GI Update 2023 Kauai is organized by University Learning Systems (ULS) and will be held from Nov 15 - 17, 2023 at Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, Kauai, Hawaii, United States of America.

This is located along the white sand beaches, this spectacular location is where you will earn 15 contact hours (1.5 CEU) of pharmacy CE  over three days, 5 hours per day, of live AAFP/ AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, ACPE and pharmacology CE/ CME credit. Prefer not to travel or sit in the meeting space? Join us via live stream webcast & earn live CE/CME!

Session: 01
Wednesday, November 15, 2023:  7:45 AM – 8:00 AM Registration & Breakfast,  8:00 AM – 1:30PM  Educational Program

Irritable Bowel Syndrome,  Elevated Liver Function Tests, Celiac Disease, Esophageal Reflux Diseases and Probiotics 
At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:
Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Tools for Successful treatment:  1. Differentiate the various manifestations of IBS. 2. Distinguish IBS from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). 3. Examine the usefulness of “Alarm Symptoms” . 4. Choose the best treatments for IBS   Bootcamp for Elevated Liver Function Tests: 5. Define Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) and Non Alcoholic Steato Hepatitis (NASH).  6. Identify at risk patients and review treatment options. 7. Recognize frequently encountered gallbladder and common duct clinical dilemmas.  8. Describe what a primary care provider should know about Hepatitis C.   Celiac Disease or Something Else? :  9. Describe the varied clinical manifestations of Celiac Disease (Sprue).  10. Define the workup of Celiac Disease especially when a patient is already on a self imposed gluten free diet.  11. Recognize the entity of Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity. 12.  Identify how the symptoms of Celiac Disease, Non Celiac Gluten sensitivity, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be identical.    Dysphagia, Dyspepsia, GERD, Barrett’s and the Primary Care Provider:  13. Distinguish gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD) from dyspepsia.  14. Interpret the true risks of chronic proton pump inhibitor use.  15. Distinguish various esophageal diseases.  16. Delineate the risk of Barrett’s Esophagus and esophageal cancer.  Update on Probiotics, Prebiotics, Clostridium difficile and Fecal Transplants:  What You Need to Know:  17. Recognize the proven GI uses of Probiotics. 18. Describe the difficulty in comparing products. 19.  Describe how to diagnose and treat Cl difficile in 2020.  20. Describe how fecal transplants may be the ultimate Probiotic.

Session: 02
Thursday, November 16, 2023:  7:45 AM – 8:00 AM Registration & Breakfast,  8:00 AM – 1:30PM  Educational Program

Assessing Abdominal Pain: A Practical Review:
Abdominal Pain:1. Define the appropriate workup for several interactive cases of acute abdominal pain. 2.. Illustrate the pitfalls in making a diagnosis. Inflammatory Bowel Disease Update: 3. Distinguish Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). 2. Describe the workup of IBD. 3. Distinguish Crohn’s Disease from Ulcerative Colitis. 4. Choose the “best” treatments for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. 5. Discuss controversies surrounding IBD. Peptic Ulcer Disease and Helicobacter Highlights: 6. Identify the importance of risk factors in the development of UGI bleeding. 7. Select appropriate candidates for long term PPI therapy. 8. Review non invasive ways of making a H pylori diagnosis. 9. Manage antibiotic therapy for Helicobacter 2020. Clinical Dilemmas in GI Bleeding: 10. Describe the limitations of colonoscopy. 11. Recognize the importance of “Alarm Symptoms”. 12. Describe advanced endoscopic techniques that are used to evaluate GI bleeding. 13. Recognize the safe use of anti platelet and anticoagulation meds post GI bleeding. Spectrum of Alcohol Induced Liver Disease: 14. Describe criteria to better diagnose and treat alcohol induced liver disease. 15. Review the spectrum of alcohol induced illness and consequences including: Fatty Liver Disease, Alcoholic Hepatitis, Cirrhosis and its consequences

Session: 03
Friday, November 17, 2023:  7:45 AM – 8:00 AM Registration & Breakfast,  8:00 AM – 1:30PM  Educational Program

Colon Cancer Prevention, Chronic Diarrhea, Constipation, Work/Life Balance and GI “Jeopardy” Review
At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:
Colon Cancer Evaluation and Prevention: What’s New?: 1. Describe the best practices that lead to colon cancer prevention. 2.  Review types of polyps and their consequences.  3. Review the pitfalls of colonoscopy screening.  4. Describe reasonable alternatives to colonoscopy.   Evaluation and Treatment of Chronic Diarrhea:  5.  Describe the common sources of chronic diarrhea including: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel Disease,  Pancreatic Insufficiency,  Post cholecystectomy diarrhea,  Sprue,  Microscopic Colitis.  6.  Review treatment options.   Constipation Conundrums:  7. Discuss specialized, advanced testing for constipated patients unresponsive to standard care.  8.  Recognize fecal overflow incontinence.  9. Recognize how Peripheral Acting Mu-Opioid Receptor Antagonists are useful in treating opioid induced constipation.    Work/Life Balance: Changing the Equation in Your Favor: 10.  Overcome barriers that prevent providers from reconnecting with the joy of healthcare.  11  Review key concepts of “burnout” .  12.  Employ new techniques that allow for some changes.  13. Develop additional techniques through group discussions.  14.  Discuss ways to motivate providers to change the system. GI “Jeopardy”: 15.  Review what has been covered over the last 3 days .

Please Read the Update on Travel to Hawaii! 
Take a pre-travel test from one of the State of Hawai‘i’s Trusted Testing and Travel Partners within 72 hours of departing to Kauai: See acceptable list (NOTE: Tests taken from any other lab will not be accepted)

Create a Safe Travels account and complete the mandatory State of Hawai‘i Travel and Health Form

Upload negative test results to your Safe Travels account before traveling to Hawai‘i (NOTE: Travelers who arrive without uploading the negative test result will not be accepted).

About the State of Hawai‘i Safe Travels program requirements

Additionally, Hawaii Department of Health is requiring all meeting attendees to show proof of vaccination or show proof of negative Covid test for EACH day of the conference.


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