About the ACG

About ACG
ACG Vision and Mission
Education
Research
Public Policy
Publications

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About ACG

More than 12,500 physicians from 86 countries are members of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG). Through annual scientific meetings, The American Journal of Gastroenterology, regional postgraduate training courses and research grants, the ACG provides its members with the most accurate and up-to-date scientific information on digestive health and the etiology, symptomatology and treatment of GI disorders. ACG's advocacy in the public policy arenas, and the work of the ACG's 22 committees have made tremendous strides with many premiere accomplishments to improve the future of clinical gastroenterology and the quality of care available to patients with GI conditions and diseases, today. The information exchange and training acquired through College membership provide physicians with the knowledge necessary to offer the most effective patient care and to meet the challenges of today's changing health care system.

Membership in the American College of Gastroenterology is multidisciplinary, including gastroenterologists, surgeons, radiologists, hepatologists, pediatricians, pathologists, nurses and others with a shared interest in the care of patients with digestive diseases. The College promotes the highest standards in medical education and is guided by its commitment to meeting the needs of clinical gastroenterology practitioners. More than 12,500 physicians from 86 countries are members of the ACG.

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ACG Vision and Mission

Our vision is to be the pre-eminent professional organization that champions the evolving needs of clinicians in the delivery of high quality, evidence-based, and compassionate health care to gastroenterology patients.

Our mission is to advance world-class care for patients with gastrointestinal disorders through excellence, innovation and advocacy in the areas of:

  • Scientific investigation
  • Education
  • Prevention
  • Treatment

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Education

The ACG provides a wide range of educational programs focusing on clinically oriented topics for the GI professional. From ACG's national meeting, the Annual Scientific Meeting and Postgraduate Course, to regional courses held as sole-sponsored ACG programs or in conjunction with state societies, online resources like the Self-Assessment Test and Self-Assessment Program, to the Education Universe, ACG's educational offerings are designed to assist members in their ongoing effort to improve the health of their patients with digestive disorders.

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Research

The goals of the ACG Clinical Research Program are to strengthen the capabilities of clinical gastrointestinal specialists, to advance patient care, and to promote digestive health. The College, under the auspices of the ACG Institute for Clinical Research & Education, supports clinical gastroenterology research and career development awards. The ACG Institute's track record of support for almost 500 investigators, totaling just over $12 million, is clear evidence of a commitment to protecting time for clinical research and cultivating the capabilities of talented investigators whose work advances understanding and treatment of digestive diseases. Currently, the ACG Institute underwrites over a million dollars annually to investigators conducting innovative patient-care oriented research.

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Public Policy

The College represents the interests of clinical gastroenterologists and the patients they serve before the United States Congress and key federal agencies, such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Learn more about ACG's national affairs efforts here.

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Publications

  • The American Journal of Gastroenterology
    Published monthly since 1934, the American Journal of Gastroenterology is ranked the #1 clinical journal covering gastroenterology and hepatology, providing practical and professional support for clinicians dealing with the gastroenterological disorders seen most often in patients. It features original research, review articles and consensus papers related to new drugs and therapeutic modalities. The ACG Editorial Board encourages submission of original manuscripts, review articles and letters to the editor from members and non-members.


  • Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology
    Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology is a peer-reviewed, open access online journal dedicated to innovative clinical work in the field of gastroenterology and hepatology. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to, epidemiology and preventative medicine. This journal also welcomes hypothesis-generating case series and original research, methods papers, reviews, and translational research.


  • ACG Case Reports Journal
    The ACG Case Reports Journal is a peer-reviewed, open-access publication that provides GI fellows, private practice clinicians, and other members of the health care team an opportunity to share interesting case reports with their peers and with leaders in the field. The Journal is edited by a team of GI fellows. Issues are published online each quarter for free to all readers, including ACG non-members, and feature images, video clips, and multimedia content in addition to case descriptions.

    The ACG Case Reports Journal was created to help fulfill ACG's commitment to providing growth and learning opportunities for GI fellows, and helps fellows meet core curriculum requirements for non-patient care activities. To this end, all case submissions must have a GI fellow or a resident interested in pursuing GI fellowship as the lead author. Cases authored by private practice clinicians and other members of the health care team who might traditionally face difficulty publishing with leading journals are also welcome.


  • ACG Update Newsletter
    This bi-monthly newsletter chronicles the activities, meetings and events sponsored by the College and serves as a forum for ACG members and Fellows to exchange information regarding socioeconomic and practice management issues.


  • ACG SmartBrief
    Stay abreast of the latest news in GI and hepatology when you read ACG SmartBrief, the twice a week e-newsletter provided free to ACG members. ACG SmartBrief searches popular media sources for timely news related to clinical updates, legal and regulatory, business and market trends, practice news, and the patient perspective. You'll also find College news included. Don't miss out on important news that affects you, your practice and your patients. Become a member of ACG to begin receiving ACG SmartBrief today!


  • ACG This Week
    This members-only communication is distributed periodically to keep ACG members informed of important legislative developments in Congress, the federal regulatory agencies such as the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services and the Food & Drug Administration, and to solicit member involvement in legislative issues.