Fall 2012 Conference Report:

We met in Park City at the NewPark Hotel again this year. The hotel is wonderful and has a multitude of shopping and dining within walking distance. Several members brought their husbands and/or families to spend the evening Friday. The Friday night social was once again a successful way to meet those who had traveled a ways to come to the conference and enjoy the evening together.


There was also a half marathon for Breast Cancer occurring from the hotel at the same time as our conference so starting on time Saturday morning became a challenge when our speaker and some attendees had difficulty getting to the venue because of road closers. Once we got started though, the entire day was well worth our time. Breakfast and lunch were served, and vendors brought their newest devices for us to see and discuss.

  Dr. Doug Adler gave a wonderful talk and discussion on legal issues with endoscopy staff. “Oh My! I’ve been sued!” was a great way to start the day. Learning about charting appropriately and legible signatures as well as ways to be sure we are not included in a law suit were all discussed.


Dr. John Valentine spoke on inflammatory bowel disease and gave us new insights into what to watch for and how to help our patients deal with this disease.


Dr. Janet Harnsberger spoke on Eosinophilic Esophagitis and how common it is becoming today. Ways to diagnose and treat were discussed.Dr. Erik Volkmann spoke on the different types of bariatric surgery are available today and how each one is done and the complications we may see in the GI lab with these surgeries.

Dr. JP Hughes woke us all up with his humorous (if there is such a thing) look at colon and rectal cancers. We could have listened to him for another hour.

Shane Lebaron from Boston Scientific discussed new Bronchial thermoplasty treatment for asthma patients.

Everyone attending received some type of gift from a raffle and between that and the information they gained from this conference, we are sure it was worth everyone’s time.

We are now looking forward to next fall. If you have any speaker suggestions, or venue suggestions, we are always open to them. We would also love some new blood on the board and more involvement from others.

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  The Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates is a professional organization of nurses and associates dedicated to the safe and effective practice of gastroenterology and endoscopy nursing. SGNA carries out its mission by advancing the science and practice of gastroenterology and endoscopy nursing through education, research, advocacy, and collaboration, and by promoting the professional development of its members in an atmosphere of mutual support.  

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