Small Bowel Video Capsule Endoscopy: Training and Competency Assessment - Online Course

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Access to this online course is available from the date of purchase until the course expires on April 14, 2027. 

Meet the Course Directors: Elizabeth Rajan, M.D., FASGE and Stephanie L. Hansel, M.D., M.S., FASGE, AGAF, FACG

Video capsule endoscopy (VCE) is currently considered the gold standard in the investigation of small bowel disease and is widely available in clinical practice as a noninvasive modality to examine the small bowel. This course will provide a structured VCE training curriculum with a validated assessment tool for gastroenterologists and trainees and includes 30 hours of specific training. The course includes VCE didactic tutoring, hardware and software instruction, and a review of cases with VCE expert analysis. Participants are then expected to complete 25 VCE interpretations. A formalized and validated assessment tool was developed and referred to as the Capsule Competency Test (CapCT). This test evaluates the fundamentals of knowledge for the procedure including indications and contraindications, and the ability to accurately identify, interpret, and document VCE findings. Participants are required to complete the CapCT as part of their training.

Disclaimer: This training program is exclusively intended for educational purposes, providing learners with information on the Medtronic PillCam SB3 Capsule Endoscopy system. This training program was developed without any commercial support and is currently used in clinical settings at Mayo Clinic.

Target Audience

Gastroenterology consultants, fellows, trainees, and nurses.

Learning Objectives

Upon conclusion of this course, participants should be able to: 

  • Recite knowledge of capsule endoscopy hardware and software 
  • Identify and interpret capsule endoscopy findings accurately
  • Formulate clinical recommendations based on overall clinical impression

Attendance at any Mayo Clinic course does not indicate or guarantee competence or proficiency in the skills, knowledge or performance of any care or procedure(s) which may be discussed or taught in this course.

Course summary
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  • 30.00 Attendance
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1Part A: Introduction to Small Bowel Video EndoscopyPart A of the introductory section, Elizabeth Rajan, MD, FASGE delves into the world of Small Bowel Video Capsule Endoscopy (VCE), covering key aspects of this non-invasive diagnostic modality for small bowel disease. Dr. Rajan explores its history, the hardware involved, patient selection criteria, contraindications, and more. 

Part B: Capsule Software Overview

Part B: Capsule Software Overview, presented by Dr. Stephanie Hansel, offers a comprehensive guide to using the software for reading video capsule studies. The tutorial covers essential steps, including login, study selection, and navigation within the software interface. Dr. Hansel demonstrates how to optimize the viewing experience and provides valuable insights into landmarks, reading techniques, and annotations for efficient study evaluation. The presentation concludes with practical tips for a productive reading experience, emphasizing the importance of adequate lighting, minimizing distractions, and managing fatigue.
Part C: Introduction to Reading CasesIn Part C of the introduction section, the faculty introduces the hands-on portion of reading video capsule endoscopy cases.  Three cases will be introduced, reviewed, and findings discussed.  By the end of this section, learners will have an understanding of how to thoroughly and confidently read cases.
2Case StudiesSection two contains 25 real-life case studies, each requiring approximately 45-60 minutes for total time to review. Approximately 45 minutes for reading and analysis of capsule images using the VCE software, followed by expert faculty analysis discussing patient findings. This approach will ensure learners have a comprehensive understanding of the findings in each case.
3AssessmentSection three is a formalized and validated assessment tool that was developed by our Mayo Clinic VCE experts and referred to as the Capsule Competency Test (CapCT). Test items were selected by consensus among staff capsule endoscopists. This test evaluates the trainees’ fundamental knowledge of the procedure including indications and contraindications, complications, and the ability to accurately identify, interpret, and document VCE findings. This test-based assessment includes 3 sections with a variety of multiple choice questions, and short video clips for case study review, ending with a review of a full case study. 


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Available Credit

  • 30.00 Attendance


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Access to this online course is available from the date of purchase until the course expires on April 14, 2027. Credit must be claimed within that time period.

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