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Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery Colorectal Surgery Fellowship

Colorectal Surgery Fellowship

NYU Langone’s Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery offers a one-year clinical fellowship in colorectal surgery through NYU Grossman School of Medicine. This Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)–accredited fellowship is open to one candidate each year.

Our fellowship provides trainees with one of the most well-rounded clinical colorectal experiences in the country. Our fellows gain experience in a wide range of colon and rectal cancer management, benign anorectal disease, and colonoscopy. This includes both benign and malignant pathology, and extensive exposure to open, robotic, and laparoscopic surgery. Our strong focus on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and minimally invasive surgery rounds out the program.

Each fellow is an integral part of our colorectal surgery team who plays a role in all aspects of patient care. Fellows rotate in one-month blocks through three different services, including the IBD service, the minimally invasive–robotic general colorectal service (at NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital and Kimmel Pavilion), and the colorectal surgery service at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, commonly known as Bellevue, to receive a comprehensive and well-balanced education. Trainees also receive two weekends off each month and four weeks’ paid vacation each year.

During the IBD block, fellows care for patients and take part in open and laparoscopic management of the condition. They also receive ample experience in reoperative pelvic surgery, which is a crucial skill. During the minimally invasive–robotic general colorectal block, fellows focus on the comprehensive care of patients with benign and malignant colon, rectal, and anal conditions and receive substantial exposure to laparoscopic and robotic surgery. During the Bellevue block, fellows focus on management of anorectal conditions, perform colonoscopy procedures, and devote time to research.

Throughout training, fellows participate in a broad range of anorectal pathology cases with office-based procedures, ambulatory surgery, and colonoscopy.

Although our program is focused on clinical care, we suggest fellows take part in the multiple research opportunities our institution provides, including outcomes research and clinical research. We also strongly encourage fellows to prepare abstracts and papers for presentation at scientific meetings and publish manuscripts.

Inpatient Responsibilities for Fellows

Training to become a skilled colorectal surgeon requires much more than operative experience. Each fellow in our program is a point person for the postoperative care of patients on the clinical ward. With support from a strong inpatient team, trainees work closely with a team of surgical residents, students, and advanced practice providers to coordinate care with attendings. Fellows also participate in all aspects of care management.

Outpatient Responsibilities for Fellows

Office-based practice and procedures are a key aspect of colorectal surgery practice. For this reason, fellows take part in outpatient office hours and clinics with various faculty seeing all patients and covering a wide variety of colorectal conditions. Trainees also gain experience in the pelvic floor lab and in performing and interpreting pelvic floor studies such as anal and rectal ultrasound and manometry.

Operating Room Experience for Fellows

Spending time in the operating room is a priority during the fellowship, and fellows participate in as many surgical cases as possible. During their time here, fellows perform surgery with progressing degrees of autonomy, gaining the skills to confidently perform open, laparoscopic, and robotic colon and rectal surgery, along with anal and rectal surgery and colonoscopy.

Meetings and Conferences for Fellows

Meetings and teaching conferences at NYU Langone enhance the Colorectal Surgery Fellowship experience and include the following:

  • weekly multidisciplinary tumor board conference
  • weekly surgical morbidity and mortality (M&M) conferences
  • monthly colorectal M&M conferences
  • weekly educational meetings covering core colorectal educational topics
  • monthly journal club conference
  • monthly Colorectal Interesting Case conference
  • research conference
  • oral and written board review
  • quality improvement conference

How to Apply

To apply for our Colorectal Surgery Fellowship, please submit an application through the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®). Our program participates in the National Resident Matching Program® (also known as The Match®).

Contact Us

For questions about the Colorectal Surgery Fellowship, please contact Harleigh Schumer, fellowship coordinator, at harleigh.schumer@nyulangone.org.