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University of Pennsylvania Residency Program in Colon and Rectal Surgery

University of Pennsylvania Residency Program in Colon and Rectal Surgery | ASCRS

Program Director: 
Joshua Bleier, MD, FACS, FASCRS
University of Pennsylvania Residency Program
800 Walnut Street, 20th Floor
Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States
(215) 829-5333
(215) 829-5350

Number of Residents (per year): 

Number of Faculty (ABCRS Certified): 3 

Salary/Year: $70,096.00 

Case Mix/Number of Cases: Each resident performs an average of 300 operative cases per year, of which 60% are abdominal colon procedures (open and laparoscopic) and 40% are anorectal procedures. Residents also perform an average of 250 colonoscopic and flexible sigmoidoscopic procedures. 

Strengths of Program: The program is well-balanced, providing exposure to a large number of complex cases of colon and rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and anorectal disorders. Experience includes robotic surgery, TEM and SNS. A multidisciplinary approach exposes residents to pre- and post-operative medical management involving inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal neoplasia. The program is supported by physician assistants and nurse practitioners who assist with patient care in the hospital and ambulatory settings. The department also houses a well-equipped anorectal physiology laboratory, including 3D Ultrasound, where residents gain extensive experience in performing all studies.

Clinic and/or Office Experience: Each resident spends a minimum of one day per week in the outpatient clinic where he or she is involved in the evaluation of new patients and the assessment of postoperative results. Residents also perform minor outpatient operative procedures under staff supervision.

Interaction with General Surgery Residents: General surgery residents at the PGY 1 to PGY 4 level are responsible for care of hospitalized patients under the supervision of the colorectal surgery residents and faculty.

Conferences: A weekly conference includes didactic lectures, journal club, multidisciplinary oncology conference and pathology/radiology conference. Residents are also required to attend general surgery grand rounds and weekly morbidity and mortality conference. A conference co-sponsored by the Departments of Gastroenterology and Colorectal Surgery for the presentation of interesting cases occurs bimonthly.

Anorectal physiology availability: Anorectal manometry is done by residents in the clinic. Residents are exposed to endorectal and endoanal ultrasound, anal manometry and pudendal nerve studies. Defecography and biofeedback may be arranged upon request.

Outside Rotations:  Not Available.

Research year:  Not Available.

Requirement for Paper: All residents are required to submit an abstract for presentation at the annual meeting of the ASCRS. Residents are encouraged to pursue additional clinical projects that would be anticipated to result in submission of a manuscript for publication.

Opportunity to Attend Meetings: Residents attend the ASCRS Annual Scientific Meeting, as well as other national or regional meetings, if they are presenting data from the University of Pennsylvania Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery.