Residency Program Information

The University of Manitoba is proud to offer a 2-year Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada accredited Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency Program. Our program consists of 1 year of clinical exposure followed by a second research year. Upon completion of the program, our residents are eligible to write the Royal College examination for subspecialty certification in colon and rectal surgery. We currently accept 1 trainee per year.

Our faculty are committed to a robust Colorectal Surgery Residency program with education being a fundamental pillar. Our program is unique in its high clinical volume. Our clinical year is focussed at St. Boniface Hospital, where we have a dedicated colorectal surgery service. The colorectal residents will be part of a house staff team consisting of junior and senior General Surgery Residents and Medical students. During this clinical exposure, our trainees have high operative volume as we are often double slated over the week. We also provide ample endoscopy exposure. Furthermore, our clinics are a wonderful experience for trainees to have opportunities in the assessment and management of benign and malignant colorectal conditions.

Our group has a focus on Minimally Invasive Surgery and we provide high-level training in laparoscopic pelvic surgery, transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM), transanal minimally invasive surgery (TAMIS), and transanal total mesorectal excision (TaTME). We also provide training in advanced endoscopic techniques such as endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) and endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD). In addition, we provide training in complex multivisceral resections. As such, our graduates leave the program with extensive exposure and contemporary training in all facets of colorectal surgery.

Successful residents will have a formal educational curriculum during each year and opportunities for courses and conferences. The second year of training is a full year of research activity. We have an ongoing longitudinal assessment program for our trainees with near daily evaluations. Our residents will have opportunities to present at our service rounds at least once per month and also participate in our Journal Clubs.

Research opportunities are available including in such areas as epidemiology, education, and clinical trials. Residents are encouraged to enroll in higher level training programs during their research year such as leadership training, medical education training, or Masters degrees.

Residents are invited to submit applications to the University of Manitoba Colorectal Surgery Residency Program. Applicants must be in their fourth year of training in an accredited Canadian General Surgery Residency Program or have obtained their Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada General Surgery certification. The Colorectal Subspecialty program will accept applications from individuals who are Canadian citizens and graduates from Canadian General Surgery Resident Programs. At this time, we are not accepting applications from VISA trainees or International Surgical Trainees. Please see CaRMS website for application details.

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