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Creighton University

Creighton University | ASCRS

Program Director: 
Jennifer S. Beaty, MD
Creighton University
9850 Nicholas Street
Suite 100
Omaha, NE 68114-3419
United States
(402) 343-1122
(402) 343-1177

Number of Residents (per year): 1

Number of Faculty (ABCRS Certified): 6

Salary/Year: $68,641 (PGY 6)

University Affiliation: Creighton University

Program Coordinator: Loretta Melichar


Case Mix/Number of Cases: Each year, the colon and rectal surgery service performs 1,200 anorectal cases, over 2,000 colonoscopic examinations and over 700 abdominal colon operations. Out of these cases, the residents' experience over the years has shown they average approximately 300 anorectal cases, 180 colonoscopic examinations and 200 abdominal colon resections (50% laparoscopic) each year. These numbers include a large variety of cases involving routine and complex problems and utilizing latest technology, such as transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM), robotic surgery, single incision laparoscopic surgery, fecal incontinence procedures and intra-operative radiation.

Strengths of Program: The program is a broad based program centered at Creighton University and CHI Health facilities with widespread community hospital support. It includes a complete Anorectal Physiology Laboratory. All endoscopic training is done by the colon and rectal surgery staff. There is no reliance on gastroenterology staff for any of this training. The program actively participates in a number of clinical trials. There is extensive experience with laparoscopic colon resections.

Clinic and/or Office Experience: The fellow runs his or her own clinic two half days per week through the private practice offices of the colon and rectal surgery faculty.

Interaction with General Surgery Residents: The colon and cectal surgery fellow acts as a junior staff member to the general surgery residents on service at the teaching hospital for Creighton University and University of Nebraska. Medical students from Creighton University and the University of Nebraska Medical Center rotate through the colon and rectal surgery service.

Conferences: Weekly conferences include review of all patients being studied in the Physiology Laboratory, a teaching conference morbidity and mortality, complex cases which utilizes one of the major colon and rectal surgery texts as a basis for discussion and a journal club. Numerous other conferences are available including frequent guest lecturers representing expertise in various fields of medicine.

Anorectal Physiology: A fully functional lab offers anorectal manometry, anorectal EMG, transanal and transrectal ultrasound, and dynamic proctography in the evaluation of pelvic floor disorders. All of the physiology laboratory tests including dynamic proctography are done by the colon and rectal surgery faculty, staff and residents.

Outside Rotations: None are offered.

Research Year: A research year may be available. 

Requirement for Paper: We expect the fellow will complete papers and abstracts. 

Opportunity to Attend Meetings: Residents are expected to attend the meeting of the ASCRS. Opportunities to attend other meetings are contingent upon papers being accepted for presentation at those meetings.