DDW News


June 3, 2018

Lecturer advocates for volunteerism, leads by example

If you were asked to make a list of words describing a surgeon, you may include words like skilled and intelligent. But odds are the word “altruistic” didn’t make your list, and American Board of Surgery Executive Director Jo Buyske, MD, FACS, thinks that’s a shame. Her SSAT Maja and Frank G. Moody State-of-the-Art Lecture on Monday will challenge surgeons to leverage their skills to give back.


Better communication can improve provider-patient relationships

Clinicians who want to improve treatment for IBS and IBD have a simple charge: Improve their patient communication skills. That was the key message from Douglas Drossman, MD, during Saturday’s AGA Postgraduate Course Luncheon Breakout Session Maximizing the Patient-Provider Relationship Using Effective Communication Skills for IBD and/or IBS.


Special session and reception will highlight strategies to promote diversity in GI, address health care disparities

Diversity issues among gastroenterologists, hepatologists and surgeons as they relate to academia and various clinical practice settings are the subject of the Sunday afternoon session Ensuring Diversity in Gastroenterology: Practical Approaches for GI Societies, Institutions and Practices. “Diverse organizations ensure a broad range of perspectives and skills that stem from the experiences of individuals that make up organizations,” said AGA Diversity Committee Chair Rotonya Carr, MD.


Brush up on EUS basics at Sunday symposium

The goal of Sunday morning’s ASGE Clinical Symposium EUS: Doing the Basics Better is to offer a solid foundational outline of the spectrum of endoscopic ultrasound applications for people who are new to the technology, according to Ferga Gleeson, MD, FASGE, professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.


SSAT Poster Spotlight: Kristen Seiler, MD

Kristen Seiler, MD, provides insight behind her poster “Induced Endodermal Progenitor Cells Assume Epithelial Gene Expression Profiles when Cultured on Acellular Intestinal Scaffolds without the Addition of Exogenous Growth Factors” (Su1300), which she will present Sunday.