What if I haven't updated my dues yet?  We encourage all members to renew their 2023 dues with our easy online system.  Members need to be current on Annual Memberships Dues for 2023 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 self-parking is 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.



​​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​

John M. Carethers, M.D.

Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences
UC San Diego

It's almost time to kick off the 2023 "Meet the Professor" Evening Program with our annual event celebrating the University of Washington's 2023 Wade Volwiler Visiting Professor. The UW's Division of Gastroenterology was founded in 1949 by Dr. Wade Volwiler who led the division for 31 years. This annual event recognizes the historical significance of the important work of the GI Division at the UW.

We are proud to welcome Dr. John M. Carethers, Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences at UC San Diego. 
Dr. Carethers' research interests include familial cancer and polyposis syndromes, mechanisms of tumor progression, tumor genetics, tumor markers, DNA mismatch repair, molecular pathology, TGF-beta superfamily signaling in cancer progression, and colorectal cancer disparities.

​In his new role as vice chancellor, Carethers will focus on the overarching strategy for all of Health Sciences, working with the chancellor, campus and health system leadership on expanding UC San Diego Health’s clinical enterprise, fostering research collaborations, enhancing educational opportunities, and expanding philanthropic participation. Health Sciences includes the School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and UC San Diego Health.

Carethers returns to UC San Diego after a 13-year tenure at the University of Michigan, where he served as the C. Richard Boland Distinguished University Professor and the John G. Searle Professor and chair of the Department of Internal Medicine. Prior to the University of Michigan, Carethers spent nearly 15 years at UC San Diego School of Medicine, eventually serving as chief of the Division of Gastroenterology. As a division chief, he doubled the size of the faculty, more than doubled the clinical wRVUs (a unit of measurement for value of common health care procedures) produced by the division, and doubled the division’s National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded portfolio. He extended the gastroenterology fellowship program to the Navy, Kaiser Permanente and Scripps Green trainees and expanded the division’s NIH T32 grant to include pediatric gastroenterology. He secured an inaugural NIH-funded Gastroenterology Center Grant that allowed the division to grow scientifically and partner with other local institutions such as the La Jolla Institute for Immunology (formerly the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology), Scripps Research Institute and the Burnham Institute.

​On the national scene, Carethers has served as president for both the Association of American Physicians and the American Gastroenterological Association. He served as chair of the Minorities in Research Council of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), where he developed and co-chaired the programming for the 8th and 10th Science of Cancer Health Disparities conferences, and commenced and contributed to the inaugural (2020) and subsequent (2022) AACR Cancer Health Disparities Report and its presentation to the United States Congress. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.

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