A Prospective Multicenter Study Evaluating Endoscopy Competence among Gastroenterology Trainees in the Era of the Next Accreditation System

Samuel Han, Joshua C. Obuch, Anna M. Duloy, Rajesh N. Keswani, Matt Hall, Violette Simon, Eze Ezekwe, Paul Menard-Katcher, Swati G. Patel, Eva Aagard, Bryan Brimhall, Asyia Ahmad, Saad Alghamdi, Michael D. Brown, Charles Broy, Linda Carlin, Priyanka Chugh, Sean E. Connolly, D. Matthew Cooley, Kevin CowleyJack A. Di Palma, Dayna S. Early, Swan Ellert, Eric A. Gaumnitz, Kevin A. Ghassemi, Edward Lebovics, Robert H. Lee, Tisha Lunsford, Julia Massaad, Mohit Mittal, Kirsten Morigeau, Stanley Pietrak, Michael Piper, Anand S. Shah, Alan Shapiro, William Sonnier, Cari Sorrell, Shivakumar Vignesh, Shani Woolard, Sachin Wani

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Purpose The Next Accreditation System requires training programs to demonstrate competence among trainees. Within gastroenterology (GI), there are limited data describing learning curves and structured assessment of competence in esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) and colonoscopy. In this study, the authors aimed to demonstrate the feasibility of a centralized feedback system to assess endoscopy learning curves among GI trainees in EGD and colonoscopy. Method During academic year 2016-2017, the authors performed a prospective multicenter cohort study, inviting participants from multiple GI training programs. Trainee technical and cognitive skills were assessed using a validated competence assessment tool. An integrated, comprehensive data collection and reporting system was created to apply cumulative sum analysis to generate learning curves that were shared with program directors and trainees on a quarterly basis. Results Out of 183 fellowships invited, 129 trainees from 12 GI fellowships participated, with an overall trainee participation rate of 72.1% (93/129); the highest participation level was among first-year trainees (90.9%; 80/88), and the lowest was among third-year trainees (51.2%; 27/53). In all, 1,385 EGDs and 1,293 colonoscopies were assessed. On aggregate learning curve analysis, third-year trainees achieved competence in overall technical and cognitive skills, while first- A nd second-year trainees demonstrated the need for ongoing supervision and training in the majority of technical and cognitive skills. Conclusions This study demonstrated the feasibility of using a centralized feedback system for the evaluation and documentation of trainee performance in EGD and colonoscopy. Furthermore, third-year trainees achieved competence in both endoscopic procedures, validating the effectiveness of current training programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-292
Number of pages10
JournalAcademic Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2020


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