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Swedish Colon and Rectal Clinic

Swedish Colon and Rectal Clinic | ASCRS

Program Director: 
Melinda Hawkins, MD
Swedish Colon and Rectal Clinic
1101 Madison
Suite 510
Seattle, WA 98104
United States
(206) 386-6600
(206) 386-2452

Number of Residents (per year): 2

Number of Faculty (ABCRS Certified): 6

Salary/Year: $68,500

Case mix / number of cases: The resident will be involved with approximately 150 abdominal colon procedures, 350 anorectal procedures and 350 colonoscopies.

Strengths of program: The program primarily utilizes Swedish Medical Center hospitals. The main hospital in downtown Seattle is a major tertiary referral hospital for the Pacific Northwest. In addition, the resident's experience is complemented by experience at the other Swedish Hospitals in the metropolitan area. The program has available to it seven Da Vinci robots, including six Si systems and two Xi systems. There are three robotic simulators and three sets of dual console systems to facilitate resident training. An extensive and organized experience in robotic and laparoscopic colon and rectal surgery is a key priority of the program. Both hand-assist and “pure” laparoscopic techniques are taught.

Clinic or Office Experience: Office experience is obtained with each of the staff surgeons in their clinical practice. This affords the resident opportunity to be involved with pre-op planning, post-op care, as well as office procedures including flexible sigmoidoscopy. Office proctology and procedures are an important component of the resident experience.

Interaction with General Surgery Residents: Occurs primarily with residents at Swedish Medical Center through rounds, conferences and clinics.

Conferences: Include a weekly didactic Colorectal Conference, monthly city wide Journal Club, M&M, Tumor Board and GI Conference, which involve Radiology and Pathology.

Anorectal Physiology: Done with the faculty at adjacent Swedish Hospital Medical Center.

Outside Rotations: None.

Research Year: Not Available.

 Requirement for Paper: Submission of an abstract for presentation at the ASCRS is encouraged. Research is required and a project must be completed.

Opportunity to Attend Meetings: Residents will be given the opportunity to attend the ASCRS Annual Scientific Meeting or any national meeting at which they are presenting, as well as meetings of the Northwest Society of Colon and Rectal. Residents have attended SAGES, the Colorectal career development course at Case Western and the Northwest Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Ethics Symposia.