Endoscopic Advances for Clinical Practice

April 12 & 13, 2013
Center for Care and Discovery
The University of Chicago Medicine
Chicago, IL

The field of endoscopy has burgeoned from the ability to simply look at the lining of the GI tract with the scope to the current advanced technology which not only allows interventional gastroenterologists to obtain detailed images but also use the scope as a tool for treatment. Visualization has gone beyond looking at the surface and delved deeper to obtain ultrasound and microscopic images. Diagnostic capabilities have improved to allow for tissue acquisition in challenging anatomy with ERCP, cholangiopancreatoscopy, EUS, and double balloon endoscopy.

Surgeons and oncologists increasingly rely on interventional gastroenterologists for appropriate diagnosis, staging and often management of GI neoplasms. Endoscopy has emerged as a less invasive alternative to surgery in the areas of endoscopic mucosal resection, tissue ablation, pancreatic pseudocyst drainage, and now even achalasia therapy.

All of these new frontiers of endoscopy are rapidly evolving. This course will outline where standard practices in endoscopy are currently and how new innovations may enhance or revolutionize endoscopic practice in the future.

Conference Co-Directors

Irving Waxman, MD, FASGE
The University of Chicago
Uzma D. Siddiqui, MD, FASGE
The University of Chicago
Vani Konda, MD
The University of Chicago
Andres Gelrud, MD, MMMSc
The University of Chicago

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss guidelines and options regarding screening, diagnosis and management of Barrett's esophagus and colon cancer.
  • Understand techniques of endoscopic mucosal resection and polypectomy in the GI tract.
  • Review basic principles of double ballon endoscopy, hemostasis techniques and stenting.
  • Discuss the role of endoscopy (capabilities and limitations) in evaluating the GI tract in post-bariatric patients.
  • Appreciate the diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic options in pancreaticobiliary diseases, including malignancy, pancreatitis, pancreatic cysts and stones.

CME Information

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum 16.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses and other health professionals will receive a Certificate of Participation. For information on applicability and acceptance, please consult your professional licensing board.

Additional Information

Contact The University of Chicago Center for CME if you require any additional information or assistance. Address all correspondence to cme@bsd.uchicago.edu.

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