Information for Speakers
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 is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. In 2015, the IGC is proud to have celebrated an historic 24th year as an established organization. September 2015, marks the 44th meeting of the Idaho Gut Club. It is an organization that is recognized and well respected within the medical community.
Bi-annual educational symposia are held each year, both in the Spring and in the Fall. 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. Symposia attendees may 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. Regular attendance at each meeting ranges from 20-25 gastroenterology providers which contributes to the success of these bi-annual meetings.
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. Guest speakers are invited to attend all presentations and are generally available for questions as well as offering their valuable expert input regarding case study presentations. Speakers and their guests are invited to participate in social activities and the Friday night banquet given for all of the IGC members and their families. Representatives of pharmaceutical, medical devices, and other companies who helped fund the symposia are also invited to attend the banquet and participate in social activities.
The Idaho Gut Club has utilized venues in Sun Valley, McCall, Coeur d'Alene, Jackson Hole, and Tamarack Resort for their bi-annual symposia. Refer to the Venue page for Resort information.