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ColoRectal Educational Systems Template (CREST®)

ColoRectal Educational Systems Template (CREST®) | ASCRS

CREST® — ASCRS's Premier Educational Portal

ColoRectal Educational Systems Template, commonly known as CREST®, is the premier online educational portal for physicians interested in colorectal surgery. A complimentary benefit for all ASCRS members, CREST® offers healthcare providers an interactive venue to review all aspects of colorectal disease to ensure their delivery of the highest quality of patient care. 

To access CREST®, log in to the website and click on My Account at the top of the page. On your account page, follow the CREST® Online Learning Center link found at the top of the page under the header “My ASCRS Links.”

For more information about accessing the CREST® Online Learning Center, dowload the instruction sheet.

New! CREST® for Program Directors

CREST® for Program Directors (CREST®PD) is the ASCRS’ companion piece to CREST®, which allows program directors to manage their residents’ progress through the CREST® educational portal.

An essential teaching resource, CREST®PD includes valuable functionality allowing program directors to assign specific learning modules for completion. The system provides at-a-glance tracking reports that highlight their residents’ progress. Program directors may communicate with their residents quickly and easily by utilizing the internal messaging system. 

CREST®PD assists program directors by streamlining administrative tasks and enhances their residents’ education at the same time. 

To purchase CREST®PD, download and send the completed order form to the ASCRS Executive Office by email to or fax it to (847) 427-9656. 

Login Instructions

Features of CREST®

CREST® is a dynamic online learning program offering numerous features:

  • Topics are arranged by the six pillars of colorectal disease: perioperative, malignancy, anorectal disease, benign disease, pelvic floor and miscellaneous.
  • Each topic offers learning materials in a variety of mediums—such as narrated presentations, videos, journal articles, and book chapters—to encourage learning in the ways users find most helpful
  • A post-assessment and evaluation is available after the user completes all of the required content in each topic.
  • Optimized to be mobile friendly, the program renders equally well across computers, tablets, and smartphones.
  • Review the program materials anytime, even after you've already completed the module.

CREST® Weekly Curriculum Modules

The CREST® Committee regularly releases bite-sized CREST® modules known as Weekly Curriculum. These smaller modules are available for free to members and are eligible for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ upon completion for a small fee ($10 member; $15 nonmember). To access, log into the Online Learning Center and browse the Weekly Curriculum rotator.

How to Access CREST®

Watch the tutorial video below to see how easy it is to log in and use CREST®.


Nonmember Access

Nonmember physicians may access to the CREST® Online Education System by purchasing a one-year subscription. This subscription allows ASCRS nonmembers access to more than 70 educational modules, which include ASCRS Textbook chapters, narrated PowerPoint presentations, access to full-text articles from ASCRS's journal, Diseases of the Colon & Rectum, and more. 

Nonmembers who have purchased the CREST® subscription may access the CREST® site by first logging in to the ASCRS website. Once logged in go to your account and follow the link for the CREST® Online Learning Center link found at the top of the page under the header "My ASCRS Links."

For more information about accessing the CREST® Online Learning Center, dowload the instruction sheet.


The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) wishes to recognize the exhaustive efforts of the CREST® Committee to bring this project to life. The Society appreciates the interest, devotion, and hard work of all who participated in the development of CREST®. 

Sponsored in part by donors to the ASCRS Education Fund.