Evolving Role of GI Societies and Industry in Training Endoscopists to Perform New Techniques: Supporting the Process and Setting the Standards

John A. Martin, Christopher J. Gostout

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The recent decade has witnessed a remarkable evolution in endoscopic training. The advent of new animal explant simulation models has made high-fidelity, hands-on training in endoscopic therapeutic techniques simple and economical enough to be within realistic reach of a great number of endoscopists and trainees. However, the revolution in the development and dissemination of training in novel endoscopic techniques has required far more than a novel simulation model-it has been the culmination of precisely synchronized teamwork on the part of multiple parties, each intensely interested in the advancement of endoscopic training and education. Enthusiastic physician educators and nurse educators directed their creative vision developing technique-focused simulation stations, as well as entire courses, around new inanimate and animal explant simulation models. They adapted these models for use in the training of emerging techniques and technologies. They then sought the commitment and dedication of professional endoscopy societies and their professional staffs to help develop and refine integrated educational venues designed to take maximal advantage of the unique, new hands-on learning format. The endoscopic technology industry understood the important role such integrated hands-on learning opportunities would have in the appropriate deployment and correct use of their technologies, and committed to helping the medical educators and endoscopy societies bring their visions to fruition though initial and recurring support. The role of GI societies with ongoing industrial support continues to expand in many directions. New animal explant simulation models are expanding capabilities in ERCP, EUS, and deep-enteroscopy training. New course formats featuring more intensive and specific use of a greater variety of simulators complemented by related didactic and video presentations are delivering a more highly integrated learning experience. The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) is planning a new facility to take greater advantage of these training models, course concepts, and educational programming. Finally, the ASGE Institute for Training and Technology (IT&T) platform, which has seen great success as the prototypical integrated hands-on endoscopy training facility, is likely to assume a novel additional role in the development of training programs for the introduction of new technologies supported by the new ASGE Preservation and Incorporation of Valuable endoscopic Innovations that improve digestive health (PIVI) program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSuccessful Training in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781405196635
StatePublished - Apr 26 2011


  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE)
  • Competency
  • Facilities
  • Hands-on training industry
  • Institute for Training and Technology (IT&T)
  • Interactive Training and Technology Center (IT&T)
  • Learning
  • Preservation and incorporation of valuable endoscopic innovations that improve digestive health program (PIVI)
  • Simulator
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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