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Current challenges and future needs of clinical and endoscopic training in gastroenterology: a European survey

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  • Marcello Maida
  • Laith Alrubaiy
  • Tomislav Bokun
  • Tony Bruns
  • Valeria Castro
  • Louise China
  • Guillaume Conroy
  • Daniel Trabulo
  • Christophe Van Steenkiste
  • Rogier P Voermans
  • Johan Burisch
  • Gianluca Ianiro
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Background and study aims  A universal European training program in gastroenterology and hepatology is currently not available. The European Board of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (EBGH) has produced guidance regarding expected competencies for European gastroenterology trainees but it is unclear whether these have been incorporated in national curricula. The aim of this study was to provide an in-depth assessment of training and research opportunities, professional activities and of socioeconomic aspects of gastroenterology training across Europe through a web-based 90-point questionnaire. Materials and methods  Physicians in their last year or who had recently finished their training, from 16 European countries, were invited to answer the questionnaire. Results  A total of 144 physicians answered the survey. A minimum number of procedures is required before completing training in nine of 16 countries (56 %). Overall, European trainees dedicate a median of 12 months (IQR 6-25) of their training period to endoscopy and a median of 3 months (IQR 0-6) to ultrasound. Training in interventional endoscopy was not always exhaustive, as about 50 % of participants performed fewer of several interventional procedures than was recommended by EBGH, most participants did not perform endoscopic hemostasis or endoscopic mucosal resection, and nearly a half of participants had no access to pancreatobiliary endoscopy training. Finally, up to 13 % of residents complete their training without the supervision of a mentor. Conclusion  In this large European survey, deep gaps and considerable differences in several gastroenterology training activities were found both among and within 16 European countries. Homogenization of educational programs and training opportunities across Europe is therefore necessary.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEndoscopy International Open
Volume8
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)E525-E533
ISSN2364-3722
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Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020

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