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Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship

  Dr. Cleary
Dr. Robert Cleary
Program Director

The Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency at St Joseph Mercy Health System is ACGME-accredited to match one Fellow for one clinical year. We participate in the National Resident Matching Program.

Our program emphasizes ACGME Core Competency, Evidence-based, and Best Practice Parameters education, and 360-degree evaluation. We have fully incorporated and comply with the Next Accreditation System (NAS). The strength of our program includes a robust and well-defined educational curriculum, a wide variety of operative and endoscopic procedures, and an emphasis on quality and outcomes-based clinical research with the expectation of presentation at regional and national meetings, to include the annual spring American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Meeting. Our Colon and Rectal Surgery faculty perform 775 abdominal cases a year to include open, laparoscopic, hand-assist laparoscopic, and 80-100 robotic colorectal operations. Our clinical volume also includes over 600 anorectal cases, 275 colonoscopies, 500 inpatient and Emergency Department consults, and over 1800 Outpatient clinical office visits per year.

The Program Director was appointed by the Association of Program Directors for Colon and Rectal Surgery to a committee of three charged with developing a standardized robotic training curriculum for residents and fellows and is faculty for the National Mentor-Fellow Robotic Training Course. 88 of the 92 Colon and Rectal Surgery residents attended this course in 2014. The resident will attend this course and be fully trained in colorectal robotic, laparoscopic, and open surgery. The Colon and Rectal Surgery resident will have the opportunity to work with residents in other fully accredited St Joseph Mercy Health System residency programs in good standing, including General Surgery. Our faculty have teaching appointments at the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and the University of Toledo. Medical students from these institutions rotate on our dedicated Colon and Rectal Surgery Service. We are happy to announce that we have partnered with the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of Michigan to enhance fellowship training. The resident will rotate with 5 highly acclaimed Colon and Rectal Surgeons at that institution for 3 months starting in 2014.

We take institutional and program requirements seriously and expect our Colon and Rectal Surgery resident to meet and supersede experiences with essential disorders and procedures, as well as having substantial familiarity with anal physiology and pelvic floor disorders. Our program highlights several Quality and Patient Safety initiatives including a comprehensive Enhanced Recovery After Surgery protocol, for which we have received a grant from Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Michigan. We are in full compliance with duty hour restrictions.

Application to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital's Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency Program may be made through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). For more information on the ERAS application process, please visit their website at Please note the following NRMP numbers when selecting our program:

Program NRMP number is 1292060F0

Program ACGME Number is 0602512075

For further information regarding the application process or the Colon and Rectal Surgery program, please contact:

Erin Madden
Residency Coordinator
Phone: 734-712-7352
Fax: 734-712-2054?

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