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Residency Program

Teaching is an integral part of Colon and Rectal Surgery Associate's Mission

All of our surgeons hold a clinical teaching appointment in the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery of the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota and are involved daily in the training of surgical specialists in colon and rectal surgery.

A long distinguished history of teaching and training surgical specialists

The University of Minnesota Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency Program was established formally by Dr. William C. Bernstein in 1950. Since then, the residency program has become one of the most prestigious training programs in the world. Every year, surgeons from the United States, Canada, and other countries compete for one of the highly sought-after training positions and for the opportunity to come and train with the Colon and Rectal Surgery Associates (CRSAL) surgeons.

The selected trainees spend 4/5 of their academic year working under direct faculty supervision in our CRSAL practice. In addition, thousands of other surgeons from all over the world have visited the University of Minnesota to perform research under the guidance of our surgeons, observe cutting-edge complex surgical procedures, and participate in patients rounds and teaching conferences.

Our surgeons are regularly invited throughout the world to give guest lectures, grand rounds, and to participate in the teaching of surgical residents and established surgical specialists. Over the years, CRSAL surgeons have abundantly contributed to the teaching of the specialty of colon and rectal surgery by writing chapters in reference textbooks, publishing scientific articles in peer-reviewed surgical journals, and lecturing at numerous worldwide postgraduate surgical courses.

Colon and Rectal Surgery Associates surgeons are actively involved in the University of Minnesota’s own annual course, Principles in Colon and Rectal Surgery.  Several of our surgeons currently serve or have served as examiners for the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, an honor which reflects the esteem in which their teaching skills and clinical knowledge are held by their colleagues.

Annual Principles Course Presented by:

Colon and Rectal Surgery Associates
Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery at the University of Minnesota
The Minnesota Colon & Rectal Foundation