All of our residents become proficient in the care of patients with complex colorectal disease. Residents who matriculate in our program will benefit from a high volume of tertiary care cases, an intense experience in advanced laparoscopic intestinal procedures, and a high volume of patients with inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal malignancy. Involvement in ongoing clinical research efforts, both local and multi-institutional, exposes the resident to investigation in the colorectal field, and hopefully spurs future independent investigation.
The faculty provides supervision of the resident at all times in all settings, including the outpatient office, the operating room, the endoscopy laboratory, and the inpatient wards. There is protected time for didactic conferences specifically tailored to the education of the residents, which include core curriculum lectures, case management teleconference with other sites, morbidity and mortality conferences, research meetings, inflammatory bowel disease conference, colorectal cancer case management conference, grand rounds, visiting professor conferences, and journal club.
Residents are required to perform at least one clinical research project during the year, with the expectation that the abstract from this work will be submitted for consideration of presentation at a peer-reviewed national/international meeting, and the manuscript submitted for consideration of publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Research topics are formulated and faculty mentors identified via group discussion with the residents, faculty and faculty member in charge of departmental research.
The faculty work closely with the residents on a daily basis as virtually all patient care involves the residents. All educational activities are directed toward the residents. We are constantly striving to improve the educational environment for the residents.
The curriculum has been carefully designed to provide an excellent clinical, didactic, and research experience for the colon and rectal surgery resident, without negatively impacting the experience for the general surgical residents. Because of the high volume of colon and rectal surgery patients cared for, and the relatively small number of general surgery chief residents, there have not been any conflicts between the two specialties. Colorectal residents and general surgery chief/senior residents do not have primary responsibility for the same patients.