Practical Solutions for the GI Practice

ASGE understands the risks that GI practices face as they attempt to embrace the complexities of today’s changing health care environment. The stakes are high and ASGE wants to be your partner in providing practical solutions to your GI practice.

ASGE Courses and Online Educational Offerings

Trifecta: Improving Quality and Safety in Your Endoscopy Unit

Dates: November 15, 2019

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This course is a part of the ASGE Practice Management Trifecta, a trio of courses that focus on the business side of your GI practice. Join experts in GI practice management, quality and safety, and coding and reimbursement as they provide practical strategies, best practices, and implementation tips. You and your team will acquire the resources and tools needed to maintain—and grow—a successful GI practice in 2020.

Why Attend

ASGE has developed this course to educate physician and non-physician unit staff on how to translate quality concepts into practice at their endoscopy unit.  The content of the course is dynamic, addressing the fundamentals of quality and safe practice as well as emerging trends and evidence.  In addition to advancing their knowledge in endoscopy unit quality and safety, participants in this course will be prepared to apply for the ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program or renew their current participation.

Course Directors

Keswani_bioRajesh Keswani, MD
Northwestern University
Chicago, IL

Shin_ bioEun Ji Shin, MD
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

This course is ideal for practicing gastrointestinal endoscopists and surgeons, medical directors, nurse managers, unit managers and allied professionals interested in advancing their knowledge in endoscopy unit quality and safety.

  • Practicing gastrointestinal endoscopists and surgeons
  • Medical directors
  • Nurse managers
  • Unit managers
  • Allied professionals interested in advancing their knowledge in endoscopy unit quality and safety

Units interested in applying for the ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program (EURP) or renewing their ASGE EURP Certificate are encouraged to send both a physician and a non-physician manager to the course. Program eligibility criteria require completion of this course by at least one-unit representative within one year of the program application for new units and prior to expiration for renewing units.


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

  • Identify ways to define and measure quality in endoscopy

  • Describe techniques to make endoscopy more efficient while maintaining safety

  • Describe methods to improve patient satisfaction in endoscopy, including improved doctor-patient communication

  • Recognize the potential sources of infection from contact with various body fluids, their transmissibility during gastrointestinal endoscopy, and their susceptibility to potential disinfectants

  • Specify measures for improving unit quality, including training and credentialing for new procedures, quality assurance programs, sedation and monitoring, and unit accreditation and re-accreditation


Improving Quality and Safety in Your Endoscopy Unit


Agenda — Subject to Change

6:30 – 7:30 AM
Registration, Continental Breakfast and Exhibits

7:30 – 7:40 AM   Course Directors’ Welcome and Introductions
Rajesh Keswani, MD, MS and Eun Ji Shin, MD, PhD


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.

7:40 – 8:10 AM
  What Constitutes a High-Quality Endoscopy Unit?
Rajesh Keswani, MD, MS


8:10 – 8:40 AM
  Quality Indicators for Colonoscopy
Aasma Shaukat, MD, MPH, FASGE


8:40 – 9:10 AM
  Advanced Endoscopy and Upper GI Bleeding Quality Indicators
V. Raman Muthusamy, MD, FASGE


9:10 – 9:30 AM
  Round Table Discussion I: Defining and Measuring Quality in Endoscopy
Aasma Shaukat, MD, MPH, FASGE


9:30 – 9:50 AM


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.

9:50 – 10:15 AM  

Optimizing Bowel Preparation in Your Endoscopy Unit
Aasma Shaukat, MD, MPH, FASGE


10:15 – 10:40 AM
  Unlocking the Doors to Patient Satisfaction
Eun Ji Shin, MD, PhD


10:40 – 11:10 AM   Improving Efficiency in the Endoscopy Unit
Lukejohn Day, MD, FASGE


11:10 – 11:30 AM
  Round Table Discussion II: Establishing and Maintaining a High-Quality Endoscopy Unit

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM


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.

12:30 – 12:50 PM

Infection Control in Endoscopy: Global Overview
V. Raman Muthusamy, MD, FASGE

12:50 – 1:10 AM 
  Infection Control in Endoscopy: The Nuts and Bolts – What You Need to Know for Your Unit
James Collins, RN, CNOR


1:10 AM – 1:30 PM 

Infection Control Q&A

1:30 – 1:50 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.

1:50 – 2:10 PM   Preparing for a Successful Endoscopy Unit Survey Accreditation
James Collins, RN, CNOR

2:10 – 2:30 PM   Enhancing the Employee Experience, Maintaining Staff Morale and Managing a Disruptive Staff Member
Lukejohn Day, MD, FASGE

2:30 – 2:50 PM

How to Safely Introduce New Technology in Your Endoscopy Unit
Rajesh Keswani, MD, MS

2:50 – 3:10 PM   Round Table Discussion III: Creating a Quality Culture

Case Study Forum
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 through a case study approach.

3:10 – 4:15 PM   Practical Solutions for Your Most Pressing Quality and Safety Issues
Rajesh Keswani, MD, MS and Eun Ji Shin, MD, PhD

4:15 – 4:30 PM   Closing Remarks and Course Adjournment


Improving Quality and Safety in Your Endoscopy Unit: This activity was approved for a maximum of 7.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

PHYSICIANS - 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 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for this activity. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

PRACTICE ADMINISTRATORS, CODERS and NURSES - All Non-Physician participants in the GI Practice Management Trifecta courses will receive a certificate of attendance specifying hours of education accredited for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.


ASGE courses have a history of selling out. It is recommended that you make your hotel reservations as soon as possible. However, you may want to wait to make your airline reservations until you receive confirmation of registration from ASGE.

Marriott Suites Downers Grove
1500 Opus Place
Downers Grove, Illinois 60515
P: (630) 852-1500
F: (630) 852-6527

ASGE has arranged a room block for this course at $119 per night plus applicable tax. This discount is valid only if the reservation is made before October 23, 2019. Please contact the hotel directly to make hotel reservations. Please reference “ASGE TRIFECTA COURSE” when making your reservation. Online Reservation link

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Earn discounts for attending two or more courses!

  1. In-Person

  2. Live Stream

  3. On-Demand*

Note: In-person and live streaming participants will receive a recording of the courses they attend available in ASGE’s GI Leap approximately two weeks after the live event.

*Individuals wanting to purchase the On-Demand version of the course not participating in the live event may purchase the recordings available in ASGE’s GI Leap approximately two weeks after the live event. Visit for more information.

EURP Members: Contact ASGE Customer Care at (630) 573-0600 for special EURP discounted pricing.

NOT A MEMBER? Save even more when you join ASGE prior to registering for the courses. Submit a membership application with your registration form and receive the discounted member rate. Visit for more information.



Requests for refunds must be sent in writing at least two weeks before the activity to Refunds will be subject to an administrative fee of $100. Attendee substitutions are permitted with ASGE authorization. ASGE has the right to cancel a program at any time at its discretion.

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Industry representatives interested in attending this course must contact Vanita Jordan Moore, Senior Manager, Sales and Business Development (Ph. 630-570-5625; Email: or Linda kay Tyler, Senior Director, Sales and Business Development (Ph: 630-570-5601; Email:  In compliance with ACCME guidelines, industry representatives may not participate in hands-on training or ask questions during a CME course.

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