The purpose of the ACGE credentialing program, which was begun in 1993, is to recognize surgeons who have mastered a technique and can treat patients more effectively, said Dr.
ACGE certification for laparoscopy requires applicants to submit a case list of 25 advanced operative laparoscopic procedures such as ectopic pregnancy, adnexectomy, ovarian cystectomy, myomectomy, hysterectomy, extensive adhesiolysis, treatment of advanced endometriosis, retropubic urethropexy, appendectomy, and other procedures of comparable complexity.
ACGE applicants are asked to provide operative pathology and patient outcome reports on a handful of their submitted cases along with letters of recommendation from their chief or peers.
There is no overseeing body watching the ACGE, and no independent group has validated what they are doing.
The ACGE, which also certifies physicians in hysteroscopy, charges applicants $500 for either certification or $750 for both.