Colon & Rectal Surgery

Thank you for your interest in the Colon and Rectal Surgery resident training program at the University of Chicago Medicine. Our program matriculates highly trained surgeons who excel in the multidisciplinary care of patients with diverse colon and rectal pathologies.

Our ACGME approved 12-month program was established in 2010, and was born out of a visionary resolution to cultivate an exemplary colon and rectal surgery residency program inside the finest academic hospitals in Chicago. The unique inter-institutional organizational structure of the University of Chicago Medicine Colon and Rectal Surgery resident training program includes training affiliations with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and NorthShore University Health System. It brings together renowned academic faculty who are each uniquely suited to guide trainees in both achieving and exceeding the goals and objectives of a distinguished program. Graduates find themselves equally prepared for the rewarding dual clinical and scholarly rigor of academic appointment, or the technical and clinical independence required of a career in private practice.

We seek to attract motivated, well-trained candidates who look forward to a year of robust clinical training, operative exposure, and academic development and who will emerge as confident and capable colleagues.

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Clinical Training

The clinical component refines clinical judgment and surgical skills involving diagnosis and treatment of colorectal pathologies and provides extensive working knowledge in endoscopic techniques. The trainee has a central role in comprehensive multidisciplinary patient management and in advancement of innovative approaches including advanced laparoscopy, robotic surgery and transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM).

The colon and rectal resident when at each campus oversees a team including a dedicated nurse practitioner or physician assistant, interns, and a midlevel PGY3 or PGY4 resident to coordinate inpatient, operative, and clinic coverage. A typically week will consist of 3.5-4 operative days and 1-1.5 clinic days. The trainee can expect a gradual increase in operative autonomy as training goals are met and exceeded. In addition, hands-on clinical exposure to endoanal and endorectal ultrasound, electromyography, and manometry occurs at each campus.

Each rotation lasts 1-3 months at a time and includes five months at University of Chicago, three months at Northwestern, two months at NorthShore, one month dedicated to endoscopy, pathology review, and radiology training, and one month of vacation.


The educational curriculum includes weekly educational time including Colorectal Professor's Hour and IBD conference at the University of Chicago, and Surgical Oncology Tumor Board at Northwestern and NorthShore. The colon and rectal resident also attends and participates in a schedule of traditional general surgery meetings such as Morbidity and Mortality and Grand Rounds.

The highlight of the didactic experience is the weekly multi-campus Colon and Rectal Conference. Following the topical content of the ASCRS Textbook of Colon and Rectal Surgery, either a faculty member or the colon and rectal resident will engage the campuses with a contemporary and evidence-based lecture, followed by group discussion. This lecture is replaced with a Journal Club or Case Conference/M&M at intervals throughout the year.


The University of Chicago has a strong reputation of rigorous academic excellence, and the colon and rectal resident can expect to contribute to this robust tradition by completing a compulsory clinical or basic science research project and submitting his or her work to the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons annual meeting. Trainees are expected to take this to the next level by completing a manuscript submission to a peer-reviewed publication. Elective opportunity also exists to become involved in book chapters and video submissions. The Chicago Society for Colon and Rectal Surgeon hosts an annual resident research competition that is always a lively city-wide academic event.