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Updates on the Medical and Surgical Management of Gastrointestinal Diseases

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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 5.5 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 5.5 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.

These credits meet the criteria set by the ANCC, American Nurses Credentialing Center as contact hours that are acceptable for renewal certification. Additional information is available through the American Nurses Credentialing Center website.


According to the criteria of the American Board of Certification for Gastroenterology Nurses (ABCGN), it has been determined that 5.5 contact hour(s) meet the requirements for G.I. specific category 1 contact hour(s).


  • Physicians: $125
  • Other health care professionals: $75

Fee includes cost of instruction, all listed meals and online handout materials.

Registrations received after Oct. 24, 2019, will incur a $25 late fee.


Cancellations received after Oct. 18, 2019, will be assessed a $25 processing fee.

No refunds will be made for cancellations that are received after Oct. 21, 2019.

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 canceled 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 canceled.


  • 7:30 a.m. | Check-In/Continental Breakfast/Exhibitors
  • 7:55 a.m. | Welcoming Remarks
    Kofi Clarke, MD, FACP, FRCP (Lond.)
    Walter A. Koltun, MD, FACS, FASCRS
  • 8 a.m. | Pancreatic Cysts and Pancreatic Cancer: A Growing Public Health Threat … and Opportunity
    Matthew T. Moyer, MD, MS, FASGE
  • 8:30 a.m. | Celiac Disease
    Kofi Clarke, MD, FACP, FRCP (Lond.)
    Heather Tressler, MEd, RD, LDN, MCHES
  • 9 a.m. | Living Donor Liver Transplantation
    Karen Krok, MD
  • 9:30 a.m. | Morning Break/Exhibitors
  • 10 a.m. | Newer Modalities for GERD Treatment
    Eric M. Pauli, MD
  • 10:30 a.m. | Colorectal Cancer Update
    • Role of EMR/ESD for Neoplasia
      Abraham Mathew, MD, MSc
    • Rectal Cancer Management: Standards for Excellence
      N. Arjun Jeganathan, MD
  • 11:30 a.m.| Panel Discussion
  • Noon | Lunch
  • 1 p.m. | Concurrent Sessions (choose one topic)
    Reproductive Health in IBD
    • Pregnancy in IBD
      Nana E. Bernasko, CRNP, DNP, WHNP-BC
    • Preserving Fertility when Operating for IBD
      Jeffrey Scow, MD
    Update on NASH
    • The Skinny on Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD): A Clinical Update
      Jonathan G. Stine, MD MSc, FACP
    • TIPS and Management of Portal Hypertension
      Peter N. Waybill, MD, FSIR
  • 2 p.m. | Concurrent Sessions (choose one topic)
    Pediatric Gastroenterology
    • Eosinophilic Esophagitis
      Chandran Alexander, MD
    • Eosinophilic Esophagitis: Approach to Management
      Alexandra Horwitz, MD, FAAAAI, FACAAI
    Alternative Therapies in IBD
    • Alternative Therapies in IBD
      Andrew Tinsley, MD, MS
    • Stress Management of Chronic Disease
      Sanjay Yadav, MD
  • 3 p.m. | Adjournment


A completed evaluation is required in order to receive a certificate for attending this activity. Please complete and submit the evaluation within the specified time frame.


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 canceled or postponed, the University will refund any program registration fees paid but cannot be held responsible for any related costs, charges or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

Program registrants who are experiencing illness or have been exposed to anyone who is ill should contact the Continuing Education office before attending any in-person activities.


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

Access (ADA)

Penn State encourages people with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Participants who anticipate needing any type of special accommodation or who have questions about the physical access provided should contact Continuing Education at least one week in advance of participation or visit.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest (COI and Educational Balance)

It is Penn State policy to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all 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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