Number of Residents (per year): 3
Number of Faculty (ABCRS Certified): 5
Salary/Year: Approximately $69,000
University Affiliation(s): Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Case Mix/Number of Cases: A diverse balance of over 2,100 laparoscopic, abdominal, ano-rectal and endoscopic procedures. With a mix of 45% endoscopic procedures, 40% ano-rectal procedures and 25% abdominal procedures.
The operative experience include laparoscopic colon resections, experience with single port access, robotic resections and TEMs/TAMIS excisions. Ano-rectal surgery includes a broad array of “traditional” approaches as well as use of biologic agents for fistula disease and “LIFTs,” PPHs, THDs and advancement flaps. Endoscopic cases include diagnostic and therapeutic measures including polypectomies and stent placements.
Strength of Program: The committed faculty of five colon and rectal surgeons ensure the program provides an excellent balance of abdominal (open, laparoscopic, and robotic), anorectal and endoscopic procedures. Procedures are performed in both the hospital and office setting. Residents gain experience and insight interacting with a private patient population in an office based clinical environment and participating in practice management and administrative discussions. Geographically located in central New Jersey, it provides easy access to the New York and Philadelphia metropolitan areas.
Clinical and/or Office Experience: Exposure to a broad spectrum of office procedures is provided. The opportunity to work with our attending physicians give residents direct patient care experience. Ligating and sclerosing internal hemorrhoids, excising thrombosed hemorrhoids, draining abscesses, treating fistulas and fissures and performing rigid and flexible procedures are routinely performed.
Interaction with General Surgical Residents: Colon and rectal fellows interact with junior surgical residents and participate in conferences at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. At Overlook Medical Center, a participating site, -colo-rectal fellows interact with surgical residents from Columbia University.
Conferences: Didactic conferences are provided by faculty each Wednesday during protected time. Additionally, monthly Journal Club, morbidity and mortality, CARSEP® review and Tumor Board conferences are held. Monthly pathology conferences are also held.
Anorectal Physiology: The anorectal physiology lab provides residents the opportunity to participate and perform intra-rectal ultrasound, ano-rectal manometry, pudendal nerve testing, defacography and transit studies. Biofeedback is also available for patients and is included in the educational experience of residents.
Outside Rotations: Not Available.
Research Year: Not Available.
Requirement for Paper: Residents are required to complete a research project and prepare a paper for presentation and publication during the academic year.
Opportunity to Attend Meetings: The fellows will attend the quarterly meetings of the New Jersey, New York and the Pennsylvania Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. Fellows will also the annual national American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Meeting as well as one other educational meeting during the year.