A three-year clinical fellowship program that aims to provide the candidate with the basic science, clinical and operative skills to manage patients with colorectal diseases competently. The majority of the operations are complex colorectal conditions such as colorectal cancer, fecal incontinence, complex anal fistulae and complicated inflammatory bowel disease conditions. The fellowship provides training into diagnostic and therapeutic colonoscopy, such as insertion of colonic stents for bowel obstruction. Moreover, training into endoanal and endorectal ultrasound for the assessment of anal sphincters and staging of rectal cancer will be provided, respectively. An important aspect of the program is training into anorectal physiology testing and interpretation of such complex data.
During training, the fellow will be exposed to enterostomal therapy and all aspects of stoma care. Laparoscopic colorectal surgery will be an integral part of training along with standard open surgery. There is annual colorectal surgery symposium (forum) and the fellow is expected to be an active member in this activity, which includes presentation and reviewing of medical literature in the area of colorectal surgery. The program has a well-established curriculum of teaching activities such as morbidity and mortality meetings, pathology, radiology rounds and GI clubs. The fellow is expected to participate actively in these educational activities. The fellow will be involved in research activities for 6 months and will be able to publish at least one article during that period.