Understanding Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship Training in Canada: A National Survey of Recent Graduates.

Title

Understanding Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship Training in Canada: A National Survey of Recent Graduates.

Creator

Smith JP; Thiel J; Singh SS; Allaire C; Warrington S; Murji A

Publisher

Journal Of Obstetrics And Gynaecology Canada : JOGC Journal D'obstetrique Et Gynecologie Du Canada : JOGC

Date

2021
2021-02-10

Description

OBJECTIVE: To characterize fellowship training experiences in the 11 Canadian minimally invasive gynaecologic surgery (MIGS) programs and compare the surgical exposure of fellows in these programs to that of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) accredited fellowship in MIGS (FMIGS). METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, 2017 and 2018 MIGS fellowship graduates across Canada were given an web-based survey via SurveyMonkey software to evaluate 5 key components of postgraduate fellowship curricula: 1) surgical exposure; 2) teaching and evaluation methods; 3) research experience; 4) clinical responsibilities; and 5) pursuit of other academic endeavours. Interest in creating a national standardized curriculum and seeking accreditation for MIGS fellowships were also examined. RESULTS: The survey attained a 91% (20/22) response rate of the target population. All Canadian MIGS programs met the minimum standards for at least 62% (8/13) of the surgical competencies listed by the AAGL, with office hysteroscopy being the procedure with the largest discordance. Half of respondents (10/20) attended a program with an established curriculum, and 75% (15/20) believed there would be a benefit to standardizing training nationwide. Seventy percent (14/20) had published at least one manuscript during their fellowship and 60% (12/20) pursued postgraduate degrees. The majority (55%; 11/20) felt certain that MIGS should become a credentialed fellowship in Canada. CONCLUSION: Canada has made meaningful progress in MIGS training over the past decade with 11 well-established fellowship programs. Although this survey identifies a general interest in standardized training and accreditation for Canadian MIGS programs, more research is needed on how best to accomplish this.

Subject

curriculum; questionnaire; Accreditation; laparoscopy; postgraduate_education; surgical_education

Format

journalArticle

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ISSN

1701-2163

NEOMED College

NEOMED College of Medicine

NEOMED Department

Department of Emergency Medicine

Update Year & Number

March 2021 List

Citation

Smith JP; Thiel J; Singh SS; Allaire C; Warrington S; Murji A, “Understanding Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship Training in Canada: A National Survey of Recent Graduates.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed May 12, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/11590.

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