Fall 2017  

President’s Message
Resources for Residents Help Shape our Specialty’s Future

Dr. Guy OrangioBy Guy R. Orangio, MD

I had the privilege to be a part of the faculty of a very special symposium: the 8th Annual Colorectal Residents Career Course, November 3 – 4, 2017, in Cleveland, Ohio. As I reflected on the weekend, I realized that this course embraces the mission and values of ASCRS. This course was developed by two of our young surgeons eight years ago. ASCRS congratulates the course developers and directors Drs. Sharon L. Stein (University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Ohio) and Bradley Champagne (Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio) for their continued dedication to this invaluable educational experience. Their vision was to educate our colorectal residents about future physician employment, and the course continues to provide essential information to our young surgeons. This year, 65 of our colorectal residents attended; I think this would be a valuable requirement for all our residents to prepare them for their future careers.

The Career Course encompassed the entire spectrum of physician employment: interviews, contract negotiations, employment opportunities (academic, network, private practices, or multispecialty group), employment benefits (medical malpractice, pension and compensation packages, etc.), financial planning and work/life balance. This course was a graduate level education program taught in a relaxed environment, which allowed residents to interact with faculty as colleagues.  I was so honored to be an invited speaker.

A symposium of this caliber must have a professional staff to manage the organizational and logistical planning. A special thanks to Steven Lamb, education program manager (University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center), for making this a successful symposium.

The faculty represented a wide geographic area, varied employment positions and a variety of experience backgrounds, which provided a balanced representation of the many nuances of a colorectal surgery career for the young surgeons. A special thank you to Drs. Glenn Ault, Bradley Champagne, Robert Cleary, Conor Delaney, David Dietz, James Fleshman, Todd Francone, Neil Hyman, Justin Maykel, Lisa Parry, Alessio Pigazzi, Matt Silviera, Scott Steele, Sharon Stein, Emily Steinhagen, Michael Valente, Eric Weiss and Charles Whitlow.

 These faculty members volunteered their time to educate and mentor the residents. Being a part of this course is very gratifying, as we realize that ASCRS’ future rests on the careers of our young surgeons. This group of residents is very impressive. I am confident that ASCRS’ future will be in good hands.

Thank you to the vendors. Without them, this course would not be possible: Applied Medical, Ethicon (Johnson & Johnson), Medtronic, MERCK, PARCIA Pharmaceuticals Inc., Shire and ASCRS.

I was proud to represent ASCRS, and I once again would like to thank its creators, Drs. Sharon Stein and Bradley Champagne for a job well done!

The time we spend educating and mentoring our younger surgeons is well worth the effort. ASCRS strives to provide many opportunities for residents. To encourage their attendance at the Annual Meeting, we offer a highly discounted rate for residents. The Young Surgeons Mock Orals and More Workshop at the Annual Meeting is geared toward residents to prepare them for their oral examination for Board certification. The Residents’ Reception at the Annual Meeting allows general surgery residents the opportunity to network with colon and rectal surgery program directors and educators.

The ASCRS Textbook and Manual are valuable reference resources for residents. CREST®, the online colorectal surgery educational system, is available to residents and offers modules for learning about specific colorectal conditions. Coming soon are new ASCRS initiatives specifically geared toward residents including the Mentor Match Program, an online mentoring system that encourages communication between young surgeons and colorectal surgeon mentors. Another initiative in development by the Residents Committee is the Boot Camp, which will be a video series on multiple topics to prepare residents for their colon and rectal training program. 

As I mentioned, residents are the key to our specialty’s future. Programs such as the Colorectal Residents Career Course in Cleveland and the resources we provide through ASCRS will help our residents succeed, provide superior patient care, and propel our specialty forward.

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