Over the past 30 years, endoscopy has become an essential tool in the diagnosis and therapy of digestive diseases. Technical developments in endoscopes and devices and the introduction of completely new and complex procedures characterize the field of digestive endoscopy. Therefore, both endoscopists and nurses seek educational opportunities, through lectures, seminars, workshops or fellowships, to obtain and maintain relevant knowledge and technical skills, and ultimately, to gain competencies relevant to their clinical work in endoscopy.

Although it is recognized that full competence requires practice with patients in a clinical setting, workshops provide good learning environments to start the process of training technical skills.

In response to this, the Education Working Group of the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Nurses Associations (ESGENA) and the Educational Committee of the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) have developed this handbook, which aims to provide a framework to support national societies, educational institutes and individual departments in:

  • Planning, delivering and evaluating different types of workshops for teaching digestive endoscopy, namely equipment skills workshops, dummy workshops and live demonstrations
  • Advancing their structures for practical training for both nurses and doctors, working in this field.

Workshops included in this handbook may stand alone or may be part of a longer teaching programme incorporating other teaching methods.

General aspects of organizing and implementing a workshop as well as specific aspects according to the different types of workshops are described. Methodology for assessment of the desired learning outcomes and the evaluation of workshops are presented. Moreover, the handbook also includes the manual for ESGE-endorsed workshops with live demonstrations. Several appendices with checklists and templates support the implementation of workshops (see Figure 1).

This handbook reflects the experience of both endoscopists and nurses who have organized workshops at the national and European level under the auspices of ESGE and ESGENA. It does not pretend to be exclusive and it is open for review by the endoscopic community. The authors believe that the handbook provides useful information for daily clinical training as well as for educational events on the occasion of conferences or courses. By implementing them in daily use and with relevant studies their validity will be proven. This handbook would also be the ideal support for future train-the-trainer-courses on “How to organize a workshop”.

Ulrike Beilenhoff & Christiane Neumann, Chairs of the ESGENA Education Working Group
Michael Ortmann, ESGENA President

Mario Dennis-Ribeiro, Chair of the ESGE Education Committee
Paul Fockens, ESGE-President

Figure 1. Structure of the Handbook for Workshops

Figure 1 Structure of the Handbook for Workshops