Networking Events

Networking and Special Events

At the Annual Course, networking happens everywhere. Collaborate with your fellow gastroenterology professionals in the classroom, exhibit hall, or while exploring Louisville. All of the Annual Course education will take place at the Kentucky International Convention Center. 

Annual Course Mentor Program

New this year, SGNA is offering an Annual Course Mentor Program! This program is designed for SGNA Annual Course first-time attendees and those who have attended Annual Courses in the past; you can participate as a mentor or be a mentor! Sign up during the registration process by selecting the appropriate box on the registration form.

First-time attendees can select to request a mentor for their onsite experience, providing them with guidance throughout the Annual Course and add a new person to their professional network. SGNA members (that have attended at least two past SGNA Annual Courses) can select to be a mentor and serve as a resource for first-time attendees to navigate the Annual Course. First-time attendees will appreciate hearing from you as you share both your GI and past Annual Course experiences. Questions? Email us at

First-time Attendee Orientations

Saturday, October 31
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

If this is your first time attending the SGNA Annual Course, attend one of these informal welcome sessions to learn tips and tricks for getting the most out of the course. This interactive session will offer first-timers a chance to meet fellow first-timers and network with veterans. Members of the SGNA Board of Directors, Program Committee and SGNA headquarters staff will be present to answer questions and provide information about Annual Course activities in addition to SGNA and the services it provides.

Exhibit Hall Opening Reception

Sunday, November 1
4:30 pm – 6:45 pm
Location: Exhibit Hall C

Nearly 85 exhibiting companies are eager to introduce you to their products and services. Experience the latest in gastroenterology and endoscopy techniques and instruments through hands-on demonstration, video procedures and conversation with knowledgeable representatives. Drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. All registered attendees are invited to attend.

SGNA Celebration

Monday, November 2
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: Kentucky Derby Museum, 704 Central Avenue, Louisville, KY 40208

Celebrate SGNA "Kentucky Derby-style" at Churchill Downs. Take a private walking tour of Churchill Downs, explore the museum and join us for a night of appetizers, drinks and dancing. Roundtrip transportation will be provided from the Kentucky International Convention Center to the Kentucky Derby Museum from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Please note that the last shuttle will depart from the Kentucky Derby Museum at 10:00 pm. Additional information will be published closer to the Annual Course.