Educational Mission Statement

This statement was reviewed and approved by the Board of Governors of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) on Jan 1970.

Purpose

SAGES (The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons) will provide quality education in the cognitive and technical aspects of minimally invasive gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgery to fulfill the continuing medical education and maintenance-of-certification needs of its members.

Content Areas

SAGES-sponsored educational programs will be tailored to competence and performance gaps of participants, to assist them in: 1) improving knowledge of gastrointestinal and related diseases, 2) assessing current and emerging surgical therapies, 3) acquiring competence to perform and teach appropriate therapies, and 4) measuring effectiveness of therapies in terms of outcomes.

Target Audience

Educational programs will target SAGES members and members of affiliated organizations in clinical practice, academic practice, or training.

Types of Activities

Educational activities will utilize traditional and innovative modalities to deliver information, including: 1) scientific sessions, 2) symposia, 3) didactic postgraduate courses, 4) hands-on laboratories, and 5) printed, electronic and internet-based media.

Expected Results

SAGES will continually assess educational effectiveness to verify CME programs enhance the knowledge, competence and/or performance of practicing surgeons, to improve patient outcomes in minimally invasive gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgery.

STATEMENT APPROVED BY THE SAGES BOARD OF GOVERNORS
April 2011

(Revision of 10/27/91, 10/9/96, 01/25/00, 06/29/01, 11/05/01, and 10/19/05 Statement.)

This statement was reviewed and approved by the Board of Governors of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) on Jan 1970.

For more information please contact:

SOCIETY OF AMERICAN GASTROINTESTINAL ENDOSCOPIC SURGEONS (SAGES)
11300 West Olympic Blvd., Suite 600
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Tel:
(310) 437-0544
Fax:
(310) 437-0585
Email:
publications@sages.org

Guidelines for clinical practice are intended to indicate preferable approaches to medical problems as established by experts in the field. These recommendations will be based on existing data or a consensus of expert opinion when little or no data are available. Guidelines are applicable to all physicians who address the clinical problem(s) without regard to specialty training or interests, and are intended to indicate the preferable, but not necessarily the only acceptable approaches due to the complexity of the healthcare environment. Guidelines are intended to be flexible. Given the wide range of specifics in any health care problem, the surgeon must always choose the course best suited to the individual patient and the variables in existence at the moment of decision.

Guidelines are developed under the auspices of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons and its various committees, and approved by the Board of Governors. Each clinical practice guideline has been systematically researched, reviewed and revised by the guidelines committee, and reviewed by an appropriate multidisciplinary team. The recommendations are therefore considered valid at the time of its production based on the data available. Each guideline is scheduled for periodic review to allow incorporation of pertinent new developments in medical research knowledge, and practice.