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University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota | ASCRS

Program Director: 
Mark Y. Sun, MD
University of Minnesota
Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery
3433 Broadway St. NE, Suite 115
Minneapolis, MN 55413
United States
(612) 301-9433
(612) 625-4411

Number of Residents (per year): 5

Number of Faculty (ABCRS Certified): 18

Salary/Year: $64,896 (2018-2019) 

University Affiliation: University of Minnesota 

Case mix / number of cases: Each resident performs 250-300 abdominal procedures, 110-150 anorectal cases and 200-250 colonoscopies (including 60-100 polypectomies). 


Strengths of program: The program provides a high volume surgical caseload with balanced exposure to malignant colorectal diseases, benign colorectal diseases (IBD, diverticular disease, defecation disorders), anorectal surgery and endoscopy. There is strong emphasis on minimally invasive procedures (including robotics and TaTME), and TEM/TAMIS surgery. Hands on experience in anorectal physiologic testing, endorectal ultrasonography and biofeedback is provided.


The program has a strong structured teaching curriculum with protected weekly teaching time. 


Clinic or office experience: The resident has regularly scheduled time in the University of Minnesota outpatient clinic, the Veterans Administration outpatient clinic and the private offices at the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery. Clinic/office time is structured and protected. 


Interaction with general surgery residents: For four out of ten rotations, there is daily interaction with general surgical residents. 


Conferences: Teaching conferences are structured and protected. There is a weekly two-hour clinical conference with rotating topics such as clinical cases presentations, clinical pathology, complications, Diseases of the Colon and Rectum review and journal club. In addition, there is a bi-monthly pathology conference, a monthly Textbook Review conference and a monthly multidisciplinary inflammatory bowel disease meeting. There are also weekly grand rounds at the University of Minnesota and Veterans Administration hospitals. 


Anorectal physiology availability: Manometry, EMG testing, endorectal ultrasound, biofeedback and defecography are a scheduled part of the training. 


Outside rotations: None are offered. 


Research year:  Available on an individual basis. 


Requirement for paper: One completed retrospective review is required for graduation.