Colorectal Surgery Fellowship

Colorectal Surgery Fellowship Header The Spectrum Health/Michigan State University Colorectal Surgery Fellowship is a one year ACGME accredited program that accepts two fellows each year. The Ferguson Clinic colorectal surgery program started in 1929. Throughout the course of the year, both fellows work closely with the colon and rectal surgery faculty and physician assistants, as well as rotating general surgery residents and medical students. Our program is committed to providing a broad clinical experience to the fellow with an emphasis on academics and research with the ever evolving understanding of disease processes, enhanced technological advances and multidisciplinary approaches to disease processes with quality and safety at the forefront. 

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. We have three dedicated colorectal surgery PAs who assist with patient care daily so the fellows can concentrate on educational experiences. Graduates of the program complete their clinical year with a broad range of clinical experience, research and have consistently been competent to ease into clinical practice, both in academia and private practice jobs.
The colorectal surgery clinical experience includes training at both Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital and Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital. During the course of the year, the fellow will work closely with the colorectal surgery faculty, the PAs and rotating general surgery residents and medical students.
Program Focus
The colorectal 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.
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 Colon & Rectal Surgery Fellowship program 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 on our program, 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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