Graduate Medical Education

Overview

A one year program in Colon and Rectal Surgery is offered for physicians who have satisfactorily completed an approved residency in General Surgery and who are eligible for examination by the American Board of Surgery. Appointments are made each year through the Colon and Rectal Surgery Matching Program.

Organization

Colon and Rectal fellows are joined by a senior general surgery resident to form three separate services for the five staff surgeons. In addition to the senior resident, two junior general surgery residents are assigned to the service and their activities are divided among the five staff services. The senior general surgery resident rotates for three months in the Colon and Rectal Surgery department. While in the department the resident functions in the same way as the Colon and Rectal fellows.

Services are changed monthly so that the general surgery senior resident has exposure to three staff services to compensate for the relatively short rotations. Follow-up in the hospital and clinic is encouraged so that the resident can appreciate the long-term outcome of treatment or surgery.

Educational Goals

The Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery strives, through conferences, seminars, daily hospital rounds, and operative procedures, to correlate clinical material with basic sciences. Every effort is made to teach the skills of colon and rectal surgery to all house officers. In addition, by maintaining an inquisitive and exciting atmosphere, it is hoped that house officers will be stimulated to make original contributions to the science of colon and rectal surgery. By granting graduated responsibility under staff supervision to each house officer at every level, it is hoped technical skills, ability to perform complicated endoscopic procedures, judgement and confidence will increase. In this manner, we will maintain the highest standard of training.