Colorectal Surgery Program

Helen MacRaeProgram Director: Helen MacRae, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACS                 
Mount Sinai Hospital 
600 University Avenue,Rm 451 
Toronto, ON M5G 1X5 
Tel: 416-586-4800 ext 2836 
Fax: 416-586-8644 
Program Administrator: Cheryl Dreifelds 

Number of Residents (per year): 3
Number of Faculty (ABCRS Certified): 7 (4)
University Affiliation: University of Toronto
Salary/Year: Approximately $80,000 (CAN)
Application deadline: Applications will be accepted from June 15-August 15 of the year prior to commencing the Program (July-June) 

Case mix: The colorectal resident will complete approximately 150 anorectal cases, 150 colonoscopic examinations and approximately 300 abdominal cases during the residency. The abdominal cases are approached either open, or using MIS techniques, as clinically indicated. The program emphasizes inflammatory bowel disease, oncology, especially rectal cancer and complicated anorectal work. The resident will therefore gain particular training in these areas.

Strengths of program: The program is a university based program with a strong academic commitment. Most of the faculty have research programs and all are involved in teaching of residents and medical students. The eight faculty members provide a broad mix of cases from more common anorectal problems to complicated reconstructive surgery in inflammatory bowel disease, and reoperative oncological surgery. The case complexity and volume are the major strength of the program. The faculty are eager to teach, and residents get a large volume of operating.

Clinic or office experience: The resident spends one half day weekly in an anorectal clinic and approximately one day per week in the office of one of the faculty. During the year the resident has a 1-2 week experience in the radiation oncology clinic.

Interaction with general surgery residents: There is a full compliment of general surgery residents, interns and medical students. The colorectal resident teaches and interacts with them on a daily basis.

Conferences: Weekly conferences are held in general surgery and G.I. general surgery. There is a monthly general surgery journal club in which critical appraisal skills are taught. The monthly colorectal conference includes an academic presentation (given either by the resident or a visiting professor), a journal club plus discussion of complications and interesting cases.

Anorectal physiology availability: One faculty member has a particular interest in anorectal physiology, constipation, and pelvic floor abnormalities.

Research year available: One or more years of research are encouraged but are not mandatory. The possible areas of research are: colon carcinogenesis, immunology, clinical epidemiology or surgical education.

Requirement for paper: The resident is expected to publish at least one paper during his/her research experience and hopefully another during the clinical year.

Opportunity to attend meetings: Residents will be supported to attend the ASCRS Meeting and any other meetings at which they present a paper.

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