I attended my inaugural Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) in Orlando in 2013 as a first-year fellow, both excited and somewhat intimidated to be giving my first oral abstract presentation on an international stage. At that time, the only familiar faces at the conference were my co-fellows and faculty, along with a few welcoming faces from the fellowship interview trail. My attendings, on the other hand, couldn’t walk more than 100 feet in the conference hall without bumping into a smiling colleague! Now nearly a decade later, I am pleased to say that there are many more familiar faces in the crowd as I walk the halls of DDW. Each May, I look forward to meeting up with friends and colleagues across the country and the world while learning from an outstanding group of GI thought-leaders. While the COVID pandemic has disrupted this annual tradition in recent years, for the first time since 2019 those who feel comfortable will convene in San Diego to see old colleagues and meet new ones, learn about exciting, practice-changing innovations in our field, and enjoy the California sunshine. For those who cannot travel, robust DDW virtual offerings are planned as well.
A quick look at the 2022 conference schedule reveals an astonishing 3,300 oral abstract and poster presentations, 400 original lectures, and a variety of professional networking events on the agenda. The conference weekend will open with the AGA Post-Graduate Course, which offers a great opportunity to efficiently brush up on your clinical knowledge, guided by leading experts in the field. Monday, May 23 will feature the AGA Presidential Plenary, with AGA Institute President John Inadomi, MD, AGAF, and an exciting lineup of speakers discussing how best to address health care disparities impacting our patients and outlining AGA’s recent efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in our field. While it is nearly impossible to attend all sessions of interest during this whirlwind 4-day conference, you can rely on GI & Hepatology News to bring you key conference highlights over the coming months to ensure you don’t miss a beat!
Megan A. Adams, MD, JD, MSc
Editor in chief