The Idaho Gut Club (IGC) is a statewide gastroenterology organization which was founded in 1991. It was established to promote medical education and to increase communications and camaraderie between practitioners within the state. It also provides an opportunity for Continuing Medical Education (CME) to gastroenterologists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. The intended format for the IGC bi-annual meetings is a series of lectures on current medical issues facing gastroenterology, including updated patient care information and information on the evaluation and management of gastrointestinal disorders. The Idaho Gut Club has approximately 70 members that includes practicing and retired gastroenterologists as well as physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners, and other sub-specialties related to gastroenterology from Idaho and the surrounding Northwest states. The Idaho Gut Club is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.
The Idaho Gut Club is guided by a Board of Directors consisting of five members, who rotate through 3-year terms. A Governor, who serves for 2 years, is elected by the membership. The Governor coordinates speakers for the meetings and also runs the two-day bi-annual meetings.
Bi-annual educational meetings are held each year, both in the Spring and in the Fall. Regular attendance at each meeting ranges from 20-25 gastroenterology providers which contributes to the success of these bi-annual meetings. Symposia attendees may also earn up to 12 credit hours of CME in Category 1 for the American Medical Association for each meeting, up to 24 credit hours per year.
Symposium sessions are held on Friday and Saturday mornings. Historically, at each bi-annual symposia, two nationally-known speakers are invited to give to two presentations with time allotted after presentations for further discussion from attendees. Topics cover a variety of gastroenterology subject matter. Topics are based on needs assessment solicited by the Board and membership based on the speakers’ specialized area of knowledge, new procedures, and treatments currently being utilized or that are in research. Member gastroenterologists also present personal case studies related to the symposium topics with follow up discussion.
The Idaho Gut Club encourages communications and camaraderie among its members and all attendees. A group dinner is held Friday evening for the members, speakers and their guests. Representatives of pharmaceutical, medical devices, and other companies who helped fund the symposia are also in attendance at the banquet and participate in social activities.
Over the years, the Idaho Gut Club has utilized venues in Sun Valley, McCall, Coeur d'Alene, Jackson Hole, and Tamarack Resort for their bi-annual symposia. Funding for the meetings is derived from annual membership dues and industry support.