Star Lower GI EMR. ASGE Star Certificate Program.

ASGE STAR Certificate Program: Lower GI EMR

February 24, 2024, 7:00 AM - February 25, 2024, 3:00 PM

Course Directors:
Kevin A. Waschke, MD, CM, FRCPC, FASGE
Cynthia M. Yoshida, MD

ASGE IT&T or Virtual

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Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) is a technique used for the staging and treatment of superficial neoplasms of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. It was first developed in Japan for the treatment of early gastric cancer (EGC) and has spread in use throughout the world for various indications, including dysplastic Barrett mucosa and sessile colonic neoplasms.

Several variations of EMR are currently used, including injection-assisted, cap-assisted and ligation-assisted techniques. All adhere to the basic principles of identification and demarcation of the lesion, submucosal injection to lift the lesion and endoscopic snare resection. Due to its overall safety and efficacy in appropriately selected patient populations, EMR has become firmly integrated into the diagnostic and treatment algorithms of superficial GI malignancies.

The ASGE STAR Certificate Program for Lower GI EMR provides the opportunity to practice and perfect your technique while receiving guidance from expert faculty and document readiness to perform EMR with excellence and confidence.

Topics will include: 

  • Lesion recognition
  • Submucosal injection techniques
  • Piecemeal and snare resection
  • Polyp retrieval
  • And more!

Enroll today to claim your spot and get a head start on the required pre-work for this course!

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the morphology of colonic polyps and assess their endoscopic appearance for resectability
  • Appropriately select and demonstrate the use of various snares, cautery and injection/lifting technique in the endoscopic mucosal resection of “large, complex or high-risk” colonic polyps ( e.g., > 20 mm, difficult location, with depression or significant nodularity)
  • Demonstrate the use of appropriate accessories for both polyp retrieval and management of complications
  • Select appropriate surveillance intervals based on current guideline

Course Directors

Kevin A. Waschke, MD, CM, FRCPC, FASGE

Montreal General Hospital

Montreal QC, CANADA

Cynthia M. Yoshida, MD

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA


Aziz Aadam, MD

Northwestern University

Chicago, IL

Mark E. Benson, MD

University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation Inc.

Madison, WI

Mohammad Bilal, MD

Minneapolis VA Health Care System

Minneapolis, MN

Nayantara Coelho-Prabhu, MD, FASGE

Mayo Clinic

Rochester, MN

Andrew Copland, MD

University Of Virginia Health Systems

Charlottesville, VA

Lionel D'Souza, MD

Stony Brook University Hospital

Stony Brook, NY

Eric Montminy, MD

John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County

Chicago, IL

Anoop Prabhu, MD, FASGE

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Buffalo, NY

Alaa Rostom, MD, MSc, FRCPC

The Ottawa Hospital - Civic Campus

Ottawa, Ontario CANADA

Shawn L. Shah, MD

Dallas VA Medical Center

Dallas, TX

Stacie A. F. Vela, MD, FASGE

Phoenix VA Medical Center

Phoenix, AZ

February 24, 2024

Print Agenda

*Times Listed in Central Time

6:30 AM - 7:00 AM

Registration, Breakfast and Visit with Exhibitors (Virtual & In-Person)

7:00 AM - 7:30 AM

Pre-Procedure/Tools of the Trade

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Indications/Lesions Recognition

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Submucosal Injection

8:45 AM - 9:30 AM

EMR Techniques

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Break and Exhibits

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Polypectomy Prevention/Treatment of Adverse Events

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Post-Polypectomy Steps/Tattoo, Retrieval and Follow-Up

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Group Photo, Lunch and Exhibits

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Simulation-Based and Hands-On Training (ASGE Bioskills Lab)

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Visit Exhibitors and Reception

February 25, 2024

7:15 AM - 7:45 AM

Breakfast and Visit Exhibitors

7:45 AM - 8:45 AM

Optional Satellite Symposia

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Break and Exhibits

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Case-Based Presentations or One-on-One Hands-On Assessment

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch and Exhibits

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Case-Based Presentations or One-on-One Hands-On Assessment

3:00 PM -


Course Follow-Up

All enrollees will be provided a transcript detailing the completed curriculum, earned CME and MOC and assessment of performance in EMR skills.

Participants who pass both assessment components will receive a Certificate of Completion in Lower GI EMR.

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.

Opportunities for re-testing may be available at DDW and/or other ASGE educational events. However, ASGE does not guarantee date or availability of re-training or re-testing until the next iteration of this program.

Course Requirements

This course is designed for gastroenterologists with a minimum of two years in practice post-fellowship, who have performed at least 500 colonoscopies independently, are currently performing colonoscopy as part of daily practice, and are proficient in basic polypectomy, hemostasis and injection techniques.

Prior to the skills-training component, February 24-25, several online components are required to be completed in sequence.

  • Baseline Pre-Test: This test will provide an initial assessment of your knowledge.
  • Literature: Read and review guidelines, technology reviews and key articles.
  • GI Leap: View various lectures and videos from ASGE GI Leap.
  • Retake Pre-Test: Retake the pre-test following the online instructional components. Then, receive automatic feedback and references after completing the exam.

Earn CME and MOC credit at the completion of the online curriculum. Learn more about ASGE STAR Certificate Program curriculum.

Registration Fees

ASGE Physician Member$3,300$1,000
Physician Non-Member$3,900$1,600
ASGE Member Trainee$2,300$800
Non-Member Trainee$3,300$1,000

Registration Options

  • Click here to register online
  • Call 630.573.0600 Monday through Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm CT to register by phone
  • If you would like to submit a check, please make it payable to ASGE and mail to:

    American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
    P.O. Box 809055, Chicago, IL 60680-9055
    Attention: STAR Lower EMR

View ASGE’s Policies and Procedures for information on Cancellation & Refunds.

Hotel Accommodations

In-person participants who require lodging are encouraged to book a room at:

The Westin Chicago Lombard
70 Yorktown Center
Lombard, IL  60148
Phone: 630-719-8000

Group Rate: $135 per night
Hotel Cut-Off Date: Friday, February 2, 2024

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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 blended learning activity for a maximum of 23 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 participants to earn up to 23 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (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. If you are interested in claiming these points, please follow the prompts after passing the Cognitive Assessment with a score of 80% or higher and completing the online evaluation. You will be prompted to enter your ABIM ID number and your date of birth (MM/DD) this information will be shared on the ACCME PARS system and automatically sent to ABIM on your behalf.  Please allow up to 48 hours to appear on your ABIM profile.

ASGE Outcome-Based Education Level:

ASGE STAR Lower EMR 2024 is designed to meet ASGE’s Outcome Level 3b “Learning- procedural knowledge: includes pre and post-tests, case-based assessments” on an anticipated outcome-based education (OBE) scale. ASGE’s OBE means starting with a clear picture of what is important for participants to gain from the educational activity to be able to do following participation, then organizing the program, instruction, and objectives to make sure the anticipated educational delivery ultimately.

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