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ASGE Senior Fellows Program: An educational collaboration between ASGE and Physicians Endoscopy | August 2020
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Program Description
It is estimated that there are 14,000 gastroenterologists and more than 2000 individual GI groups in the United States today. Approximately 50% of GI providers are estimated to be employed by hospitals or other health care organizations. What should GI Fellows be thinking about as they begin the final chapters of their formal training years? What do the different work environments look like? What opportunities and challenges do they provide? Will the present consolidation trends in GI practice continue? Will the current COVID crisis affect hiring of new providers? How can GI fellows obtain reliable answers to their questions about the GI practice environment? In fact, what questions should one be asking in the first place?

This course has been designed to help senior GI Fellows better understand the current and projected future of academic and non-academic GI groups of all sizes. Experts and GI Fellow co-moderators will facilitate discussions, provide their insights and answer questions. Take advantage of this program, network with your peers, and get all of your concerns addressed and your questions answered. We look forward to engaging with you in August 2020!

Note: A Zoom link and login instructions will be sent via email to all registered participants prior to the event.
Onsite Course Topic Agenda
This virtual live stream course provides a unique opportunity for incoming 3rd Year Fellows to sharpen their knowledge and skills. This outstanding program is designed to complement the online webinars and enhance the fellows' learning experience with leading ASGE faculty.

This high level course agenda includes:

On Saturday, August 8th 
  • Impact of healthcare changes on the practice of gastroenterology
  • Academic practice - What to expect and how to survive and thrive
  • Independent GI Practice - Basic components and work environment
  • Seeking your first job - Finding the right match
  • Nuts and Bolts of contracts
  • First year on the job - Tips for a successful start in to your post-fellowship career
  • The business of medicine - Understanding GI practice financials
  • Medico-Legal pitfalls: What to do and what to avoid to stay out of trouble
  • Multiple Panel and Q&A sessions

On Sunday, August 9th 
  • What is ASGE's role in your future?
  • Inside the Matrix: The basics of coding, reimbursement and productivity measurement
  • Becoming a Five Star Doc - Praciticing GI in an era of electronic health records and production pressure
  • Beyond the Doc - How to shape a great team
  • Conflict management - Road map for navigating the uncomfortable
  • Physician wellness and burnout - Pursuing work-life balance and a sustainable practice
  • Final roundtables and Q&A

Detailed Agenda and Faculty Presentations can be found under the Course tab when they become available.
Learning Objectives
By the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Identify professional and flexible approaches to job interviews, knowing the right questions to ask while responding to inquiries from future employers.
  • Determine strategies to balance personal and professional goals.
  • Develop knowledge of practice opportunities including location, mode of practice, configuration and employment agreement/contracts.
  • Describe current trends in the field of gastroenterology and endoscopy practices while listing anticipated growth opportunities within the market.

Course Directors
Klaus Mergener, MD, PhD, MBA, FASGE
ASGE President (2020-2021)
Seattle, Washington

Karen L. Woods, MD, MASGE
Houston Methodist Gastroenterology Associates
Underwood Center for Digestive Disorders
Houston, TX


Amitabh Chak, MS, MD, FASGE
University Hospitals Medical Group, Inc.
University Heights, OH

Thomas M. Deas, Jr., MD, MMM, MASGE
TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine
Fort Workth, TX

David E. Fleischer, MD, MASGE
Professor Emeritus, Mayo Clinic
Scottsdale, AZ

Jennifer Jorgensen, MD, FASGE
Confulence Health
Wenatchee, WA

Paul Tarnasky, MD
John Ford GI Lab and Advanced Endoscopy Center
at Methodist Dallas
Dallas, TX

Manol Jovani, MD, MPH
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD

Rebecca Kosowicz, MD
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Harald Schoeppner, MD
Legacy Medical Group - Gastroenterology
Gresham, OR

Stony Brook University Hospital
Stony Brook, NY

John J. Vargo, II, MD, MPH, MASGE
The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Cleveland, OH



Availability: No future session
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered: No Credit Offered
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