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Bronchoscopy Training and Competency : How Many Are Enough?

Kenneth G. Torrington, MD, FCCP
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Affiliations: U.S. Army; Honolulu, HI
 ,  Dr. Torrington is Director of Health Education and Training, Tripler Army Medical Center. The views expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the US Government.

Correspondence to: Kenneth G. Torrington, MD, FCCP, Tripler Army Medical Center, 1 Jarrett White Rd, Honolulu, HI 96859-5000; e-mail: G.torrington@tamc.chcs.amedd.army.mil



Chest. 2000;118(3):572-573. doi:10.1378/chest.118.3.572
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Elsewhere in this issue of CHEST (see page 625), Haponik et al report the results of a survey of 59 senior pulmonary and critical care medicine fellows who attended an industry-sponsored bronchoscopy course in conjunction with CHEST 1998, the annual American College of Chest Physicians meeting.1 The authors found wide discrepancies in bronchoscopy training between institutions, in areas such as numbers of procedures performed, ancillary techniques instruction (for example, transbronchial needle aspiration), and fellows’ subjective assessments of their program’s bronchoscopy training quality. Rather than getting distracted by the obvious scientific limitations and possible biases of the survey, I will focus my comments on the authors’ primary conclusion that “an effort to apprise and enhance the quality of bronchoscopy training is necessary.”

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