About FES

Developed by FES /SAGES

FESWhat is FES?

The Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery™ (FES) Program is a test of knowledge and skills in flexible gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy. FES is the flexible endoscopy equivalent of the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery™ (FLS) Program and is designed to set a benchmark for the knowledge and skills required to form a foundation for the practice of flexible endoscopy.

The educational module consists of a web-based multimedia presentation of didactic content. The FES assessment includes two components, a computer-based cognitive assessment and a performance-based manual skills assessment which is performed on a virtual reality simulator, the GI Mentor II, GI Bronch Mentor or GI Mentor Express, all proprietary pieces of hardware developed by Simbionix.

Program Mission

To provide medical and surgical residents, fellows, gastroenterologists and practicing surgeons with an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of gastrointestinal endoscopy in a consistent, scientifically accepted format; and to create a tool to test cognitive knowledge, technical skills and clinical judgment, all with the overarching goal of improving the quality of patient care.