Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship
The ACGME granted Initial Accreditation for our Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship in October 2010. The first fellow, Dr. John Ashcraft, began training on July 1, 2011 and will graduate in June 30, 2012.
The one year fellowship is accredited to train one fellow each year. (Prior to entering the C&R Surgery fellowship the candidate must have completed an approved ACGME or RCPSC general surgery residency program that ultimately leads to ABS certification.)
Salary is at the PGY-6 level the stipend will be no less than the current annual stipend of $54,863.75 (including an offset for disability and life insurance premiums).
UT College of Medicine Chattanooga Colon and Rectal Fellowship
Overall Educational Goals & Objectives
The UT College of Medicine Colon and Rectal Fellowship Program aims to provide the highest quality training to fellows in order to prepare them to become safe, effective, and successful Colon and Rectal surgeons skilled in care of colon and rectal care with patients with these types of issues. Specific aims are outlined below:
1. Educate the fellow to provide competent, comprehensive and quality medical care.
2. Develop knowledge, skills and attitudes required for fellows to demonstrate competency in patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice.
3. Foster high quality care in a medical environment that recognized limitations in duty hours, which will continue to decline, and at the same time minimize fellow stress and fatigue in order to maximize fellow education and patient safety.
4. Provide an environment for the fellow that recognizes, encourages, and facilitates multidiscipline collaboration, confidentiality, cultural sensitivity, and ethical responsibility as critical components to professional development and clinical excellence.
5. Coordinate and maintain an academic curriculum in a learning environment that prepares the fellow for certification by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery (ABCRS).
Strengths of the program: Well balanced experience with anorectal surgery, minimally invasive techniques, pelvic floor center, surgical skills/simulation lab in a hybrid academic /private practice setting. Our colon and rectal program provides superb training with a board range of clinical experience and abundant research opportunities under the supervision of a multidisciplinary colon and rectal faculty.
Clinical or office experience: Approximately 4000 patients visit per year, with approximately 1000 new patients. The resident will participate in preoperative patient evaluations, operative procedures and postoperative care.
Interaction with general surgery residents: The colon and rectal surgery fellow is expected to participate in the supervision and training of the general surgery residents and medical students at various levels.
Conferences: There are mandatory didactic weekly/biweekly multidisciplinary tumor board conferences, weekly grand rounds, weekly/monthly colorectal conferences and journal club meetings. Weekly institutional basic science and morbidity and mortality correlation conferences also provide additional instruction.
Requirement for paper: The resident is expected to write a scientific paper suitable for presentation or publication.
Opportunity to attend meetings: Each trainee is given the opportunity to attend one meeting. Suggestions: ASCRS, American College of Surgeons and Southeastern Surgical Congress Meetings. Funding for other meetings is available if the resident is on the program.
Residents participate in all aspects of patient care and surgical cases under the direction of three Colon and Rectal Board Certified surgeons.
The following hospitals are part of the rotation schedule, all of these hospitals are within 3 mile radius.
Erlanger Health System, Level One Trauma Center, 975 East Third Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403
Parkridge Medical Center, 2333 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404
Our program participates in National Residency Match Program (NRMP) and Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). All applications must be submitted via ERAS and must include:
Applicants must be able to apply for and receive a permanent Tennessee medical license and must be certified or eligible for certification by the American Board of Surgery.
We are now accepting application through ERAS for 2013-2014.
For more information about applying for the program, contact Maggie Hamblen at:
Phone: (800) 947-7823, ext 7695 or (423) 778-7695
Fax: (423) 778-2950