J Endocr Surg.  2019 Mar;19(1):18-24. 10.16956/jes.2019.19.1.18.

Global Variations in Curriculum and Syllabus for Endocrine Surgery Training Programs: a Report

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  • 1Department of Endocrine Surgery, Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, India. skmishra@sgpgi.ac.in, skmishra_1956@yahoo.com

Abstract

PURPOSE
The aim of this study is to find out information relevant to the certification of trainees in surgical endocrinology specialty"”duration of training, entry/exit criteria, curriculum and accreditation agency.
METHODS
Information related to endocrine surgery training programs was archived from electronic resources such as publications, web portals of official endocrine surgery professional bodies and institutions offering such courses and the data was analysed.
RESULTS
The 75 trainee positions were identified globally in 58 institutions"”28 in North America, 5 in Latin America, 17 in Australia and New Zealand, 10 in Asia, 25 in Europe and none in Africa. The average length of training leading to award of fellowship/diploma/degree ranged from 1 to 3 years. The curriculum of majority (n=58) of these programs includes thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal and neuroendocrine tumors although in many centres it also includes breast (n=25, 43%), diabetic foot (n=12, 21%), thymus (n=17, 30%) and salivary gland (n=4, 7%) thus suggesting variation worldwide. The assessment of trainees at the end of course also differs.
CONCLUSION
There are no uniform guidelines across the world for endocrine surgery training programs unlike those developed for other sub-specialities of surgery.

Keyword

Curriculum; Accreditation; Certification; Surgical education

MeSH Terms

Accreditation
Africa
Asia
Australia
Awards and Prizes
Breast
Certification
Clothing
Curriculum*
Diabetic Foot
Education*
Endocrinology
Europe
Latin America
Neuroendocrine Tumors
New Zealand
North America
Salivary Glands
Thymus Gland
Thyroid Gland
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