World Congress of Gastroenterology @ ACG2017

Come visit us at World Congress of Gastroenterology @ ACG2017 at Booth #429
Orange Town Convention Center, October 13-18, 2017

General information

Where is the Meeting?
The World Congress of Gastroenterology (WCOG) at ACG2017 will be held in Orlando, Florida, at the Orange County Convention Center, West Concourse. The Hyatt Regency Orlando is the official ACG & WGO headquarters hotel. ACG has secured special room rates at eight hotels in close proximity to the Orange County Convention Center. Click here to access the official housing bureau of the WCOG at ACG2017.

When does the WCOG at ACG2017 begin and end?
The meeting will be Friday, October 13 through Wednesday, October 18. Friday starts with a choice of two full day programs (Practice Management Course or the WGO/ASGE Endoscopy Course), or two half-day programs (GI Pathophysiology or What’s New in GI Pharmacology). Click here for more information on the Friday Courses. Saturday and Sunday, October 14-15 is the Postgraduate Course. Click here for more information. The WCOG at ACG2017 Annual Meeting begins Sunday, October 15th with an Exhibit Hall Opening Reception at 5:15 pm for all attendees and guests, and will run until Wednesday, October 18 at 12:15pm. Click here for more information on the WCOG at ACG2017 Annual Meeting.

If my abstract is accepted for presentation, do I need to register to attend?
Yes, presenting authors whose abstract has been accepted for either oral or poster presentation must register as an attendee. Please note that WCOG at ACG2017 Annual Meeting registration is free for all ACG members, as well as for Residents and Trainees who provide a letter from their Program Director verifying status.

What should I wear to the WCOG at ACG2017?
We recommend wearing business casual attire and comfortable shoes. Presenters typically dress more formally. Meeting rooms are often cool, so layered clothing is recommended. October temperatures in Orlando typically reach the mid-80s°F (about 29°C) during the day, and mid-60s°F (about 18°C) in the evening.

What food services are available for purchase at the convention center?
Food can be purchased at concession stands in the Exhibit Hall on Monday and Tuesday during the lunch break. Information about other food options in the Convention Center will be available in the coming months.

Who do I contact if I have a dietary restriction?
People registering for any of the optional Learning Lunches or Breakfast Sessions will be able to indicate a preference for a vegetarian, Kosher, or gluten-free meal in the online registration process. Please contact with any questions.

Do you provide special assistance for persons with physical limitations?
Attendees of WCOG at ACG2017 who need additional reasonable accommodations or who have special needs should contact no later than September 20, 2017.

Will there be a place in the Convention Center to leave my luggage or coat?
No, there will not be a baggage check at the Convention Center. Please make arrangements to check your bag at your hotel, or keep it with you during sessions. WGO/ACG staff are not responsible for lost or stolen luggage.

Can I post a job ad or search for a job at the meeting?
Yes, the Job Forum will open online in late June. On-site at WCOG at ACG2017, the Job Forum will be located in the Exhibit Hall. Computers will be set up to allow employers to post jobs and attendees to search jobs. If you are an employer attending the meeting, potential employees can contact you to set up a time to meet while in Orlando.

What hours will the Job Forum be open?
Sunday, October 15 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Opening Reception 5:15 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, October 16 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Tuesday, October 17 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Will there be Internet access at the meeting?
The Convention Center will have complimentary Wi-Fi in the meeting spaces. Information about the network and password will be provided to all attendees on-site.

Is there a meeting app?
Yes, included with your registration is access to the course presentations via the WCOG at ACG2017 Mobile app. Click here for more information.

With the app, you will have full access to all available slide presentations for each course you register for. The app also contains a fully searchable schedule of events, list of program participants, abstracts, maps, exhibit information, and more.

In addition, the app will sync with a personal itinerary that meeting attendees will be able to create using the online Itinerary Planner. You can click here to access the Planner now to view the full agenda.

Later this year, you will be able to create an account in the Itinerary Planner that will allow you to select presentations and events to build your own personal itinerary, making it easy to prioritize your time at the conference by planning your on-site activities in advance. Once you have created an account, you will be able to access your itinerary at any time using this site, and can continue to add or remove programs to update your itinerary.

Once the mobile app is available and you have downloaded it, you can synchronize your itinerary to the app and your itinerary will be available on your mobile device for you to use on-site at the meeting in Orlando. You will also have the option to allow the app to add each course or session to your personal calendar.

Information on how to access the app, from both Apple and Android app stores, will be e-mailed to all registrants by early October.

What social events are planned?
In addition to the Exhibit Hall Opening Reception on Sunday evening, which is open to all registered attendees of the Postgraduate Course or the WCOG at ACG2017 Annual Meeting, there will be various Sunday evening receptions. Registered attendees of the Postgraduate Course or the WCOG at ACG2017 Annual Meeting are welcome to attend these receptions as well. The always-popular GI Jeopardy competition will be held Saturday, following completion of the Postgraduate Course. Full details are available here.

What activities and attractions are available in and around Orlando?
Attendees and their families will find plenty of attractions in and around the Orlando area. View the Orlando brochure for some attractions and check back soon as we work with the theme parks to update their list of attractions.

Will there be any events during the meeting for attendees’ families?
Information about tours will be available in late spring/early summer.

Will child care be available?
Yes. There is an hourly charge for child care. More information can be found here.

What are some of the GI Fellows-in-Training events at the meeting?
Special GI Fellows-in-Training-focused offerings at the WCOG at ACG2017 include the Trainees Luncheon, Career Opportunities for Women in GI Luncheon, and the Navigating, Networking and Negotiating Your First Job Workshop, as well as the popular GI Jeopardy competition. Full details are available here.

How do I earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) points at the meeting?
Physician participants in any of the Friday courses, the Postgraduate Course, or the Annual Meeting may earn MOC points in the ABIM’s MOC program. MOC points awarded will be equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for each activity. Following each course, participants who wish to obtain MOC points must successfully complete the CME course evaluation and the MOC assessment available on the meeting evaluation site. Full instructions will be provided to meeting attendees at the time of the course. Click here for information on credits/points for specific activities.

When will the 2017 Self-Assessment Test be available?
All Postgraduate Course attendees will receive a copy of the printed Self-Assessment Test as part of their course registration.

In addition, any WCOG at ACG2017 attendee can purchase the online version of the 2017 Self-Assessment Test (access available beginning September 13, 2017). Attendees receive special pre-meeting discount pricing until Friday, October 6, 2017. After that date, the Online Self-Assessment Test can be purchased through the ACG website at full price. Details about how to purchase the SAT can be found here.

How do I register for Hands-on Endoscopy Workshop sessions?
Registration for hands-on endoscopy sessions will take place on-site. Fellows will be allowed to pre-register for select sessions in September. Details about the sessions and registration times can be found here.

What is the Three-day Clinical Review?
The Three-Day Clinical Review includes registration to the Friday morning GI Pathophysiology Course, the Friday afternoon What’s New in GI Pharmacology Course, plus the two-day Postgraduate Course on Saturday and Sunday. Details can be found here.

I am a speaker. Can I review my presentation on-site?
Yes, there will be a Speaker Ready Room where speakers can pick up their registration badge and materials and check their presentations. All speakers are requested to check-in at the Speaker Ready Room at least one day before their presentation, and speakers must review their slide presentations. In addition, a mock podium setup will also be available so speakers can practice using the Presentation Management System. The Speaker Ready Room will be located in Room 206, Level 2, of the Convention Center, West Concourse.

What hours will the Speaker Ready Room be open?
Thursday, October 12 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday, October 13 6:00 am - 5:15 pm
Saturday, October 14 6:45 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, October 15 6:45 am - 5:00 pm
Monday, October 16 5:45 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday, October 17 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday, October 18 6:00 am - 11:30 am
Can I pay my ACG membership dues at the meeting?

Yes, dues can be paid on-site at the Registration Desk for the current or upcoming year.

Can I apply for ACG membership while at the meeting?
We will not be able to accept membership applications at the meeting. Please either mail your completed application directly to the office, or fill out the online application here.

How can I leave a message for an attendee during the meeting?
Attendees using the app can elect to share their contact information with other app users, and can also be messaged directly from within the app. The list of app users can be found in the People Tile in the app.

What is the date and location for the next ACG Annual Meeting?
The 2018 ACG Annual Meeting will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 5 – 10, 2018.

How can I follow meeting news on social media?
Follow the Meeting Hashtag #WCOGatACG2017 by visiting Twitter or by searching for “#WCOGatACG2017” in the “Explore” tab of the Twitter app on your mobile device.
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