It is an intensive course which make the 08h00-17h00 schedule of the main meeting appear relaxed. For those of us fortunate to have been invited to teach at this meeting it is an experience not to be forgotten for both the quality of the science and education and the general sense of energy that these extremely talented residents bring to the meeting. My personal favourite would have to be the GI residents from Quebec presenting their analysis of a clinicopathological conference on Whipple’s disease to the tune of “YMCA”.
In addition to the annual meeting, the on-line interactive lecture series, and the liaison between the Royal College, the CAG, and the GI community (for section 1 accredited events) there are two specific educational programs which the CAG promotes. Continue reading
Residents completing their third year of internal medicine training can choose a number of directions. They can continue on and graduate as general internists. This role has always been important and may become even more important in the near future, with the move toward integrated primary and secondary care. They can also choose from one of the 22 subspecialty programs on offer. Clearly, if GI is to maintain its ranks, we have to be competitive for a relatively small number of graduates. Continue reading
Central goals for the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG) and the Canadian Digestive Health Foundatin (CDHF) are those of maintaining and increasing the ‘bolus’ of researchers and clinicians that enter the gastroenterology (GI) stream. This affords the required basic research base and clinical mass to accommodate future requirements on the health care system with respect to GI. To meet the clinical demand for GI services, it is necessary that an appropriate number of residents choose GI as a subspecialty, and that those who choose GI are appropriately trained.
The CAG Education committee plays a role in both of these areas. Continue reading