The Benefit of an Intensive Training Course on ERCP Artificial Simulator on Decreasing the Cannulation Time Achieved by the Trainees

Document Type : Original Article


The Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Endoscopy, ROEYA Endoscopy Center*, Department of Internal Medicine & Gastroenterology, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University** and Department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Theodor Bilharz Research Institute***


Abstract Background: ECRP is an advanced endoscopic technique with a high learning curve requiring effective and standardized training programs to ensure competency. Aim of Study: Test the benefit of an intensive course on ERCP artificial simulator on decreasing the cannulation time achieved by trainees. Patients and Method: Forty trainees were divided into two groups. Twenty were enrolled in a clinical training program only and the other twenty were enrolled in an intensive two-week intensive course using a simulator for ERCP training. Ten expert endoscopists represented to control group. Results: Forty trainees were included in the final analysis. Cannulation time was 18.69±9.21 (mean ±  SD) in group 1 and 9.36±5.14 in group 2 (p=0.001). Conclusion: Intensive course including hands-on training on an ERCP simulator can be an alternative for traditional training programs.