Letter from the Editor

Quality metrics, programs for new GIs, and innovation


Dear Colleagues,

In the August issue of The New Gastroenterologist, we have some fantastic articles that I hope you will find both interesting and useful.

First, as quality metrics are becoming increasingly important in all aspects of health care, it is critical that we have a good understanding of quality metrics within our field. This issue’s “In Focus” article, written by Nabiha Shamsi, Ashish Malhotra, and Aasma Shaukat (University of Minnesota/Minnesota VAMC), provides a helpful overview of the currently accepted quality metrics for colonoscopy as well as the data that support their use. This article can be found online as well as in print in the August issue of GI & Hepatology News.

Additionally, in this issue, we have several articles highlighting important AGA programs that are great opportunities for those of us in our early careers. First, Jennifer Weiss (University of Wisconsin) discusses her experience in the Future Leaders Program, which just graduated its second class at DDW this year. Additionally, Sarah Lieber (UNC Chapel Hill) and Ana Maldonado-Contreras (University of Massachusetts) chronicle their experiences at the AGA Academic Skills Workshop which was held in Charlotte earlier this year. Finally, Eric Shah (University of Michigan), who served as this past year’s Gastroenterology Editorial Fellow, provides insights from his experience in this new position designed specifically for those in their early career.

Also in this issue is an article about pursuing a career in the innovation industry, authored by Chang Hee Kim (GoDx) and Wendy Henderson (NINR/NIH), who were winners of this year’s AGA Shark Tank. Finally, as many will be looking for new jobs in the coming year, one of the most important parts of this process will be the contract. Scott Roman, an attorney with significant expertise in contract law, provides an overview highlighting the important points about contracts that should not be overlooked.

As with prior installments of The New Gastroenterologist e-newsletter, please check out the “In Case You Missed It” section to see recent articles published in the AGA journals that have pertinence to those of us in our early careers. If you have any ideas 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 assistant professor of medicine in the division of gastroenterology at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

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