Diploma in Imaging for Gynaecological Endoscopic Surgeons
Training and Testing
Building on the Success of its GESEA programme, the European Academy of Gynaecological Surgery, together with the ESGE, are delighted to announce the launch of the Diploma in Imaging for Gynaecological Endoscopic Surgeons Training and Testing (DIGEST+T). The Diploma curriculum fulfils the ultrasound practice requirements of endoscopic surgeons (view DIGEST+T pictogramme here). It is based on the current best scientific knowledge and is accessible for everyone.
The programme will be a major step towards standardization of imaging training for endoscopic surgery trainees. Its structure will mirror the Winners Project. The Certificate Level (1st level) will be the entry gate to the programme as well as to both the theoretical and practical exams and upon successful completion, +he Academy will award the Certificate in Imaging. This is an obligatory prerequisite to apply for the DIGEST+T Diploma and is also the minimal requirement an endoscopic surgeon should have before entering hands-on practical ultrasound training. We believe that every hospital taking part in the GESEA endoscopic surgery programme should become a DIGEST+T Centre as well.
Imaging has become an integral part of gynaecological practice and Gynaecologists performing endoscopic surgery i.e. laparoscopy, hysteroscopy and transvaginal laparoscopy should be competent to perform abdominal and transvaginal sonography and establish accurate diagnosis for normal and abnormal, benign and malignant conditions. They should also have knowledge to read the CT and MRI scans of the abdomen and pelvis.
Certification & Diploma
Assessment and certification is considered to be the gold standard in assuring that a surgeon has acquired and retained a certain level of knowledge, skills and performance. The final aim is to provide patients with the highest quality of care.
The objectives of the certification programme are:
- To improve Imaging knowledge and skills for gynaecological endoscopic surgeons, so encouraging physicians to enhance their proficiency along a clear educational path.
- To integrate imaging with endoscopic surgery practice to reduce surgical risks, increase patient safety and reduce unnecessary cost through the provision of a quality imaging diploma based on the objective evaluation of knowledge and skills.
- To develop an imaging educational curriculum for gynaecological endoscopic reproductive surgery on a long term basis. This will help training centres to structure their courses according to a target audience and level.