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Building Your Base

GI Medical KnowledgeNetworking

Aug. 11-13, 2017 • Renaissance Chicago Downtown • Chicago, IL

Strengthen your diagnostic and therapeutic skill sets with best practices and evidence-based medicine to help you effectively treat a variety of GI disorders. You’ll walk away with the practical information needed to help you enhance your delivery of care and your value to the care team.

Get updates on HBV and HCV treatments.

Examine strategies for managing difficult IBD.

Find out what medical/surgical advances have been made in treating obesity.

Speak with physicians and your fellow NPs and PAs about managing small bowel disorders such as Crohn’s disease and IBS.

Pricing Information and Cancellation Policy

Online registration for this event has ended. Only on-site registrations will be accepted (space available basis).

Early Bird

By June 16
$630/AGA Members
  • Nonmembers: $780


June 17 – July 31
$680/AGA Members
  • Nonmembers: $830
Not an AGA member?

Submit a completed membership application with your course registration and pay the AGA member rate.

* If applying for AGA membership, your application must be received no later than June 9, 2017, to qualify for the AGA member early rate.

** If applying for AGA membership, your application must be received no later than July 24, 2017, to qualify for the AGA member standard rate.

Cancellation Policy

A refund (minus a $50 processing fee) will be given for cancellations received in writing on or before Friday, July 28, 2017. Please send requests to AGA Member Relations via email (, fax (301-272-1774) or mail (4930 Del Ray Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814).

No cancellations will be accepted for refunds after July 28, 2017. Refunds cannot be made for no shows.


Friday, Aug. 11, 2017

7:20–8:20 a.m. Breakfast
8:30–8:40 a.m. Introduction
Session 1 - Small Bowel
8:40–9:05 a.m. Workup of Obscure GI Bleeding
9:05–9:30 a.m. Celiac Disease
9:30–9:55 a.m. IBS: Novel Therapy/FODMAPs
9:55–10:15 a.m. Break
10:15–10:40 a.m. Crohn’s Disease
10:40–11:05 a.m. Ulcerative Colitis
11:05–11:30 a.m. Perianal Diseases/Management
11:30 a.m.–noon Panel Discussion
12:10–1:10 p.m. Lunch (Practice Management Networking Lunch)
Session 2 - Esophagus
1:20–1:45 p.m. GERD/Refractory GERD
1:45–2:10 p.m. Workup of Dysphagia
2:10–2:35 p.m. Inpatient UGI Bleed
2:35–2:55 p.m. Break
2:55–3:20 p.m. Functional Dyspepsia
3:20–3:45 p.m. EoE: R/x and Diet
3:45–4:10 p.m. H. pylori Infection/Resistance
4:10–4:40 p.m. Panel Discussion

Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017

7:20–8:20 a.m. Breakfast Symposium (Sponsored by Synergy Pharmaceuticals)

Trulance™ (Plecanatide) for Adults with Chronic Idiopathic Constipation (CIC)
Darren Brenner, MD

Session 3 - Liver
8:30–8:55 a.m. Abnormal LFT Workup
8:55–9:20 a.m. HBV Treatment/Special Pop
9:20–9:45 a.m. HCV Treatment Update
9:45–10:05 a.m. Break
10:05–10:30 a.m. Miscellaneous Chronic Liver Diseases
10:30–10:55 a.m. Management of Portal Hypertension
10:55–11:20 a.m. Liver Transplant
11:20–11:50 a.m. Panel Discussion
Noon–1 p.m. Lunch Symposium (Sponsored by Salix Pharmaceuticals)

IBS-D: Diagnosis and Management of Abdominal Pain and Diarrhea
Mark Pimentel, MD, FRCP

Session 3 - Liver (Cont'd)
1:10–2:10 p.m. Pancreatitis Workup and Management
Session 4A - Breakouts
2:20–3:05 p.m. Pancreatic Cystic Lesions
2:20–3:05 p.m. Liver Masses
3:05–3:20 p.m. Break
Session 4B - Breakouts
3:20–4:05 p.m. Neuroendocrine Tumors
3:20–4:05 p.m. Difficult IBD: Case Management
4:05–4:20 p.m. Break
Session 4C - Breakouts
4:20–5:05 p.m. Evaluation of Diarrhea
4:20–5:05 p.m. Complications of Pancreatitis

Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017

7:20–8:20 a.m. Breakfast Symposium (Sponsored by Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc.)

Expanding Options for Your Patients with OCALIVA®
Jordan Mayberry, MPAS, PA-C

Session 5 - Nutrition and Colon Cancer/Bleeding
8:30–8:55 a.m. Obesity: Medical/Surgical
8:55–9:20 a.m. Nutritional Management: FODMAPs/Elimination Diet
9:20–9:40 a.m. Break
9:40–10:05 a.m. Colon Cancer Screening
10:05–10:30 a.m. Hereditary Colon Cancer Syndromes
10:30–10:55 a.m. Management of Lower GI Bleeding
10:55–11:20 a.m. Panel Discussion
11:20–11:30 a.m. Wrap-Up and Closing Remarks

“The course is a wonderful opportunity to remain up to date on the latest information in GI and network with other NPs and PAs working in the same area.”


Nelson Garcia, MD, AGAF

Nelson Garcia, MD, AGAF


Gastro Health

Andrew Barta, PA-C

Andrew Barta, PA-C


Minnesota Gastroenterology

Thank You to Our 2017 Industry Sponsors

Be sure to stop by the exhibits and visit with AbbVie Inc., Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Merck & Co., Prometheus Laboratories, Inc., Salix Pharmaceuticals, Shire Plc., Synergy Pharmaceuticals and Takeda Pharmaceuticals, U.S.A. Inc.

Interested in supporting Principles of Gastroenterology for the NP and PA? Contact Sarah Foundas, corporate relations coordinator, to learn about available opportunities.


Renaissance Chicago Downtown

Located at 1 W. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601.

Room Rate

$209 single/double per night, plus applicable taxes.


You may make your hotel reservation by calling 1-877-303-0104. Be sure to mention you are attending Principles of Gastroenterology for the NP and PA course to receive the discounted rate. You may also make a reservation online.


Rooms must be reserved by Thursday, July 20 to ensure availability and the discounted rate.


Cancellations must be made 24 hours prior to arrival in order to avoid charges for the full amount of the reservation. To cancel a reservation, contact the hotel directly.

Intercontinental St. Paul Riverfront

Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel

Accreditation and CME Information

The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The AGA Institute designates this live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

In accordance with the ACCME’s Standards for Commercial Support of Continuing Medical Education, all faculty and planning partners must disclose any financial relationship(s) or other relationship(s) held within the past 12 months. The AGA Institute implements a mechanism to identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to delivering the educational activity to learners.

Contact Us

For questions related to the program, please contact Cory Harlow, training manager.

For questions related to registration and AGA membership, please contact AGA Member Relations at 301-654-2055 or by email.


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