Annual Course 2020

2020 Endoscopic Vision:
Looking Back, Looking Forward
December 16-18, 2020


Intended Audience

Practicing Gastroenterologists, Gastrointestinal Endoscopists, Surgeons, GI Fellows, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and GI Nurses and Associates


Featuring a faculty of more than 80 distinguished educators and clinicians, the conference includes:
  • Educational Lectures
  • Thought-Provoking Discussion
  • Live Endoscopy Cases
  • Virtual Exhibit Hall
  • Annual New York GI Fellows Endoscopy Course
  • On-Demand Content

Course Topics

For a list of Annual Course topics, please see the Preview Brochure or registration page

Course Directors

44th Annual New York Course Directors
David A. Greenwald, MD; Nikhil A. Kumta, MD, MS; 
Robin B. Mendelsohn, MD
Associate Course Directors 
Live Endoscopy Cases and Procedures
Gregory B. Haber, MD and Sammy Ho, MD
Engagement and Inclusion
Adam J. Goodman, MD
Nursing Content
Barbara Zuccala, MSN, RN, CGRN 
Nancy S. Schlossberg, BSN, RN, CGRN
Annual New York GI Fellows Endoscopy Course Directors
Christopher J. DiMaio, MD and Julie Yang, MD

Course Description

Under the direction of expert faculty, this course is designed to improve endoscopic practice and change the learner’s approach to a wide range of disorders of the GI tract. The content of the course will provide current evidence and algorithms to support an efficient but effective evaluation of GI disorders, followed by prompt initiation of appropriate therapy that is directed toward improving patient care and outcomes.

Gastrointestinal endoscopy continues to experience a rapid expansion of knowledge and technological innovation, while advances in therapeutic endoscopy continue to challenge or replace techniques that previously were purely diagnostic. While maintaining standards of quality and safety, gastroenterologists must understand and effectively apply current and emerging diagnostic and treatment options in order to elevate practice levels and enhance patient outcomes.

This course will help participants improve their ability to accurately diagnose and effectively treat gastrointestinal diseases and disorders, enhance quality and safety in practice settings recognize trends and technological advances in interventional endoscopic and surgical procedures, and foster an evidence-based approach to endoscopic decision-making for commonly encountered and controversial problems in gastroenterology.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify appropriate methods to detect and treat common disorders of the small bowel, colon and pancreas, as well as endobariatric therapy for obesity, and review the effectiveness of these approaches
  • Discuss the spectrum of commonly seen disorders of the esophagus and stomach, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, Barrett’s esophagus, motility disorders and gastric intestinal metaplasia, and outline related treatment options and their effectiveness
  • Discuss the management of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and evaluate the efficacy and safety of current treatments
  • Evaluate advances in the methods of assessing disease status in patients with inflammatory bowel disease and discuss the application of these techniques to patient treatment
  • Examine the diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities as well as complications of current and emerging advanced endoscopic techniques to diagnose and treat disorders of the hepatobiliary tract, pancreas, and luminal gastrointestinal tract and to detect and manage obscure upper and lower GI bleeding
  • Discuss the gastrointestinal manifestations of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID 19) and examine the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on endoscopy practice

Accreditation Statement

                            In support of improving patient care, Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation

Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Statement 

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 14.0 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Course Format

Live Webinar


Registration Information
Annual Course Preview Brochure

Annual New York GI Fellows Endoscopy Course


Exhibits and Sponsorship

Exhibit Space Reservations and Sponsorships

Notice for Nurse Participants

Due to the change in format, a separate nursing course will not be offered this year. However, all main course sessions that are accredited for physician CME will also be accredited for nursing contact hours. Nurse participants may be awarded up to 17.4 contact hours for this course, since our accreditor utilizes a 50-minute contact hour scale. The Doris C. Barnie GI Nurses and Associates Course will return next year.

Learning Outcomes for Nurse Participants

After this program, participants will be able to review the pathophysiology of GI diseases, evaluate current advances in diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy, and identify evidence- based best practices for novel medical, endoscopic, surgical and nursing approaches to the management of digestive diseases.

Nursing Accreditation Statement

This educational activity has been submitted to the Northern California Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates. Northern California SGNA is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 6900 (contact hours pending) and by ABCGN for GI-specific contact hours (pending).

Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution

This activity has been submitted to the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution, Inc. (CBSPD) for continuing education units toward maintenance of certification.