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University of Chicago | ASCRS

Program Director: 
Konstantin Umanskiy, MD
University of Chicago
5841 South Maryland Avenue
MC 5095, Room G-206
Chicago, IL 60637
United States
(773) 702-2026
(773) 834-1995

Number of Residents (per year): 1

Number of Faculty (ABCRS Certified): 5 ARCRS Certified (2 Board Eligible)

Salary/Year: $70,727, PGY 6 stipend as of 2018-2019 academic year 

Overview: Thank you for your interest in the Colon and Rectal Surgery resident training program at the University of Chicago Medicine. We encourage you to explore our recently updated website, listed above, to learn more about our program.  


Case Mix/Number of Cases: Our training program exposes the resident to an appropriate array of disorders of the small bowel, colon, rectum and anus that encompass the breadth of benign and malignant diseases. With one fellow spanning two campuses, plentiful opportunity exists to achieve and exceed required case numbers as put forth by the ACGME. Residents will graduate with 600-700 procedures including 175-250 abdominal colonic procedures, over 70 laparoscopic procedures, 15-20 robotic protectomies, 150 anorectal operations, and over 150 colonoscopic procedures. The resident will perform approximately 15 Ileoanal pouch procedures, 90% of which are laparoscopic and robotic. 


Strengths of Program: The unique inter-institutional organizational structure of the University of Chicago Medicine Colon and Rectal Surgery resident training program includes training affiliations with NorthShore University Health System. It brings together renowned academic faculty who are each uniquely suited to guide trainees in both achieving and exceeding the goals and objectives of a distinguished program. Graduates find themselves equally prepared for the rewarding dual clinical and scholarly rigor of academic appointment, or the technical and clinical independence required of a career in private practice. Our special strengths include a strong focus on complex inflammatory bowel disease and rectal cancer. Resident training takes place in collegiate environment with attending supervision as well as supervised independence in addition to structured didactic teaching.


Clinical Training: A typical week will consist of 3.5 - 4 operative days and 1 - 1.5 clinic days. The trainee can expect a gradual increase in operative autonomy as training goals are met and exceeded. In addition, hands-on clinical exposure to endoanal and endorectal ultrasound, electromyography, and manometry occurs at each campus.


Interaction with General Surgery Residents: You will oversee senior responsibility of either a PGY2 or PGY3. There are usually ample cases to go around, and you will make the coverage schedule for cases each week to best fit your educational needs. The relationship between the general surgery residents and the colon and rectal resident at each campus is very much that of camaraderie and a team environment. 


Conferences: The educational curriculum includes weekly educational time including Colorectal Professor’s Hour and IBD conference at the University of Chicago, and Surgical Oncology Tumor Board at NorthShore. The colon and rectal resident also attends and participates in a schedule of traditional general surgery meetings such as Morbidity and Mortality and Grand Rounds.  


The highlight of the didactic experience is the weekly multi-campus Colon and Rectal Conference. Following the topical content of the ASCRS Textbook of Colon and Rectal Surgery, either a faculty member or the colon and rectal resident will engage the campuses with a contemporary and evidence-based lecture, followed by group discussion. This lecture is replaced with a Journal Club or Case Conference/M&M at intervals throughout the year.


Anorectal Physiology: There is a fully equipped anorectal physiology laboratory at the University of Chicago Medical Center. This provides excellent experience to the resident in performing and interpreting these diagnostic exams. Residents will become proficient in endorectal ultrasound, pudendal nerve studies and manometry testing. 


Outside Rotations:  Not Available.


Research Year: Not Available.


Requirement for Paper: The resident can expect to contribute to this robust tradition by completing a compulsory clinical or basic science research project and submitting his or her work to the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons annual meeting. Trainees are expected to take this to the next level by completing a manuscript submission to a peer-reviewed publication. Elective opportunity also exists to become involved in book chapters and video submissions. The Chicago Society for Colon and Rectal Surgeon hosts an annual resident research competition that is always a lively city-wide academic event.


Opportunity to Attend Meetings: Each resident will attend the ASCRS annual meeting. The resident may also attend the ACS Clinical Congress with successful abstract submission.