Consider a Career in Colon and Rectal Surgery

Consider a Career in Colon and Rectal Surgery | ASCRS

Colon and rectal surgery is limited enough in scope to allow a surgeon to be a specialist and broad enough to keep one stimulated with its variety of procedures and patients. The specialty provides an opportunity for career flexibility due to a wide range of complexity of cases and procedures. 

Learn about a career that fosters a lifetime of learning and chalenges yet allows for the satisfaction of growth and flexibility.


“I became a colorectal surgeon because of the unique variety of surgeries that we do.  We are the experts on each side of the urogenital diaphragm.  My job is enjoyable as it requires me to really think about patient problems, and to not just be a technician.”

Tracy Hull, MD, Cleveland, Ohio
Graduate of Cleveland Clinic Colon and Rectal Residency 1992


“Being a colorectal surgeon allows me to impact the lives of people suffering from conditions that are often times difficult to discuss. It also allows me to interact with patients from a variety of ages and backgrounds. The health care providers who share the same passion for this field is the icing on the cake when I go to work every day.”
Clarence Clark, MD, Atlanta, Georgia
Graduate of UT San Antonio Colon and Rectal Residency 2010
" I became interested in colorectal surgery due to the wide range of conditions treated, procedures performed, and age spectrum of afflicted patients. In addition, I found colorectal surgeons to be extremely engaging, supportive, and very pleaseant."
Steven D. Wexner, MD, PhD (Hon), Weston, Florida
Graduate of University of Minnesota Colon and Rectal Residency 1988


How To Apply to a Residency Training Program

Candidates apply the year prior to the program start date. Applicants must first request an electronic token from the AAMC Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)  Fellowships Documents Office (EFDO) in June. The token gains access to the application platform (MyERAS) which is used to directly apply to training programs. Programs begin reviewing applications in mid-July and interviews run from August to October. Applicants must also separately register for the Match via the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Rank lists are usually submitted by the end of October and the Match occurs in mid-November.