Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy of India (SGEI) has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Healthcare Sector Skill Council (HSSC) to upskill the Gastroenterology technician (GI) in the Endoscopy procedure on Tuesday. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Technician Training (GETT) is India’s first on-the-job training course for GI technicians.
As per the MoA, SGEI will provide training and skill enhancement for participants through a certification programme and build a pool of skilled endoscopy technicians for the country. The upskilling programme is backed by leading industry players Boston Scientific India Pvt Ltd and Olympus Medical Systems.
Endoscopy technicians, also known as GI or GI endoscopy technicians, primarily assist physicians with various endoscopic procedures. This upskilling initiative is an on-the-job skill enhancement programme. GETT is a well-established training programme and was already certified by SGEI, and World Endoscopy Organization (WEO).
The course is organised as an interrupted contact programme, involving four modules. The four modules will involve an aggregate of 72-hours of training. During the course, participants will receive didactic lectures, self-read material, the opportunity to assist in procedures at the centres where they are primarily attached and learn from doctors, and senior endoscopy technician peers.
Additionally, participants will be exposed to different industry-led innovations and learn from industry leaders in the field. Participants will also have opportunities to get accustomed to cutting-edge technology and equipment available in the industry. The first edition of GETT was conducted in six major cities such as Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, Chennai and Kolkata. The upcoming edition will expand to six more cities of Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, and Vishakhapatnam.
“We are extremely honoured to get into this partnership with HSSC and thank the authorities for recognising the value of this programme. Participants enrolled in this programme will learn how to assist in a variety of GI endoscopic procedures. They will learn how to monitor patients during the procedure and care for them after the procedure. The training will also include an understanding of how endoscopes and image acquisition works, principles of cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of medical instrumentation and equipment, and infection control principles. Other topics covered in this programme include medical terminology, basic anatomy, a few endoscopy instrumentations, and sterile processing environments. Interested applicants can access the course details and application form on our website,” Dr Sundeep Lakhtakia, Hon Secretary, SGEI said.
Ashish Jain, CEO, HSSC said, “There is a growing need in India for skilled manpower and reduce the existing demand and supply of skills gap, especially in the healthcare sector. World-class upskilling programmes like this will address the challenge of imparting the skills required by a growing economy. We believe that this initiative will benefit the healthcare sector and the youth of the country at large.”
Added Manoj Madhavan, Managing Director, Boston Scientific: “We are extremely delighted to partner and support SGEI and HSSC in this upskilling programme. It is a great initiative to build a skilled workforce that can support India’s Gastroenterology landscape’s evolution towards producing better clinical outcomes. Acknowledgement from HSSC is a huge milestone and it provides further encouragement for all the partners involved to forge ahead with this novel and important initiative, and we are very happy to be part of this journey through this partnership. At Boston Scientific, we remain committed to transforming lives through innovative medical solutions that improve the health of patients around the world.”
India currently has a pool of close to 3000 Gastroenterologists. Every year nearly 150 new Gastroenterologists (DM and DNB graduates) and Hepatology graduates complete their training and start practice. Endoscopy technicians have job opportunities with this increasing pool of Gastroenterology and Leptology physicians in India. There are currently over 6000 endoscopy centres in the country. Established clinics and hospitals will continue to hire endoscopy technicians as the number and complexity of the procedures increase.