​​What if I haven't updated my dues yet?  We encourage all members to renew their membership dues with our easy online system.  Members need to be current on Annual Memberships Dues for 2024 in order to attend the programs. We will be able to update your dues in person at the meeting!

Invite a new colleague as your guest. Did you know that PNWGS members can bring a guest to enjoy one PNWGS evening program for free as an introduction to our society? Take advantage of this perk. Their CME and MOC Points are always included.


The Session Evaluation, CME Certificate, and MOC Form will be emailed to all participants after the event.


Parking is easy, and valet parking is now included with dinner at the Rainier Club Parking Garage.  You will enter the auto court of the Rainier Club on the right as you drive down Columbia Street to enter their garage.

EARN CME & MOC POINTS

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​​Continuing Medical Education

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).  


The Pacific Northwest Gastroenterology Society (PNWGS) is accredited by the Washington State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The PNWGS designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for up to 1.5 hours of Category I CME credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.


NOTE: PNWGS offers ABIM MOC points for this activity for learners choosing to participate in the MOC program. Learners are NOT required to participate in any MOC activities in order to claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for this activity.​

MOC Statement

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.5 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.


​​  Evening Meeting Agenda


  6:00 PM:  Industry Exhibits and Networking Cocktail


7:30 PM: CME Program
 

Q & A Discussion to Follow​



Lin Chang, M.D.

Vice-Chief, Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases
Program Director, UCLA GI Fellowship Program
Co-Director, G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience
Director, Clinical Studies and Database Core, Goodman-Luskin Microbiome Center
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA



The PNWGS is honored to welcome Lin Chang, M.D. for our first session of the 2024 "Meet the Professor" Evening Program.


​Dr. Chang earned her medical degree from the UCLA School of Medicine and completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She completed her gastroenterology fellowship training at the UCLA affiliated training program in gastroenterology. Dr. Chang’s clinical expertise is in disorders of gut-brain interactions which include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chronic constipation and functional dyspepsia. Her research is focused on the pathophysiology of IBS related to stress, sex differences, genetic and epigenetic factors, neuroendocrine alterations, and gut microbiome and the treatment of IBS. She is the vice-chief of the Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases at UCLA, co-director of the G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience, director of the Clinical Studies and Database Core of the Goodman-Luskin Microbiome Center, and program director of the UCLA Gastroenterology Fellowship Program.


Dr. Chang is a recipient of the Janssen Award in Gastroenterology for Basic or Clinical Research, AGA Distinguished Clinician Award, and AGA Distinguished Educator Award. She has authored more than 160 original research articles, 70 review articles and 29 book chapters on her specialty interests and is a frequent speaker at national and international meetings. Active in professional organizations, she is a member of the Rome Foundation Board of Directors and previously served as clinical research councilor of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Governing Board and president of the American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society (ANMS). She also serves as associate editor of the journal, Gastroenterology. She is a fellow of the AGA and American College of Gastroenterology (ACG).

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