Testimonial - Campbell Davies
"I found that even after 30 years of endoscopic experience that the teaching session was of significant value. It provided me with an insight into the mechanics of looping, positioning, water loading, anatomy and a base from which I should be able to help in teaching novice endoscopists. Kudos to the instructors for their advice and in their efforts to ensure standardized endoscopic techniques for our trainees."
— Dr. Campbell Davies, Montreal, QC
Testimonial - Mary Zachos
"The course is excellent! I will incorporate the various skills I learned, (in particular use of torque and patient repositioning) to help navigate the difficult colon during pediatric colonoscopy and to improve my teaching of colonoscopy to pediatric gastroenterology subspecialty fellows."
— Dr. Mary Zachos, Hamilton, ON
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Skills Enhancement for Endoscopy (SEE™) Program

The SEE™ Progam encompasses three (3) types of accredited programs, each to run independently.

 

1. Colonoscopy Skills Improvement (CSI)* Course

  • Designed for all practising endoscopists.
  • Provides up-skilling and improvement of colonoscopy skills.
  • Consists of one (1) day of live endoscopy sessions, with two (2) SEE™ Certified Faculty teaching up to three (3) delegates.
  • Is of particular interest to the provincial colon cancer screening programs (endorsed by the British Columbia, Ontario, and Newfoundland programs)
  • The CSI Course is a recipient of the 2016 Royal College Accredited CPD Provider Innovation Award.

 

CSI Course Learning Objectives:

  1. To improve individual colonoscopy technique.
  2. Increase awareness of safe therapeutic colonoscopy.
  3. Familiarisation with endoscopic imager with reference to personal skills development and teaching.

 

2. Train-the-Endoscopy-Trainer (TET)* Course

  • Led by Certified SEE™ Faculty.
  • Designed for teachers of endoscopy, with specific aims to improve teaching skills and procedural conscious competence needed to teach endoscopy.
  • TET courses run for 1.5 days with two (2) Certified SEE™ Faculty teaching up to six (6) delegates.
  • Recommended that the CSI Course is taken prior to the TET Course.

 

TET Course Learning Objectives:

  1. An understanding of objectives (set), learning experiences (dialogue), and evaluation (closure, feedback).
  2. An understanding of the evolution of technical skills acquisition.
  3. An understanding and consideration for: deliberate practice, cognitive load theory and skills deconstruction.
  4. Practice in teaching (and receiving feedback) in two settings: teaching a specific skill and teaching a real colonoscopy.
  5. Acquisition of colonoscopy skills and tips practised during the course, to be applied subsequently to clinical practice.

 

3. Endoscopic Polypectomy Improvement Course (EPIC)*

  • 1-day course
    • Half-day didactic lecture (Approach to Polypectomy: Diagnosis of polyps; Polypectomy techniques; Case-based discussion);
    • Half-day practical hands-on session using an ex-vivo porcine model.
  • Facilitated by five (5) Certified SEE™ Faculty teaching up to three (3) delegates per station (a total of 15 delegates per course).

 

EPIC Learning Objectives:

  1. Incorporate standardized endoscopic morphological assessment systems to determine the risk of invasive malignancy, including Paris and NICE Classifications and Kudo Pit Pattern assessment.
  2. Decide on the optimal polypectomy technique for different types of polyps (cold biopsy, cold snare, hot snare, endoscopic mucosal resection).
  3. Perform successful polypectomy in an en bloc or piecemeal fashion, using proper lifting techniques.
  4. Apply hemoclips for hemostasis and/or defect closure.

 

Key Accreditation Components

  • This program is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section Three), or an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section One), as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College and approved by the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG). Or you may choose to claim Section Two Self-Learning credits. All CanMEDS roles are covered by participation in this program.
  • The CSI Course is approved for 8 credit hours for Section One or 8 hours of Section Three credits for a total of 24 credits for Section Three
  • The TET Course is approved for up to 11 credit hours for Section One or 11 hours of Section Three credits for a total of 33 credits for Section Three
  • EPIC is approved for up to 7.5 credit hours for Section One or 7.5 hours of Section Three credits for a total of 22.5 credits for Section Three
  • All courses will have standardized curricula that will be adhered to nationally
  • The number of course participants is small, which allows for individual hands-on experience, coaching, and feedback.

 

Hospital Privileges

All delegates attending SEE™ Program CSI and/or TET courses must have hospital privileges. Once you have received your course enrollment confirmation please contact the SEE™ Centre to acquire instructions on how to obtain your hospital privileges.

SEE™ Centre Privileges Contact Information
Forzani & MacPhail Colon Cancer Screening Centre Sandy Hafez: sandy.hafez@albertashealthservices.ca
Victoria General Hospital Dr. Dana Farina: dana.farina@dal.ca
McMaster University Medical Centre Debbie Russ: russ@hhsc.ca
Huntsville District Memorial Hospital Dr. Brian Murat: murat@vianet.ca
CHUS (Hôtel Dieu du Sherbrooke) Dr. Charles Menard: cmenardmd@mac.com
Mayranie Legault-Goyette: mlegaultgoyette.chus@ssss.gouv.qc.ca
St. Paul’s Hospital Dr. Jennifer Telford: jtelford@telus.net
Victoria General Hospital Credentialing Department: credentialing_office@viha.ca

Disclaimer: “Out-of-Province licence” must be obtained by delegate three (3) months in advance of course. Please contact your Provincial College of Physicians and Surgeons to inquire about the necessary documentation before you register for a SEE™ course being held outside of your province.

 

Course Registration

*The SEE™ Programs courses are currently being offered to Canadian practising endoscopists only.

If you would like to become a member of the CAG to take advantage of lower course fees, you must sign-up for a three-year CAG Regular Membership.

 

Please Note: Once you have submitted your registration form, your name will be placed on the SEE™ Program waitlist (you will not automatically be enrolled into a course). We will contact you via email to confirm enrollment.

 

SEE™ Program – Cancellation Policy

  • Requests for refunds must be requested in writing, no later than three weeks prior to the course. Refund requests thereafter will not be accepted.
  • Refunds are subject to an administrative fee of $100.
  • Please send requests to the CAG National Office: Krystyna Ransome, Project Manager

CAG has the right to cancel a program at any time at its discretion.

 

 

View SEE™ Program Schedule (2022-2023)

 

Meet Our Certified SEE™ Faculty

 

SEE™ Program Polypectomy Webinar Series Recordings

 

The SEE™ Program Webinars are an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section One), as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and approved by the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG).

 

Small Polyps: Dr. Don MacIntosh (Chair), Dr. Kevin Waschke & Dr. Alaa Rostom (Moderators) – Recorded on September 24, 2020

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand the approach to the assessment of small polyps.
  • To understand the management of small polyps.
  • To understand the surveillance of small polyps.

View Recording Here

 

Pedunculated Polyps: Dr. Alaa Rostom (Chair), Dr. Don MacIntosh & Dr. Kevin Waschke (Moderators) – Recorded on November 26, 2020

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand room and equipment preparation for polypectomy.
  • To understand the approach to the assessment of pedunculated polyps.
  • To understand the need for setup and preparation prior to polypectomy.
  • To understand the management of pedunculated polyps.
  • To understand the surveillance of pedunculated polyps.

View Recording Here

 

Sessile Polyps (Part 1): Dr. Kevin Waschke (Chair), Dr. Don MacIntosh (Moderator) – Recorded on January 28, 2021

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand the approach to the assessment of sessile polyps.
  • To understand the management of sessile polyps.
  • To understand the surveillance of sessile polyps.

View Webinar Recording Access Code

CAG Members – Free for all members in good standing. Enter the "SEE Sessile Polyps (Part 1) Webinar: Recording Access Code" when prompted.

To access this code, login to MyCAG and click "My Profile". If you need assistance, please contact membership@cag-acg.org

 

Non-CAG Members – $50.00 CAD plus applicable taxes. Please complete the "Request for Access Code" form.

 

View Recording Here - Recording Access Code Required

 

Sessile Polyps (Part 2): Dr. Kevin Waschke (Chair), Dr. Don MacIntosh & Dr. Alaa Rostom (Moderators) – Recorded on March 25, 2021

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand the approach to the assessment of sessile polyps.
  • To understand the management of sessile polyps.
  • To understand the surveillance of sessile polyps.

View Webinar Recording Access Code

CAG Members – Free for all members in good standing. Enter the "SEE Sessile Polyps (Part 2) Webinar: Recording Access Code" when prompted.

To access this code, login to MyCAG and click "My Profile". If you need assistance, please contact membership@cag-acg.org

 

Non-CAG Members – $50.00 CAD plus applicable taxes. Please complete the "Request for Access Code" form.

 

View Recording Here - Recording Access Code Required

 

Speakers’ Bios

 

Donald MacIntosh see

Dr. Donald MacIntosh, MD, FRCPC, CAGF

Dr. MacIntosh is a gastroenterologist based in Halifax, NS who has worked in the Central Zone of the NSHA since 1999 with clinical interests in IBD, ERCP and therapeutic endoscopy. He has had an active interest in Endoscopic Quality Improvement and as national co-lead has helped lead the development of the CAG SEE program. Dr. MacIntosh has taught endoscopic skills improvement courses nationally and internationally for several years. Now semi-retired, he is currently the medical lead of the NS Colon Cancer Prevention Program and continues to perform screening colonoscopy, along with continuing his involvement with the CAG Skills Enhancement in Endoscopy™, (SEE™) Program.

 

Alaa Rostom see

Dr. Alaa Rostom, MD, MSc, FRCPC, CAGF

Dr. Rostom is the Chair of the Division of Gastroenterology at the Ottawa Hospital / University of Ottawa and co-chairs the CAG SEE program. Dr. Rostom returned to Ottawa from the University of Calgary where he spent 7 years planning and implementing the Calgary zone colorectal cancer screening program. He was the Education Chair of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (term ended Feb 2010), and Chief Examiner for Gastroenterology for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (term ended Oct 2010). Dr. Rostom is highly involved in endoscopy skills training. Dr. Rostom’s research interests include research and clinical trial methodology, systematic reviews, patient-reported outcomes, and knowledge dissemination. He has conducted extensive research in the areas of GI toxicity of NSAIDs, COX-2 Inhibitors, Celiac Disease, and colonoscopy preparation. Dr. Rostom has participated in and conducted consensus conferences on Celiac Disease, NSAID/COX-2 Inhibitors, and GI bleeding, and is currently co-leading the Canadian consensus conference on Celiac Disease.

 

Kevin Waschke see

Dr. Kevin Waschke, MD, CM, FRCPC, FASGE, CAGF

Dr. Waschke is a gastroenterologist at the McGill University Health Center (MUHC). His clinical activities include EUS, ERCP, therapeutic endoscopy and general gastroenterology. He is an active clinical teacher, with a particular interest in endoscopy training. He has numerous academic roles, notably the President of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology, and provides ongoing expertise in educational design for the PQDCCR (Quebec colon cancer screening program), CAG Skills Enhancement in Endoscopy™, (SEE™) Program, ASGE STAR Programs and ASGE GI Leap educational platform. During the COVID pandemic, he is also acting as the Réaffectation (Medical Manpower) Coordinator for the MUHC.

 

 

For information on becoming a SEE™ Certified Faculty, setting up a SEE™ Certified Centre and other info, email Krystyna Ransome (CAG National Office)