By Michael W. Fried, MD, FAASLD, AASLD President
One of the many great things about serving on the Governing Board for four years, prior to ascending to President of AASLD, is learning the intricacies and participating in the planning process for all our educational offerings. AASLD staff, Committee members, and the Governing Board spend an extraordinary amount of time each year to deliver programs that provide enormous value to the diverse community of our members.
The Liver Meeting®, of course, is our flagship, the must-see meeting that each year provides all of us a chance to reconnect with colleagues, network, make new friends and indulge in a boundless feast of educational fare. But AASLD activities stretch far beyond a few days in the fall and every season brings new educational opportunities. Whether you are a clinician, a basic or clinical investigator, advanced practice provider, trainee or one of the other healthcare providers that call AASLD “home”, I guarantee that AASLD offers programs throughout the year that will enrich your professional skills.
Digestive Disease Week®
As one of the four organizing societies, AASLD leadership strives to provide the best in liver education to the entire gastroenterology community at DDW. This year, the Hepatology Update will be presented by David Cohen, MD, PhD, FAASLD, and Paul Martin, MD, FAASLD, Editors in Chief of Hepatology and Liver Transplantation, respectively. Drs. Cohen and Martin will provide their unique perspectives about emerging trends in hepatology research and patient care through the lens of two of our key journals.
In addition to that perennial favorite, the following State-of-the-Art lectures promise to inspire clinicians and investigators and imbue them with new knowledge to improve patient care or stimulate ideas for future research.
- On the Horizon for Hepatitis B – Norah Terrault, MD, MPH, FAASLD
- New Hope for HCC – Laura Kulik, MD
- Drug Induced Liver Injury in GI Practice – Victor Navarro, MD, FAASLD
- Liver Transplantation for Extended Criteria Recipients – Michael Lucey, MD, FAASLD
Remember: the deadline to register at the advanced rate for AASLD members is April 3. Please visit the DDW page of our website for a complete list of our Clinical Symposia, Combined Clinical Symposia and other programming.
Many of the other AASLD courses throughout the year are developed by our
Special Interest Groups (SIGs). SIG leadership and members, experts in their diseases of interest, are able to identify issues that are especially important and develop focused programs with incredible faculty that delve deeply into a specific topic. Please consider these following courses as you plan your educational schedule for the months ahead:
Advances in HCC Therapies and Trial Design was developed by the Hepatobiliary Neoplasia SIG. Program Chairs are Josep M. Llovet, MD, PhD, FAASLD and Lewis R. Roberts, MBChB, PhD, FAASLD. The conference will focus on the selection of precise therapy for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma, and will also address HCC clinical trials. Dates and location of the course are March 22-23 in Atlanta, GA.
AASLD regularly collaborates with the FDA on a DILI conference. This year’s course is May 7-8 in Hyattsville, MD. The program chairs are Mark I. Avigan, MD, CM, and Robert J. Fontana, MD, FAASLD. This year’s course focuses on the problems posed by DILI in drug development and clinical care, as well as the greater time and monetary cost of adequate safety studies.
Another special offering of AASLD is the Clinical Hepatology Update, chaired this year by Marcelo Kugelmas, MD, FACP, FAASLD, Janice Jou, MD, MHS, Elizabeth K. Goacher, PA-C, MHS, and Lisa Catalli, MSN, NP-BC. Members of the Hepatology Associates Committee and the Clinical Practice SIG collaborated to develop this course designed as an efficient way for all medical professionals who manage patients with liver disease to learn best clinical practices in hepatology. All attendees will leave with tremendous gains in new and practical knowledge. This year’s course is on June 14-15 in Bellevue, WA.
So as you plan your calendars for the rest of 2019, please join us for DDW or one of our other course offerings. And don’t forget to join a SIG (or two) which will provide additional opportunities to help you further develop your specialty within hepatology and disseminate it to the rest of the hepatology community. And one more thing, be on the lookout for the latest innovation in AASLD SIGs: ENGAGE, a social media platform designed specifically for our SIGs to facilitate communication and collaboration.