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University of Wisconsin | ASCRS

Program Director: 
Charles P. Heise, MD
University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health
600 Highland Avenue, CSC K4/735
Madison, WI 53792
United States
(608) 263-2521
(608) 263-7652

Number of Residents (per year): 

Number of Faculty:(ABCRS Certified): 4 

Salary/Year: $67,443 - $69,491 

Case Mix/Number of Cases: The resident will participate in a wide range of routine and complex abdominal and anorectal cases, with high volumes. The operative experience consists of laparoscopic, robotic, open and transanal procedures. Residents will also perform colonoscopy and anorectal physiology procedures. 

Strengths of Program: The program takes place at the University of Wisconsin, which ranked #1 in Wisconsin, and in the top 50 hospitals in nine medical and surgical specialties in the nation. It is a tertiary referral center for the tri-state area and includes the UW Comprehensive Cancer Center. In addition, residents will evaluate and treat patients at the UW Digestive Health Center (DHC), which provides a multi-disciplinary patient care experience working closely with gastroenterology. The program provides a balanced exposure to a spectrum of colon and rectal disorders with the faculty providing a mixed background of personal training experience. There is significant exposure to managing primary and recurrent colorectal cancer as well as the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease, including ileal-pouch surgery.

Clinic and/or Office Experience: The resident will actively participate in two alternating rotations throughout the year, each with alternating attendings in 5 week increments. Each rotation offers similar exposure to operative cases, inpatient care, outpatient clinic, and endoscopy. Time is scheduled with Pathology and Radiology each month. Time will also be preserved for the resident to have research work time.

Interaction with General Surgery Residents: The University of Wisconsin has a freestanding general surgery residency-training program with which the fellow will closely interact. There is a PGY 1, 3 and 5 general surgery resident working on the colorectal surgery service at any time. The service will split into an A and B service with the fellow and PGY 3 covering one service and the PGY 5 and PGY 1 covering the other, alternating at 5 week intervals. A rotating PGY 3 general surgery resident will work with the fellow throughout the entire year. 

Call Schedule: The resident will act as back up call person to the PGY 3 resident and provide colorectal surgery consultation on an alternating weekly basis. They will perform weekend rounds for the colorectal surgery service every other weekend. An in-hospital team of general surgery residents will cover emergencies. 

Conferences: A weekly Colorectal Surgery Didactic Curriculum follows the ASCRS textbook that will include CREST modules, Journal Club and guest speakers. A weekly multidisciplinary colorectal case/tumor conference, Morbidity and Mortality and Surgical Grand Rounds will all be part of the resident’s academic schedule.

Outside Rotations: Not Available. 

Research Year: Not Available. 

Requirement for Paper: Clinical research opportunities are available for residents during their training year. The resident will be involved in a colorectal research project suitable for presentation and publication.

Opportunity to Attend Meetings: The resident will present their research and attend the annual ASCRS spring meeting.