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Washington Hospital Center

Washington Hospital Center | ASCRS

Program Director: 
James F. Fitzgerald, MD
Washington Hospital Center
106 Irving Street, NW
Suite #2100 North
Washington, DC 20010
United States
(202) 877-8484
(202) 877-8483

Number of residents (per year): 1

Number of Faculty: 5

Salary/year: $65,000 (with benefits)

Case mix/number of cases: The fellowship offers a wide exposure to all components of colorectal disease, including colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and anorectal disorders. The resident will perform approximately 120 to 140 major abdominal and 150 to 180 anorectal cases over the course of the year. The program offers exposure to the latest technology including laparoscopic, robotic and transanal endoscopic microsurgical techniques, as well as high resolution anoscopy. Residents typically finish with approximately 140 to 160 colonoscopies, in addition to numerous rigid and fiberoptic sigmoidoscopic examinations.

Strengths of the Program: The Washington Hospital Center is a tertiary care facility in an urban setting. As such, residents are exposed to a wide spectrum of pathology and disease presentation. The resident is treated as an integral member of the practice and is involved in all aspects of care, from the office setting to the operating room. The ability to work with five different faculty members allows the resident to experience different approaches to clinical problems.

Clinic and Office Experience: The resident is required to spend at least a half day per week in the office. The office is located on the hospital campus. Minor outpatient anorectal procedures, flexible and rigid sigmoidoscopy, anorectal physiologic testing and anorectal ultrasound are all performed in the office setting.

Interaction with General Surgery Residents: There is a full five-year general surgery residency at the Washington Hospital Center. The colorectal resident is the leader of a team with two general surgery residents, including a PGY-3 or PGY-4, and one intern. The service also has third year Georgetown University medical students rotating periodically throughout the year.

Conferences: There is a weekly didactic conference for the colorectal surgery service that encompasses clinical case discussions, chapter reviews, preoperative presentations, journal club and Colorectal morbidity and mortality conferences. In addition, on a monthly basis, residents participate in pathology, oncology and GI case conferences. Residents also participate in the General Surgery Department's weekly morbidity and mortality conference and Grand Rounds conference as appropriate. Pelvic Floor Conference is conducted twice per year with members of the Urogynecology division.

Anorectal Physiology: Manometry, pudendal nerve testing and ultrasound are available in the office location. The faculty work closely with members of the Urologic and Urogynecology division to evaluate and treat a wide variety of pelvic floor disorders. 

Research year: No.

Opportunity to attend meetings: At a minimum, the resident will be expected to attend the annual ASCRS meeting in the spring, at no expense. Any meeting in which the resident will be presenting a poster or paper is also included, again at no expense to the resident.

Requirement for publication: We require the resident to prepare a talk and/or paper for the annual ASCRS meeting, SAGES or any of the other academic venues common to our specialty.