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On behalf of The Foundation for Research and Education on Esophageal and Foregut Disease, Inc., and the University of Rochester Medical Center it is our pleasure to announce the upcoming continuing medical educational activity entitled, “Medical and Surgical Aspects of Esophageal and Foregut Disorders.” This unique, annual event is scheduled to take place February 4-9, 2016 on the island of Maui, Hawaii. We would like to invite you to help support this educational activity, one of the longest running post-graduate courses in the United States and a perennial favorite among those interested in diseases of the upper GI tract. 

Activity Description

This annual course is a multidisciplinary effort including both medical and surgical faculty and attendees. Now in its 31st year, the course was originally established by Dr. Tom DeMeester, (a world re-known expert in diseases of the esophagus and now an Emeritus Director along with Dr. Jeff Peters and Dr. Don Castell) in the mid 1980’s.  The current course directors are Dr. Steven DeMeester and Dr. Phil Katz.  This year we are pleased to once again bring three outstanding leaders in the field of Esophageal Disease as our special guests.  Joining us will be Dr. C. Daniel Smith, our Surgical guest, and Drs. Stuart Spechler, and Dr. Richard I. Rothstein as our Medical guests. Together they will join our core faculty to discuss in detail the pathophysiology, diagnosis and therapy of diseases of the esophagus and foregut.  The course is specifically designed to be a classroom environment for a small group of interested physicians and allied health personnel. The course is particularly appreciated by gastroenterologists and gastrointestinal surgeons with interest in esophageal disorders and for those who have set up a swallowing center and function as a team to collaboratively approach esophageal problems.  The lectures are designed to encourage discussion on a broad variety of esophageal topics including both benign and malignant disorders.

Dr. Daniel Smith has extensive expertise in minimally invasive surgery, as well as clinical outcomes following corrective therapies and operative management of GI diseases.  Dr. Stuart Spechler, from UT Southwestern Medical Center, is widely renowned as an expert in diseases of the esophagus, with a special interest in gastroesophageal disease and Barrett’s esophagus. He has an active program of clinical research into the pathophysiology of Barrett’s esophagus. Dr. Richard I Rothstein is the Chair of the Department of Medicine at Dartmouth. His professional and research interests focus on gastroesophageal reflux disease, Barrett’s esophagus and endoscopic interventions. He participates actively in national and international educational programs concerning current and future endoscopic technologies.

Highlights of this year’s course will be an interactive session on esophageal radiology and a number of debates on controversial topics in esophageal disease.  Also featured will be discussions on endotherapy and neoadjuvant therapy for esophageal cancer, novel diagnostic and therapeutic technology, and a special session on adopting novel technologies into a medical center. As in prior years  there will be “hands-on” break-out sessions involving high resolution motility, esophageal pH and pH + impedance monitoring, stents, novel diagnostic and therapeutic technologies, as well as a video demonstration room of the techniques for LINX, BÂRRX, EMR, EsophyX, endoscopic and laparoscopic myotomy for achalasia and esophagectomy. This portion of the course will expose the participants to each of these areas along with instruction, assistance and information exchange from the faculty. It promises to be a truly interesting, informative and enjoyable educational experience!

Learning Objectives

The conference is designed so that at its conclusion, participants should be able to:
- Explain the  normal function and pathophysiology of the esophageal sphincters and esophageal body
- Describe and learn to interpret esophageal diagnostic studies including high-resolution manometry, pH and impedance testing, and novel technologies including optical coherence tomography and endomicroscopy
- Describe the diagnosis and management of GERD, Hiatal Hernia, Barrett’s Esophagus, and Esophageal adenocarcinoma
- Identify the traditional and novel therapies available for the endoscopic and surgical management of benign esophageal disease
- Discuss the staging for esophageal cancer and options for neoadjuvant therapy and surgical therapy


Outcomes will be measured through evaluations distributed to attendees at the end of each day as well as three months post-conference. Attendees will also have the option of completing a self-assessment quiz at the end of each day. Three month evaluations will be used to gauge new practices and changes put into practices that have affected patients’ health outcomes.

Certification / Accreditation

The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry designates this live activity for a maximum of 25.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABS MOC Program

This activity will also provide self-assessment credits towards Part 2 of the ABS MOC Program.In order to claim self-assessment credits toward Part 2 of the American Board of Surgery (ABS) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program, eligible learners must complete and pass (75% passing rate) a graded quiz. Please note that only ABS qualified surgeons are eligible for MOC credit.

Support Request

This unique effort would not be possible without industry support.  As such, we would like you to consider providing the following to support this continuing effort to educate physicians on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the esophagus and foregut.

Level # 1 Exhibit - $5,000 
Fee includes a 6’ foot display table located in the exhibit hall, one complimentary conference registration (not including CME credit), and mention in program materials as an exhibiting company at the conference. One additional representative may be added for an additional $1,000.

Display Dates:  
Thursday, February 4th, 6:30 am – 12:45 pm - exhibit hall
Friday, February 5th, 6:30 am – 12:45 pm – exhibit hall
Saturday, February 6th, 6:30 am – 12:4 5 pm – exhibit hall

Level # 2 Exhibit - $10,000
Fee includes a 6’ foot display table located in the exhibit hall, two complementary conference registration (not including CME credit), and participation in the hands on experience with faculty scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 4th.
Display Dates:  
Thursday, February 4th, 6:30 am – 12:45 pm – location: exhibit hall
Friday, February 5th, 6:30 am – 12:45 pm – location: exhibit hall
Saturday, February 6th, 6:30 am – 12:45 pm – location: exhibit hall
Saturday, February 6th, 7:00 am – 9:30 am – location:  individual breakout rooms

The Hands-on experience in the individual break-out rooms provides the opportunity for all of the conference attendees to participate in a small group (approximately 10-15 people) session to learn about your product(s).  The sessions last 20 minutes and then the next group arrives and so on until all participants have rotated through each break-out room.

Event Details and Online Exhibitor Registration

Exhibitors are required to register for this event.  Please follow the following link: Medical and Surgical Aspects of Esophageal and Foregut Disorders for online registration and additional event details. If you have additional questions or require assistance with exhibitor registration, please contact Tanya Bert at the University of Rochester Center for Experiential Learning 585-275-7666 or

Hotel Location & Accommodations 

Please secure your course registration and room reservations prior to booking travel reservations.

Suggested Travel Dates:
Travel to Hawaii on Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Return from Hawaii on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

These are suggested dates only. Rooms may be reserved at the group rate 3 days before and after main dates, subject to availability.

Conference Location

The Ritz Carlton Kapalua
Island of Maui

The Medical and Surgical Aspects of Esophageal and Foregut Disorders 2016 conference will be held at the Ritz Carlton Kapalua Resort.  This spectacular luxury retreat is surrounded by forests of Cook Isle Pines and beaches on Maui’s northwest shores, about 15 minutes by car to Lahaina Town.  The resort features luxuriously appointed guest rooms, a 17,000 square foot dream spa, 36 holes of championship golf, spacious pool and sun deck and much more. Kapalua is located 32 miles from Maui’s Kahului Airport (OGG).

This is a very high travel demand time. This meeting has sold out
each prior year - early reservations suggested.

Main Travel Dates:  Arrival Wednesday, February 3, check-out Wednesday, February 10.  We recommend securing your room reservations and meeting registration prior to purchasing airline tickets.

Nightly discounted group room rates are:

• Deluxe rooms (garden view)   $265
• Deluxe Ocean View  $310

A very limited number of Suites are available starting at $370 to $425 nightly. Please check the website for availability.

Rates include complimentary self-parking and resort fee, a value of $48 per day.  Tax of 13.42% not included and will be added to your room charges.

Value Added Conference Package:
Free Resort Fee and Self- parking! Only our official group rates include complimentary resort fee services and parking, a value of $48 per day.

If travel arrangements are required please visit: 

The University of Rochester’s Center for Experiential Learning is seeking support from multiple commercial interests for this event. A statement identifying all companies providing support through educational grants, in-kind provisions or exhibits will be included in appropriate program materials including meeting handouts. 

Separate from the exhibit opportunity described above, the CEL is also seeking grant and in-kind support for this activity.  Should your company wish to provide support in to this program in the form of an Independent Medical Educational grant, we will apply for such support separately through the appropriate channels. If your company policy dictates that an exhibit request be conducted in a different manner than stated above, please contact me at the address or phone number seen below.

Our Tax ID number is 16-0743209
Checks should be made payable to:
UR Center for Experiential Learning

Payments should be mailed to:
University of Rochester Center for Experiential Learning
601 Elmwood Ave., Box 709
Rochester, NY 14642
Attn: Tanya Burt – Esophageal Course

If you have any questions or require additional information for this request, please contact me in the Center for Experiential Learning at (585) 275-7666 or

University of Rochester Center for Experiential Learning
The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry's Center for Experiential Learning (CEL) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. The mission of this program is to provide high quality educational activities for physicians and health care professionals. Activities are designed to enhance professional performance, impart new knowledge, teach new skills, and develop appropriate physician-patient relations, thereby serving the needs of the patient and improving the quality of health care. CEL provides access to and an awareness of quality continuing medical education activities throughout the Rochester region and nationally.

The Center for Experiential Learning is committed to developing, organizing, and implementing quality educational activities through a collaborative process with physicians, nurses, and other allied health care professionals. In assessing the continuing medical education needs of the community, CEL offers diverse, multifaceted educational activities, reinforcing awareness and the importance of lifelong learning, self-motivation, self-assessment, and the development of self-learning skills. Continuing medical education activities can incorporate basic science concepts, clinical practice, recent literature, and scientific research perspectives on the best currently accepted clinical practices. Types of activities mounted include, but are not limited to, didactic presentations and seminars, hands-on skill workshops, faculty development, regional lecture series, grand rounds, videoconferencing and enduring materials, including Internet and on-line interactive materials.