Resources for Residents

Resources for Residents | ASCRS


The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons is committed to helping residents reach their career goals and advance the science and practice of the field. This page contains information and links to assist residents, including informational sources as well as opportunities for interaction.

Annual Scientific Meeting Resident Opportunities 

There are many Annual Scientific Meeting programs designed especially for residents.  A few highlights of the 2018 ASCRS Annual Scientific Meeting:

  • Saturday Hands-on Workshops
  • Residents' Breakfast
  • E-poster Presentations
  • Mock Oral Workshops for ResidentsSymposia and Workshops 
  • After Hours Debates
  • Research Forum - specifically geared toward young researchers
  • Best Videos Abstract Session

ASCRS Membership Information and Benefits 

As a resident, your personal growth is important.  You need to connect with your peers and keep up on the latest advances in colon and rectal surgery.  Become a member of the ASCRS and enjoy the following benefits:  

  • ASCRS News
  • Subscription to our journal Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
  • Members Resource Library - videos, publications, images
  • Young Surgeons ListServ
  • Case Study ListServ
  • Career Center/Job Bank
  • Registration discounts for our Annual Scientific Meeting
  • Research Grants
  • Listing in our online membership directory

For more information on taking advantage of the many resources available to you as an ASCRS Candidate member, see our Join Now page.  We look forward to welcoming you as a new member soon!

Careers in Colon and Rectal Surgery 

Colon and rectal surgery is limited enough in scope to allow a surgeon to be a specialist and broad enough to keep one stimulated with its variety of procedures and patients. It also offers an acceptable life style. Colon and rectal surgeons deal with relatively few emergency problems and perform most of their work during daylight hours. 

The ASCRS brochure Why You Should Consider a Career in Colorectal Surgery provides more information. We hope that, in making your ultimate career decision, you will consider colon and rectal surgery.

Colon and Rectal Residency Training Programs

When contemplating a career in colon and rectal surgery, please take the time to review our listing of residency training programs.  There are many great programs out there to help you be successful with your career goals.

Core Subjects Update

The Core Subjects Update at each Annual Scientific Meeting gives a basic overview of specialty content. 

Regional Meetings 

General surgery residents are invited to participate in colorectal surgery meetings in their geographic area. Please contact the regional society in your area for additional information.  This is a great way to get connected with your fellow residents.

ASCRS Research Foundation Grants  

The Research Foundation of the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons promotes the specialty through research and investigation of new treatments and therapies for diseases of the colon, rectum and anus.  

Grants and awards support individuals conducting research and training fellowship programs.  

Grants are available to members only.  Resident (Candidate level) membership is available for only $25.00.  

Robert W. Beart, MD, Impact Paper of the Year Award Winners

This award is presented to the authors of the articles published in Diseases of the Colon and Rectum based on its impact, study design, quality and validity.  This link is provided to residents to increase their knowledge of diseases of the colon and rectum.

ASCRS Residents Committee 

Residents who would like to speak with someone from the ASCRS Residents Committee, please provide your contact information and email address to:

Association of Program Directors for Colon and Rectal Surgery

The Association of Program Directors for Colon and Rectal Surgery provides a forum for the exchange of information and for discussion on a wide range of subjects related to post-graduate colon and rectal surgical education.