The Colorado AHEC developed and continues to administer the Rural Physician Endoscopy program. The aim of the program is to train rural primary care physicians to perform colonoscopy, which has traditionally been a procedure performed only by specialists.
The training program has three unique facets:
- First, physicians complete online didactic sessions which consist of basic anatomy, physiology and epidemiology as well as colorectal cancer screening education.
- Second, simulator experiences are performed at one of three regional AHEC centers in the state. The simulator provides multiple cases of varying difficulty as well as different clinical findings.
- Third, proctored colonoscopy cases are completed with a skilled physician in the trainee’s own office or hospital.
This method allows physicians to gain the confidence and competency necessary to perform colonoscopies in their practice.
To read more about physicians who have graduated from our program, please see the Autumn 2009 Newsletter.
For more information please contact Beth Ingram at the Colorado AHEC Program Office.