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 Colonoscopy Skills Improvement (CSI) which is designed for all practising endoscopists. The CSI Course provides up-skilling and improvement of colonoscopy skills. This course consists of one (1) day live endoscopy sessions, with two (2) SEE™ Certified Faculty teaching up to three (3) delegates. This course is of particular interest to the provincial colon cancer screening programs (endorsed by the British Columbia, Ontario, and Newfoundland programs) which are underway in Canada.
The second course offered is Train-the-Endoscopy-Trainer (TET), which is led by SEE™ Certified Faculty. This course is designed for teachers of endoscopy, with specific aims 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. It is recommended that the CSI Course is taken prior to the TET Course. The 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.
For both of these courses, participants will be expected to travel to SEE™ Certified training centres.
All courses will have standardized curricula that will be adhered to nationally. The number of course participants is small, so as to allow for individual hands-on experience, coaching, and feedback.
- 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
- 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