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The Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG) is the only national professional association for Canada’s gastroenterology community – physicians, basic scientists, and affiliated health care providers who work in the field of gastroenterology. The CAG provides professional gastroenterological education and funding opportunities for gastrointestinal health and disease research. It also advocates on behalf of its members and for the health of Canadians.

The CAG’s 1,100 members enjoy a number of exclusive benefits.

Memberships for Canadians

 

 

 

Regular Membership

$400 / year + tax

Physicians, nurses, other health professionals and biomedical scientists.

Regular Membership

$1050 / 3 years + tax

Physicians, nurses, other health professionals and biomedical scientists.

Trainee Membership

$0Until graduation

Graduate students, residents and post-doctoral or research fellows holding a training position, in Canada, related to gastroenterology or gastrointestinal research.

*Click here for more information on the SEE© Program rates.

Memberships for Those Living Outside of Canada or Affiliates

 

 

 

International Trainee Membership

$0Until Graduation

Graduate students, residents and post-doctoral or research fellows holding a training position, outside of Canada, related to gastroenterology or gastrointestinal research.

Affiliate Membership

$225 / year + tax

Nurses, other health professionals and biomedical scientists living within, or outside, Canada and physicians living outside of Canada. Physicians living in Canada must apply for a Regular Membership.

Annual Conference


The Canadian Digestive Diseases Week™ (CDDW™) conference is the premier education, research and networking event for gastroenterologists in Canada. CAG members are also the first to receive the conference program, other event details, and can register for a fraction of the non-member price.

Each year, the CDDW™ brings together between 800 and 1,000 of Canada’s leading GI professionals and experts. Physicians who attend the event can earn the majority of their annual Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credits while networking with colleagues from Canada, the United States and across the globe.

CAG Accredited Provider Status Achieved in 2002


In 2010, the CAG was again approved for Accredited Provider Status from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (RCSPC) for the Maintenance of Certification program (MOC). As an accredited provider, the CAG has been able to work with physician organizations and industry to develop high quality educational programs and have the programs accredited by a single accreditor with a national reach.  As a benefit of membership, CAG members may submit an educational program for review and approval by the CAG Maintenance of Certification Committee at no charge in the instance where the budget does not exceed $10,000 (a charge of $1,000 is applicable to non-member physician organizations).

Funding


Funding is available to CAG members for all levels of training for clinicians, gastroenterology residents, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate and summer students. Funding opportunities include fellowships, operating and new investigator establishment grants, resident and summer student research funding, a clinician’s professional enrichment grant and a community research grant.

Research funding is available to CAG members through the CAG/CIHR Industry Research Program.

Continuing Education


The CAG provides learning opportunities that promote and enhance the clinical, scientific and procedural skills of its members. Since 2001, the CAG has been an approved provider of accredited gastroenterological education as conferred by the RCPSC. As such, the CAG offers comprehensive information and tools for professional accreditation and Maintenance of Certification to its physician members.

Trainee members can participate in a series of professional development programs held in conjunction with the CDDW™ each year, including the Gastroenterology Residents-In-Training (GRIT) course, the Scholars’ Program, and the Research Topics in Gastrointestinal (GI) Disease Meeting. The Residents Webinar Series provides gastroenterology residents the opportunity to attend lectures throughout the academic year on key topics in the field of gastroenterology.

Skills Enhancement for Endoscopy©


The CAG provides members the opportunity to participate in the Skills Enhancement for Endoscopy© Program (SEE©). The SEE© Program encompasses two accredited courses that may be claimed for either Section One or Section Three credits. The first course offered is the Colonoscopy Skills Improvement (CSI) which is designed to provide the up-skilling and improvement of colonoscopy skills of practicing endoscopists. This course consists of one (1) day live endoscopy sessions, with two (2) SEE© Certified Faculty teaching up to three (3) delegates. This course will be of particular interest to the provincial colon cancer screening programs that are under development in Canada.

The second course offered is Train-the-Endoscopy-Trainer (TET), which is led by by SEE© Certified Faculty. These courses are designed to improve teaching skills and procedural conscious competence needed to teach endoscopy. The TET courses will run 1.5 days with two (2) SEE© Certified Faculty teaching up to six (6) delegates. TET courses will be offered at either SEE© Certified training centres or at a Canadian residency training program centre that have met the specified conditions to do so. For both of these courses, participants will be expected to travel to SEE© Certified training centres.

Education Portal (ePortal)


CAG members have exclusive access to an online education portal (ePortal), which provides them with access to a significant amount of educational material and allows them to obtain MOC credits in a number of ways by:

  • performing personal needs assessments
  • reviewing specific topic areas, such as endoscopy, liver and functional bowel
  • viewing presentations and materials from past CDDW™ meetings from leading experts on a variety of topics
  • discussing topics with colleagues across Canada in the ePortal forum

Awards


The CAG offers a number of awards to recognize and honour excellence in the field of gastroenterology, including:

  • McKenna Lecturer Award: the recipient of this highest honour – bestowed on an individual who has made a significant contribution to GI medicine and/or science – is invited to give the opening lecture at the annual CDDW™ meeting
  • CAG Distinguished Service Award: recognizes excellence in research and/or service to the CAG
  • Visiting Clinical Professorship Award: awarded to a member who is a proven educator and an outstanding clinician with interest in clinical research
  • Visiting Research Professorship Award: awarded to a member who is a proven teacher and an outstanding researcher
  • Education Excellence Award and the Young Educator Award: recipients give a lecture at the annual CDDW™ meeting
  • Research Excellence Award and the Young Investigator Award: recipients give a lecture at the annual CDDW™ meeting
  • Clinician’s Professional Enrichment Grant and Community Research Grant a partnership between the CAG and the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation (CDHF) designed to assist community-based gastroenterologists take advantage of special educational and professional skills upgrading opportunities or research funding.
 

Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology


Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes original research articles, review articles, and clinical studies in all areas of gastroenterology and liver disease - medicine and surgery. CAG Members receive a 20% discount off of the publication fees.


Discount Programs


  • Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is pleased to offer CAG members special rates for travel in the Canadian hotels.
  • Exclusive Benefits at Starwood Hotels & Resorts for Canadian Association of Gastroenterology Members

Online Services


CAG members receive exclusive access to a members-only section of the CAG web site where they can:

  • access the CAG ePortal
  • participate in online practice audits
  • renew their annual membership
  • update their membership information
  • search the always up-to-date CAG members directory
  • find discounts exclusive to CAG members
  • review an archive of CAG correspondence including Annual General Meeting minutes and Annual Financial Statements

Committees


CAG members are encouraged to contribute to their profession by participating in any of the CAG’s 20+ committees. The committees provide important services/expertise in areas ranging from education, endoscopy, pediatrics, practice affairs and research. Committee members have the opportunity to work alongside gastroenterology experts from across the country to influence CAG policy and advance the field of gastroenterology.

News and Other Benefits


Members are regularly informed, through a succinct monthly e-newsletter, of key developments in gastroenterology and digestive disease research in Canada, as well as programs and opportunities for members.  Members may utilize the Surveys section of the website to conduct online research, the Job Centre to post or search for employment opportunities, and may qualify for discounts.