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About the ACG

About the ACG

More than 14,000 physicians from 86 countries are members of the ACG. Through annual scientific meetings, The American Journal of Gastroenterology, regional postgraduate training courses and research grants, the ACG provides its members with the most accurate and up-to-date scientific information on digestive health and the etiology, symptomatology and treatment of GI disorders. ACG's advocacy in the public policy arenas, and the work of the ACG's 22 committees have made tremendous strides with many premiere accomplishments to improve the future of clinical gastroenterology and the quality of care available to patients with GI conditions and diseases, today. The information exchange and training acquired through College membership provide physicians with the knowledge necessary to offer the most effective patient care and to meet the challenges of today's changing health care system. For more information about becoming a member, click here.

ACG Vision and Mission

Our vision is to be the pre-eminent professional organization that champions the evolving needs of clinicians in the delivery of high quality, evidence-based, and compassionate health care to gastroenterology patients.

Our mission is to advance world-class care for patients with gastrointestinal disorders through excellence, innovation and advocacy in the areas of:
  • Scientific investigation
  • Education
  • Prevention
  • Treatment


The ACG provides a wide range of educational programs focusing on clinically oriented topics for the GI professional. From ACG's national meeting, the Annual Scientific Meeting and Postgraduate Course, to regional courses held as sole-sponsored ACG programs or in conjunction with state societies, online resources like the Self-Assessment Test and Self-Assessment Program, to the Education Universe, ACG's educational offerings are designed to assist members in their ongoing effort to improve the health of their patients with digestive disorders.


The goals of the ACG Clinical Research Program are to strengthen the capabilities of clinical gastrointestinal specialists, to advance patient care, and to promote digestive health. The College, under the auspices of the ACG Institute for Clinical Research & Education, supports clinical gastroenterology research and career development awards. The ACG Institute's track record of support totaling $19.9 million is clear evidence of a commitment to protecting time for clinical research and cultivating the capabilities of talented investigators whose work advances understanding and treatment of digestive diseases. Currently, the ACG Institute underwrites over a million dollars annually to investigators conducting innovative patient-care oriented research.

Public Policy

The College represents the interests of clinical gastroenterologists and the patients they serve before the United States Congress and key federal agencies, such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Learn more about ACG's national affairs efforts here.


The American Journal of Gastroenterology
Published monthly since 1934, The American Journal of Gastroenterology is ranked the #1 clinical journal covering gastroenterology and hepatology, providing practical and professional support for clinicians dealing with the gastroenterological disorders seen most often in patients. It features original research, review articles and consensus papers related to new drugs and therapeutic modalities. The ACG Editorial Board encourages submission of original manuscripts, review articles and letters to the editor from members and non-members.

Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology 
Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology is a peer-reviewed, open access online journal dedicated to innovative clinical work in the field of gastroenterology and hepatology. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to, epidemiology and preventative medicine. This journal also welcomes hypothesis-generating case series and original research, methods papers, reviews, and translational research.

ACG Case Reports Journal
The ACG Case Reports Journal was created to help fulfill ACG's commitment to providing growth and learning opportunities for GI fellows, and helps fellows meet core curriculum requirements for non-patient care activities. The ACG Case Reports Journal is a peer-reviewed, open-access publication that provides GI fellows, private practice clinicians, and other members of the health care team an opportunity to share interesting case reports. The journal is edited by a team of GI fellows.

ACG Magazine
This quarterly membership publication shares news and tells stories that bring to life the best of the College and the best of the GI profession. ACG Magazine is guided by its tagline: Members. Medicine. Meaning.