FOOD: The Main Course to Digestive Health

Friday - Sunday, September 28-30, 2018
Friday: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm (Group reception 6:00 - 8:00 pm), Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:15 pm,
Sunday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Palmer Commons 
100 Washtenaw Ave,
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Phone: (734) 615-4444

Course Director

U-M Internal Medicine CME Course Director, Dr. William Chey
William Chey, MD


This innovative and specialized program is provided by the University of Michigan Digestive Disorders Nutrition and Lifestyle Program and the Department of Nutritional Sciences in the School of Public Health with sponsorship through the American College of Gastroenterology.

This 3-day program will provide knowledge and training for Registered Dietitians/Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDs/RDNs) and other health professionals with an interest in caring for patients with gastrointestinal diseases. This lecture series is offered by expert faculty and dietitians from the University of Michigan and other institutions and will include didactic lectures and panel discussions on the following topics:

  • IBS
  • IBD
  • SIBO
  • Gastroparesis
  • Chronic Liver Disease
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis

In addition, specialty lectures will be given on the following topics:

  • GI Issues in Athletes
  • The Emerging Role of the Gut Microbiome in Health and Disease
  • Behavioral therapies for Digestive Disorders 

Target Audience

RDs/RDNs and other health professionals with an interest in caring for patients with gastrointestinal diseases.

Course Objectives

Goal: To provide RDs/RDNs with a foundation in the pathophysiology, diagnosis and medical management of common, as well as complex, gastrointestinal diseases and disorders, while training the RD/RDN to appropriately assess, implement, and monitor a nutritional care plan (NCP).

Objectives: The RD/RDN will:

  • summarize the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and medical management of the following disease states: irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, small intestine bacterial overgrowth, gastroparesis, chronic liver disease, and eosinophilic esophagitis.
  • review and summarize the current research related to diet and nutrition for common GI disorders.
  • adeptly discuss how to counsel on a low FODMAP diet.
  • develop the clinical skills necessary to appropriately assess, implement, and monitor a nutritional care plan (NCP) for the patient with a gastrointestinal disease.
  • summarize the role of the gut microbiome on health and its impact on gastrointestinal disorders.
  • summarize the role of behavioral therapy in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders.
  • summarize best practices and differences in treating GI disorders/diseases in athletes. 

Registration Information

Registration is encouraged by Friday, September 21, 2018 to plan for sufficient refreshments throughout the course. Payment must accompany registration. Checks should be made payable to the University of Michigan in U.S. currency. Payments by American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa are also accepted. The registration rate includes a reception on Friday night, continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, lunch on Saturday, and coffee service for participants.

Cancellation Policy

An administrative fee of $50 will be deducted from your registration payment. Refund requests must be received in writing (email, no later than Friday, September 21, 2018. No refunds will be made thereafter.

Registration Rates

  • External Attendees
    • Full Course: $300
    • Sat/Sun only: $225
  • U-M Faculty & Staff
    • Full Course: $150
  • U-M Students
    • Full Course: $75

Registration Options

Online: Register Here
Mail or Fax: Registration Form

Lodging & Transportation


A block of rooms has been reserved at The Graduate Hotel as well as the Holiday Inn. Please use the links below for more information and to book your reservation.

The Graduate
By phone: (734) 769-2200
Online: Room Block Reservation Page
Group code: 180928UMGA

Holiday Inn
3600 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105
By Phone: (877) 666 3243
Online: Room Block Reservation Page
Ask to book a room under the “2018 Food Conference” block to receive the discounted rate.
**There will be a shuttle provided from The Holiday Inn to Palmer Commons.

For a list of nearby hotels, please click here.


CPE Credits

This course has been approved for 13 CPE credits by The Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition. A certificate will be available at the end of the course. CMEs have not been approved for this course. 

Contact Information

Department of Internal Medicine
Continuing Medical Education

24 Frank Lloyd Wright Dr.
Lobby J, Suite 1200
Ann Arbor, MI 48106

Phone: (734) 232-3469
Fax: (734) 998-0085