First-Time Attendee Guide

First-Time Attendee Guide

Whether you're considering attending DDW for the first time or haven’t been to a recent meeting, this guide will take you step by step through everything you need to know and do to make the most of your DDW experience.

Step One: Learn More About DDW

DDW is the largest and most prestigious meeting in the world for the GI professional. Every year it attracts approximately 15,000 physicians, researchers and academics from around the world.

DDW is jointly sponsored by four societies:

DDW is the best meeting in the entire world. It's the largest meeting in the world. One of the reasons it's such a great meeting is that it's put on by four different professional societies. We have the best of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and GI surgery.

Grace Elta, MD, AGAF, FASGE, DDW Council Chair

What are the benefits of attending?

Whether you work in patient care, research, education or administration, the DDW program offers something for you.

  • Learn about new developments in your field. Review the latest and best basic, translational, and clinical research in gastroenterology, liver disease, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery.

  • Attend high-quality educational programs. Choose from more than 400 sessions, including clinical and research symposia, state-of-the-art lectures and research and topic fora, covering a wide array of topics and presented by a world-renowned faculty unsurpassed in their field.

  • Network with colleagues. Partake in an array of networking and social opportunities to meet fellow digestive disease specialists from around the globe.

  • Try new products. DDW’s Exhibit Hall hosts hundreds of companies showcasing the latest GI products and services.

How much does it cost?

Registration fees vary. Registration will open in January 2018. Early registration also allows you to book a room in your choice of DDW hotels and reserve your seat in popular ticketed sessions.

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Next Steps

Continue on to learn about registration and making travel arrangements.

Go to Steps 2 & 3


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International Attendees

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