Letter from the Editor

Barriers to screening, navigating DDW®, hepatology training, retirement, and more in this issue


Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the second edition of The New Gastroenterologist in its e-newsletter format! 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 to 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.

Dr. Bryson W. Katona

Dr. Bryson W. Katona

The “In Focus” article this month is authored by the members of the AGA’s Diversity Committee and focuses on the extremely important topic of barriers preventing colorectal cancer screening in underserved populations. This comprehensive overview will undoubtedly help us in our mission to ensure valuable colorectal cancer screening is more frequently, and widely, applied. And be sure to look for it in the May print issue of GI & Hepatology News as well.

Digestive Disease Week (DDW®), which many of us will be attending, features cutting-edge research and provides an invaluable opportunity for networking. With DDW right around the corner, Lea Ann Chen (NYU) gives some very helpful pointers to ensure that you get the most out of your experience. Additionally, David Leiman (Duke) and Neil Sengupta (University of Chicago) provide an overview of how best to incorporate new evidence into your daily practice. This is such a critical topic nowadays given the ever-growing number of journal articles published as well as the speed at which information is disseminated both throughout our field and in the popular press.

In our postfellowship pathways section, Elizabeth Verna (Columbia) provides an overview of the advanced training options available in hepatology including the new ABIM pilot program that combines a transplant hepatology fellowship year with the third year of fellowship. Finally, there is an overview on strategies for retirement savings by A.J. Bellamah (BNB Wealth Management), which is an area where so many of us get a late start due to extended training and student loan burden.

Please also check out the “In Case You Missed It” section to see selected articles published in the AGA journals, which are particularly relevant to those of us in our early careers. If you have any ideas for future articles, or are interested in contributing to The New Gastroenterologist, please contact me at [email protected] or the managing editor, Ryan Farrell, at [email protected].


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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