About the Course

Brief History and Needs Assessment

This course was created by William M. Steinberg in 1985 because there was a perceived need for a course that would summarize the salient teaching points of the entire field of gastroenterology/hepatology for physicians taking the certifying or recertifying exam in this field. At that time, there were no board reviews in this discipline in the United States. Since then, this course has become the longest standing and most well known course of its kind in the U.S. Thousands of gastroenterologists/hepatologists have taken this course at least once and many have taken it on multiple occasions.

The main method used for Needs Assessment for this course has been yearly questionnaires of the audience and feedback from the faculty (many of whom are directors of GI programs throughout the country). The questionnaires ask each registrant to grade each faculty member and to offer any suggestions concerning future lecturers or different topics. Changes are made on a year-to-year basis based on these evaluations. The course material is meant to cover nearly all aspects of GI/hepatology.  The faculty are hand-picked from all over the U.S. for their teaching excellence.

Because the course is designed primarily for those taking their board exam, course material emphasizes  the "nuts and bolts" of gastroenterology. Guidelines published by the various Gastroenterology/Hepatology societies such as the American Gastroenterological Association, American College of Gastroenterology, American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases are reviewed whenever appropriate.


Dr. Steinberg has hand picked the best of the best from all over the country to come and instruct you at this course. These doctors are all experts in their field with years of experience. Some of them have had a hand in selecting the questions for the boards in the past! You will not find a greater group of instructors to help you prepare for the board exams!

2020 Lectures

2020 Schedule

The exact times of the lectures will be published in early August.  Each day the course will last from approximately 8 AM- 6PM.

SATURDAY August 22, 2020
Mitchell Shiffman

Viral Hepatitis
Drug Induced Liver Injury
Autoimmune Liver Disease

Catherine Frenette
Liver Disease of Pregnancy
Genetic Liver Disease

Mark Russo
Portal Hypertension
Liver Potpourri
Liver Board-type questions

Grace Elta
Biliary Tract disease

SUNDAY August 23, 2020
Chris Forsmark
Acute Pancreatitis
Chronic Pancreatitis/Cysts
Pancreas Board Review Questions

Stuart Spechler
Motility Disorders
Barrett's/ Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Colin Howden
Gastroduodenal mucosal Disorders
Non-Variceal upper GI bleeding

Arnold Wald

Arnold Wald
Constipation/Defecatory Disorders
Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Douglas Rex
Colonoscopy: Best Practices

MONDAY August 24, 2020
Colon Continued
Frank Giardiello
Colon polyps and cancer genetic syndromes

David Rubin
Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Brooks Cash
GI Infections
Colon Potpourri and Board type questions

Small Bowel
Ciarin Kelly
Celiac Disease
Non-Celiac Small Bowel Disease

Milton Smith
Endoscopy Board Type questions and potpourri

Clinical Nutrition
Marianna Papademetriouu

Clinical Nutrition for the Boards


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