Curriculum Objectives

The successful completion of this training will result in the ability to…

  • Demonstrate the set-up and care of endoscopes, with a basic technical understanding of endoscopic components and accessories.
  • Understand the indications and contraindications to upper and lower GI surgical endoscopy.
  • Understand the principles and practice of patient preparation, the consent process, sedation and airway management.
  • Safely and effectively access the upper and lower GI tract with a variety of scopes.
  • Successfully navigate the esophagus, stomach, duodenum and colon with the flexible endoscope.
  • Recognize and manage abnormal findings of the GI and biliary systems, with an understanding of the pertinent anatomy, pathology and imaging.
  • Recognize and treat surgical and endoscopic complications
  • Understand the fundamentals of emerging technology and adjuvant imaging modalities
  • Perform basic upper and lower GI diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, including:
    • Tissue biopsy
    • Tissue resection
    • Ablation
    • Hemostasis
    • Dilation of stenoses
    • Endoscopic enteral access
    • Placement of stents for palliation or the management of complications.
  • Understand advanced endoscopic techniques for the treatment of GERD (Stretta, Esophyx, LINX); Barrett’s Esophagus (BarrX); achalasia (Per-Oral Endoscopic Myotomy, POEM); Obesity (Endosleeve Intragastric balloon); and the basic techniques and applications for NOTES (Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery).
  • Know the fundamentals regarding diagnostic and therapeutic image-guidance systems.
  • Understand post-procedural pt management and care.

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