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Fellow Presenter Spotlight: Katharine Germansky

April 20, 2016

Dr. Germansky provides insight for this year's presenters and a background on her own CRC screening project from 2015.

Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2016 is only one month away. In preparation for the conference, we asked 2015 AGA quality-improvement abstract presenters to provide advice and tips (as well as information about their own presentations) for this year's participants.

AGA will welcome the 2016 selected fellows to present their quality-improvement abstracts and posters during a special DDW session this year, Advancing Clinical Practice: GI Fellow-Directed Quality Improvement Projects. The session, which is scheduled for Monday, May 23, 2016, provides a unique opportunity for fellows to network, learn from one another and more.

Q&A with Katharine Germansky, MD:

Dr. Germansky, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, shared information about her abstract, which focuses on colorectal cancer screening improvement.

If you could sum up your abstract in one sentence, what would it say? Belief that adenoma detection rate is an important quality indicator and comfort with polypectomy for large sessile lesions are predictors of higher adenoma detection rates.

Can you provide a brief background on the process for developing your abstract? This started off as a project for a Harvard School of Public Health class on survey development for evaluation of meaningful health outcomes.  

Did this abstract have an impact on your future research or career path? Absolutely.  I strive to prevent colorectal cancer in my patients and their families. I have spent part of the past year at Dana Farber Cancer Institute incorporating GI cancer genetics into my clinical prevention practice to provide the highest quality care.

Will we see you at DDW 2016? Yes.

What are you most looking forward to at this year's conference: Presenting updates from our research since last year.  

If you could give one piece of advice to abstract presenters this year, what would it be? Use easily digestible demonstratives to supplement the meat of your talk.

Lightning Round:

Something you may not know about me is: I love the New York Giants. 

In my spare time I like to: Travel.

Social media platform of choice: Instagram.

Favorite app: My phone camera!

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