ERCP Supervisor Report
Information for Supervisors
Satisfactory training in endoscopy is recognised and recorded by the New Zealand Conjoint Committee for Recognition of Training in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (NZCCRTGE). The NZCCRTGE relies on supervisors to confirm that the applicant has achieved a satisfactory level of competence to undertake independent practice without ongoing direct supervision.
The NZCCRTGE recognises training in gastroscopy, colonoscopy, and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) through documentation of a log of procedures undertaken, DOPS assessments and satisfactory supervisors’ reports. Currently recognition of training is available through the Advanced Training pathway for training registrars, and the Experienced and International Practitioner Pathways for practicing endoscopists.
The NZCCRTGE principles for training emphasise cognitive and interpretive skills as well as technical ability, combined with a clear understanding of the role of endoscopy in patient management. This includes training in interpretation of radiology and pathology findings as well as technical aspects of endoscopy, including sedation, cleaning and disinfection, and fluoroscopy. An understanding of the subsequent medical or operative management of pathology identified is also expected and is usually gained within an advanced training programme. The overall purpose is to demonstrate the skills to provide excellent patient care.
The applicant is responsible for the detailed accuracy of their logbook. However, we expect that supervisors will have reviewed the applicant’s log and only provide a report if they are satisfied that it is an accurate representation of the training or practice undertaken. Supervisors providing a report must be sufficiently familiar with the applicant’s practice to be able to give a valid assessment of competence. For advanced trainees the supervisor should have directly observed a proportion of the procedures undertaken and the report be provided near the completion of training.
The NZCCRTGE are grateful for the time and effort given by supervisors in providing endoscopy training, and assisting with assessments.