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11th Annual Course Best Practices and New Developments in Gastroenterology & Hepatology

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The following audience may benefit from attending this program:

  • Gastroenterologists
  • Internal medicine physicians
  • Family physicians
  • Physician assistants
  • Nurse practitioners and nurses


Gastrointestinal diseases affect an estimated 60 to 70 million U.S. citizens annually. This course will provide an overview of the latest issues in clinical gastroenterology and hepatology. Upon completion of this program, course participants should demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of critical issues in gastroenterology including the opioid epidemic, new technologies to improve colorectal cancer prevention by colonoscopy, health maintenance and quality of life for inflammatory bowel disease patients, and options for advanced endoscopic management of Barrett’s esophagus.


Describe options for evaluation and new options for therapy.

  • Discuss the basis for comprehensive assessment in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients
  • Debate quality indices for colonoscopy
  • Review application of endoscopic mucosal resection of large colorectal polyps
  • Describe Barrett’s esophagus and treatment challenges



Penn State College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Penn State College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses Using AMA Credit

Nurses will receive a certificate from Penn State College of Medicine verifying their participation in 3.75 hours of approved continuing medical education. Continuing education activities which are approved by accredited institutions of higher education and that are relevant to patient care or professional nursing meet the requirements of mandatory continuing education for registered nurses in Pennsylvania, as required by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. The Board of Nursing recommends that nurses retain their certificates for a period of at least five years. Additional information is available through the State Board of Nursing website.


7:30 a.m. to noon

  • 7:30 a.m. | Check-In/Continental Breakfast/Visit Exhibitors
  • 7:55 a.m. | Welcoming Remarks
    Kofi Clarke, MD
  • 8 a.m. | High-Quality Colonoscopy
    Douglas K. Rex, MD, MACP, MACG, FASGE, AGAF
  • 8:30 a.m. | Primer on Endoscopic Mucosal Resection of Large Colorectal Polyps
    Jennifer Maranki, MD
  • 9 a.m. | Panel Discussion
  • 9:15 a.m. | Update on Barrett’s Esophagus
    John Levenick, MD
  • 9:45 a.m. | Morning Break/Visit Exhibitors
  • 10:05 a.m. | Chronic Abdominal Pain: Multidisciplinary Approach to Treatment
    Jill Eckert, DO
  • 10:35 a.m. | Health-Care Maintenance in IBD
    Nana Bernasko, CRNP, DNP, WHNP-BC
  • 11:05 a.m. | Management of Psychological Aspects of IBD
    Sanjay Yadav, MD
  • 11:35 a.m. | Panel Discussion
  • Noon | Lunch/Program Adjournment


Invited Faculty

Distinguished Professor of Medicine; Indiana University School of Medicine
Chancellors Professor; Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Director of Endoscopy; Indianapolis, IN

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Nana Bernasko, CRNP, DNP, WHNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Kofi Clarke, MD
Course Director
Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Penn State College of Medicine

Jill Eckert, DO
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
Penn State College of Medicine

John Levenick, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Penn State College of Medicine

Jennifer Maranki, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Penn State College of Medicine

Sanjay Yadav, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry
Penn State College of Medicine

Planning Committee

Mary Maiolo
Administrative Associate
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Thomas J. McGarrity, MD
Professor of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Penn State College of Medicine


Fee is $75 per person.

Registrations received after Nov. 9, 2018, will incur a $25 late fee.

Fee includes all listed meals, instruction, online handout materials.

Residents and fellows: There is no fee for Penn State Health gastroenterology and hepatology residents and fellows. Contact to verify student status and receive a registration coupon code.


Cancellations received after Nov. 2, 2018, will incur a $25 processing fee.

No refunds will be given after Nov. 6, 2018.

The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.

If a program is cancelled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies. Preregistered participants will be notified if a program is filled or cancelled.


This program is a continuing education service of Penn State College of Medicine.

Access (ADA)

Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of special accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Continuing Education at least one week in advance of your participation or visit.


Content and speakers for all programs are subject to change. Registrants will be notified of any significant updates.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest (COI and educational balance)

It is our policy to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of our educational programs. Faculty and course directors have disclosed relevant financial relationships with commercial companies, and Penn State has a process in place to resolve any conflict of interest. Complete faculty disclosure will be provided to program participants at the beginning of the activity.

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