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A pathologist is present at the weekly Tumor Board and monthly Gastroenterology conferences at that institution, as well as at the weekly Tumor Board and bimonthly GI Pathology-Radiology conferences. The fellow is expected to review (with a pathologist) the histologic material from all patients with neoplasms whom he encounters during his fellowship year.


Training in anesthesiology will be provided by discussion with the anesthesiologist before, during and after surgical cases in which the Fellow is involved, and will include considerations of general anesthesia, epidural and caudal anesthesia, local anesthesia, and spinal anesthesia. In addition, familiarity will be gained with the use of monitored anesthesia care, such as supplemental to the use of local anesthesia, and considerations of postoperative pain control using epidural opioid and local anesthesia techniques. Techniques of conscious sedation will be taught and reviewed in the endoscopy suite throughout the year.

Enterostomal Therapy

The Enterostomal Therapists at Swedish Hospital Medical Center will provide the fellows with a yearly conference on Tuesdays. In addition, the fellow is encouraged to attend any visits to the enterostomal therapist by patients with whom he or she has come in contact during the course of the clinical experience provided by the residency.

As with conference attended, the fellow is expected to keep a log of all relevant procedures observed, conferences held, and rounds attended, for presentation at the time of the quarterly meeting of the ColoRectal Programs’ Graduate Medical Education Committee.

Duty Hours

Please keep a record of your hours worked in New Innovations so we can show it to the ACGME should they want verification

Textbook Review

During the first two weeks of the residency, the fellow will develop a reading plan, such that two up to date complete colorectal surgery textbooks will be read in their entirety during the first 6 months of the year. Monitoring of reading/study progress will be discussed at the quarterly meetings of the Graduate Medical Education Committee.

Core Curriculum

The fellow is responsible for familiarizing him/herself with the contents of this binder, kept in the Library at the Downtown Office, and for arranging his/her reading schedule to encompass the topics felt necessary for complete education in colon and rectal surgery, as outlined in the Core Curriculum. This is also available in electronic form, and will be forwarded to the fellow on request.

Interpersonal Relationships

The fellows must work closely with patients, office and hospital personnel, as well as other fellows, attendings, referring physicians and others. The fellow is the representative of the Clinic and must conduct him or herself accordingly. Interpersonal and Communication skills, as well as Professionalism are now defined as core competencies by the ACGME and accordingly, evaluation and progress in these areas is done by members of the Attending Staff, and will be reviewed and documented by the Program Advisory Committee.

Operative Case Record

The American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery requires a log of cases in which the fellow participates as surgeon or first assistant. This should be entered via the ACGME website, ideally at the end of every day; cases be entered no less often than once a week. This also includes procedures and evaluations done in the clinic such as rigid and flexible sigmoidoscopy, rubber band ligation, excision of hemorrhoids and drainage of abscess. In addition to completing this form at the end of the year, you are requested to provide the case information to the Program Director at the end of each 3 month period, with the list of “minimum acceptable case numbers” from the ABCRS, so we can see whether there are any areas for which we need additional concentration.


At the conclusion of each 3 months of training, each fellow is evaluated in writing by the attendings as to his/her performance, and these evaluations are discussed with the fellow at the quarterly meetings of the Graduate Medical Education Committee, of which the fellow is a member. A record of the evaluation is kept on file, as well as minutes of the GMEC meetings. The Residency Review Committee requires that each fellow provide a confidential written evaluation of the program, and we ask that this be done halfway through the residency year, as well as at the end of the year. These evaluations will be presented to the GMEC. The residency certificate of completion of training and ABCRS recommendations are contingent on completion of these forms.

Medical Records

The fellow is responsible for completing the history and physical, operative dictation and discharge summary on each patient with whom he/she is involved. It is imperative that a copy of the discharge summary be sent to the referring physician. This is vital to the continued flow of patients to our practices and is also an excellent habit for you to develop, and necessary for progress in areas of professionalism and communication.

For patients seen in the office, with or without a member of the Attending Staff, a record should be dictated for each patient, using the SOAP format. Dictations should be sent via email at the end of every day to the transcriptionist! Without fail!

Operative Reports

Operative reports must be dictated or entered into EPIC on the day of surgery. Experience has shown that, if an operative report is dictated more than 24 hours after the surgery, it is not considered an accurate reflection of the events of the surgery. As a consequence, it is often inadmissible in any legal proceedings. It is a good idea to use the playback function at the end of the dictation to be sure that the dictation was properly recorded. The purpose of the operative report is to allow us to be able to quickly look back in the clinic chart and see actually what was done and what was found at the time of surgery. For this reason it is important that a section which describes the operative findings be a separate section before the description of operation. Further, it is suggested that the operative report begin, on major cases, with a section entitled: “Indications for Surgery”, followed by one entitled, “Findings”, followed by “Description of Operation”. There is an art to dictating an operative report to describe what was done in clear terms without using too many words. Ask your attendings for their critiques or suggestions.

Also, a Brief Operative Note should be recorded in the patient’s clinic chart, as well as their hospital chart. This should include the procedure done, and for outpatients, any medication prescribed (with # and sig), and when the patient was instructed to return to the clinic for follow-up.

Discharge Summaries

The essential elements of the discharge summary include the admission date, the discharge date, the final diagnosis, and operative procedures performed during the hospital stay. If the final diagnosis and operative procedures are included in the dictated summary, most hospitals don't require that these also be handwritten on the face sheet. The summary should briefly describe the reason for the admission, the pertinent history and physical findings (not a complete rehash of the history and physical), a brief summary of the course in the hospital and the disposition of the patient. “Disposition” should include instructions to the patient, diet and physical restrictions, medications, any plans for future radiation/chemotherapeutic consultation, and when they are to be seen in the clinic. Pertinent laboratory data for cancer patients should also be included especially CEA results and final pathology results, with tumor staging in the TNM classification.

Clinical Research Studies

The fellow is required to become involved, early in the Fellowship, in one or more clinical research projects. The goal is to advance clinical knowledge in the area chosen, as well as to impart that knowledge to colleagues in the form of oral presentations and/or submission of the results of such research for publication. The Fellow will use the patient base and databases available in our office.