New Conference Aims to Improve GI and Liver Health in Primary Care

According to the Digestive Health Foundation of Canada, close to 20 million Canadians live with a digestive disorder each year. Studies over the past two decades have also found increasing connections between digestive health and overall health (Guarner and Malagelada, The Lancet, 2003).

Given the prevalence of GI and liver conditions, and the impact these can have on quality of life, health professionals must have a solid understanding of gastroenterology and hepatology applicable to general practice.

Taking place Friday, May 26 at the Pan Pacific Toronto, the inaugural University of Toronto Annual Review of Gastroenterology and Hepatology for the Primary Care Practitioner aims to improve GI and liver health in primary care.

Learners can expect a full day of interactive learning and networking with other health practitioners interested in digestive health. A variety of plenary presentations and small group, breakout sessions will prepare learners to effectively screen, manage, and treat common gastrointestinal and liver diseases.

Relevant, evidence-based GI knowledge is especially important in primary care, where practitioners often encounter symptoms in their early stages. Dr. Noah Crampton, Clinician-Investigator at Toronto Western Hospital and member of our scientific planning committee, shares why GI knowledge is imperative in primary care:

“To provide the best, timeliest care for my patients, it’s crucial to stay updated on the latest research in this field, and know when to consult with my GI colleagues,” Crampton says.

Invited experts in gastroenterology and hepatology will present the latest updates. Dr. Jill Tinmouth (Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre) will share “Updates on CRC Screening and Post-Polyp Follow-Up” and Dr. David Baron (North York General Hospital) will discuss “Management of GI Emergencies.”

In addition, breakout sessions will cover current approaches to:

  • Abnormal Liver Enzymes / Hyperferritinemia (Dr. David Wong)
  • Incidentally Discovered Abdominal Imaging Findings (Dr. Elaine Yong)
  • Anorectal Symptoms (Dr. Stanley Feinberg)
  • and much more

These are just some highlights from the program. Visit the conference website to learn more, explore the complete agenda, and register.