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Keck School of Medicine of USC

Keck School of Medicine of USC | ASCRS

Program Director: 
Glenn T. Ault, MD, MSEd
University of Southern California - Keck School of Medicine
1441 Eastlake Avenue #7418
Los Angeles, CA 90033
United States
(323) 442-4093
(323) 442-3194

Number of Residents (per year):  2

Number of Faculty (ABCRS Certified):  6

Salary/Year:  $76,846.20 + benefits (benefits are active 2 months after start date)

Program Coordinator: Celeste Mendoza

Case Mix/Number of Cases: Anorectal – 200, Endoscopy – 180, Colon/Rectal – 200. The anorectal and colon cases include a broad mix of both routine and complex procedures, as well as laparoscopic, robotic and open procedures. The resident is expected to identify the problems, arrive at a diagnosis, perform the surgical procedure and follow the patient postoperatively. Unlike many programs where the fellowship is primarily preceptorial, the resident has primary responsibility for the running of the colorectal service at L.A. County Hospital with supervision from the faculty.

Strengths of Program: This is an academically oriented program that offers broad experience in continence preserving colonic procedures. In addition, there is an HIV Colorectal clinic where patients with HIV associated anorectal problems are managed. The program offers the breadth of colorectal surgery and its affiliating institutions consist of a large County Hospital, a University Referral Center Hospital and a Cancer Center. An anorectal physiology laboratory including three-dimensional ultrasound is also part of this program. Aggressive surgical management including continence preserving management for recurrent rectal cancer characterizes the program. There is an integrated research program including health sciences research, gene therapy, colonic physiology, laparoscopic physiology as well as laparoscopic and robotic cancer management.

Clinic and/or Office Experience: TThere is a weekly clinic at the L.A. County Hospital, in which 70 patients are seen. There are several weekly private clinics where patients are seen, as well. Office exposure is provided to allow the resident broad experience in preoperative, postoperative and outpatient care.

Interaction with General Surgery Residents:There is a full general surgical residency program at the University of Southern California. The colorectal fellow supervises the colorectal service at L.A. County Hospital. The service is supported by surgical residents, a physician assistant and a nurse for ancillary support and has medical students. The academic practice rotation includes a Nurse Practitioner, a surgical resident and intern. The colorectal resident is expected to be active in the teaching of residents and students. No in-house night call is required for the colorectal fellow.

Conferences: Anorectal and colonic physiology, research conference, weekly colorectal case review conference, multidisciplinary GI tumor board, monthly colorectal M&M colorectal journal club monthly, general surgical M&M conference weekly, general surgical Grand Rounds weekly and biweekly colorectal pathology conference. Internationally renowned colorectal visiting professors give grand rounds twice a year, where residents get a personalized interaction with them during a small group case conference. Residents also have the opportunity to participate in weekly GI grand rounds, as well as a monthly IBD conference. The department sponsors an annual colorectal symposium featuring nationally renowned speakers. The residents participate in an advanced endoscopy course held at USC as well as advanced robotic surgery course sponsored by the Program Director’s Association.

Elective Rotation: Available upon request.

Research Year: Available; Research year can be coupled with being the Ano-rectal Physiology fellow.

Requirement for Paper: All residents are expected to participate in scholarly activity, which is a requirement for graduation. Scholarly activity may include a research paper, a book chapter, literature review and presentation at local or national meetings.

Opportunity to Attend Meetings: The division funds attendance to the annual ASCRS Meeting and any other meetings at which a paper is presented.

ACGME Institutional Requirements: For additional information regarding the ACGME Institutional Requirements, please go to the following link: