Special Events – Open to All Attendees

VIRTUAL ACG 2020 OFFERS SPECIAL EVENTS aimed at strengthening your pride in the College and in the GI community at this time. Join your colleagues for significant community experiences such as the ACG Leadership Awards, SCOPY Awards celebration, and GI Jeopardy – ACG’s favorite game show! A schedule shift for 2020 creates evening “prime time” sessions to maximize participation in signature sessions such as the President’s Address, a special Emily Couric Memorial Lecture delivered by her sister Katie Couric, and a live ACG Town Hall addressing Healthy Equity.

ACG 2020 #DiversityinGI Virtual 5K - Register Today!

Join your ACG colleagues for the #DiversityinGI Virtual 5K. Run or walk on your own, log your activity online, take photos in race “swag” and share via social media using #DiversityinGI around the time of the Virtual ACG 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting, October 23 - 28. Benefits the ACG Summer Scholars Program for medical students and residents from groups under-represented in medicine. Thanks to sponsors, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals and Sebela Pharmaceuticals/Braintree Laboratories. Click here to register.

Friday, October 23, 2020

Trainees Session: The Leadership Journey: Paving Your Own Path for a Successful Career

Friday, October 23 | 8:00 pm (ET)

The ACG Training Committee is pleased to once again offer a session for Fellows-in-Training during “prime time” at ACG 2020. This dedicated session on leadership will feature an in-depth discussion on building leadership skills, ranging from leadership in academics, practice, social media, and social activism. Leaders in the field will discuss their journey, struggles, and successes and how to foster lessons to advance the opportunities for fellows-in-training. Fellows will be given the opportunity to ask questions and are encouraged to actively engage.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

AJG "Most Read in Red: COVID-19": A Conversation with AJG Co-Editors in Chief

Saturday, October 24 | 3:30 pm (ET)

Red Journal Co-Editors-in-Chief, Brian E. Lacy, MD, PhD, FACG and Brennan M. Spiegel, MD, MSHS, FACG, discuss the publishing landscape for COVID-19 related science and analyze key papers published by AJG this year.

Special Interest Discussions: IBD, Hepatology and Functional GI & Nutrition

Saturday, October 24 | 6:00 pm (ET)

ACG 2020 Virtual is excited to provide all attendees with opportunities to connect live and visit with leaders and your colleagues in areas of special interest including IBD, Hepatology and Functional GI and Nutrition. Even though we are not in the same city this year, you can still visit and reconnect with old friends who share your particular professional focus or seek out advice as you explore what may be a newer area of interest for you. You can even get a consult on a challenging clinical issue from leaders in the field. You are free to move between the groups ― don’t miss it! Saturday October 24, 2020 at 6:00 pm and anytime on the IBD, Hepatology and Functional GI and Nutrition Circles.

A Conversation with the ACG President and President-Elect

Saturday, October 24 | 7:00 pm (ET)

While we cannot be together for the traditional ACG Welcome Reception, at this year’s ACG 2020 Virtual, attendees can still stop by and visit with our outgoing ACG President, Dr. Mark Pochapin and incoming President, Dr. David Greenwald. Whether you have known Dr. Pochapin or Dr. Greenwald for years or would like the opportunity to meet and chat with them, come visit with them on Saturday October 24, 2020 at 7:00 pm.

ACG SCOPY Award Ceremony

Saturday, October 24 | 8:00 pm (ET)

Join the ACG Public Relations Committee online and celebrate your colleagues who will receive 2020 ACG SCOPY Awards. Be inspired by a dynamic panel presentation on some of the best, most innovative and impactful community education programs to raise awareness of colorectal cancer despite the challenges of 2020. SCOPY is ACG’s Service Award for Colorectal Cancer Outreach, Prevention & Year-Round Excellence. Learn more

ACG Leadership Awards Ceremony

Saturday, October 24 | 8:30 pm (ET)

Celebrate with recipients of the College’s highest honors at the ACG Leadership Awards Ceremony. ACG President Dr. Mark Pochapin will host this tribute to winners of the Samuel S. Weiss Award, Berk/Fise Clinical Achievement Award, International Leadership Award, Community Service Award, and President’s Special Recognition Award and will introduce the newest Masters of the American College of Gastroenterology.

Sunday, October 25, 2020

"Endo eLearning" Session

Sunday, October 25 | 10:15 am (ET)

ACG is proud to offer the first augmented reality hands-on endoscopy training via video conferencing on a national and international stage. Faculty from three remote locations will demonstrate basic endoscopic procedures using hands-on simulation models. A panel of experts will moderate the session and share insights. Submit your questions via Zoom chat during the session and engage with the experts (not offered for CME or MOC).

Chief’s Rounds at ACG 2020 – In Conversation with ACG President Dr. Mark Pochapin

Sunday, October 25 | 3:30 pm (ET)

A lively conversation with special guests in the style of Dr. Pochapin’s SiriusXM radio show, Chief’s Rounds. Bringing the same energy and excitement to Virtual ACG 2020 as the live SiriusXM radio show traditionally broadcast from the Annual Scientific Meeting. Don’t miss engaging and enlightening guests tackling the topics that matter most for the GI profession and for the College today.

Celebrating Diversity in ACG Happy Hour

Sunday, October 25 | 7:00 pm (ET)

Your Hosts: ACG Women in GI Committee and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee
Gather to celebrate diversity in ACG and connect with colleagues for small group discussions. ACG's Women in GI Committee and the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee are transforming their annual reception into a forum for networking and meaningful conversation. After a welcome by Dr. Shivangi Kothari and Dr. Darrell Gray, small breakout sessions are a great opportunity to see friends and grow your professional network.

Supported by Takeda Pharmaceuticals, U.S.A., Inc.

GI Jeopardy: Buzz in for Your Training Program

Sunday, October 25 | 8:15 pm (ET)

The competition began in July with a preliminary round open to all GI training programs. Groups of fellows took an online test on a variety of GI topics and diseases. This year, the top five scoring programs who nominated two-person teams for the virtual competition to be live-streamed and open to all Virtual ACG 2020 registrants are:

  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine/UCLA Medical Center
  • University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
  • University of Pennsylvania Health System

Login Sunday, October 25th at 8:15 pm Eastern for ACG’s favorite game show and cheer as the competitors face off live in front of the Virtual ACG 2020 audience. Test your knowledge, shout out the answers at your computer screen, join the intensity and witness the valiant spirit of competition that is GI Jeopardy hosted by Dr. Ronald Szyjkowski.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Healio Disruptive Innovators Awards

Monday, October 26 | 7:30 pm (ET)

Join us at this exclusive event presented by Healio Gastroenterology and Liver Disease, as we honor Disruptive Innovators in eight different categories. Each of these awardees has changed the face of gastroenterology and pushed the status quo toward the betterment of the field. As a true testament to Healio’s peer-tested approach, our Peer Perspective Board and Healio 200 vote on the awardees. Previous winners include David T. Rubin, MD, FACG; Miguel Regueiro, MD, FACG; Carol A. Burke, MD, FACG; Sunanda V. Kane, MD, FACG; and William D. Chey, MD, FACG.

President's Address

Monday, October 26 | 8:30 pm (ET)

Mark B. Pochapin, MD, FACG, ACG President, will address attendees during the Presidential Address to mark the beginning of the ACG 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting. The President uses this opportunity to welcome attendees, highlight accomplishments over the past year, and bid farewell as the leadership passes on to the next President-Elect.

ACG Annual Business Meeting

Monday, October 26 | 9:00 pm (ET)

All Members and Fellows (FACG) are encouraged to attend the virtual Annual Business Meeting where College business will be discussed and voted on.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Career Opportunities for Women in GI Session

Tuesday, October 27 | 4:30 pm (ET)

The ACG Women in GI Committee is hosting a program geared toward residents and trainees who are facing difficult decisions regarding the future of their medical careers. Female gastroenterologists from a variety of medical backgrounds will address the issues of being a female subspecialist, balancing career and family, and opportunities for women in medicine, and more specifically, gastroenterology.

GIQuIC Session: Measuring and Improving Quality in Clinical Practice

Tuesday, October 27 | 4:30 pm (ET)

The GI Quality Improvement Consortium (GIQuIC) is hosting a session for current and prospective GIQuIC registry participants. GIQuIC Board members will provide an overview of the registry and users will share ways of using GIQuIC for quality improvement in their practice.

Emily Couric Memorial Lecture & Conversation with Katie Couric

Tuesday, October 27 | 8:00 pm (ET)

Katie Couric will present a lecture named in honor of her late sister, Emily Couric, entitled "From Grief to Advocacy to Activism." Following her presentation, ACG President, Dr. Mark Pochapin will host a conversation with Ms. Couric.

ACG Town Hall - Leading the Way in Advancing Health Equity: An Open Forum with ACG Leadership - With Live Chat

Tuesday, October 27 | 9:00 pm (ET)

Together Darrell M. Gray, II, MD, MPH, FACG, Chair of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, and Sophie M. Balzora, MD, FACG, Chair of the ACG Public Relations Committee, will convene a community-wide conversation on the urgent challenges of widespread health disparities and strategies to engage the GI community in advancing healthy equity (not offered for CME or MOC).

Supported by Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

GI OnDEMAND - Integrated GI Care Goes Virtual!

Wednesday, October 28 | 4:30 pm (ET)

Learn how GI OnDEMAND can amplify the expertise and value your practice brings to patients by providing access to expert Registered Dietitians, GI Psychologists, and Genetic Counselors. Join GI OnDEMAND leaders William D. Chey, MD, FACG, Heather Hampel, MS, LGC, Jordan Karlitz, MD, FACG, Daniel J. Pambianco, MD, FACG, Megan Riehl, PsyD, and Kate Scarlata, MPH, RD, as they unveil the next generation of GI OnDEMAND, discuss the latest scientific evidence and unique value-propositions for adopting an integrated care model—and how GI OnDEMAND is taking integrated GI care, virtual.

Special Keynote Address: Dr. Howard Koh

Wednesday, October 28 | 8:15 pm (ET)

Howard Koh, MD will present a Special Keynote address and share insights into public health and the unique challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Howard K. Koh is the Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School as well as Faculty Co-Chair of the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative. From 2009 to 2014, Dr. Koh was the 14th U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Annual Meeting Daily Wrap Ups

Join ACG leaders and expert faculty for a synthesis of the day’s clinical take-aways and significant findings offering a quick daily summary of noteworthy sessions and key presentations (not offered for CME or MOC).

Supported by Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.

Company Sponsored Symposia and Product Theaters

These events will also be open to all ACG 2020 attendees. For a complete list of Industry-Sponsored Satellite Symposia, click here. For a complete list of Exhibitor Product Theaters, click here.