STAR Certificate Program: Barrett's Endotherapy

Type: STAR Programs


The ASGE STAR Certificate Program is an assessment-based curriculum that provides standardized, evidence-based education, hands-on training and assessment in Barrett's Endotherapy skills. This program targets practicing physicians who seek to improve their endoscopy skills and practice. Participants will be expected to complete all components of the curriculum in sequence. At the conclusion of the program, participants will receive a transcript of the activities they have completed and their performance on the cognitive and skills assessment components of the program. Participants who pass the assessment components will receive a certificate of completion. Results of all assessments (online and live) as well as credit earned will be tracked through this online system. Please refer to this site when looking for a status of your progress, credits awarded and transcript for the program.

Target Audience:

The enrollment criteria described below is intended to give potential participants an idea of the basic skill levels expected of program participants, and the skills that are needed to successfully perform Barrett’s Endotherapy. Enrollees should have:

  • Completed an accredited training program in gastroenterology or surgery
  • Performed a minimum of 250 upper endoscopies independently, and currently performing upper endoscopy as part of daily practice
  • Proficiency in endoscopic dilation, hemostasis, injection techniques and Barrett’s surveillance, including proper biopsy technique

Learning Objectives:

As a result of completing this activity, physicians will be able to:

  • Identify and describe the morphology of large or complex lesions of the tubular esophagus and gastric cardia and determine whether the use of endoscopic ablation is appropriate and feasible
  • Select and demonstrate the detailed, step-by-step use of techniques in Barrett’s ablation (including RFA and cryotherapy)
  • Select and demonstrate the detailed, step-by-step use of band-ligation mucosal resection before and after Barrett's ablation
  • Demonstrate the use of techniques and endoscopic accessories for management of ablation-associated adverse events
  • Select appropriate surveillance intervals for post-ablation endoscopy, based on current guidelines

Skills to be Covered

  • Mucosal imaging and Lesion recognition
  • Identification of findings that may influence the use of or choice of ablation modality (ablation modalities)
  • Selection of appropriate ablation modality
  • Set-up and thecnique of cicumferential and focal radiofrequency ablation (RFA)
  • Set-up and technique of cryotherapy 
  • Set-up and technoque of focal band-ligation endoscopic mucosal resection


The standard assessment for this course includes skills for radiofrequency ablation (RFA), cryotherapy and focal esophageal endoscopic mucosal resection.  Partcipants who successfully complete all components of the program sequentially over a given time period will receive a certificate stating the skills acquired that can be used for privleging purposes.

Price: Member: $2500 / Non-Member: $3000

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