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DESCRIPTION
The Johns Hopkins International Therapeutic Endoscopy Course (HITEC) is an intense 2-3 day course dedicated to providing the practicing endoscopist state-of-the-art updates in luminal, pancreaticobiliary and bariatric endoscopy. In addition to extensive live endoscopy demonstrations and keynote lectures by superstar national and international faculty, our unique format will include faculty led lunch time symposia focusing on the various aspects of therapeutic endoscopy as well as video sessions that encourage opportunities to demonstrate rare cases not typically performed during live courses in the U.S. The pancreaticobiliary endoscopy sessions will illustrate basic and advanced principles and techniques of EUS/ERCP, cholangiopancreatoscopy and interventional EUS. The luminal endoscopy sessions will focus on techniques such as Barrett's endoscopic therapy, EMR, ESD, POEM and EUS-guided anastomosis creation. The bariatric endoscopy sessions will demonstrate primary endoscopic therapies, as well as novel techniques to manage the complications of bariatric surgery. Therapeutic endoscopy hands-on training labs are offered with training performed by world-renowned experts. In short, this unique course featuring superstar global endoscopists will ensure detailed and comprehensive illustration of optimal techniques to enhance endoscopic skills, while simultaneously introducing advanced and novel procedures/techniques to endoscopists.


WHO SHOULD ATTEND
This activity is intended for endoscopists, gastroenterologists, surgeons, gastroenterology/surgical fellows, endoscopy nurses and endoscopy technicians.


OBJECTIVES
After attending this activity, the participant will demonstrate the ability to:
· Discuss the latest advances in luminal and pancreaticobiliary endoscopy. 
· Present an update on optimal techniques for biliary cannulation. 
· Discuss different management options for patients with complex colon polyps. 
· Present an update on POEM and other treatment options for patients with achalasia. 
· Discuss different management options for patients with pancreatic necrosis. 
· Present an update on the endoscopic management of pancreatic cysts. 
· Discuss a variety of bariatric endoscopic techniques, including primary weight loss therapies as well as those      to treat the complications of bariatric surgery. 
· Illustrate techniques and indications for endoscopic suturing.