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Brown Alpert Medical School - Rhode Island Hospital

Brown Alpert Medical School - Rhode Island Hospital | ASCRS

Program Director: 
Nish Shah, MD
Address: 
Brown Alpert Medical School - Rhode Island Hospital
593 Eddy Street
APC 429
Providence, RI 02903
United States
Phone: 
(401) 444-0326
Fax: 
(401) 444-6681

Program Coordinator: Leslie Cabana; lcabana@lifespan.org

Number of Residents (per year): 2

Number of Faculty: 5

Salary: $71,000

Case Mix/Number of Cases: Resident experience expected for one year: more than 125 complex open abdominal cases including 40 ostomy cases and 40 pelvic dissections; 75 laparoscopic cases; 175 anorectal cases including complex fistula, and sphincter procedures, including sacral nerve stimulation; 35 anorectal physiology evaluations including manometry, PNTML, EMG and 3-D ultrasound for benign and malignant disease and more than 250 flexible endoscopies including therapeutic interventions.

Strengths of Program: The program offers an excellent variety of cases. Our faculty and institution provide care for the urban population of the Greater Providence area and are the tertiary referral center for complicated cases for Rhode Island, Southern Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut (1.2 million people). The surgeons were educated at various prestigious institutions and offer state-of-the-art perspectives and techniques, including advanced laparoscopic procedures. There is an excellent exposure to medical and surgical management of inflammatory bowel disease. The Comprehensive Cancer Center offers bi-monthly Colorectal Tumor Board. The hospital campus is shared with Women and Infants Hospital, with extensive exposure to pelvic floor disorders.

Clinic and/or Office Experience: Residents should expect one to three office sessions (half day) per week, participating in consultations, pre- and post-operative evaluation and care. There is also a Surgical Clinic with colorectal consults for our resident.

Interaction with General Surgery Residents: Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital are the primary sites for the Brown University General Surgery Residency; as such there is extensive interaction at various conferences. The colon and rectal surgery resident is the senior resident on the service, which also includes a PGY 3, and a PGY 1 GS resident and PAs.

Conferences: Weekly conference series includes general colorectal topics, Anorectal Physiology, Journal club, and invited presentations by Gastroenterology, Pathology and Radiology. In addition, there are bi-weekly multi-disciplinary Colon and Rectal tumor board, weekly General Surgery Grand Rounds and weekly General Surgery Morbidity and Mortality conferences. We also participate in monthly multi-institutional video conference case presentations with the University of Massachusetts and Lahey Clinic colorectal divisions.

Anorectal Physiology: An active physiology lab located at the CCC includes manometry, PNTML, endorectal ultrasound for evaluation of rectal cancers, anal sphincter defects, fistulae and other disorders. R.I. Hospital has dedicated GI radiologists providing defecography.

Outside Rotations: No specific outside rotations are offered, however resident routinely participates in operations performed by our faculty at Women and Infants Hospital (same campus).

Research Year: Available if resident is able to obtain external funding. Resident have access to extensive research resources, including the Brown University Oncology Group (BrUOG), a nationally recognized cancer research group, as well as basic science research in colorectal cancer molecular genetics and colonic motility (NIH funded).

Requirement for Paper: Each resident is expected to prepare at least one manuscript suitable for publication in Diseases of the Colon and Rectum to be submitted to the ASCRS Annual Scientific Meeting. 

Opportunity to Attend Meetings: The resident will receive support to attend the ASCRS Annual Scientific Meeting. The program will support resident participation with presentation at other national or regional meetings (e.g. SAGES, SSAT, New England Surgical Society and N.E. Colorectal Surgical Society).