Dear Program Director:
It is with great pleasure that we announce the 28th annual North American Conference of Gastroenterology Fellows (NACGF). The meeting is set to take place March 23 – 25, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Florida. The conference is sponsored by the American College of Gastroenterology and endorsed by the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology. The program agenda will include research presentations by the Fellows and coaching by a distinguished faculty of gastroenterologists.
Attendance at the conference is limited to up to forty Fellows and is by invitation only. To contend for an invitation, Fellows must submit an abstract of their research via the website, www.nacgf.org, which will be open to receive abstracts from November 20, 2017 to January 8, 2018. A Fellow may submit up to three abstracts. The research should be based on clinical or basic science projects in the areas of gastroenterology, hepatology or nutrition for either adult or pediatric patients with which the Fellows have been involved. Fellows attending will be selected competitively to receive invitations, based on their submitted abstracts. Submitted work cannot have been published in full at the time of submission nor been presented at another meeting more than 24 months ago. Submission to this meeting does NOT preclude submission for possible acceptance to Digestive Disease Week, as this program is not a scientific meeting like the annual society meetings, such as DDW or ACG. Because of the competitive nature of the submissions, case reports or studies without results will not be considered.
All Fellows attending the conference will be honored with a certificate of attendance. Up to three Fellows attending the conference will be selected to receive Distinguished Achievement Awards, which includes a travel award to the 2018 ACG Annual Meeting in October 2018.
Covered expenses for Fellows attending the conference include hotel accommodations, group meals, round-trip coach airfare and transfer between the hotel and the Orlando airport. The conference will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 23rd and end on Sunday afternoon, March 25th. Departures will not be scheduled before Sunday afternoon. Spouses/Guests are not included in the conference or at any conference activities, including meals. Spouses/Guests may accompany the Fellow on the trip at their own expense. Although the conference is held at a prime family vacation area, it is a 2.5 day working conference and each Fellow’s attendance is expected at all events. Children, other family members and guests are discouraged from attending with the Fellow unless absolutely necessary.
The goals of this conference include providing Fellows an opportunity to present their research to colleagues in a less pressured environment than at national meetings, and to receive coaching on presentation skills from experienced faculty. Educational objectives for this part of the conference include the following:
- Design a PowerPoint® slide presentation that clearly and appropriately illustrates the research project to the audience
- Presentation at the podium using a PowerPoint® slide set of the research that clearly and concisely communicates the project to the audience within a specified time limit
The Educational Advisory Committee will review all submitted abstracts and select up to forty. By late January, the Fellows submitting the selected abstracts will receive an invitation to attend the conference. Details on the specific guidelines for the presentations will also be included with the invitation, as will the general criteria by which the Fellows will be judged for the Distinguished Achievement Award. As in years past, the 2018 conference promises to be another educational and enjoyable event. We look forward to receiving your Fellows’ abstract submissions by the January 8, 2018 deadline. Note that, when submitting their abstract, Fellows will be asked to verify that their Program Director has given permission for the Fellow to submit an abstract, and that the Program Director is supportive of the Fellow attending the conference if the abstract is selected.
David J. Hass, MD, FACG
Chair, Educational Advisory Committee
Associate Professor of Medicine
Yale University School of Medicine
Philip O. Katz, MD, FACG
Co-Chair, Educational Advisory Committee
Chairman, Division of Gastroenterology
Albert Einstein Medical Center