Agenda

The following provides an overview of the GIRT 2019 program content and an outline of conference times. Specific speaker names and other agenda details will be added as the program is being finalized over the next few months.

GIRT 2019 – PROGRAM ELEMENTS

VIP Keynote Address

Speaker TBD

The Human Element of GI Practice – Tips for Efficiency, Patient Satisfaction and Mutually Agreed Upon Treatment Plans

GI providers practice with high levels of diagnostic and technical skill. They are often left on their own to figure out how to best interact with patients and families in ways that assure that these skills will be appreciated, and useful and efficiently applied. In this session, we will review some key interaction skills, and we will demonstrate how these skills can be used in GI encounters.

The Human Element of GI Practice – Navigating the Difficult Encounter

Research suggests that most medical providers find 10-15% of their interactions with patients and families to be more difficult than they prefer. It is not uncommon for patients, family and providers to have different expectations for success, that is, how much medicine can achieve for a given problem. There can be different expectations about how to approach a problem as patients and families come to these encounters with information and preferences they have gathered outside the GI provider’s office. Finally, the patient, family and provider often need to be flexible to reach a mutually agreed upon plan for next steps. But how do they establish the boundaries of these “negotiations”? – In this session, we will examine difficult interactions, how to diagnose why an interaction is going wrong and how best to respond to get it moving constructively again. We will look at a model of “principled negotiation” as a way for providers to more efficiently work out mutually agreed upon plans in these situations that are consistent with care that is safe, effective and unlikely to result in more harm than good.

The Human Element of GI Practice – Finding and maintaining your own satisfaction in GI practice and preventing burnout (or recovering from it)

Medical providers are reporting increasing levels of dissatisfaction with their work. There is no shortage of reasons why this is happening, most involving the increasing frustrations of day to day practice with its demands and pace. Yet, providers often lack strategies as to how to cope emotionally with these demands. The human psyche can be either an ally or an obstacle to creating a sense of satisfaction and wellbeing. – In this session, we will look at the psychological aspects of how work stress emerges and inadvertently becomes amplified in the human psyche. We will look at behaviors that dampen rather than amplify the distress providers feel and demonstrate and practice ways to see, think, behave and feel that are intentional and helpful rather than reactive and undermining of the equanimity and satisfaction one seeks in a challenging career like GI medicine.

The Human Element of GI Practice – A conversation with practice coach and clinical psychologist Dan O’Connell

Dr. O’Connell has spent the majority of his career coaching and advising medical practitioners and practice staff on a large variety of critically important interpersonal issues, including how to optimize patient-provider, physician-staff, and physician-physician interactions, how to conduct efficient and effective negotiations, how to make important practice decisions in the face of uncertainty, and many more. – This session will allow for an in-depth conversation in ‘question and answer’ format about any and all interpersonal aspects and ‘human elements’ of GI practice. GIRT participants are encouraged to bring their own practice conundrums and Dr. O’Connell will address them together with other audience members.

GI Practice Roundtable – Strategic Issues

The discussion topics for this session will be determined by GIRT conference participants. Registered attendees will receive an invitation to submit their most pressing strategic issues for consideration. Topics to be discussed might include new GI practice models, how to structure local partnerships, how to best create a practice infrastructure and culture that supports change, and many more. GIRT participants will decide!

GI Practice Roundtable – Operational Issues

The discussion topics for this session will be determined by GIRT conference participants. Registered attendees will receive an invitation to submit their most pressing operational issues for consideration. Topics to be discussed might include identifying opportunities to further increase efficiencies and cut costs, comparing notes on MACRA/MIPS implementation and associated costs/bonus payments, new opportunities for ancillary services, recruitment and retirement planning, efficient hospital coverage, and many more. GIRT participants decide!

 

GIRT 2019 – PROGRAM OUTLINE

FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2019

7:00-7:45 am
REGISTRATION, BREAKFAST, EXHIBITS OPEN

7:45-8:00 am
WELCOME & PROGRAM REVIEW

8:00-12:00 pm
MORNING SESSION, DAY #1

[10:00-10:30 am REFRESHMENT BREAK & EXHIBITS]

12:00-1:00 pm
LUNCH & EXHIBITS

1:00-5:00 pm
AFTERNOON SESSION, DAY #1

            [3:00-3:30 pm REFRESHMENT BREAK & EXHIBITS]

5:00-6:30 pm
NETWORKING RECEPTION

            [LIVE MUSIC: JAZZ DUO FREUDENBERGER/MUENTZ]

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2019

7:45-8:00 am
ANNOUNCEMENTS, DAY #2

8:00-12:00 pm
MORNING SESSION, DAY #2

            [10:00-10:30 am REFRESHMENT BREAK & EXHIBITS]

12:00-1:00 pm
LUNCH & LAST CHANCE TO VISIT EXHIBITS

1:00-2:00 pm
CONFERENCE WRAP-UP

            [2:00 pm CONFERENCE ADJOURNS]

[Optional post-conference social activity, e.g. visit of Chihuly Gardens being considered]