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Ohio State University

Ohio State University | ASCRS

Program Director: 
William Cirocco, MD
Ohio State University
410 West 10th Avenue
N729 Doan Hall
Columbus, OH 43210
United States
(614) 366-9264
(614) 366-7230

Number of Residents (per year): 1

Number of Faculty (ABCRS Certified): 5

Salary/Year: $59,687.00 (includes health, life and disability insurance)

Case Mix/Number of Cases: Thus far for three months 376

Strengths of Program: The Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery includes five full-time faculty with extensive experience in clinical and academic colorectal surgery. This includes the immediate past program director for the General Surgery Residency (Division Chief, Dr. Mark Arnold) and the program director, Dr. Alan Harzman. This allows optimum co-existence of surgical training between the General Surgery Training Program and the Colon and Rectal Surgery (CRS) Residency Training Program. The CRS Residency provides a depth and breadth of training in CRS including the full scope of practice from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (monthly multidisciplinary IBD Conference), colorectal cancer (The James Cancer Hospital, weekly multidisciplinary Tumor Board) to extensive exposure to anorectal procedures and endoscopy including advanced pelvic floor disorders and treatment options (e.g. sacral nerve stimulation).

Clinic and/or Office Experience: The CRS resident is exposed to weekly office experience among the faculty including a weekly dedicated pelvic floor clinic.

Interaction with General Surgery Residents: There are other learners on service with the CRS resident including three residents from the Ohio State University General Surgery Residency Training Program(one PGY 5, one PGY 3 and one PGY 1). The colon and rectal surgery service is split into CRS Service A (attendings are Dr. Arnold and Dr. Cirocco) and CRS Service B (attendings are Dr. Harzman, Dr. Husain and Dr. Traugott). The PGY 5 and CRS resident is in charge of one service or the other, but the CRS resident is free to do an ‘index’ case on the other service when deemed appropriate (e.g. IPAA procedure) so that  the CRS resident will not miss out on an opportunity to perform an infrequently performed operation. There is no impact on the PGY 3 and PGY 1 general surgery residents’ learning as their duties and assignments are at a much lower level in comparison to the CRS resident is expected to handle.

Conferences: General Surgery Grand Rounds followed by Teaching Rounds every Thursday afternoon in an effort to add a didactic session followed by in-depth discussion of in-house patients and their hospital course including complications along with a discussion of the following weeks’ operations including surgical options and resident coverage.

Outside Rotations: N/A

Research Year:  N/A

Requirement for Paper:   N/A

Opportunity to Attend Meetings: Yes