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Nationwide survey of gastroenterologists and acquisition of knowledge

A study in the most recent issue of the American Journal of Gastroenterology reports on a nationwide survey of gastroenterologists and their acquisition of knowledge.

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The Gastroenterology Core Curriculum is a culmination of efforts from the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterological Association, and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy to develop a review of knowledge and skills for those training in a gastrointestinal subspecialty.

Fellows are expected to conduct scholarly activity, attend seminars, and read textbooks and syllabus materials.

While efforts to standardize education across the nation are welcomed, Dr Charles Koczka from New York, USA ascertained the learning preferences of Gastroenterology fellows and attending physicians.
 
The team e-mailed a national online survey to directors of US adult Gastroenterology programs, who were also asked to invite their colleagues and fellows to participate.

The calculated pooled gastric cancer incidence-rate was about 0.3% per person-years
AM J of Gastroenterology

While majorities of both fellows and attendings affirmed regular attendance at national conferences, more attendings affirmed that their knowledge was improved by their participation.

The team asked how they acquire knowledge best.

The team reported that 45 fellows and 67 attendings responded, of which 42% of attendings favored journal articles, and 40% of fellows favored conferences.

More attendings than fellows felt that writing a manuscript and belonging to a Gastroenterology society improved knowledge.

Dr Koczka's team commented, "We believe the Gastroenterology Core Curriculum provides trainees with essential tools for becoming an autonomous gastroenterologist who can appreciate various learning modalities."

Am J Gastroenterol 2013; 108:10331035;
19 July 2013

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