Colon & Rectal Surgery Residency

About Our Program

The Lahey Hospital & Medical Center residency in Colon and Rectal Surgery trains its residents in the special expertise of the diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory, infectious, neoplastic and functional disorders of the colon, rectum and anus.

Graduates of our residency program will be ready to practice surgery in a manner that reflects respect for the rights of the individual, both patient and colleague, and acknowledges an awareness of the important influence that age, gender, ethnicity and culture may have on the effective delivery of health care. Our hope is that our graduates will be committed to promoting and supporting the continued development of the art and science of Colon and Rectal Surgery and have a commitment to graduate surgical education, serving as role models and mentors for medical students and surgical residents. Our aim is that through this commitment, they will become leaders in the specialty of Colon and Rectal Surgery.

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Our faculty and staff are committed to working together closely and fostering clinical and academic excellence in the colon and rectal surgery residency program. The 12-month colon and rectal surgery residency program at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center provides a dynamic educational experience.

Residents are based at the Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts, which has a general surgical residency program and an academic affiliation with Tufts University School of Medicine. Our academic environment is outstanding, and our academic mission is supported strongly by the administration.

All of our residents become proficient in the care of patients with complex colorectal disease.

Our residents benefit from:

  • A high volume of tertiary care cases
  • An intense experience in advanced technology
  • Treating a high number of patients with inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal malignancies

Involvement in ongoing clinical research efforts—both local and multi-institutional—exposes residents to investigation in the colorectal field and sets them up for successful future independent investigations.

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Eligibility & How To Apply

The department offers an ACGME-approved, one-year residency in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the PGY-6 level. Two positions are offered each year. Requirements include completion of an ACGME-approved General Surgery residency and completion of an electronic application via ERAS.

deadline for applications is available on the ERAS website. Applications are reviewed after a complete application has been filed including the required supporting documents. Applicants selected for an interview will be offered personal interviews on dates to be determined during the months of September and October. Positions are determined through the National Resident Match Program.

For any questions, please email Deborah Troisi.

Rotations & Schedules

Rotation Overview

Residents work closely with faculty for the colon and rectal surgery residency program at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in all settings, including the outpatient office, the operating room, the endoscopy suite and inpatient units. Residents are involved on a daily basis, in all patient care activities. The curriculum has been carefully designed to provide an excellent clinical, didactic and research experience for colon and rectal surgery residents.

There is protected time for didactic conferences specifically tailored to the education of the residents.

This includes:

  • Case management teleconference with other sites
  • Colorectal cancer multidisciplinary conference conference
  • Core curriculum lectures
  • General Surgery including CRS Grand rounds
  • Inflammatory bowel disease multidisciplinary conference
  • Journal Club
  • CRS Morbidity and mortality conferences
  • CRS Department Research meetings
  • Visiting professor conferences

Residents are required to perform at least one clinical research project during the year. Research topics are formulated and faculty mentors identified via group discussion with the residents and faculty. The abstract from this work should be submitted for consideration of presentation at a peer-reviewed national or international meeting. The manuscript should also be submitted for consideration for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

We are committed to maintaining a vibrant, first-rate colon and rectal surgery residency program that provides excellent clinical education, stimulates critical thinking and spurs further research in colorectal disease.