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Am Surg. 2018 Jun 1;84(6):1064-1068.

Adenoma Detection Rate in Colonoscopy: Does the Participation of a Resident Matter?


Presently, endoscopic procedures are a requirement for training competency for completion of a general surgery residency. There are no studies to date that have assessed whether having a resident perform a colonoscopy impacts quality indicators such as adenoma detection rate (ADR). To retrospectively review ADR in adult patients, who undergo screening colonoscopy at a single institution with (ColFacR) and without (ColFac) the participation of a general surgery resident. A total of 792 patients were identified in the database screening colonoscopies between the ages of 45 and 80 from July 2013 to June 2015. Of those, 501 were reviewed after exclusion criteria. When comparing the ColFac group (n = 316) to the ColFacR group (n = 185), there were no differences between age, gender, body mass index, American Society of Anesthesiologists score, or quality of bowel preparation. The mean number of total polyps, hyperplastic polyps, and adenomatous polyps retrieved were similar between the two groups. There was no difference in the ADR for the ColFac cases and ColFacR cases (25.95% vs 27.03%, respectively, P = 0.834). ADR is similar in elective colonoscopies that were performed with or without a general surgery resident. The participation of a general surgery resident in routine colonoscopies should not impact reported quality indicators.

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