Postgraduate Course

Course Directors: David J. Hass, MD, FACG, and Millie D. Long, MD, MPH, FACG

Attend this year’s Annual Postgraduate Course, “Practical Pearls for the Clinical Gastroenterologist – A Case-Based Approach” and gain practical takeaway points that you can implement in practice. Learn better ways to integrate the newest tools in diagnosis with the latest therapeutic/treatment alternatives to achieve optimal outcomes, improve your awareness and ability to incorporate patient care decision-making issues relating to common and not-so-common GI patient conditions, and enhance your overall capacity to frame effective disease management strategies in your practice.

Register for any two courses and save up to 10%!

Can’t join us in-person in Las Vegas?
Maximize your learning with one of our VIRTUAL All-Access Pass options and save 20%!

ACG All-Access Pass: The ACG All-Access Pass includes virtual-only access to the GI Pathophysiology Course, GI Pharmacology Course, Practice Management Summit, Postgraduate Course + Bonus Sessions (formerly Learning Luncheons), and the Annual Scientific Meeting + Bonus Sessions (formerly Breakfast Sessions). Registrants will also receive online access to the 2021 Self-Assessment Test.

NEW for 2021: ACG All-Access Pass + ASGE Endoscopy Course: The ACG All-Access Pass includes virtual-only access to all of the courses in the ACG All-Access Pass PLUS the ASGE Endoscopy Course.

Sunday, October 24, 2021 │ All times are listed in the Pacific Time Zone
7:50 am Introduction by Course Directors
David J. Hass, MD, FACG, and Millie D. Long, MD, MPH, FACG
8:00 am Session 2A: Hepatology 101
Moderator: Amit Singal, MD, MS
  • HCC 101 – Screening, Surveillance, Treatment
    Amit Singal, MD, MS
    Identify best practices for diagnosis, management, and treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma, which continues to increase in incidence.
  • NAFLD/NASH – Optimizing Therapies for Maximal Benefit
    Karen L. Krok, MD
    Review the most effective management strategies to help mitigate NASH and prevent long-term sequelae, as well as review non-invasive diagnostic techniques for fibrosis.
  • DILI – What Did You Take? A Case-Based Approach
    Naga P. Chalasani, MD, FACG
    Review the most common causative agents of drug-induced liver injury, including CAM therapies and herbal supplements.
  • Cirrhosis 101: Important Pearls for the Management of the Inpatient and Outpatient Cirrhotic – A Case-Based Approach
    Joseph Ahn, MD, MS, MBA, FACG
    Apply optimal management strategies including algorithms to prevent and minimize long-term complications of cirrhosis such as HRS, variceal bleeding, SBP, and hepatoencephalopathy.
  • Panel Q & A
9:40 am Break
10:20 am Session 2B: Practical Pearls for the Management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease – A Case-Based Approach
Moderator: Millie D. Long, MD, MPH, FACG
  • The Naïve Crohn’s Disease Patient – A Case-Based Approach
    Jill K. J. Gaidos, MD, FACG
    Optimize initial therapies and management for the naïve Crohn’s disease patient, and identify which initial therapies are best for different CD phenotypes.
  • Ulcerative Colitis: Right Patient, Right Therapy
    Corey A. Siegel, MD, MS
    Describe risk stratification of patients with UC and positioning of therapies in moderate to severe UC.
  • Preventing IBD-Related Complications: Practical Advice
    Millie D. Long, MD, MPH, FACG
    Describe risks associated with medical therapies for IBD and practical recommendations for prevention.
  • Post-Operative Management of Crohn’s Disease: An Algorithm for Practice
    Miguel D. Regueiro, MD, FACG
    Apply evidence-based treatment approaches to the post-operative management of Crohn’s disease.
  • Therapeutic Drug Monitoring in IBD: Where Do We Stand?
    David T. Rubin, MD, FACG
    Describe a practical and evidence-based approach to TDM utilization in practice.
  • Panel Q & A
12:20 pm Lunch Break
1:50 pm Session 2C: Functional Disorders in Practice
Moderator: William D. Chey, MD, FACG
  • Functional Abdominal Pain: A Primer for the Gastroenterologist
    Brian E. Lacy, MD, PhD, FACG
    Describe the use of neuromodulators in clinical practice for the management of functional abdominal pain and irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Dietary Management of IBS: A Recipe for Success
    William D. Chey, MD, FACG
    Incorporate recommendations for dietary management of irritable bowel syndrome into the 15-minute office visit.
  • An Evidence-Based Algorithmic Approach for IBS-C and D
    Lin Chang, MD, FACG
    Provide an update on optimal management of IBS subtypes in 2021 and an algorithm for stepwise management in practice.
  • Panel Q & A
3:10 pm Break
3:50 pm Simultaneous Symposia
In-person attendees will have the opportunity to attend the symposium of their choice in Las Vegas. ACG will livestream one of the symposia for virtual attendees, and the remaining symposia will be available on-demand.


Symposium D: Endoscopic Emergencies – A Case-Based Approach
Moderator: David A. Greenwald, MD, FACG

  • Foreign Bodies – The 3AM Call
    David A. Greenwald, MD, FACG
    Outline tricks, techniques, and the latest technologies to help remove common and unusual ingested foreign objects.
  • Upper GI Bleeding – Non-Variceal Bleeding
    Alan N. Barkun, MD, CM, MSc (Clin Epi), FACG
    Review novel and best practices for the treatment of upper GI tract sources of bleeding.
  • Lower GI Bleeding – When Do You Scope versus Sleep?
    Lisa L. Strate, MD, MPH, FACG
    Describe the most recent evidence-based guidelines reviewing the role of urgent colonoscopic evaluation versus careful observation versus radiographic therapeutic approaches for lower gastrointestinal bleeding.
  • Panel Q & A

Symposium E: Anorectal Pathology – A Case-Based Approach
Moderator: Satish S. C. Rao, MD, PhD, FACG

  • Recognizing and Treating HPV, AIN, and Anal Carcinoma
    Jessica D. Korman, MD
    Discuss the natural history of anal intraepithelial neoplasia, as well as which populations to screen and best practices for evaluation and treatment.
  • Diagnosing the Causes of Defecation Difficulties – Clinical Pearls
    Satish S. C. Rao, MD, PhD, FACG
    Review pelvic floor dyssynergia, and the diagnosis and treatment options for defecatory disorders.
  • Fissures, Fistulas, Hemorrhoids, Oh My!
    Darren M. Brenner, MD, FACG
    Explain the unusual but important pelvic pathologies that tend to cause significant patient discomfort but are often overlooked.
  • Panel Q & A

Symposium F: Conquering the Abyss: Small Bowel Pathologies, Enteropathies, and Other Rare Zebras That Should Be on Everyone’s List
Moderator: David J. Hass, MD, FACG

  • Obscure Pathologies of the Small Bowel – A Case-Based Approach
    David J. Hass, MD, FACG
    Review common and uncommon pathologies of the small bowel, including bleeding, IBD, and small bowel neoplastic disease.
  • Managing Celiac and Other Enteropathies – A Case-Based Approach
    Amy S. Oxentenko, MD, FACG
    Review the diagnosis and management of celiac, refractory celiac, and other often overlooked enteropathies.
  • Zebras Worth Knowing – A Review of Unusual Diagnoses That Should Be in Every Gastroenterologist’s Differential
    Lawrence J. Brandt, MD, MACG
    Review unusual diagnoses that are not often considered but are high-yield and should be included in every gastroenterologist’s differential diagnosis.
  • Panel Q & A
5:05 pm Postgraduate Course Adjourns