Introducing the ‘Ethics Corner’


One of the most rewarding things about serving as editor of GI & Hepatology News is to consider new content that will further engage and bring value to our readership. In addition to reporting on scientific advances from our GI journals that can inform frontline clinical care of patients with gastrointestinal conditions, we have launched several new columns over the past year, including our monthly Member Spotlight and quarterly Health Policy and Advocacy columns, to diversify our content.

Dr. Megan A. Adams, Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Megan A. Adams

In our September 2023 issue, in addition to debuting a new cover design, we are pleased to introduce yet another new offering – the “Ethics Corner” column. It is intended to highlight important ethical considerations and challenges arising in GI practice and offer practical guidance on how to navigate them. In our inaugural Ethics Corner, AGA Ethics Committee members Dr. Sheldon Sloan and Dr. David Drew discuss the “good, the bad, and the ugly” of direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA). They highlight the pros and cons of DTCA from an ethical perspective, illustrate how DTCA can impact everyday clinical interactions with patients, and provide insight into how to navigate these challenging conversations. We hope you enjoy this new addition to the newspaper and welcome your ideas for future Ethics Corner columns and other content.

Also in this month’s issue, we update you on AGA’s response to the American College of Physicians’ recent decision to recommend against initiating colon cancer screening at age 45, contrary to the recommendation of the GI community. We also present a story on Humira biosimilars and how they are likely to impact clinical practice. Finally, our September Member Spotlight features GI dietitian Renee Euler, MS, RD, LD, who discusses the intersection between diet and GI disorders, the importance of a team approach to GI care, and her work as a liaison between the AGA and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

We hope you enjoy these, and all the stories featured in our September issue.

Megan A. Adams, MD, JD, MSc

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