Letter from the Editor

Transitions and growth


Dear friends,

Fall is a time of transitions in our field so with that I would like to extend a huge welcome to all of our new gastroenterology fellows and best wishes to those entering practice. This fall, I will also be starting my first position out of fellowship. I look forward to many opportunities and challenges to come.

Dr. Judy A. Trieu, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Judy A. Trieu

This month in In Focus, Dr. Mai Sedki and Dr. W. Ray Kim unpack the nuances of assessing and risk-stratifying patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease by using non-invasive testing in daily practice. Beyond daily practice, it is important to know where our field is advancing to offer patients more options. In Short Clinical Reviews, Dr. Aileen Bui and Dr. James Buxbaum review how the field of endohepatology is expanding into endoscopic ultrasound–guided liver biopsies, portal pressure measurements, and interventions of gastric varices.

In our Early Career feature, Dr. Corlan Eboh, Dr. Victoria Jaeger, and Dr. Dawn Sears describe how gastroenterologists are uniquely positioned for burnout and what can be done to prevent and treat it, particularly among new and transitioning gastroenterologists. In post-COVID era, practices have experienced an increase in portal messages and other non-face-to-face patient care, which may be contributing burnout.

In our Finance section this month, Dr. Luis Nieto and Dr. Jami Kinnucan review the types of patient encounters and billing options to optimize your compensation for time spent.

In Private Practice Perspectives, Dr. David Ramsey discusses why he joined a private practice and how understanding your own goals and values can guide you to a good fit in different practice models. Lastly, Dr. Dan Kroch describes his unique journey in becoming a third-space endoscopist without an advanced fellowship year and why dedicated training is the future of advanced endoscopic resection and third-space endoscopy.

If you are interested in contributing or have ideas for future TNG topics, please contact me (jtrieu23@gmail.com), or Jillian Schweitzer (jschweitzer@gastro.org), managing editor of TNG.

Until next time, I leave you with a historical fun fact: The first endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) was first performed by an obstetrician, Dr. William McCune in 1968, and achieved by taping an external accessory channel to a duodenoscope.

Yours truly,

Judy A Trieu, MD, MPH

Advanced Endoscopy Fellow
Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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