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Memorial Sloan Kettering's Colorectal Service offers a one-year fellowship open to fully trained surgeons who demonstrate a strong interest in colon and rectal cancer surgery. The fellowship provides tremendous opportunity to become expertly trained in the multimodality management of the colorectal cancer patient as well as in the latest techniques in colorectal surgery, such as minimally invasive surgery (including colonoscopy, laparoscopy, transanal endoscopic microsurgery, and robotics), endorectal ultrasound staging, peritoneal tumor debulking, and en-bloc exenterative resections for recurrent pelvic disease incorporating intraoperative radiation therapy.
The clinical training throughout the fellowship is divided into one-month rotations and follows the mentorship model. Fellows spend one to two months with each surgeon on the Colorectal Service and up to two elective months in urology, gynecology, or pathology, or doing research.
Fellows are responsible for preoperative and postoperative patient care and will perform surgical procedures under the direction of an attending surgeon. They are exposed to approximately 200 major operative cases during the year. Fellows also participate in outpatient clinics, rounds, lectures, seminars, journal club, and research conferences. In addition, they are responsible for helping supervise and instruct residents and medical students.
The Colorectal Oncology Surgery Fellow will participate fully in all academic activities within the Department of Surgery. These include weekly Grand Rounds, a core course in surgical oncology, surgical oncology conferences, and a weekly Colorectal Disease Management Team conference, which includes a journal club meeting each month. There are also weekly lecture series on topics related to surgical oncology, weekly service discussions, research conferences, and a fellow-run conference dedicated to resident education. Fellows have access to all conferences within the Center, which number up to 50 per week.
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Research interests and opportunities are discussed at the beginning of the fellowship. The fellow is expected to complete one to two research projects during the course of the academic year to be submitted for publication.