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basic science conference

This conference has been folded into the weekly GI core curriculum conference series.  Topics are an       in-depth and up-to-date review of an area in gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, nutritional, or oncologic physiology.  Examples of topics are below.

  • Enteric Nervous System
  • Mucosal Immunology
  • Mechanisms of Gastrointestinal Inflammation
  • Cellular Growth and Neoplasia
  • Mechanisms and Pathophysiology of Diarrhea
  • Physiology of bilirubin metabolism and Pathophysiology of cholestatic liver disease
  • Enterohepatic circulation of bile acids and gallstone formation
  • Exocrine pancreas secretion
  • Nutrient digestion and absorption
  • Synthesis and dysregulation of fatty acid metabolism in the liver
  • Gastric secretion
  • Gastric motility
  • Colonic motility
  • Intestinal electrolyte absorption and secretion

Basic Science Conference Competencies

Patient Care

Principal Educational Goals

  • To gain an understanding of the basic mechanisms of digestive physiology in health and their dysregulation in disease.
  • To facilitate an understanding of the scientific rationale upon which clinical, pharmacological and surgical interventions are built.

Medical Knowledge

Principal Educational Goals

  • To review those basic science concepts integral to the specialty of digestive diseases and hepatology.

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

Principal Educational Goals

  • Identify areas of deficiencies in scientific knowledge and implement strategies to correct these deficiencies.

Interpersonal Skills and Communication

Principal Educational Goals

  • To learn to teach colleagues constructively and effectively.


Principal Educational Goals

  • Demonstrate respect in relationships with colleagues.
  • Be able to identify deficiencies in peer performance.

Systems-Based Practice

Principal Educational Goals

To appreciate the breadth and limitation of the science which may strengthen or detract from the value of evidence-based medical studies in various disease conditions.