STAR Fundamental of Suturing. ASGE STAR Certificate Program.

ASGE STAR Certificate Program: Fundamentals of Suturing

July 13, 2024, 7:00 AM - July 14, 2024, 2:45 PM

Course Directors:
David E. Loren, MD, FASGE
Monica Saumoy, MD, MS

ASGE IT&T or Virtual

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Endoscopic suturing is the use of a suturing system device to place full-thickness sutures for the purpose of tissue apposition. This method allows optimal and secure intraluminal suturing. The rim of the defect is sutured using a transorally delivered needle and suture. This requires advanced technical skills and significant experience in puncturing the mucosa using the needle by optimally grasping the tissue and tightening the thread via the flexible endoscope. This program will leverage common techniques and devices to perform endoscopic suturing, providing the training needed to become proficient in its clinical use.

Significant hands-on procedural training experience will be provided for a variety of indications where approximating tissue is desired, including:

  • Fixation of stents
  • Closure of defects
  • Bariatric applications

In-person participation, assuming successful passing of knowledge and skill-based competencies, will lead to a certificate of completion. That includes participation in the video-based assessment, helping to further your skills with this procedure. Virtual participation will only enhance or reinforce knowledge of clinical applicability in endoscopic practice.

For those who seek progression in their skills training, this program also serves as a precursor to ASGE’s Advanced Bariatric Suturing.

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Participants will be able to:

  • Identify the indications for suturing and the types of suturing patterns
  • Demonstrate suturing techniques of the various fundamental suturing patterns
  • Explain the common challenges that are encountered with the application of endoscopic suturing

Course Pre-Work

Prior to the skills-training component, enrollees will be required to complete several online components in sequence:

  • Baseline assessment: This test will provide the enrollee an initial assessment of their knowledge
  • Literature: Participants will read and review guidelines, technology reviews and key articles
  • Instructional videos: Participants will view instructional videos from the ASGE Endoscopic Learning Library (ELL)
  • Interval assessment: Enrollees will re-take the baseline assessment following the online instructional components. Participants will receive automatic feedback and references after completing the assessment
  • Participants will earn CME credit at the completion of the online curriculum

The baseline assessment is used to measure your baseline knowledge in this topic area. The assessment should take you no longer than 30 minutes to complete. After completing the baseline assessment you will have access to many pre-course materials including guidelines, articles, and videos. Please watch all videos and complete the interval assessment prior to your arrival. You will earn CME & MOC credits for reviewing all this online material and completing all assessments.

Cognitive Post-Assessment

Your course participation is not complete until you have taken the online cognitive assessment with a score of  80% or better. You will have 30 days after the course to complete the cognitive assessment, if not taken within this time frame you may not receive the Certificate of Completion for the STAR Suturing program. You will gain access to the cognitive assessment after completing all pre-requisite online course components.

David Loren, MD, FASGE

Fox Chase Cancer Center

Philadelphia, PA

Monica Saumoy, MD, MS

Penn Medicine Princeton Physicians

Plainsboro, NJ

July 13, 2024

Print Agenda

*Times Listed in Central Time

6:00 AM - 6:30 AM

Shuttle from The Westin to ASGE IT&T

6:30 AM - 7:00 AM

Breakfast & Exhibits

7:00 AM - 7:15 AM

Welcome & Introduction

7:15 AM - 7:45 AM

Suture & Stent Fixation

7:45 AM - 8:15 AM

Fistula & Leaks

8:15 AM - 8:35 AM

Equipment Setup and Mechanics

8:35 AM - 8:50 AM

Questions & Answers

8:50 AM - 9:00 AM

Move Time to Bioskills Lab

9:00 AM - 9:40 AM

Dry Hands-On Equipment Setup

9:40 AM - 9:50 AM

Review of Competencies of Fundamentals of Suturing Skills Assessment

9:50 AM - 10:00 AM

Break & Move Time to Bioskills Lab

10:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Pre-Skill Video Assessment

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Lunch Break & Exhibits

1:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Group Photo

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Group Video Expert Debrief - Course Directors

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Break & Move Time to Bioskills Lab

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Hands-On Training (Part 1 of 3)

4:00 PM - 4:20 PM

Break, Exhibits & Rotate Back to Bioskills Lab

4:20 PM - 5:50 PM

Hands-On Training (Part 2 of 3)

5:50 PM - 6:30 PM

Reception & Exhibits

6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Shuttle Back to The Westin

July 14, 2024

6:15 AM - 6:45 AM

Shuttle from The Westin to ASGE IT&T

If you are checking out of The Westin on this day, it is recommended that you bring your luggage with you on the shuttle. ASGE will have luggage storage onsite and you can arrange for taxi transportation to the airport at your expense.
7:00 AM - 7:45 AM

Breakfast & Exhibits

7:45 AM - 9:15 AM

Hands-On Training (Part 3 of 3)

9:15 AM - 9:45 AM


Skill Assessment Times By Groups

Group 1: 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Group 2: 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Group 3: 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Suturing Closures of Defects & Perforations

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Questions & Answers

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM


11:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Questions & Answers

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Full Thickness Suturing Applications

12:15 PM - 12:30 PM

Questions & Answers

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch Break

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Quality Metrics and Reimbursements You Should Be Aware of

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Interesting Case Presentations

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Last Opportunity for Questions and Answers

2:45 PM -


Registration Fees

ASGE Physician Member$3,300$900
Physician Non-Member$3,900$1,300
*ASGE Member Trainee$1,300$500
*Non-Member Trainee$2,000$900

*Note: Trainee should be limited to advanced endoscopy fellows, not general GI fellows.

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
    Attention: 2024 Gastroenterology Reimbursement and Coding Update Course
    P.O. Box 809055, Chicago, IL 60680-9055
    Attention: STAR Fundamental Suturing

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, June 21, 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 26.75 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 26.75 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. Deadline to submit MOC points will be December 30, 2024.

ASGE Outcome-Based Education Level:

ASGE STAR Fundamentals of Suturing 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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