The Gastroenterology Residents-in-Training (GRIT) Course is held in conjunction with CDDW™. The intensive, three-day course is designed to provide trainees with the chance to:
•    present their data orally or as a poster
•    cover timely topics of interest and obtain up-to-date information in a context that allows critical evaluation
•    interact and network with other residents - an opportunity rarely available given the size of the country, AND
•    interact closely with a small number of recognized, effective Canadian teachers.
Successful candidates will:
•    be GI residents in their 1st and 2nd year of training
  • DEADLINE: The deadline for electronic submissions is October 15 11:59 pm EDT. Please note that if you begin your abstract submission on October 15th and run into any technical difficulties, you may not be able to access technical support. It is advisable to start the submission process well in advance of October 15th. The site will close at exactly 11:59 pm Eastern on October 15th – if you are in the system at that time and have not completed your submission you will be frozen out and your submission will not be completed or accepted.
  • GRIT is a competitive program with limited space. Invitations will be issued to individuals whose abstract is selected by the review committee. Abstracts must contain original research with results reviewers can evaluate (‘results to follow/to be presented’ is not acceptable); case reports that include review of the literature will be considered for 1st year residents only.
  • Only new data that has NOT been previously published or presented at another meeting may be submitted. If you add new data/findings to your previously published/presented abstract then it is eligible for submission to both GRIT and CDDW™.
  • The GRIT program is intended for GI residents in their 1st and 2nd year of training.
  • If submitting an abstract to GRIT your supervisor must be a CAG or CASL member, or have applied for membership at time of submission.
  • Registration to attend CDDW™ is required and is a separate process from submitting an abstract. You do not need to register for CDDW™ prior to submitting your abstract, however if you are the presenting author, and your abstract is accepted to the meeting you must register for CDDW™ prior to December 15 (conference registration fee is $50 plus applicable taxes for CAG/CASL trainee members and $600 plus applicable taxes for non-members).
  • If your abstract is selected for the GRIT program (and you in turn accept the invitation to attend) your supervisor will be notified of any absence you have from the GRIT program and they will in turn be invoiced $500 per day (or any portion thereof) that you miss. Space is limited and the organizers wish to ensure that only those committed to attending the program in its entirety submit an abstract/accept the invitation to participate in the GRIT Program (the approximate cost for CAG/CASL for each participant is $2000).
  • *NEW THIS YEAR* A $35.00 (US) submission fee must be paid for the abstract to be considered. You will be prompted in Step 6 of the submission process to pay online (Visa, MasterCard). Please read the 'no refunds' policy prior to submitting your payment.
  • You MUST include a letter, and will be prompted to do so during your abstract submission, from your Program Director or GI Department Head which: 1) confirms the program in which you are registered and your year of training, e.g. PGY level, and 2) confirms that he/she has reviewed, and approved your abstract submission and acknowledges that you have done the majority of the work.
  • Only one (1) GRIT abstract submission per applicant.
  • Your GRIT abstract will automatically be submitted to the CORE program, DO NOT submit the abstract to the CORE program as well.
  • In submitting your GRIT abstract you are agreeing (if accepted) to attend and present your abstract at the CORE CDDW™ Meeting.
All expenses must be accompanied by original receipts and reimbursement will only occur after Expense Form and original receipts are received by the CAG - must be submitted within 30 days.

Download Expense Form here.

Signing the Expense Form verifies that no other funding has been received for the incurred expenses.

A per diem allowance is not provided.

The lowest cost economy-class flight fare will be booked through the CDDW™ travel agent, Tourmasters Travel. Tourmasters will then look for options matching your request and will contact you to confirm your flights which will be billed to the CAG master account. Login details will be provided closer to CDDW™. As flights are lowest fare economy class, they are neither changeable nor upgradeable, thus please carefully consider your departure and arrival times before confirming to Tourmasters Travel. Any cancellations/changes thereafter (and subsequent fees) will be your responsibility.

Accommodation must be booked through the CDDW™ event planner, E=mc2 Events. This event company will contact you regarding your desired length of stay. The CAG will cover your accommodation (base room rate + tax) for the nights of the GRIT Course with additional nights being at your expense.
Note: accommodation will be shared for GRIT, Scholars' and Research Topics trainees/students. You are responsible for any and all incidental costs charged to your room.

Ground Transportation:
GRIT Course trainees/students will be responsible for paying their own ground transportation and will not subsequently be reimbursed for this expense.
GRIT Course faculty will be reimbursed the cost of transportation to and from the meeting venue. The CAG will not reimburse for rental cars, parking or transportation costs outside of the travel to and from the meeting/event. If you choose to rent a vehicle, reimbursement for such will not exceed an inclusive maximum of $130.00. Personal vehicle mileage incurred to and from the meeting will be reimbursed at a rate of $0.55/km.

Honoraria are not provided for faculty of the GRIT Course.

Meals will be provided for the duration of the GRIT Course. Hence, additional meals should not be required and will not be reimbursed.

The CAG will not reimburse any costs related to spouses or guests – accommodation must be arranged on your own.

Procedure for Abstract Submission

Step One: Abstract Submission - Deadline is October 15 11:59 PM (Eastern)

Candidates are required to submit an abstract using the CDDW™ online abstract system. All policies and procedures for submitting abstracts are outlined on the online abstract system.
  • If you are logging-in (see link below) for the first time to submit an abstract, once in the site, choose "Create an Account" from the left-hand menu bar and create a User ID and Password for direct log in on future visits to the site. If you have previously been in the system related to an abstract submission please use your existing User ID and Password.
  • To submit to the GRIT Course, enter the site through the link below (then enter your User ID and Password).
  • Once in the CORE abstract system, review the “Abstract Submission, Instructions for Authors” information carefully before preparing and submitting your abstract.
  • Click on the "Submission" tab from the menu.
  • Click on "Create New Submission" link on the left hand side.
  • Click on "Abstract Submission for GRIT" radio button.
  • Once in the GRIT abstract system, please review the GRIT Abstract Submission Instructions carefully before preparing and submitting your abstract.
  • Please ensure that all required fields are completed and that the information you provide is correct.
  • Verify that the email that you enter for the presenting author is correct, as this will be used for all future correspondence regarding your submission. PLEASE DO NOT use a 'hotmail' address, as it is unlikely that subsequent email correspondence from the CAG regarding your submission will reach you.

Step Two: Review

Abstracts will be reviewed by the CAG/CASL GRIT Course Committee.

Step Three: Approval

The CAG will contact all candidates to advise if successful or not. The abstracts that are accepted to the GRIT Course are also considered for presentation at CDDW™.