Students training to perform colonoscopies need more early-career training under supervision, especially when the clinician is not training specifically to become a gastroenterologist, according to new study data from researchers at the Mayo Clinic.
Mayo: Docs need more colonoscopy training
The study assessed the skills of 41 Mayo Clinic gastroenterology fellows, who performed more than 6,600 of the procedures between 2007 and 2010. Researchers concluded that students need to perform about 275 colonoscopies—well above current industry recommendations of 140—to reach "minimal cognitive and motor competency" for the procedure, according to a news release from Mayo.
The issue was especially important for family-practice clinicians and surgeons, who don't receive as much initial training on colonoscopies, according to the release.
In response, the Mayo researchers also developed a competency assessment method, which they dubbed the Mayo Colonoscopy Skills Assessment Tool, to measure skill in such areas as intubation rates, patient safety and understanding of potential patient issues.
According to the release, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy is rewriting its rules on colonoscopy training assessment in response to Mayo's and other similar studies.
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