Principles of Gastroenterology for the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant

A Case-Based Approach to Gastroenterology
Aug. 15–17, 2014
InterContinental Chicago, IL
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Designed specifically for the diverse needs of the nurse practitioner and physician assistant in the GI practice, attendees will receive in-depth information on GI-specific clinical and practice management issues. In addition to didactic lectures, the program features case-based sessions on managing patients with conditions such as GERD, hepatitis B and C, functional bowel disorders and more. Information gained at the course can be immediately applied in both office and hospital settings.

Get Input on Your Most Challenging Cases

Bring your most challenging cases with you to the course for an opportunity to receive valuable feedback from our expert faculty. You will hear directly from the experts as they provide their thoughts and insight on delivering best practice, evidence-based patient care. All cases will be reviewed during the scheduled panel discussions.

Contact Cory Harlow at for more details.

Course Directors

David C. Metz, MD, AGAF
Perelman School of Medicine 
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Brenda A. Appolo, PA-C, MHS
Perelman School of Meidicine
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

  • Identify the common and less common causes of pancreatitis, review its classification and discuss management.
  • Review the diagnosis and management of hepatobiliary conditions, pancreatic cystic lesions, biliary strictures, leaks and stones, and assess when pancreatic function testing and interventional endoscopic techniques are necessary.
  • Summarize the disease burden and current future treatment options for viral hepatitis, workup of abnormal liver function tests and management of cirrhosis and hepatic mass lesions. 
  • Discuss evaluation and treatments for small bowel and colon disorders including IBD, IBS, celiac disease, diarrheal diseases and bacterial growth.
  • Review the presentation and management of upper gastrointestinal (esophagus, gastric and duodenum) disease states, including GERD, eosinophilic esophagitis, achalasia, H. pylori gastritis, gastroparesis and ulcer disease.
  • Evaluate what to order and how to interpret upper GI physiology laboratory studies.
  • Discuss issues involving obesity and nutrition for the gastroenterologist.
  • Review the presentation and management of various GI malignancies of the upper and lower GI tract, liver and neuroendocrine systems.

Registration Information and Fees

Register early to receive a significant discount on your registration fee and to reserve your space at the course. Registrations made on site will be accepted on a space-available basis.

Registration Fees

Online registration ends
Aug. 8, 2014.
(By June 10)
(By Aug. 8)
Late/On Site
(After Aug. 8)
AGA Member $577 $627 $727
Nonmember $727 $777 $877

Not an AGA Member?

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

1If applying for AGA membership, application must be received by June 3, 2014 to register at the early member rate.

2If applying for AGA membership, application must be received by Aug. 1, 2014 to register at the standard member rate.

Course Refund Policy

A written cancellation request must be faxed to AGA Member Services at 301-272-1774, or emailed to, by July 25, 2014. There is a $50 processing fee for cancellations made on or before July 25. Refunds will be issued upon cancellation, less the processing fee. Cancellations received after the stated deadline and “no shows,” will not be issued a refund.

Cancellation Policy for Complimentary Registration

Cancellation of complimentary registration must be made by July 25, 2014. Cancellations made after this date, as well as “no-shows,” will be assessed a $50 cancellation fee.


Hotel Reservation Deadline: July 24, 2014

InterContinental Chicago
505 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 1-800-628-2112; international callers dial 312-944-4100
Fax: 312-944-3882

Room rate: $159 single/double occupancy (+16.4% tax)

Make your reservation online or by calling the number provided above. Be sure to mention that you are attending Principles of Gastroenterology for the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant (group code LV7) to receive the discounted rate. Individual reservations require a credit card to guarantee room. Hotel deposit is refundable if reservation is cancelled 72 hours prior to scheduled arrival.

CME Information

The AGA Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing education for physicians.

American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
This program is approved for 17.5 contact hours of continuing education by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (Program ID: 1407319). This program was planned in accordance with AANP CE Standards and Policies and AANP Commercial Support Standards.

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 17.5 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Additional Information

Contact Cory Harlow at for all course-related questions.

For questions regarding registration, contact AGA Member Services at or 301-941-2651.

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