The International Society for Gynecologic Endoscopy is committed, by its Mission Statement to enhance the quality of the practice of endoscopy throughout the world. Therefore, ISGE has created an Accreditation program that is accessible for all our members.
This program is structured so that the Accreditation will be of academic and legal value in the specific country where the specific member is applying for ISGE Accreditation. To achieve this goal the ISGE Task Force for the Accreditation of Gynecological Endoscopy (TFAGE), under the guidance of the former ISGE President Professor Bruno van Herendael, has called on a world renowned specialist in accreditation Professor Walter Costantini of Milan University in Italy. They have together elaborated the ISGE accreditation program.
This accreditation concerns all forms of MIGS, Vaginal Surgery, vNOTES, Hysteroscopy, Laparoscopy and Robotics and also the structures and the services where the gynaecological endoscopy is performed as to create a safe environment where the ISGE accredited professional can perform her/his endoscopy.
To obtain this goal the TFAGE did appoint an Accreditation Council. For the period 2022-2025 the Council is formed by Alfonso Rossetti, chairman of the Training Committee, Bruno van Herendael, Medical Director, and Kurian Joseph who takes the position of Chairman of the Accreditation Council. The former chairman being Adel Shervin (2017-2021)
Entrance to the Accreditation
ISGE does organize a skill test SEBCOH-i (LASTT, HYSTT) to select the members for a curriculum in the ISGE Accreditation. ISGE’s Accreditation Council does deliver a certificate of skills. The testing occurs during the conferences of the ISGE unless otherwise communicated.
The further steps of the ISGE Accreditation are organized by the ISGE Accreditation Council and in collaboration with a university and/or the local authorities in the country of the applicant.
The ISGE Accreditation Councils goal is
“To certify people to be able to go to theatre and operate safely on patients”
Certification: ISGE SEBCOH-i
(Screen Eye Brain Coordination with Handheld-instruments)
STEP I: ISGE Qualified Gynecologist for MIGS
The Intensive Week
There will be reduced time live surgery during the two days. The other days unedited video tapes will be shown as well as video tapes edited to show explicitly the specific steps of different operations i.e. hysterectomy and cystectomy.
The hands-on dry lab at least three (3) hours/day
Specific exam on suturing
At the end of the week on Friday’s there will be a specific exam on suturing.
On Saturday a theoretical exam on 100 MCQ’ s is held. The Accreditation Council sets the death line to pass at 60%.
The result will send to the candidates within the six weeks after the final test.
The experience in endoscopy
To have a better idea on the experience in endoscopy of the participants a questionnaire will be send to the applicants to be filled in and send back to the ISGE Secretariat one month before the actual date of the Intensive Week at that moment the payment has to be in the Chicago ISGE Accreditation account.
The Tutors will be notified on the level of experience of the participants so that the Intensive Week can be tailored to this experience level.
STEP II: ISGE Certified MIGS Surgeon degree
Evaluation on cases submitted
Possible applicants are requested to contact the ISGE secretary who will provide the applicant with a code and
instructions on how to submit the cases.
On the fifty (50) cases submitted the Accreditation council needs:
When the candidate declares to ready he or she is invited for an interview at the address of the ISGE in Rome Viale Regina Margherita for an interview.
STEP III ISGE Expert degree in MIGS
Note: The candidate may be called to be interviewed concerning selected uploaded cases, he or she had performed. This interview will take place during candidates live surgery demonstration, at previously selected date, to observe candidate’s technique, proficiency, expertise, anatomical knowledge, coordination of staff, adequacy of laparoscopic system, instruments and his or her team at their institution.
The Final result will be sent to the candidate within 6 weeks, the candidate who passes, gains the degree of EXPERT in MIGS and may be asked to join ISGE accreditation committee to represent ISGE in theoretical and operative teaching worldwide.
POINT 2 Hands-on Training and Fellowship Program
ISGE is actively in the process of hands-on training of interested candidates at its designated training centres and is in process of finalizing the model with interested institutions worldwide including Beijing, China and Yaoundé, Cameroon, more information will be available soon for interested physicians in near future.
ISGE Accreditation Council is actively looking into fellowship training centres in different countries worldwide and its curriculum will be oriented toward less theoretical and more practical training in concert with AAGL, more information upcoming soon Final note: ISGE is continuously trying to update and upgrade its education program and tools, in that scenario programs will be subject to change, all the changes will be posted at ISGE site.