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Evidence-based Approach to Training Pediatric Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Trainers

Walsh, Catharine M.*; Anderson, John T.; Fishman, Douglas S.

Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition: April 2017 - Volume 64 - Issue 4 - p 501–504
doi: 10.1097/MPG.0000000000001473
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ABSTRACT Endoscopy training has evolved in recent years from the traditional model of “learning by doing” to the current skillful application of evidence-based educational principles. Endoscopy training should ideally be provided by individuals with the requisite skills and behaviors to teach endoscopy effectively and efficiently, including an awareness of principles of adult education, best practices in procedural skills education, and appropriate use of beneficial educational strategies such as feedback. The aim of this article is to outline principles that underlie successful endoscopy training and describe the “Preparation—Training—Wrap-up” framework that can be used by pediatric endoscopy trainers to help guide an effective endoscopy training session. Looking to the future, application of content from well-developed “train the trainer” courses to pediatric endoscopy practice would help to improve the quality of endoscopy training and facilitate the development of conscious competences among pediatric endoscopy trainers.

*Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, The Research and Learning Institutes, Hospital for Sick Children, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Department of Gastroenterology, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Gloucestershire, UK.

The Section of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr Catharine M. Walsh, MD, MEd, PhD, FAAP, FRCPC, Hospital for Sick Children, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, 555 University Ave, Room 8417, Black Wing, Toronto, ON, Canada M5G 1X8 (e-mail:

Received 19 May, 2016

Accepted 21 October, 2016

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

© 2017 by European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition and North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology,