The European Academy of Gynaecological Surgery, together with the ESGE, has elaborated a well-balanced diploma curriculum: Gynaecological Endoscopic Surgical Education and Assessment or GESEA programme (view pictogramme here). It is based on the current best scientific knowledge and accessible for everyone.
It is seen as a major step towards standardization of endoscopic surgical training in general. The Winners Project, free-learning training and self-evaluation for the Bachelor Level (1st level), is the entry gate to the programme as well as to both the theoretical and practical exams. When these are passed successfully, +he Academy Bachelor Certificate is received. This is the obligatory prerequisite to apply for the GESEA Bachelor Diploma. It is also seen as the minimal requirement a surgeon should have before entering in the one to one in OR training.
Every hospital teaching endoscopic surgery should enter as a GESEA Training and Testing Centre. This is a joint recommendation formed by the six leading organizations in gynaecology:
“As professional organizations we strongly recommend that each hospital teaching endoscopic surgery should make available an endoscopic dry lab for training and improving the proficiency of the endoscopic surgery skills of the physician. Evidence is provided that dry lab training prior to training in the OR, reduced patients’ morbidity and mortality in all endoscopic surgical disciplines, and as such, the skill testing infrastructure should aim for multi-disciplinary usage.”
The vision on training and education in gynaecological endoscopic surgery has changed the last decades in a revolutionary way. Today the classical apprentice-tutor model is challenged. Learning endoscopic psychomotor skills on a patient:
- increases patient morbidity and mortality
- demands a high exposure rate
- decreases educational efficiency
That is why endoscopic psychomotor skills must be trained and tested prior to training in the OR. Presence of an expert endoscopist as a mentor is less important than repetition of skill exercises. An educational institution should be able to objectively measure the individual skills and define the entry criteria for in OR training. The Academy will provide an exam to validate the endoscopic practical skills and issue an official certificate.
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 a better quality assurance.
The objectives of the certification programme are:
- To improve knowledge and skills in gynaecological endoscopic surgery, so encouraging physicians to enhance their proficiency along a clear educational path.
- To increase patient safety and reduce unnecessary cost through the provision of a quality surgical diploma based on the objective evaluation of skills and knowledge.
- To develop an 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.
Diploma sessions are organised by the European Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy (ESGE). To apply for a diploma a certain amount of surgical procedures, continuous medical education and professional development credits (CME/CPD) are needed. You will also need the skills certificate of the corresponding level. For further details, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org