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Graduate medical education in surgery specialties at Mayo Clinic

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The one-year Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, offers:

  • Residents the highest quality educational experience for maximum practice readiness and leadership in the field of colon and rectal surgery
  • A training curriculum that qualifies you for certification by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • The opportunity to participate in the surgical care of patients with a wide variety of colorectal pathology
  • A rotation schedule based on a one-to-one mentorship model that includes experience in endoscopy and diseases of the anus, colon and rectum
  • The opportunity to work in a group practice that has a team-based and multidisciplinary approach to patient care
  • An opportunity to spend one week in observation at St. Mark's Hospital in London, England
  • Ample scholarly activities
  • An extensive schedule of didactic conferences (morbidity and mortality, multidisciplinary tumor board, multidisciplinary inflammatory bowel disease, general surgery), which all residents are invited to attend
  • A monthly journal club, annual mock oral examination, and visiting professor program featuring outstanding and prominent surgeons from around the world
  • A cadaver-based educational curriculum that includes robotics, open, pelvic, transanal minimally invasive surgery (TAMIS) and transanal total mesorectal excision (TaTME) skills

Mayo Clinic's favorable faculty ratio, large patient population and state-of-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic and research facilities combine to create a truly integrated educational experience. The "Mayo Clinic way" of graduate medical education ensures that you have the finest teaching and the broadest patient care experience possible during a busy, hands-on training program.


The program fulfills the training requirements as defined by the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).


After successfully completing the program, you are eligible to take the qualifying exam offered by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery.

Program history

Dr. Louis A. Buie, former president of the American Proctologic Society and the first editor of Diseases of the Colon & Rectum, started a dedicated section of proctology at Mayo Clinic in 1924. A formal ACGME proctologic training program was initiated in 1955.

Along with an identification transition from the American Proctologic Society to the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, the proctologic training program became recognized as a Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency in 1978 and has been in continual existence since then. We anticipate that three categorical trainees will complete this program annually.

In addition to the accredited categorical ACGME training program, an unaccredited International Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship was started in 1985.

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