The Society’s CREST Committee has reached the final stages before release of its online learning system that will cover all aspects of a solid foundation in the evaluation and management of colorectal disease. CREST is an acronym for Colorectal Education System Template.
Committee Chair Dr. Scott R. Steele, Ft. Lewis, WA, says the Committee has now created 59 educational modules, including input from over 40 members.
In addition to providing full access to the ASCRS Textbook of Colon and Rectal Surgery, the CREST site offers narrated topic-based PowerPoint presentations, review questions for the Colon and Rectal Surgery Educational Program (CARSEP), the core subjects presentations made during each ASCRS Annual Meeting, and hundreds of images encompassing radiological, endoscopic and anatomical disease.
“Each module is categorized by disease or specific topic, providing all available corresponding ASCRS Practice Parameters and Core Subjects. Finally, videos from past ASCRS Annual Meeting “Nuts and Bolts” symposiums and Cleveland Clinic Florida’s International Colorectal Disease Symposium, and technical ‘how to’ videos are included,” Dr. Steele says.
“Going forward, modules will be updated on a rotating basis, and plans are in place to provide access to journal articles, specific disease-based focused reviews, and direct links from review questions to corresponding images and text from the ASCRS Textbook of Colon and Rectal Surgery,” Dr. Steele adds.
“The aim is to centralize and bring these educational resources together in one place, where members can readily access them, picking and choosing what they need,” Dr. Steele emphasizes.
Course modules run about 20 minutes. One module might take a chapter from the textbook—on anal abscess, for example—and break it down into a smaller session. Another might address laparoscopy, with links to technique videos. “Modules will be updated periodically. It will not be a static thing, like a book,” Dr. Steele explains.
The Committee includes representatives whose role is to coordinate with various educational resources (the textbook, Website, journal, ABCRS, CARSEP, Core Subjects, the Image Library). Drs. W. Donald Buie, Calgary, AB, Canada, and Neil H. Hyman, Burlington, VT, are working with Dr. Steele as co-editors.
CREST modules will eventually be offered for self assessment (MOC) credit, so that members may use them to satisfy Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements. They will also be available for residents to use as they complete their colon and rectal surgery fellowships. Program directors will be able to access the system to track how much time their fellows have devoted to each educational module.
“The volume of information residents have to learn continues to increase. I believe we need to change the way we educate our medical students and residents, using more of the technologies now available to keep current with change. CREST will enable colon and rectal surgeons to pick and choose and focus their education or review in the specific areas where they see gaps in knowledge or experience,” Dr. Steele says.
“Surgery is very technique oriented. These modules will make it easier to receive education and training in specific disease areas and surgical techniques, selected to meet each surgeon’s unique needs,” he adds.
In addition to Dr. Steele, members of the CREST Committee are Advisor Dr. Elisa Birnbaum, St. Louis, MO, Council Rep Dr. Michael Stamos, San Francisco, CA, and Drs. Andrea Bafford, Baltimore, MD, David Beck, New Orleans, LA, Joshua Bleier, Philadelphia, PA, Kelli Bullard Dunn, Louisville, KY, Susan Cera, Naples, FL, Erik Grossmann, Columbia, MO, Steven Hunt, St. Louis, MO, Eric Johnson, Fort Lewis, WA, Brian Kann, Philadelphia, PA, Pokala Ravi Kiran, Cleveland, OH, Anjali Kumar, Washington, DC, Martin Luchtefeld, Grand Rapids, MI, David Margolin, New Orleans, LA, Arden Morris, Ann Arbor, MI, Matthew Mutch, St. Louis, MO, Bruce Orkin, Chicago, IL, Jan Rakinic, Springfield, IL, Laurence Sands, Miami, FL, Sharon Stein, Cleveland, OH, and Paul Wise, St. Louis, MO.