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St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor | ASCRS

Program Director: 
Robert Cleary, MD
St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor
P.O. Box 995
Suite 2115
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
United States
(734) 712-7352
(734) 712-8777

Number of Residents (per year): 1

Number of Faculty (ABCRS Certified):  
St Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor      6

University of Michigan                             5

Salary/Year: $64,337

Case Mix/Number of Cases:

35% colon and rectal cancer
25% diverticulitis
20% inflammatory bowel disease volvulus, other
20% anorectal (hemorrhoids, fissures, fistulas, incontinence, anal cancer, other)
180-200 colonoscopies
50-60 flexible sigmoidoscopies
40-50 anoscopies

Available Cases: Anorectal 634; Abdominal (Open, Lap, Robotic) 669; Pelvic 146; Laparoscopic 59; Robotic 80-100; Fiberoptic Endoscopy 419; Rigid Sigmoidoscopy 140. 

Strengths of Program:
1) Ambitious education program
2) Defined robotic training with console experience
3) Good breadth and depth of open, laparoscopic and robotic cases
4) Large volume of anorectal disease
5) Excellent endoscopic experience with access to comprehensive interventional colonoscopy
6) Research Opportunities: 1 research project is required but several are possible because of the source of the data – Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative. All research is fully supported and mentored from the conception of the research question to the submission of the manuscript.
7) Faculty-mentored Board preparation techniques

Unique Aspects of Program:
1) Nationally recognized Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Colon and Rectal Surgery Service.
2) Operative experience includes advanced robotic console time: the resident will be capable of performing robotic surgery independently at the conclusion of the fellowship.
3) Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative: this protocol-driven, externally audited, validated database composed of 73 Michigan hospitals allows meritorious research in a short period of time. 

Clinic and/or Office Experience: two half days per week; Clinic is on campus

Interaction with General Surgery Residents: Dedicated Colon and Rectal Surgery service to include General Surgery residents and Nurse Practitioner. Program Director assigns cases to ensure fellow gets fellow-level cases.

Conferences: Grand Rounds: 1x per month; Death and Complications: 1x per month; Ethics: every other month; Research Conference: weekly; Didactic Seminar: weekly; Core Subjects: monthly; Journal Club: quarterly; Multidisciplinary GI Cancer: weekly; Multidisciplinary GI Benign: every other month; Multidisciplinary GI Oncology Workgroup: quarterly; Robotic Committee: quarterly; GI and Nutrition: CCCPT Conference: quarterly; CARSEP® Preparation: weekly; GI Pathology: weekly.

Outside Rotations: Three months at the University of Michigan to include pelvic floor disorders and complex IBD cases.

Research year: Research is done during clinical year and there is a half-day a week protected time allotted for scholarly activity. 

Requirement for Paper: Yes.

Opportunity to Attend Meetings:

1) APDCRS-sponsored Robotic Colorectal Fellowship Course, Sunnyvale, CA
2) Annual Cleveland Career Course
3) Board Review Course
4) St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Spring Research Forum
5) Michigan Chapter American College of Surgeons
6) American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Annual Meeting

Program testimonials: St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Testimonials