Development of a Flexible Sigmoidoscopy Training Program for Rural Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening among Alaska Native People


At the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, colorectal cancer screening rates improved dramatically with the initiation of a dedicated flexible sigmoidoscopy screening program staffed by mid-level providers. We describe the development and implementation of a program to train rural nurse practitioners and physician assistants in flexible sigmoidoscopy.