Navigation Links
The best of times and the worst of times: Sustaining the future of academic GI

Bethesda, MD (Feb. 1, 2008) Academic gastroenterology divisions face severe challenges from political and economic influences. These divisions must adapt to changing health care needs in order to successfully maintain their research and educational missions, according to a report released by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institutes Future Trends Committee. The report, The Best of Times and the Worst of Times: Sustaining the Future of Academic Gastroenterology in the United States, was developed from a consensus conference held in March 2007 and published in Gastroenterology, the official journal of the AGA Institute.

The AGA Institute convened the conference to address the challenges faced by the academic gastroenterology (GI) community, including political and economic pressures causing financial hardship, workforce shortages, and erosion of research and teaching support. It focused on exploring the nature of these challenges and approaches that will help to ensure these divisions can continue to pursue their research and educational missions in the coming years.

While academic GI divisions train the majority of GI specialists in the U.S., these divisions are challenged by increasing service demands, decreasing revenues, difficulty recruiting and retaining faculty, and changing needs of fellows.

Academic GI divisions play an extremely important role in moving the field forward, but their ability to meet their educational and research missions is increasingly challenged by many political and economic factors, according to Timothy C. Wang, MD, AGAF, chair of the AGA Institute Future Trends Committee and Chief, Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases, Columbia University. GI divisions will need to adapt to the changing nature of the health care economy and capitalize on those changes to maximize their future success, aided in part by the leadership of the AGA Institute.

Based on presentations at the conference, the Committee developed several conclusions to help guide gastroenterologists in their practices:

  • GI divisions may need to be run more like businesses, and division leaders may need formal training in leadership skills and business practices.

  • GI fellowship training will need to be modified for trainees seeking academic or practice careers, including more technical skill-specific programs. Programs may identify synergies with other medicine fellowships and collaborate to more efficiently deliver training applicable to all fellows, such as quality, ethics and research standards.

  • Divisions will need to focus on improving faculty retention and workforce issues, such as work hours and debt levels, by using new technologies and flexible policies to meet staff and divisional needs. Directors need to place special emphasis on hiring a diverse faculty, including women and minorities, and cultivate promising young professionals through development of research opportunities and community outreach.

  • The AGA Institute should continue to support these divisions by properly educating and training members, advocating for greater federal funding, fostering career tracks for researchers and professional educators, and encouraging interest in and helping reduce potential barriers among students and trainees to careers in academic gastroenterology.

Through the ongoing charge of the Future Trends Committee, the AGA Institute is playing an integral role in helping academic divisions navigate the changing demands of the health care community. They should consider the conclusions of this report to determine changes in their division that will help improve their research output, staff retention and overall health care quality, said Dr. Wang.

The AGA Institute is firmly committed to supporting the academic GI community and is already taking steps to help facilitate many of these changes. The recommendations of the Future Trends Committee will help guide the AGA Institute in prioritizing its areas of focus and strategic planning of valuable training, education and policy programs.


Contact: Aimee Frank
American Gastroenterological Association

Related medicine news :

1. Investigators uncover intriguing clues to why persistent acid reflux sometimes turns into cancer
2. Chronic stress can steal years from caregivers lifetimes
3. New York Times Exposes Harm to Seniors After Private Equity Buyouts of Nursing Homes
4. Health and Pension Benefits Provider Turns to Xiotechs TimeScale Replication Services to Protect Critical Data
5. With the Largest-Ever Buyout of a National Nursing Home Chain Pending ... New York Times Exposes Harm to Seniors After Private Equity Buyouts of Nursing Homes
6. Financial Times Selects CAMFED International for 2007 Reader Seasonal Appeal
7. C-diff infection 4 times more likely to kill patients with inflammatory bowel disease
8. Rutgers College of Nursing faculty member Rachel Jones wins New York Times Nurse Award
9. Prostate cancer increases hip fracture risk by eight times in 50 to 65 year-olds
10. People overestimate their self-reported sleep times compared to measures by a sleep test
11. CQRC Statement on the NY Times Article on Medicares Home Oxygen Benefit
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... 2015 , ... As part of a global movement to ... together who want to combine talents and resources to help create sustainable communities ... The non-profit launched its first major fundraiser on November 6, 2015 at Bent ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... NV (PRWEB) , ... November 25, 2015 , ... Dr. ... patients to learn more about hair loss treatment with the Capillus272™ Pro laser therapy ... effective solution for thicker and fuller hair, without the need for surgery, prescription pills, ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... people across the country to celebrate their sobriety and show through pictures what ... “before and after” photos this Thanksgiving with the hashtag #FacesOfGratitude on their Facebook, ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... On November 23rd 2015 Cozy ... personal heating products business. Cozy Products explains what this means for business moving ... well with the Cozy Products business model: to sell personal heaters that reduce energy ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... In an ongoing Clinical Study conducted by ... Chicago, IL, UV Angel is evaluating the efficacy of its product and its disinfection ... (totaling 30 beds) from May 2014 through October 2015 at a 360-bed, acute-care, academic ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... , Nederland, November 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... --> Een nieuwe aanpak combineert immunotherapie ... gevorderde kanker. ) ... -->      (Photo: ... het Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum (LUMC) ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... DUBLIN , November 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... the addition of the "2016 Future ... Drugs of Abuse Testing Market: Supplier Shares, ... report to their offering. --> ... of the "2016 Future Horizons and ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... , November 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... announced the addition of the  "2016 ... the European Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (TDM) ... Competitive Intelligence, Emerging Opportunities"  report to ... ) has announced the addition of ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: