Letter from the Editor

Welcome to The New Gastroenterologist online!


Dear Colleagues,

It is with great excitement that I introduce the first e-newsletter version of The New Gastroenterologist! As more content in medicine, and life in general, is moving toward digital platforms, we at the AGA believe this transition will improve both content dissemination and accessibility to all our readers. In this new format, we will continue to provide articles on topics of importance to the early-career community, expand our offerings by including the new “In Focus” articles (concise overviews of GI topics) both digitally and in GI & Hepatology News print issues, as well as increase the use of multimedia resources, such as videos, to further enhance our content.

In this issue of The New Gastroenterologist, our In Focus article provides a practical overview of the management of chronic constipation. This article, written by Nitin Ahuja and James Reynolds from the Neurogastroenterology and Motility Program at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, addresses a common topic in our field, and can also be found in the February print issue of GI & Hepatology News. To complement this article, there is a corresponding video abstract that can be viewed.

Also in this issue, Richard Peek (Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.) – one of the Coeditors in Chief of Gastroenterology – provides a summary of the newly created 1-year editorial fellowship for the AGA’s flagship journal. This is a fantastic new opportunity and you can learn firsthand about the experience of the inaugural editorial fellow, Eric Shah (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), in an accompanying video. Additionally, as helping patients make a successful transition from a pediatric GI practice to an adult GI practice can be very challenging, in this issue Manreet Kaur and Allyson Wyatt (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston) provide a primer on how to successfully aid in this transition.

Are you considering a career in hospital administration? If so, you will enjoy reading about pursuing a career in hospital administration from Brijen Shah, who is the chief medical officer of Mount Sinai Queens (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York). Have you been to one of the AGA’s Regional Practice Skills Workshops? These workshops are sponsored by the AGA Trainee and Early Career Committee and held in a growing number of cities across the country. In this issue, Munish Ashat (University of Iowa, Iowa City) provides a recap of the workshop he attended, complete with many useful career pearls.

I hope that you also enjoy the other features in the new e-newsletter format of The New Gastroenterologist. I especially want to point out one of our new sections entitled “In Case You Missed It.” As we all undoubtedly experience information overload with so many new articles released each month, this section collects relevant articles from the numerous AGA publications and consolidates them to ensure you don’t miss any of this great content.

If you are interested in contributing to future issues of The New Gastroenterologist or if there are topics that would interest you, please let us know. You can contact me (bryson.katona@uphs.upenn.edu) or the managing editor of The New Gastroenterologist, Ryan Farrell (rfarrell@gastro.org).


Bryson W. Katona, MD, PhD
Editor in Chief

Dr. Katona is an instructor of medicine in the division of gastroenterology at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

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