On behalf of The Foundation for Research and Education in Esophageal and Foregut Disease, Inc., it is our pleasure to announce the upcoming continuing medical educational activity entitled, “Medical and Surgical Aspects of Esophageal and Foregut Disorders.” This unique, annual event is scheduled to take place February 21-26, 2019 on the Big Island of Hawaii. Dr. Steven DeMeester and Dr. Philip Katz would like to invite you to help support this educational activity, one of the longest running post-graduate courses in the United States and a perennial favorite among those interested in diseases of the upper GI tract.
This is the 34th year of the course! This year we are pleased to again bring together outstanding leaders in the field of Esophageal Disease as faculty and special guests. This year’s faculty includes Co-Course Directors Dr. Steve DeMeester and Dr. Phil Katz, Associate Director Dr. Jeffrey Peters, Emeritus directors Dr. Tom DeMeester and Dr. Don Castell, along with Dr.’s Para Chandrasoma, Stu Spechler, Lee Swanstrom, Daniela Molena, Felice Schnoll-Sussman, Guilherme Campos, and Pernilla Lagergren. We are extremely pleased to announce that our special guest faculty this year includes Jesper Lagergren, Professor of Surgery Trinity School of Medicine, Stockholm, Sweden and Chris Thompson, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. This year we put added emphasis on the pathophysiology of obesity, endoscopic and surgical options for bariatric patients, complications and management options after bariatric procedures, endoscopic and surgical GERD treatment options, management of esophageal motility abnormalities, the epidemiology and risk factors for Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer, new concerns regarding PPIs and cancer risk, and the management of esophageal cancer.
We limit the course size approximately 95 registered participants to in order to maintain classroom informality and encourage audience interaction, a characteristic of the course since its inception. For those that have not been before, the course is specifically designed to have the feel and interaction of a small-group classroom environment where questions, comments and discussion are encouraged. The course is open to all physicians and allied health personnel with an interest in esophageal and foregut disorders and is particularly appreciated by gastroenterologists and gastrointestinal surgeons who focus on the diagnosis and treatment of patients with esophageal disorders, and for those who have or are interested in developing a swallowing center and function as a team to collaboratively approach esophageal problems. The lectures are detailed and supported by existing literature and on-going research to provide cutting-edge information that can be immediately applied to patient care. Each lecture is followed by ample time for often vigorous discussion and interaction between the faculty and attendees as areas of controversy are further explored and debated.
As in prior years there will be an “Innovative New Technology Session” on Saturday morning. This portion of the course will expose each participant to approximately 5 new technologies or outcomes with existing technology in the form of small room interaction with the participants, industry representatives and course faculty. These session, during the course hours on Saturday, ensures that all course participants rotate through each of the 5 rooms to get 25 minutes of detailed exposure to the technology / industry hosting the room. Industry partners in the past have found this an invaluable opportunity to get small group access to each course participant to showcase their technology or outcomes. Industry partners interested in this unique opportunity can structure the room any way that best meets their purposes, and are supported by course faculty. These rooms tend to sell out quickly so if interested please reserve the room promptly. Details can be found below.
Last year we introduced the “Advanced hands-on experience with certificate of completion” sessions that complimented the didactic portion of the course with some of our featured new technologies and industry partners. These sessions were extremely well received so we plan on offer them again this year. All participants will be encouraged to select one or more of these sessions to enhance their course experience. The certificate of completion can be brought home by the participant and should facilitate adoption of the new technology in their center. Each of these advanced courses are also supported by course faculty to ensure a high-quality, valuable experience. This opportunity is extremely limited, so please contact us promptly if interested to reserve your session. See additional details below.
Steve DeMeester, MD and Phil Katz, MD: course co-directors
Angi Gill, RN: Industry coordinator
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint provider ship of the American College of Surgeons and Foundation for Research and Education in Esophageal and Foregut Disease. The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Industry Support Request
This unique effort would not be possible without industry support. We are extremely grateful for our industry partners that have helped this educational event to be ongoing now for over 30 years. Last year’s supporter’s included Bard Davol, Boston Scientific, CDx Diagnostics, CSA Medical, C2 Cryoballon, EndoGastric Solutions, ERBE USA, Interscope, Inc., Pinnacle, LSI Solutions, Mauna Kea Technologies, Inc., Medtronic, Diversatek Healthcare, and W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. We greatly appreciate all of our industry partners!
We invite returning and new potential industry partners to contact us and discuss in detail the course and the opportunities for support and interaction with our surgeon and gastroenterology attendees.
We recommend that our industry partners plan to be present from the start of the course on Thursday February 21st through Saturday the24th of February. Of course, there is no requirement to leave Saturday and industry is welcome to stay until the end of the course on Tuesday February 26th. Please see the attached course agenda for full details of the program, and our website: foregutdiseasefoundation.org for additional information on the course and the foundation. To contact us please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like us to call you please email us a phone number and indicate the best day and time. Thank you!
All said, this year’s course promises to be a truly interesting, informative and enjoyable educational experience! We hope you can join us this February! We can’t provide this exceptional educational experience without your participation and look forward to partnering together.
Support options this year include an unrestricted Educational Grant, an Exhibit Table at the conference, an Exhibit Table and one of the 5 rooms available during the Interactive New Technology Session Saturday morning, or Exhibit Table and Hands-on course featuring a Certificate of Completion for attendees. We hope to see you at the conference this year, and please review the detailed support opportunity information below.
Detailed description of our support opportunities:
• UNRESTRICTED EDUCATIONAL GRANTS AND ADDITIONAL CONFERENCE SUPPORT
The Foundation for Research and Education in Esophageal and Foregut Diseases is seeking support from multiple commercial interests for this event. A statement identifying all companies providing support through educational grants, in-kind provisions or exhibits will be included in program materials including meeting handouts.
Separate from the exhibit opportunity described below, this course is also seeking Educational Grant and In-Kind Support. Should your company wish to provide support to this program in the form of an Independent Medical Educational Grant, The Foundation for Research and Education in Esophageal and Foregut Diseases will apply for such support separately through the appropriate channels. If your company policy dictates that an exhibit request is conducted in a different manner than stated above please feel free to contact Angi Gill at email@example.com.
• EXHIBITOR TABLE
An exhibit hall adjacent to the meeting room is designed to allow frequent contact with course attendees in the morning and during the coffee breaks. In addition, on Friday an extended coffee break is built into the program, with plans to encourage the attendees to visit each booth in order to win a prize. The exhibit hall is open every day that the meeting is in session from 6 AM until 1 PM. The Hotel provides one 6’ table for each vendor with this purchase. In addition, one complementary registration is included for the course. All representatives will be required to have a name badge for access to the exhibit hall and Course. Please provide the name of the representative as you wish it to appear on a name badge. The price for Exhibit Space (Table) with 1 representative is $5000. Additional representatives are welcome but they must register (see below).
• SATURDAY INTERACTIVE NEW TECHNOLOGY SESSION ROOM AND EXHIBITOR TABLE
On Saturday morning there is dedicated time for all attendees to rotate through each of the interactive new technology rooms. The attendees are broken into small groups of approximately 15-18 people and each group spends 25-30 minutes in each of 5 break-out rooms. The content of the break-out room may include a dedicated speaker with slides, equipment to display or demonstrate, or a discussion of the technology led by the representatives and a faculty member. One or more faculty members are assigned to each room to be available for questions and to add clinical experience anecdotes, tips and tricks. The combination of an Exhibit table and a dedicated room during the Saturday interactive new technology session provides maximal exposure to the Course attendees and allows extended interaction with all attendees at a cost-effective price. Purchase of the combination provides complementary registration for three representatives. The price for the combination of Exhibit Table, a dedicated room during the Saturday interactive new technology session and 3 registered representatives is $12,500.
• HANDS-ON COURSE WITH CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION and EXHIBIT TABLE
Numerous attendees have indicated a desire for a more in-depth hands on experience with a certificate of completion to bring back to their institution to assist with credentialing for new procedures. We offered this last year and had very positive attendance and feedback. This year we would like to offer a variety of options for attendees. For more information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For industry partners please note that there is no stand-alone option for the advanced hands-on session. Industry partners must be registered for one or more of the options listed above to be eligible to add on the advanced hands-on course option. The reason for this is that we expect the didactic portion of the course to be integral to the hands-on learning session for our attendees, and thus support of the didactic portion of the course is necessary by our industry partners. The final fee will be determined by the complexity of the course and the requirement for and extent of faculty participation. We will work with interested industry partners to develop the content and requirements for completion of the hands-on session, and anticipate that supplies and material for the session will be provided by our industry partners. It is anticipated that the industry fee for a hands-on course will be $7,500. An exhibit TABLE must also be included in this purchase. The total for this option: 1 exhibit table, 3 registered representatives and the hands on session is $12,500.
• EXHIBIT TABLE, INTERACTIVE NEW TECHNOLOGY SESSION ROOM AND THE HANDS-ON COURSE COMBINATION PACKAGE
This package provides maximum exposure and educational opportunity for $17,500 and includes 4 registered representatives for the course.
• UNRESTRICTED EDUCATIONAL GRANTS AND ADDITIONAL CONFERENCE SUPPORT
The Foundation for Research and Education in Esophageal and Foregut Diseases is seeking support from multiple commercial interests for this event. A statement identifying all companies providing support through educational grants, in-kind provisions or exhibits will be included in appropriate program materials including meeting handouts.
Separate from the exhibit opportunity described above, this course is also seeking Educational Grant and In-Kind Support. Should your company wish to provide support to this program in the form of an Independent Medical Educational Grant, The Foundation for Research and Education in Esophageal and Foregut Diseases will apply for such support separately through the appropriate channels. If your company policy dictates that an exhibit request is conducted in a different manner than stated above please feel free to contact Angi Gill at email@example.com.
Additional representatives are welcome to attend the course, but all must be registered. The price for additional representatives is $750 per representative and includes participation in the course as well as the course reception on Thursday night.
A 10% non-refundable payment is required to hold your position for INTERACTIVE NEW TECHNOLOGY and the HANDS ON CERTIFICATE choices.
The remainder is due prior to January 15th, 2019. Failure to pay prior to the start of the course will lead to removal of your exhibit table, revocation of registered representatives and loss of the Interactive New Technology room and / or Hands-on session as applicable.
Checks should be made payable and mailed to:
Foundation for Research and Education in Esophageal and Foregut Disease
Tax ID: 47-3987489
Address: 4215 Tierra Rejada Road, Suite 174
Moorpark, California 93021
If you have any questions or require additional information for this request, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to your continued support for this educational mission. Again, thank-you, and we hope to see you in February at our conference!
Dr. Steven R. DeMeester
Angi Gill, RN
Charlene M. Peters, RN
On behalf of Dr. Steven DeMeester & Dr. Philip Katz