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Oregon Health & Science University Colorectal Fellowship

Oregon Health & Science University Colorectal Fellowship | ASCRS

Program Director: 
Kim Lu, MD
Oregon Health & Science University Colorectal Fellowship
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road
Mail code L223A
Portland, OR 97239
United States
(503) 494-1502
(503) 494-8884

Number of Residents (per year): 

Number of Faculty (ABCRS Certified): 10 

Salary/Year: Dependent upon PGY level; 2017-2018 range: $69,100 to $74,300. 

Case Mix/Number of Cases: Recent fellow case numbers include 188 anorectal procedures (including 27 transanal endoscopic microsurgeries), 153 diagnostic/therapeutic colonoscopies, 226 abdominal cases and 97 laparoscopic resections. Cases are performed at three different hospitals; including private practice, university-based and HMO.

Strengths of Program: The colorectal fellow rotates at three different hospitals (including Kaiser Permanente, the University and a multispecialty private practice). The resident will be exposed to both straightforward and complex patients within these 3 tertiary referral practices. The faculty, with diverse training backgrounds, will expose the resident to several approaches to each clinical problem. 

The resident will perform many office-based procedures including sclerotherapy and infrared treatment of hemorrhoids with a senior colorectal surgeon. Anal manometry and endoanal ultrasound (both 2- and 3-dimensional) will be taught by colorectal faculty.  

Transanal endoscopic microsurgery will be taught in the private practice setting. The resident will have extensive experience with various laparoscopic approaches in benign and malignant colorectal disease. The resident will have a solid experience with both diagnostic and therapeutic colonoscopy, in a simulation center and with patients. 

Weekly didactic sessions with the Program Director allow for formal teaching, early feedback and close mentorship. The resident will have opportunities for formal didactics with radiation oncology. The Portland Citywide Colorectal Journal Club facilitates healthy debate between colorectal and general surgeons across the city. 

The resident will have protected time and access to a Department of Surgery Statistician and Research Coordinator (for help with IRB approval) for his/her research project.  

Clinic and/or Office Experience: In University, HMO and private practice settings, the fellow will follow patients both pre-op and post-op and will assume primary responsibility for diagnostic work-up and treatment plans. The resident will perform many office-based procedures including sclerotherapy and infrared treatments of hemorrhoids with a senior colorectal surgeon.  

Interaction with General Surgery Residents: The colorectal fellow will lead the surgical team and teach general surgery residents and medical students. The fellow will be expected to participate in teaching opportunities during the daily care of surgical patients. 

Conferences: Includes multidisciplinary GI oncology conference: weekly; formal teaching conferences with the Program Director: weekly; Grand Rounds: weekly; general surgery: weekly; Colorectal Morbidity and Mortality Conference: monthly; and Portland Citywide Colorectal Journal Club: quarterly. The resident will have opportunities for formal didactics with radiation oncology.  

Anorectal Physiology: Anal manometry, surface electromyography and 2-D/3-D endoanal ultrasound (for anal sphincter integrity and rectal cancer staging) will be taught by colorectal faculty. 

Outside Rotations: Not Available. 

Research Year: Not Available. 

Requirement for Paper: The submission of an abstract to the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons is a requirement for graduation from this program. The colorectal fellow will have a half day per week that will be protected for clinical research.  

Opportunity to Attend Meetings: The resident will attend the annual ASCRS meeting, a TEM course in Florida, a robotic course in California, a sacral nerve simulation course in Ohio, a laparoscopic colectomy course in Ohio and any other national or regional meeting at which he or she may be presenting, e.g. Northwest Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.