SAGES University MASTERS Program: a structured curriculum for deliberate, lifelong learning

Daniel B. Jones, Dimitrios Stefanidis, James R. Korndorffer, Justin B. Dimick, Brian P. Jacob, Linda Schultz, Daniel J. Scott

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Background: Postgraduate training has been haphazard to date. Surgeons have relied on attendance to annual meetings and multiple choice study guides to demonstrate maintenance of certification and continuing medical education. Methods: SAGES held a retreat to develop the concept and scope of the Masters Program. Surveys were sent to SAGES members to guide curriculum development and selection of anchoring operations. Results: SAGES has developed an educational curriculum across eight domains (Acute Care, Biliary, Bariatric, Colorectal, Hernia, Foregut, Flex Endoscopy, and Robotic Surrey) incorporating SAGES educational materials and guidelines, social media, coaching and mentoring. Conclusions: Deliberate, lifelong learning should be a better way to teach and learn.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3061-3071
Number of pages11
JournalSurgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2017


  • Competency
  • Curriculum
  • Education
  • Mastery
  • Proficiency
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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