Each surgeon needs to submit an application for review if they are interested in joining this platform. The application process facilitates examination of your surgical abilities and your approach to treatment and philosophy/principles of care. To ensure rigor, you will be required to submit 3 full-length videos of your surgeries, alongside their respective operative and pathology reports, which will all be anonymously vetted by expert surgeons admitted to our platform. Professional advocates will also anonymously review your approach to patient treatment. Once your application has been approved by doctors, advocates, and iCareBetter team, you will be certified as a VideoVetted Endometriosis Surgeon.

For more information, please email info@icarebetter.com 

The review process starts after we receive your application fee of $400 along with a full application.
These are the steps of application processing:
1. The review will be double-blind which means the reviewers will not be informed about the the applicant’s identity and vice versa. We try to send videos to reviewer(s) in a region different than the applicant’s local region to minimize the conflict of interest.
2. Videos, pathology reports, and operative reports will be sent to three iCareBetter VideoVetted surgeons to rate the surgery using this questionnaire: https://icarebetter.com/2×4/
In the questionnaire, the average Overall Impression rating for each region needs to be 7 or more to pass and be considered for listing on the website.
3. The rest of your application will be sent to an advocate with clinical and/or research background for assessment.
4. The iCareBetter team members will evaluate your background.
5. iCareBetter team compiles the results of the double-blind evaluations and will inform you about the results.

For more information, please email info@icarebetter.com

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

1. CV
2a. Surgical videos: Three full unedited and de-identified videos from three different surgeries that you have done*. Videos will be assessed for surgeon’s skills in initial surveillance and exploration of the lesions as well as excision of the endometriosis lesions. These three videos should collectively include the full excision of stage II or higher endometriosis in Pelvic Sidewall, Rectovaginal Septum, and Endometrioma. Other regions are optional.

Sample: Please watch the following link to get yourself familiarized with the video review process: https://icarebetter.com/2×4/

2b. Operative reports: Each video needs an operative report*.
2c. Pathology reports: Each video needs a pathology report*.

*Please de-identify all names and identifying information from the submitted documents to protect patients’ privacy.

APPLICATION FOR COMPLEX AND/OR EXTRAPELVIC LESIONS:

You have the option to introduce yourself as an expert in more complex cases of endometriosis surgeries such as urinary tract, diaphragm, bowel, lung, and heart. For that purpose, there are two options:

Option 1:  You should show the surgery on the desired complex section in at least one of your three initial cases. For example, if you want to apply for Bowel Endometriosis segment, we expect to see a deep bowel case (disc excision or bowel resection) in at least one of your three submitted videos.

Option 2: In case the option 1 does not work for you and you can not cover all your desired segments in the initial three videos, we suggest you submit your initial application with three videos and cover as much as you can in these videos.  Then after your approval for VideoVetted certificate, you will have the chance to submit other videos to get certified for specific segments. In this situation, for each segment, please submit one video of your team doing the surgery on that specific region.

Please contact us if you run into any problems:
Phone: +1(617)963-0206
Email: info@icarebetter.com