Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship

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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.

Hello! Thank you for your interest in our fellowship program. Colon and rectal surgery training is a long-standing tradition at Spectrum Health. In 1929, the Ferguson Clinic was founded and has continued and evolved into the Spectrum Health colon and rectal surgery fellowship program, in partnership with Michigan State University School of Human Medicine.

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
Ferguson Clinic
The colon and rectal surgery clinical experience includes training at both Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital and  Butterworth Hospital. During the year, fellows will work closely with faculty, advanced practice providers and rotating general surgery residents and medical students.
Program Focus
The colon and rectal surgery fellowship is a one year program with two ACGME positions each year. The fellowship includes a busy clinical year with a broad operative experience, abundant endoscopy time and office hours available daily. The strength of the program is the balance of the clinical experiences, both in and out of the hospital setting, research opportunities and a diverse patient population. There are many up-to-date operative experiences, including minimally invasive procedures, both laparoscopic and robotic,  TEM/TAMIS, pelvic floor treatment and evaluations and InterStim.
Program Aims
The educational goals of the program are to provide a large clinical volume of encounters in the field of colon and rectal surgery and to improve the knowledge and skills of the fellows. We provide a full spectrum of colorectal surgery. Opportunities include, patient evaluation and management, critical decision making, endoscopy and operative skills, clinical research, educational and teaching opportunities within a structured program and dedicated didactic conferences. The varied faculty backgrounds provide a great training education.
Advanced Practice Providers
The colon and rectal surgery program has three dedicated advanced practice providers (APPs) on the service. The APPs work closely with the faculty, clinical colorectal surgery fellows and rotating general surgery residents to ensure a smooth transition between academic years and between change of blocks throughout the year. They are active participants in morning sign out, help lead interdisciplinary rounds during the week with the on-call faculty and assist with discharge planning for patients. APPs are an integral part of the educational program. In addition, they participate in call, can scrub into OR cases and contribute to educational conferences. The addition of the dedicated APPs to the colorectal surgery service is an added benefit for the fellowship program and the entire service.
Didactic conferences occur weekly. A bimonthly multidisciplinary tumor board, radiology and pathology conferences with GI participation for IBD cases and rotating quarterly meetings in research, quality and safety and video session review occur at 7 a.m., followed by weekly M&M. Weekly interactive chapter review from the current ASCRS textbook is performed with the assigned colorectal faculty. Additional specialty lectures are included throughout the year and include a genetics lecture, enterostomal therapy lecture, gastroenterology talks, billing and coding, etc.
Spectrum Health has an active research department, led by Dr. Ogilvie, who works in close association with the colorectal surgery fellows. We are also funded annually for a non-clinical research fellow who works closely with Dr. Ogilvie and his team and is very involved in ongoing and new research projects. Quarterly colorectal surgery research meetings are led by the research team. The Spectrum Health Colorectal Surgery department remains active in local and national meetings with both poster and podium presentations over the past several decades.
The Spectrum Health/Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship participates in the NRMP Fellowship Match. Two positions are available each year. The fellowship program has held continued accreditation through the ACGME.

For more information contact Susan Grice, program coordinator.

Spectrum Health provides a comprehensive and very competitive benefits package for our residents, staff and their families. In addition, our program provides educational monies to support your ongoing education. Download our salary and benefits document to learn more.

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