Esophageal Manometry Competency Program Improves Gastroenterology Fellow Performance in Motility Interpretation

Kelli DeLay, John E. Pandolfino, C. Prakash Gyawali, Jeanetta Frye, Alexander Kaizer, Paul Menard-Katcher, Joshua A. Sloan, Andrew J. Gawron, Kathryn Peterson, Dustin A. Carlson, Abraham Khan, Rajesh N. Keswani, Rena Yadlapati

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INTRODUCTION: Competency-based medical education (CBME) for interpretation of esophageal manometry is lacking; therefore, motility experts and instructional designers developed the esophageal manometry competency (EMC) program: a personalized, adaptive learning program for interpretation of esophageal manometry. The aim of this study was to implement EMC among Gastroenterology (GI) trainees and assess the impact of EMC on competency in manometry interpretation.

METHODS: GI fellows across 14 fellowship programs were invited to complete EMC from February 2018 to October 2018. EMC includes an introductory video, baseline assessment of manometry interpretation, individualized learning pathways, and final assessment of manometry interpretation. The primary outcome was competency for interpretation in 7 individual skill sets.

RESULTS: Forty-four GI trainees completed EMC. Participants completed 30 cases, each including 7 skill sets. At baseline, 4 (9%) participants achieved competency for all 7 skills compared with 24 (55%) at final assessment (P < 0.001). Competency in individual skills increased from a median of 4 skills at baseline to 7 at final assessment (P < 0.001). The greatest increase in skill competency was for diagnosis (Baseline: 11% vs Final: 68%; P < 0.001). Accuracy improved for distinguishing between 5 diagnostic groups and was highest for the Outflow obstructive motility disorder (Baseline: 49% vs Final: 76%; P < 0.001) and Normal motor function (50% vs 80%; P < 0.001).

DISCUSSION: This prospective multicenter implementation study highlights that an adaptive web-based training platform is an effective tool to promote CBME. EMC completion was associated with significant improvement in identifying clinically relevant diagnoses, providing a model for integrating CBME into subspecialized areas of training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1453-1459
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We would like to acknowledge the Digestive Health Foundation Research Award for their support of this research initiative.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health. All rights reserved.


  • Clinical Competence
  • Competency-Based Education
  • Esophageal Motility Disorders/diagnosis
  • Esophagus/physiopathology
  • Fellowships and Scholarships
  • Gastroenterology/education
  • Humans
  • Manometry

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Journal Article


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