Disorders of neurogastroenterology and motility (NGM) are frequent in children and can be quite severe. Although pediatric gastroenterology fellows are required to get training on the diagnosis and treatment of patients with these diseases, there is ongoing concern about unmet needs, a lack of exposure, and a lack of an uniform curriculum. Members of the “North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) and the American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society (ANMS) developed guidelines for NGM training in North America” in accordance with specific expectations and goals of pediatric gastroenterology fellows and programs (EPAs). Members of the joint task force used their experience to determine the knowledge, skills, and management components that are expected of NGM consultants.
The NGM curriculum divides clinical knowledge, skills, and management aspects into domains based on anatomic areas such as the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, and anorectum. This paper also includes sections on pediatric functional gastrointestinal (GI) problems, research and collaborative methods, the importance of behavioral health and surgical treatments to NGM disorders, and the transition from pediatric to adult neurogastroenterology. Members of the NASPGHAN-ANMS task force believe that this paper will be used to break down current hurdles to pursuing a career in NGM and to offer a framework for standard training requirements at three hierarchical tiers matching to EPA levels.