Surgical Endoscopy

, Volume 31, Issue 10, pp 3827–3835 | Cite as

SAGES framework for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses for practicing surgeons: the new SAGES course endorsement system

  • Iman GhaderiEmail author
  • Michael Fu
  • Erin Schwarz
  • Timothy M. FarrellEmail author
  • John Paige
  • On behalf of the SAGES Continuing Education Committee
SAGES Official Publication


The Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) recognizes that the discipline of surgery is dynamic and continues to evolve. Modifications of standard surgical procedures and completely new procedures are usually introduced gradually into clinical practice, a process that may require special training or privileges. Additional training will often be required to integrate techniques or procedures that are new to the individual surgeon. The same is also true for procedures that represent a substantial change in existing methods or practices or that require familiarity with new technology [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]. The purpose of this document is to provide guidelines for course directors who plan to design educational activities for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) of practicing surgeons. Additionally, it provides guidance regarding requirements for SAGES endorsement of such courses.


This document is advisory, and directed at surgical educators,...


Continuing Professional Development Medical education Course endorsement Practicing surgeons Curriculum Framework 


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John Paige, MD receives royalties as Co-Editor from Oxford University Press, Lead Faculty Team Training Grant from HRSA, Co-PI Software Development from LSU Board of Regents LIFT2, PI Assessment Tool Development from SGEA, and PI Wound Healing from ACell, Inc. Iman Ghaderi MD, Erin Schwarz, Michael Fu, and Timothy M Farrell MD have no conflicts of interest or financial ties to disclose.


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© Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  • Iman Ghaderi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Michael Fu
    • 2
  • Erin Schwarz
    • 3
  • Timothy M. Farrell
    • 3
    Email author
  • John Paige
    • 4
  • On behalf of the SAGES Continuing Education Committee
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  2. 2.SAGES Continuing Education CommitteeLos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.University of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA
  4. 4.LSU Health New Orleans Health Sciences CenterNew OrleansUSA

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