The American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Quality Training

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American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Soloman Shah, MD, has served as a physician with Gastrointestinal Medical Associates in Reston, Virginia, since 1999. After completing his residency in 1996, Dr. Soloman Shah undertook a three-year fellowship in the department of gastroenterology at University of Maryland Hospital. He is a member of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE).

The ASGE provides its members with clinical practice and management guidelines, as well as various educational programs. One such program is the ASGE Quality Course, entitled Improving Quality and Safety in Your Endoscopy Unit, which teaches physicians and other medical personnel in the field of gastrointestinal endoscopy how to ensure exemplary care and treatment in their practice.

Offered every few months at locations around the country, the program covers four topics during the one- or two-day course. Students enrolled in the program are taught to quantify the quality of their current endoscopy practices and learn specific procedures that can improve this identified measurement. The course also establishes and explains the official quality guidelines laid out by ASGE and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The ASGE Quality Course is designed to benefit endoscopists and surgeons, medical directors, nursing staff, and other interested health care professionals. Certification for the course is accepted as foundational training for the ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program.