This article outlines the eligibility criteria and process for applying for JAG paediatric OGD (upper GI) certification.
The certification process is managed through and supported by the JAG Electronic Training System (JETS) e-Portfolio – www.jets.thejag.org.uk. Trainees will be expected to log their endoscopic experience and have formative Direct Observation of Procedural Skills Assessment (DOPS) completed on their e-Portfolio. When the trainee has fulfilled the updated eligibility criteria (see section 3 below) they will need to arrange a summative assessment. It will be possible to complete this through the e-Portfolio.
All applications will be for full JAG certification. There is no provisional phase for paediatric OGD/ Upper GI.
Even after achieving certification, JAG recommends that all trainees continue to seek further training on dedicated training lists as part of their ongoing personal development.
Using the website
Until further notice paediatric certification will be available through the JETS website. However the paediatric specific pathway has not yet been developed online. As a result, paediatric trainees should select the appropriate adult certification, but must meet the criteria listed below and not those given on www.jets.thejag.org.uk (which relate to adult endoscopy).
The green ticks and red crosses shown on the certification page indicating performance against the criteria are not relevant. Once the criteria are met, the trainee will need to contact JAG to be able to add summative DOPS.
Specific paediatric DOPS forms have now been developed and added to the JETS website for use by paediatric trainees during their training.
Eligibility criteria are shown in the tables below. The previous three months of procedural data on the e-portfolio should be used. Formative DOPS are not time restricted, the last 10 added to JETS should be used. However assessors may wish to see evidence of recent DOPS.
Once these criteria have been met, you will then be required to submit 4 summative DOPS. All items in the summative DOPS must be scored as ‘competent for independent practice’.
Note. It is considered that retroflexion should be recorded at a level of >95%. However currently this KPI is not recorded via JETS. As a result it is not currently one of the eligibility criteria.
Additional information on eligibility criteria
Age of patients
Some endoscopy training and experience can be in the adult setting. However, it is the responsibility of the trainee and their primary endoscopic trainer to ensure that they have suitable experience of an age appropriate case mix and this must include some infants and children below 10 Kg. This aspect will be scrutinized by the Regional Endoscopy Lead during the review process and prior to the award of JAG certificate.
Polypectomy in paediatric practice
Trainees should be aware that the Paediatric JAG Trainee Certification in Colonoscopy allows for an individual to be signed off as fully independent at Ileocolonoscopy without an assessment of their polypectomy skills. Unlike adult practice, polypectomies are rarely undertaken in children. Trainees may have gained sufficient expertise to perform diagnostic colonoscopy proficiently but had little exposure to polypectomy.
A polypectomy DOPS (the DOPyS) has been developed and is being validated for this purpose. We propose that all endoscopists can be assessed for polypectomy competency whilst concurrently undertaking independent practice, in a similar fashion as is undertaken with therapeutic upper GI endoscopy procedures-
The additional DOPS criteria of “unassisted physically” has been included to ensure that when a trainee is assisted by a trainer for a part of the procedure, but the trainee completes the procedure, the trainee does not add that as an independently completed procedure. The “unassisted physically” criteria reflect the previous three month’s endoscopic practice.
< 0.5%. Serious complications are defined as death, perforation, significant bleeding requiring transfusion, unplanned post-procedure hospital stay of over 24 hours (related to the procedure) or admission to hospital due to a complication of the procedure following discharge from the endoscopy Unit. However, given the relatively small numbers of procedures undertaken, trainees with just one serious complication may find that they have complication rates of more than 0.5%. If this is the case then after the summative assessments have taken place the following should be addressed:
- Details of the event
- What the trainee did
- What the trainee learnt from that event
This information will be assessed by the Regional Endoscopy Lead to ensure that sufficient learning was gained from each episode. It will be at the discretion of the Regional Endoscopy Lead/JAG reviewer whether or not to allow JAG Certification based on the information provided.
JAG approved basic skills course
Trainees applying for paediatric JAG Certification must have completed a JAG Approved Basic Skills Course in the procedure that they are applying for. Trainees applying for OGD must have completed either;
- JAG_003 Basic Skills in Upper GI Endoscopy
- JAG_GDP3 (M) Basic skills in upper gastrointestinal (UGI) endoscopy
There is not currently a paediatric specific Basic Skills in Upper GI course.
Lifetime procedure count
These numbers are not to be used as a barrier to application for JAG Certification. The numbers outlined below are to be used as a guide to trainees, trainers and the JAG Office as the approximate numbers of procedures that most trainees will have achieved by the time they apply for JAG Certification, and at which stage the trainee should have gained sufficient experience to be able to independently make appropriate decisions about patient care and follow up after endoscopy. It is recognised that individual trainees, through many different factors, learn practical skills at different rates. It is therefore the eligibility criteria as stated above, not numbers of procedures that define when a trainee is ready or not for application.