The St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery currently offers a one-year ABCRS-certified fellowship for one graduating general surgery chief resident per year. Applications to the Colon Rectal Fellowship are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and all appointments to these programs are made through the National Resident Match Program (the "match").
About the Fellowship
There is one available position per year. There are currently four American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery certified faculty members involved in the fellowship encompassing all areas of colon and rectal disease.
The program and hospital is a major teaching affiliate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
The case mix is currently 60% abdominal and 40% anorectal procedures. A high volume of minimally invasive surgery is performed and graduating fellows get a good exposure to both open and laparoscopic surgery. Graduates perform around 300 ambulatory-based endoscopic procedures as well as diagnostic and therapeutic colonoscopic and flexible endoscopic examinations annually on the service.
Strengths of Program
The program provides an excellent balance representative of the entire field of colon and rectal surgery. There is a high volume of laparoscopic surgery offered as the fellow gets experience in the full gamut of benign and malignant conditions including an excellent exposure to functional disorders such as constipation, pelvic outlet disorders, incontinence and prolapse. The program also provides expertise in office management and surgical treatment of a wide variety of acute anorectal disease, ambulatory office-based anorectal procedures and exposure to a state of the art anorectal physiology lab.
Teaching and Conferences
PGY-1 through 5 general surgical residents rotate on the service at all times. Designated specialty weekly Colon and Rectal conference with radiology and pathology is held with the general surgery housestaff and faculty. Monthly journal club with faculty members are also held. Residents are expected to critically analyze and critique the most current literature and present these findings during conferences.
An active lab performs anorectal manometry, trans-rectal sonography, cinedefecography, colonic transit studies, electromyography and pudendal nerve terminal motor latency studies and sees approximately 250 patients per year.
Outside Rotations and Research
There is a three week rotation at the Cleveland Clinic Florida included for additional inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) experience. A research year is currently unavailable, but internal funding is available for original work.
A research project with presentation at the annual ASCRS meeting is expected of all fellows.
Those applicants selected for interviews will be notified by the Fellowship Selection Committee, and further instructions will be included in that notification. Due to volume, denial letters are not sent to those not selected.
All correspondence should be mailed to:
Surgical Residency Program Manager
Department of Surgery
St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center
1000 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 523-6970
Fax: (212) 523-6495
FREIDA and NRMP Information
FREIDA ID: 060-35-21-034
NRMP ID: 2070060F0
Program Requirements and Regulations
All applicants must have completed an accredited general surgical training program before entering into the fellowship. Documentation must be attained by diploma of the resident prior to starting the fellowship. No moonlighting is allowed during the fellowship year.
Benefits, Housing, and After You Are Accepted!
Benefits are provided as per the housestaff agreement via the Committee of Interns and Residents. The Graduate Medical Education office at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center website: http://www.wehealny.org/professionals/slr_gme/Incoming_Residents_Fellows.html allows you to view all the benefits, policies, rules and regulations, and housing opportunities available to surgical housestaff. It also contains links to the necessary application forms for housing and employment.