ASGE Post-Graduate Course at ACG: Evidence-based Updates for the Practicing Gastroenterologist

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The 2021 ASGE Post-Graduate Course at ACG: Evidence-based Updates for the Practicing Gastroenterologist aims to provide comprehensive updates on several important endoscopic topics, ranging from optimal practice considerations, to oncologic endoscopy, to the endoluminal evaluation and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease complications. The topics and speakers for this course were specifically curated to provide thoughtful and diverse perspectives, helping endoscopists from various settings thrive in their practice.

Held in conjunction with the American College of Gastroenterology Annual Conference


Course Directors

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

Anne Marie Lennon, MD, PhD, FASGE
John Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore Maryland


Megan A. Adams, MD, JD, MSc
Regents of the University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

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

Jennifer A. Christie, MD, FASGE
The Emory Clinic
Atlanta, GA

Darwin L. Conwell, MD
The Ohio State University Medical Center
Columbus, OH 

Anna Duloy, MD
University of Colorado
Denver, CO                                    

Puja S. Elias, MD
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC

Olaya Isabella Brewer Gutierrez, MBBS
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD

Gursimran S. Kochhar, MD, CNSC, FACP
Allegheny Center for Digestive Health
Pittsburgh, PA

Folasade P. May, MD, PhD
Los Angeles, CA

Saowanee Ngamruengphong, MD, FASGE
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD

Nonthalee Pausawasdi, MD
Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University
Bangkok, Thailand

Bret T. Petersen, MD, MASGE
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

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

Amandeep K. Shergill, MD
University of California
San Francisco, CA


Learning Objectives

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

  1. Discuss approaches to optimizing day-to-day endoscopic practice
  2. Describe how best to evaluate for and manage pre-cancerous and early malignant lesions of the foregut and colon
  3. Identify best practices in ‘emergency endoscopy’ services
  4. Compare and contrast common pancreaticobiliary problems
  5. Recognize the spectrum of endoscopic care that can improve the health of IBD patients

*Times noted as Pacific Time

7:50 – 8:00 AM              
Welcome and Introductions

Course Directors:
B. Joseph Elmunzer, MD and Anne Marie Lennon, MD, PhD, FASGE


Moderators: Folasade P. May, MD, PhD and Anne Marie Lennon, MD, PhD, FASGE

8:00 – 8:20 AM               
Endoscopic Considerations in Underserved Populations
Folasade P. May, MD, PhD

8:20 – 8:40 AM               

Refocusing on Ergonomics During Endoscopy
Amandeep K. Shergill, MD

8:40 – 9:00 AM
Evidence-based Approach to Peri-procedural Anticoagulation Management

Olaya Isabella Brewer Gutierrez, MBBS

9:00- 9:20 AM
Minimizing Medicolegal Risk Related to Endoscopy

Megan A. Adams, MD, JD, MSc

9:20 – 9:40 AM

Questions and Answers

9:40 – 9:50 AM

Moderators: Jennifer A. Christie, MD, FASGE and B. Joseph Elmunzer, MD

9:50 – 10:10 AM
The Continuum of Endoscopic Care for Barrett’s Esophagus

Puja S. Elias, MD

10:10 – 10:30 AM
Gastric Cancer: Who and How to Screen

Saowanee Ngamruengphong, MD, FASGE

10:30 – 10:50 AM          
Screening and Surveillance for Colon Cancer in 2021 and Beyond

Jennifer A. Christie, MD, FASGE

10:50 – 11:10 AM
Endoscopic Management of Complex Colon Polyps

Douglas K. Rex, MD, MASGE

11:10 – 11:30 AM
Questions and Answers

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM   
Lunch and Exhibits

Moderators: Jennifer A. Christie, MD, FASGE and B. Joseph Elmunzer, MD

12:30 – 12:50 PM
Non-variceal Upper GI Bleeding: What You Need to Know in 2021

Alan N. Barkun, MD,CM, MSc, FASGE

12:50 – 1:10 PM
Portal Hypertensive Bleeding
Anna Duloy, MD

1:10 – 1:30 PM
Foreign Bodies and Food Impactions

Jennifer A. Christie, MD, FASGE

1:30 – 1:50 PM Latrogenic Perforations of the GI Tract: Avoiding an Operation
Olaya Isabella Brewer Gutierrez, MBBS

1:50 – 2:10 PM Questions and Answers

Moderators: Darwin L. Conwell, MD and B. Joseph Elmunzer, MD

2:10 – 2:30 PM
Evaluation and Management of Pancreatic Cystic Neoplasms

Anne Marie Lennon, MD, PhD, FASGE

2:30 – 2:50 PM
Endoscopic Management of Pancreatic Fluid Collections

B. Joseph Elmunzer, MD

2:50 – 3:10 PM
Medical Management of Chronic Pancreatitis

Darwin L. Conwell, MD

3:10 – 3:30 PM
A Responsible Approach to Difficult Biliary Cannulation
Bret T. Petersen, MD, MASGE

3:30 – 3:50 PM
Malignant Biliary Strictures: Diagnosis and Management

Nonthalee Pausawasdi, MD

3:50 – 4:10 PM
Questions and Answers

4:10 – 4:20 PM
Break and Exhibits

Moderators: Amandeep K. Shergill, MD, and Anne Marie Lennon, MD, PhD, FASG

4:20 – 4:40 PM
Endoscopic Surveillance and Management of Colitis-associated Neoplasia

Amandeep K. Shergill, MD

4:40 – 5:00 PM 
Stricture Therapy in IBD

Gursimran S. Kochhar, MD, CNSC, FACP

5:00 – 5: 20 PM
Questions and Answers

5:20 PMFinal Remarks and Adjourn

Registration Information

All registration is handled through the American College of Gastroenterology.

Online only:

You may register online here.
ACG is offering flexible registration options for this year’s hybrid conference. Registrants can choose to attend in-person in Las Vegas, participate virtually, or select a combination of both. Pricing is the same for all courses, whether selecting in-person or virtual registration.


  ASGE or ACG Member Non-Member
Physician $390 $490
Trainee $200 $250
Allied Health Professional $200 $250
Practice Manager $200 $250


Register for any two courses and save up to 10%!
Can’t join us in-person in Las Vegas?
Maximize your learning with one of our VIRTUAL All-Access Pass options and save 20%!
ACG All-Access Pass: The ACG All-Access Pass includes virtual-only access to the GI Pathophysiology Course, GI Pharmacology Course, Practice Management Summit, Postgraduate Course + Bonus Sessions (formerly Learning Luncheons), and the Annual Scientific Meeting + Bonus Sessions (formerly Breakfast Sessions). Registrants will also receive online access to the 2021 Self-Assessment Test.
NEW for 2021: ACG All-Access Pass + ASGE Endoscopy Course: The ACG All-Access Pass includes virtual-only access to all of the courses in the ACG All-Access Pass PLUS the ASGE Endoscopy Course.

Hotel Accommodations

The official ACG 2021 headquarters hotel is Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, located at 3950 S. Las Vegas Boulevard.  Rooms have been blocked for ACG attendees at a reduced rate. Book your room now

The cutoff date for hotel reservations at the group rate is September 27, 2021

Continuing Medical Education

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 other activity (blended learning) for a maximum of 8.25 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, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 8.25 Medical Knowledge 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 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. Disclosures are made readily available to learners on ASGE’s website in this course activity’s program agenda as well as in the learner’s digital handouts through GI Leap.  ASGE considers financial relationship in any amount is considered a potential conflict of interest, is peer-reviewed and resolved according to ASGE’s Educational Conflict of Interest policy and procedure prior to the start of this 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).

ASGE Outcome-Based Education Level

The 2021 ASGE Postgraduate at Course at ACG: Evidence-based Updates for the Practicing Gastroenterologist is designed to meet  ASGE’s  Level 3a -Learning:  Declarative knowledge 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.

Educational Attributes

This ASGE educational program addresses the following desirable physician attributes 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’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.