JSGOE: Japan Society of Gynecologic and Obstetric Endoscopy and Minimally Invasive Therapy
Established in 1973, the Japan Society of Gynecologic and Obstetric Endoscopic and Minimally Invasive Therapy, or JSGOE, has been an Affiliated Society of the AAGL since 2002. With 4,015 individual members and seven supporting companies, JSGOE’s mission is to promote the progress and development of the study on endoscopy in obstetrics and gynecology and ultimately to contribute to the welfare of Japanese citizens.
JSGOE’s members enjoy many benefits including the ability to explore and download articles Gynecology and Minimally Invasive Therapy, the official journal of JSGOE; access to a member only section of the JSGOE website where they can download articles from the Japanese Journal of Gynecologic and Obstetric Endoscopy; and a robust email communication system which provides the information on the latest treatment modalities, health insurance revisions, technology news, and more. JSGOE members all have the opportunity to participate and present a paper at their annual congress; they are kept up to date about Japan’s annual complication reporting system; and they may submit their work to be objectively judged by trained physicians for JSGOE accreditation.
In 2002, JSGOE launched their innovative accreditation program allowing qualified endoscopists to apply for official certification in laparoscopy or hysteroscopy. They currently count more than 800 license holders—or approximately 20% of their membership. According to science.gov, “Surgeons assessed by this system as qualified experienced less frequent complications when compared to those who failed. This system has [had an impact] on the improvement and standardization of laparoscopic surgery in Japan.”
In 2014, JSGOE introduced a training facility accreditation system—which has yielded more than 260 officially accredited endoscopy education facilities. That same year, they also established a nationwide complication reporting system which allows for facilities to submit an annual report of complication occurrences.