Acquisition of competence in paediatric ileocolonoscopy with virtual endoscopy training

Mike Thomson, Rob Heuschkel, Nora Donaldson, Simon Murch, Rupert Hinds

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This study prospectively compared the rates of skill acquisition in ileocolonoscopy in 2 consecutive groups of trainees in paediatric gastroenterology, with 1 cohort exposed to virtual endoscopy. All paediatric gastroenterology trainees rotating through our department during a 7-year period between 1997 and 2004 were formally assessed while performing ileocolonoscopies using a trainer case-by-case method. Fourteen consecutive trainees with no previous experience of ileocolonoscopy were assessed. Comparison of rates of skill acquisition and lesion recognition using multiple linear regressions revealed a significant acceleration of achievement of endoscopic goals (P < 0.0001) in the group with prior exposure to virtual endoscopy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)699-701
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Colonoscopy
  • Education
  • Endoscopy
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Paediatrics
  • Virtual

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