Training in Laser Bronchoscopy and Proposals for Credentialling (Part 4)

Training in Laser Bronchoscopy and Proposals for Credentialling (Part 4)
Similar phenomena are taking place now with regard to training in laser bronchoscopy. At present, few physicians have been trained as a natural part of their residency/fellowship programs, so the majority of physicians who wish to become involved in performing laser bronchoscopy must begin by attending a laser bronchoscopy course. Before attending a laser bronchoscopy training course, it is well to consider what the anticipated volume of laser bronchoscopy might be, and how the equipment will be funded and amortized. All laser equipment is expensive, and a system of sharing the equipment with physicians and surgeons in a variety of disciplines is advisable. Estimating laser bronchoscopy volume in a given practice or at one hospital requires knowledge of other qualified or aspiring laser bronchoscopists in ones geographic locale.If a physician then decides to embark upon additional training after considering all these issues, the logical starting point is with a continuing medical education course. Some physicians attend laser bronchoscopy courses simply for the purpose of educational enhancement, but the majority of course attendees have an expressed interest to satisfy local hospital credentialling requirements to begin performing laser bronchoscopy. The absolute volume of laser bronchoscopy is but a small fraction of the total number of bronchoscopies for all reasons, so the amount of experience will necessarily also be much less for laser bronchoscopy.

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