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Ohio State University | ASCRS

Program Director: 
William Cirocco, MD
Ohio State University
410 West 10th Avenue
N711 Doan Hall
Columbus, OH 43210
United States
(614) 366-9264
(614) 366-7230

Number of Residents (per year): 1

Number of Faculty:7 (ABCRS Certified: 5)

Salary/Year: $60,284.00

Case Mix/Number of Cases: Case Mix/Number of Cases: The resident will be involved in a wide range of routine and complex cases drawing from 3 surrounding states and Central Ohio including advanced cancer cases at The James Cancer Hospital, one of the 13 original NCCN Comprehensive Cancer Centers.  Our resident averages 150-200 colonoscopies, 150-200 Anorectal operations, and 250-300 Abdominal Operations including > 10 Ileal Pouch-Anal operations.  Of the abdominal operations 80-100 were minimally invasive, a mix of laparoscopic and robotic.  The residents surpassed all RRC minimum case requirements.

Strengths of Program:The Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery includes seven full-time faculty (5 ABCRS certified) with extensive experience in clinical and academic colorectal surgery.  This includes the immediate past Program Director of the OSU General Surgery Residency (Colorectal Division Chief, Dr. Mark Arnold) and the current Program Director of the OSU General Surgery Residency, Dr. Alan Harzman.  This allows optimum co-existence of surgical training between the General Surgery Residency Training Program and the Colon and Rectal Surgery (CRS) Residency Training Program.  The CRS Residency provides the full depth and breadth of training in CRS including Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD center monthly multidisciplinary IBD Conferences), colorectal cancer (The James Cancer Hospital, weekly multidisciplinary Tumor Board), plus an extensive exposure to anorectal procedures and endoscopy including advanced pelvic floor disorders and treatment options (e.g. sacral nerve stimulation).  The OSU Wexner Medical Center and The James Cancer Hospital attract referrals from 3 surrounding states and all of Central Ohio. CRS faculty participate in the recently established OSU IBD Center which also attracts patients from Central Ohio & surrounding states.

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 OSU General Surgery Residency Training Program (one PGY 5, one PGY3, one PGY 1 and OSU medical students).  The Colon and Rectal Surgery Service is split into CRS Service A (attendings are Dr. Arnold, Dr. Cirocco, and Dr. Gasior) and CRS Service B (attendings are Dr. Harzman, Dr. Husain, Dr. Traugott, and Dr. Huang).  The PGY 5 and CRS resident are 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 an opportunity to perform a complex and 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.

Conferences:CRS are followed by ‘Teaching Rounds’ every Thursday afternoon providing a didactic session followed by an in-depth discussion of in-house patients and their hospital course including complications along with a discussion of the following weeks’ operations including potential surgical options and resident coverage.

Outside Rotations: N/A

Research Year:  N/A

Requirement for Paper:   Yes

Opportunity to Attend Meetings: Yes