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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 27 (2013), Issue 5, Pages 267-272
Original Article

Current Status of Core and Advanced Adult Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Training in Canada: Survey of Existing Accredited Programs

Xin Xiong,1 Alan N Barkun,1,2 Kevin Waschke,1 Myriam Martel,1 and the Canadian Gastroenterology Training Program Directors

1Divisions of Gastroenterology, McGill University Health Centre, McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada
2Epidemiology Biostatistics and Occupational Health, McGill University Health Centre, McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada

Received 18 October 2012; Accepted 5 November 2012

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OBJECTIVE: To determine the current status of core and advanced adult gastroenterology training in Canada.

METHODS: A survey consisting of 20 questions pertaining to core and advanced endoscopy training was circulated to 14 accredited adult gastroenterology residency program directors. For continuous variables, median and range were analyzed; for categorical variables, percentage and associated 95% CIs were analyzed.

RESULTS: All 14 programs responded to the survey. The median number of core trainees was six (range four to 16). The median (range) procedural volumes for gastroscopy, colonoscopy, percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy and sigmoidoscopy, respectively, were 400 (150 to 1000), 325 (200 to 1500), 15 (zero to 250) and 60 (25 to 300). Eleven of 13 (84.6%) programs used endoscopy simulators in their curriculum. Eight of 14 programs (57%) provided a structured advanced endoscopy training fellowship. The majority (88%) offered training of combined endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and endoscopic ultrasonography. The median number of positions offered yearly for advanced endoscopy fellowship was one (range one to three). The median (range) procedural volumes for ERCP, endoscopic ultrasonography and endoscopic mucosal resection, respectively, were 325 (200 to 750), 250 (80 to 400) and 20 (10 to 63). None of the current programs offered training in endoscopic submucosal dissection or natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery.

CONCLUSION: Most accredited adult Canadian gastroenterology programs met the minimal procedural requirements recommended by the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology during core training. However, a more heterogeneous experience has been observed for advanced training. Additional studies would be required to validate and standardize evaluation tools used during gastroenterology curricula.