Over time, a gap in the quality of endoscopy skills, across this country and others, has been identified through varied sources and a solution deemed critical to be realized. With the CAG's increased focus on quality markers for all performed procedures, the Skills Enhancement for Endoscopy© (SEE©) Program is one initiative that will certainly help to accomplish that very goal. In September 2012, a working group met to determine the scope of the gap, the key components that the SEE© Program would house and the framework of how to develop this program nationally to ensure that standards were uniform, could be monitored and that training would be available to those in need. It was determined that the SEE© Program would encompass two (2) types of accredited programs, each to run independently.

The first course offered is Train-the-Endoscopy-Trainer (TET), which is led by by SEE© Certified Faculty. These courses are designed to improve teaching skills and procedural conscious competence needed to teach endoscopy. The TET courses will run 1.5 days with two (2) SEE© Certified Faculty teaching up to six (6) delegates. TET courses will be offered at either SEE© Certified training centres or at a Canadian residency training program centre that have met the specified conditions to do so.

The second course offered is Colonoscopy Skills Improvement (CSI) which is designed to provide the up-skilling and improvement of colonoscopy skills of practicing endoscopists. This course consists of one (1) day live endoscopy sessions, with two (2) SEE© Certified Faculty teaching up to three (3) delegates. This course will be of particular interest to the provincial colon cancer screening programs that are under development in Canada. For these courses, participants will be expected to travel to SEE© Certified training centres.

Both courses will have standardized curricula that will be adhered to nationally. Train-the-Endoscopy-Trainer and Colonoscopy Skills Improvement courses will be the focus for the next 24 months.The number of course participants is small, so as to allow for individual hands-on experience, coaching, and feedback.

The SEE© Train-the-Endoscopy-Trainer course or the Colonoscopy Skills Improvement course are offered to Canadian CAG Regular members for a fee of $750.00** + taxes each. For Canadian non-members of CAG, the program registration fee is $1,500.00** + taxes for either the Train-the-Endoscopy-Trainer course or the Colonoscopy Skills Improvement course. If you would like to become a member of the CAG to take advantage of the lower SEE© Program courses fee, you must sign-up for a three (3) year CAG Regular membership.

Key Components:

  • SEE© Programs are accredited by the CAG
  • Two SEE© certified Faculty members must be present at each program
  • Number of participants for each course is: 3 for CSI and 6 for TET
  • Required equipment include tower, scope, imager, video feed to monitor in a separate room for observers
  • Nursing staff is a requirement
  • Administrative and technical support is required for program set up and course duration
  • As these are accredited programs CPD Section Credits can be applied for (Group Learning, Peer Assessment or Personal Learning's – Section 1, 2 or 3)

For information on becoming a CAG-SEE© Certified Faculty and/or setting up a CAG-SEE© Certified Centre, please review the ‘Requirements for CAG-SEE© Trainer & Centre Certification’ document.

If you would like more information regarding these programs, please contact the Program Leads, Dr. Don MacIntosh This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Dr. Alaa Rostom This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Palma Colacino at the National CAG Office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please click on the SEE© Certified Centres below to review the list of courses being held at each site

The CAG would like to thank Olympus Canada for their support of the CAG SEE© Program.