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University of Toronto Colorectal Surgery Program

University of Toronto Colorectal Surgery Program | ASCRS

Program Director: 
Helen MacRae, MD
Mt. Sinai Hospital
600 University Avenue #451
Toronto, ON M5G 1X5
(416) 586-4800 x2836
(416) 586-8644

Number of Residents (per year): 

Number of Faculty (ABCRS Certified): 8 (4) 

University Affiliation: University of Toronto 

Salary/Year: Approximately $80,000 Canadian 

Application Deadline: August 15th of the year preceding the July intake year 

Case Mix/Number of Cases: The colorectal resident will complete approximately 150 anorectal cases, 200 colonoscopic examinations and approximately 250 abdominal colon cases during the residency, with an appropriate mix of open and laparoscopic cases. The program emphasizes inflammatory bowel disease, oncology and complex anal disease. 

Strengths of Program: The program is a university based program with a strong academic commitment. Most of the faculty has research programs and all are involved in teaching of residents and medical students. The faculty members provide a broad mix of cases, from more common anorectal problems to complicated reconstructive surgery in inflammatory bowel disease and reoperative oncologic surgery. The faculty is eager to teach, and residents get a large volume of supervised as well as independent operative experience. 

Clinic and/or Office Experience: The resident spends approximately one half day per week in an anorectal clinic and approximately 1/2-1 day per week in the office/clinic of one of the faculty members. Arrangements are also made for experience in radiation oncology, anal physiologic assessment, and endorectal ultrasound. The on-call demands are limited, never more than one call day (24 hours) per week, and usually much less than this. This is generally not "in-house" call. 

Interaction with General Surgery Residents: There is a full complement of general surgery residents, interns and medical students. The colorectal resident teaches and interacts with them on a daily basis. 

Conferences: Weekly conferences are held in general surgery, GI Tumor Board, IBD and G.I. general surgery. There is a biweekly rectal cancer tumour board, and a monthly general surgery journal club in which critical appraisal skills are taught. The monthly colorectal conference includes an academic presentation (given either by the resident or a visiting professor), a journal club plus discussion of complications and interesting cases. 

Anorectal Physiology: One faculty member has a particular interest in anorectal physiology, constipation and pelvic floor abnormalities.

Research Year: One or more years of research are encouraged but are not mandatory. The possible areas of research are: colon carcinogenesis, immunology, clinical epidemiology or surgical education. 

Requirement for Paper: The resident is expected to publish at least one paper during his/her research experience and hopefully another during the clinical year. 

Opportunity to Attend Meetings: Residents will be supported to attend the ASCRS Annual Scientific Meeting and any other meetings at which they present a paper.