Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship
The Spectrum Health/Michigan State University Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship is a one-year ACGME accredited program that accepts two fellows each year. The program began within the Ferguson Clinic, founded in 1929. Throughout the course of the year, fellows work closely with the colon and rectal surgery faculty and advanced practice providers, as well as rotating general surgery residents and medical students. Our program is committed to providing a broad clinical experience with an emphasis on academics and research. With quality and safety at the forefront, fellows will learn to understand the ever-evolving disease processes, technological advances and multidisciplinary approaches to disease management.
As the program director, I am proud of the training and mentorship that fellows receive from our faculty and staff. There are eight board certified faculty with very diverse training backgrounds that help provide an enriching environment during fellowship training. There are three dedicated colorectal surgery APPs that assist with Interdisciplinary Rounds, patient care updates and discharge planning.
The fellowship program is a one- year ACGME accredited program which accepts two fellows every year. The broad and diverse clinical encounters occur at Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital and Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital. Throughout the year, general surgery residents rotate on the service as well as Michigan State University medical students; therefore, there are many teaching opportunities.
Strengths of the program include the balance of clinical experiences, both in and out of the operating room, research opportunities and a very diverse patient population. Fellowship training includes a broad operative experience, abundant endoscopy time and office hours available daily. The Ferguson Clinic is well known for anorectal diseases and treatment, and there is also an abundance of operative experiences with intra-abdominal and pelvic procedures as well as endoscopic procedures. We offer a large amount of minimally invasive procedures, both laparoscopic and robotic, with progressive autonomy for the fellows. The graduates of the program have consistently become competent surgeons and have secured both academic and private practice jobs.
The colorectal surgery fellowship program has a very active research department. Dr. Ogilvie heads the research initiatives and works closely with the dedicated colorectal surgery research staff and non-ACGME research fellows throughout the clinical year.
We are committed to providing fellows with clinical variety, experience, academics, and support systems throughout the year to help you confidently take the next step in your career.
Rebecca E. Hoedema, MD, MS, FACS, FACRS
Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship Program Director
Spectrum Health Medical Group Colon and Rectal Surgery Center for Digestive Diseases
For more information contact Susan Grice, program coordinator.
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