 12:40 PM           

Optimizing Bowel Preparation in Your Endoscopy Unit

12:40 - 1:00 PM              

Measuring and Maximizing Patient Satisfaction with the Added Twist of Telemedicine

1:00 - 1:20 PM                

Improving Efficiency in the Endoscopy Unit

1:20 - 1:40 PM                

Roundtable Discussion II: Establishing and Maintaining a High-Quality Endoscopy Unit

Infection Control in GI Endoscopy

Safety and infection control are of paramount importance to the overall success and efficacy of GI endoscopy. During this series of talks, we will discuss establishing a robust infection control program today while keeping an eye to the future.

1:40 - 2:00 PM                

Infection Control in Endoscopy: Global Overview

2:00 - 2:20 PM                

Infection Control in Endoscopy:The Nuts and Bolts – What You Need to Know for Your Unit

2:20 - 2:40 PM                

Infection Control Q&A

2:40 - 2:50 PM                


Creating a Quality Culture

Embedding quality deep in a company’s culture provides a multitude of benefits. During this series of talks, we will discuss creating a culture in which employees live quality in all their actions.

2:50 - 3:10 PM                

Preparing for a Successful Endoscopy Unit Survey Accreditation

3:10 - 3:30 PM                

Enhancing the Employee Experience, Maintaining Staff Morale and Managing a Disruptive Staff Member

3:30 - 3:50 PM                

Roundtable Discussion III: Creating a Quality Culture

Practical Solutions for Your Most Pressing Quality and Safety Issues

In our final segment of the day, we will discuss translating quality concepts into the practical situations we encounter in our day-to-day GI endoscopy practices, including attendee feedback submitted in advance of the course.

3:50 - 4:25 PM                

Q&A Final Round

4:25 - 4:30 PM                

Closing Remarks and Course Adjournment

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Registration Information

Members: $450

Non-members: $550

Active EURP Units receive a discounted rate of $375. You must call, fax or mail registration for this rate, and unit status will be verified by ASGE.

ASGE Registration Policies 
Individuals must be ASGE members at the time of registration to receive member rates for the meeting. Refunds will not be provided for the difference in registration fees if the attendee becomes a member after registering. Phone cancellations are strictly prohibited. Substitutions are not permitted. All refunds are subject to a $100 cancellation fee. Requests must be e-mailed to or mailed to ASGE at the following address:

American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE)
Attention: Quality Course Registration
3300 Woodcreek Drive
Downers Grove, Illinois, USA  60515

Hotel Accommodations

Chicago Marriott Suites Downers Grove

1500 Opus Place Downers Grove, Illinois 60515

ASGE Quality Course

Start Date: Friday, October 1, 2021

End Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021

Last Day to Book: Friday, September 10, 2021

Hotel(s) offering your special group rate:

  • Chicago Marriott Suites Downers Grove for 109 USD per night
CME and Accreditation 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.  ASGE designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

All Non-Physician participants will receive a Certificate of Participation specifying hours of education accredited for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

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. The members who designed this educational activity were 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 are considered a potential conflict of interest and are peer-reviewed and resolved according to ASGE’s Educational Conflict of Interest policy and procedure prior to the start of this program.  All planner, faculty and staff disclosures are available on the Accreditation Statement in GI Leap and as part of the handout materials to registrants prior to the start of the program.

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 and ABMS Competencies, Institute of Medicine Competencies 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. 

Dates: October 2, 2021
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Central Daylight Time)

ASGE Institute for Training and Technology 3300 Woodcreek Drive Downers Grove, IL 60515 United States

Course Director(s):
Anna Duloy, MD, and Rahul Shimpi, MD