Colon and rectal surgeons are experts in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of colon and rectal problems. They have completed advanced training in the treatment of colon and rectal problems in addition to full training in general surgery. Colon and rectal surgeons treat benign and malignant conditions, perform routine screening examinations and surgically treat problems when necessary.
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Process and Qualifications for Board Certification
The process for certification includes a chronological series of components with specific requirements in the areas of education, direct patient care, and examinations.
- Must have graduated from an accredited medical school.
- Must have satisfactorily completed a minimum of five years of graduate general surgical training in an accredited residency program in the United States or Canada.
- Must have satisfactorily completed at least one year of colon and rectal surgical training in an accredited residency program in the United States or Canada.
- Must have obtained sufficient experience in the diagnosis, treatment, and surgical management of diseases of the anus, rectum, and colon as deemed adequate by the ABCRS.
- Must have a detailed colorectal operative experience record and recommendations from training program directors for review by the ABCRS.
- Must have an accredited general surgery residency
- Must have additional specialty training in a colon and rectal surgery fellowship
EXAMINATIONS IN AMERICAN BOARD OF COLORECTAL SURGERY
Must have successfully completed the written Qualifying examination and the oral Certifying examination of the American Board of Colorectal Surgery (all surgeons applying for certification by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery must first be certified as general surgeons).