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Registration
Pre-registration is now closed. Please register on-site at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Broad Street Atrium. See the Schedule at a Glance for open times.

Cancellation
Written notice of cancellation and requests for refunds must be received by the College’s office by September 24, 2014. After this date, no refunds will be possible. Registration cancellations are not accepted by telephone. An explanation must be provided in writing. There will be a $50 administrative fee assessed for cancellation of any paid event. Refunds will be issued after the meeting.

Meeting Materials
Meeting materials (including name badges and optional event tickets) will be available for pick-up on-site at the ACG Registration Desk beginning on Friday, October 17. Registrants of the Postgraduate Course and the Annual Scientific Meeting may choose to receive either a printed copy of the meeting syllabus or a PDF of the syllabus on a USB drive. There is a separate charge to purchase both the USB version and the printed version of either syllabus.

Annual Scientific Meeting
There is no registration fee for ACG Members (including FACG and MACG), Residents/Trainee/Candidate Members, NP/PA Members and Allied Health Members. In addition, Non-Member Residents/Trainees will have their registration fee waived if they provide a letter from their Program Director indicating
they are currently in training. Guests/Non-Member Physicians/Non-Member PharmDs/Exhibitors are required to submit a registration fee. Non-Member Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Allied Health Professionals and Practice Managers are also required to submit a registration fee. Tickets for the
optional breakfast sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday may be purchased for an additional charge by indicating your preference on the registration form. All registrants of the Annual Scientific Meeting may choose to receive a printed copy of the meeting syllabus or a USB drive, which includes a PDF of the syllabus.

Annual Postgraduate Course
All registrants will receive a separate printed Self-Assessment Test and may choose to purchase advance online access to the Test (deadline for advance access purchase is September 5, 2014). The 2014 Self-Assessment Test will offer 35 hours of CME. The Postgraduate Course again offers registrants the
opportunity to participate in the optional Learning Luncheon programs. Participation will be by pre-registration only. There is a separate charge for the Learning Luncheons. There are a limited number of participants who may attend each Learning Luncheon. Because participation is limited in each session, you will need to provide your top five Learning Luncheon choices when completing your pre-registration form. Registration forms will be processed in order of receipt and must be accompanied by payment of the registration fee in full. All registrants of the Postgraduate Course may choose to receive the printed syllabus or a USB drive, which includes a PDF of the syllabus.

Optional Friday Courses, Friday, October 17
Optional Friday courses to be offered at ACG 2014 include:

In addition, the ASGE will offer a one-day Endoscopy course. Separate registration fees apply for all optional Friday courses.

Accreditation
The American College of Gastroenterology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The ACG designates these live activities for a maximum as noted below of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

GI Pathology and Imaging Course 5.25
What’s New in GI Pharmacology 3
Practice Management Course 8.5
Recertification Course 4.5
Annual Scientific Meeting 16.25
Annual Postgraduate Course 13.25

Additional CME credits are provided for attendees of the optional Learning Luncheons and Breakfast Sessions.

Hotel Accommodations
The headquarters hotel for ACG 2014 is the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Room blocks will be offered at several area hotels. All hotels included in ACG’s room block will be within walking distance to the convention center, affording you the opportunity to avoid shuttle buses, taxis or rental cars to get to and from the meeting.

Visit the Registration and Housing page for more information on accommodations and rates.

Exhibit Hall
The science and technology of medicine is ever-changing and advancing the practice of gastroenterology. Showcasing these latest advances in technology and therapeutics is the ACG 2014 Exhibit Hall, where more than 150 companies will display and demonstrate their products and services. With the variety of exhibitors expected to participate, there will certainly be displays that will interest any attendee. Companies who exhibit include pharmaceutical manufacturers, medical instrument suppliers, research companies, technology companies, publishers, non-profit organizations, recruiters and many others.

Immediately following the conclusion of the Postgraduate Course on Sunday, join colleagues for the ACG 2014 Opening Welcome Reception in the
Exhibit Hall from 5:15 pm – 7:00 pm. The Reception will feature hors d’ouevres and refreshments. This casual social gathering will give all attendees the opportunity to explore the Hall, meet with exhibitors, and network and mingle with fellow professionals.

The ACG Store
Postgraduate Course and Annual Meeting syllabi, as well as other educational materials, will be available for purchase at the ACG Store. ACG logo items, such as jackets, golf shirts, t-shirts, and mugs will also be available. ACG Store hours are:

Saturday, October 18 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, October 19 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday, October 20 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday, October 21 8:00 am – 6:15 pm
Wednesday, October 22 8:00 am – 12:15 pm

Job Forum: Where Candidates and Employers Meet
Looking for a job? Recruiting candidates for an open position? With the thousands of GI professionals convening in Philadelphia, the ACG Annual Scientific Meeting provides an ideal setting for employers to post job openings and for applicants to review available positions all across the country. 

Gastrojobs, powered by naturejobs, the award-winning scientific and medical online job board, can help! Gastrojobs will be available live, or take advantage of this early notice and see what gastrojobs has to offer at nature.com/gastrojobs.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Attendees of ACG 2014 who need additional reasonable accommodations or who have special needs should contact the ACG office no later than September 24, 2014.

On-Site Child Care Information
The American College of Gastroenterology will again be offering child care services during its 2014 Annual Meeting and Postgraduate Course. Child care will take place at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. To take advantage of this special service, complete the Child Care Reservation Form. Please note: We must receive the completed Child Care Registration Form with General Release and Waiver by September 24, 2014.

Child care service times are as follows:

Saturday, October 18 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, October 19 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday, October 20 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday, October 21 7:00 am – 6:15 pm
Wednesday, October 22 7:00 am – 12:30 pm

About Philadelphia
Few cities in the U.S. hold as much historical significance as Philadelphia, which is one of the reasons ACG has chosen Philadelphia as the host city for ACG 2014. Most Americans know Philadelphia as the birthplace of our nation, or as home of the Liberty Bell, Ben Franklin, and the nickname, “The City of Brotherly Love.” Some may also remember it as the setting to the movie Rocky, where Rocky raised his arms in triumph after running to the top of the famous steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Still others may think of Love Park and the famous “LOVE” statue that has been immortalized on postage stamps, while some recognize the city’s passion for its sports teams, like the Philadelphia Eagles, the 76ers, and the Phillies. Situated on the banks of the Delaware River, this historically important city is a thriving, ethnically diverse metropolis that offers something for every visitor. Attend ACG 2014 to experience the excitement of Philadelphia.

Home of Our History
Any history lover will put Philadelphia on the top of their list of places to visit to learn more about the United States, our founding fathers and our fight for independence. You can walk cobbled streets, meet actors dressed in historical garb, see the Liberty Bell at Independence Center, or take a carriage ride through the area. Philadelphia is considered the city of firsts – the first library and zoo in the nation were built here.

See Philadelphia from Its Sidewalks
Philadelphia is considered one of the most walkable cities in the U.S. Put on your walking shoes and explore the various, distinct neighborhoods. There is the Historic/Waterfront District, Washington Square District, Rittenhouse Square District, University City/West Philadelphia, North Philadelphia, South Philadelphia, and Manayunk/Germantown/Chestnut Hill. Along the way, visit many of the museums, historical attractions, and shops in each neighborhood. And don’t forget to do your own impersonation of “Rocky” at the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Then take a step inside to see some beautiful works of art from around the world. ACG will offer tours and you can find many other organized tours of the many city highlights.

Food Lover’s Delight
There is no Philly Cheesesteak like the one you can get in Philly. South Philadelphia made these sinfully delicious concoctions famous. It’s well known in Philly that several establishments boast the best in the city, but we’ll leave it for you to decide. Whether you are looking for fine or casual dining, you will find many wonderful establishments that serve this diverse community – American, Chinese, Continental, French, Cuban, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Mediterranean, and Mexican – plus, restaurants specializing in seafood and Southern cooking. Just across the street from the Pennsylvania Convention Center where the ACG meeting will take place, is the Reading Terminal Market. The Market is a great place to get a quick bite to eat, people watch and rub elbows with the locals.

Join colleagues for ACG 2014 in Philadelphia, October 17-22, 2014. Start planning your trip now! Visit www.gophila.com to explore all the city has to offer.

About ACG
The American College of Gastroenterology is a recognized leader in educating GI professionals and the general public about digestive disorders. Our mission is to advance world-class care for patients with gastrointestinal disorders through excellence, innovation and advocacy in the areas of scientific investigation, education, prevention, and treatment. To learn more about ACG, visit our corporate website at www.gi.org.