General medical training in gastroenterology: views from specialist trainees on the challenges of dual accreditation

Clin Med (Lond). 2015 Feb;15(1):35-9. doi: 10.7861/clinmedicine.15-1-35.


Higher specialist training in general internal medicine (GIM) and the medical specialties has been subject to many changes and increasing subspecialisation in recent years. The 'Shape of Training' review proposes 'broad-based specialty training', shortening of training by one year, and subspecialisation to be undertaken after the certificate of specialty training is obtained. All higher level gastroenterology trainees based in the UK were invited to complete an online survey between July and September 2012 to assess their experience of gastroenterology and GIM training. Overall, 72.7% of trainees expressed satisfaction with their training in gastroenterology but significantly fewer (43.5%) expressed satisfaction with their training in GIM. Satisfaction with gastroenterology training thus is good, but satisfaction with GIM training is lower and levels of dissatisfaction have increased significantly since 2008. Up to 50% of trainees are not achieving the minimum recommended number of colonoscopy procedures for their stage of training. Experience in GIM is seen as service orientated, with a lack of training opportunities. There is a worrying difficulty in gaining the minimum required experience in endoscopy. If the length of specialist training is shortened and generalised, training in key core specialist skills such as endoscopy may be compromised further.

Keywords: Endoscopy; GIM; gastroenterology; general internal medicine; training.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Accreditation / statistics & numerical data*
  • Clinical Competence
  • Education, Medical, Graduate / statistics & numerical data*
  • Endoscopy / education
  • Female
  • Gastroenterology / education*
  • Humans
  • Internal Medicine / education*
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Male
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Physicians / psychology*
  • Physicians / statistics & numerical data*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Specialization