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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Volume 28, Issue 2, Pages 94-96
Original Article

Follow-up of Participants in the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology Scholars’ Program, 2006 to 2012

Mindy CW Lam,1 Michael SL Sey,2 Jamie Gregor,2,3 and Clarence Wong1,3

1Deparment of Medicine (Gastroenterology), University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2Department of Medicine (Gastroenterology), University of Western Ontario, London Health Sciences Centre, London, Ontario, Canada
3Co-Chairs, CAG Scholars’ Program, Canada

Received 2 October 2013; Accepted 6 October 2013

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The Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG) Scholars’ Program (previously known as the Bright Lights Course) is designed to encourage trainees to consider a subspecialty career in gastroenterology. A formal analysis of the Scholars’ Program performed in 2007 revealed that 82% of participants invited to the program pursued or were planning to pursue a career in gastroenterology. The positive results are consistent with the CAG’s strategic plan of developing “the next generation of gastroenterology clinical practitioners, researchers, educators, and leaders” and to “attract, train, and retain the best and the brightest to gastroenterology”. The present study was a follow-up analysis of participants in the Scholars’ Program between 2006 and 2012. Although 93.1% of participants had an interest in gastroenterology before attending the Scholars’ Program, the majority (68.7%) reported a greater interest in gastroenterology after the program. Similar to the study from 2007, the present study again illustrates the importance and success of the Scholars’ Program in generating interest and retaining candidates in gastroenterology.