Colorectal Surgery Fellowship

Colorectal Surgery Fellowship St Paul’s Hospital, University of British Columbia

Fellows are enrolled in a two year Canadian Royal College approved resident training program consisting of one clinical year and one non-clinical year. On completion of the program, the resident will be competent to manage routine and complex colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel and anorectal diseases, and, be eligible to sit the Royal College exam for certification in the subspecialty of colon and rectal surgery.

The clinical year of training is provided at St Paul’s Hospital, a downtown teaching hospital, by five colorectal surgeons in two teams. The colorectal resident will rotate between the two teams every 3 months. The colorectal resident will lead a housestaff team consisting of a junior resident and medical student covering scheduled surgeries, ward patients, outpatient clinics, colonoscopy clinics. On call coverage is shared with senior general surgery residents.

The colorectal resident is provided opportunity to obtain excellent experience in operating and pre and postoperative management of colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel diseases, and anorectal diseases. We perform high volumes of open and laparoscopic resections, transanal endoscopic excisions, and colonoscopy. Outpatient clinics provide opportunity for learning workup and management of benign and malignant colorectal diseases including clinics for rectal cancer management (imaging, radiation and medical oncology), medical management of inflammatory bowel disease, anal dysplasia, anorectal ultrasound/manometry/emg.

The colorectal resident will keep an education activity log of operative and colonoscopy procedures, outpatient clinic diagnoses, weekly staff teaching sessions and competency based assessments, colorectal textbook and journal reading assignments, quarterly reflective and multiple choice question assignments. The education activity log will be reviewed with the program director each month. The colorectal resident will present quarterly journal club and will undertake at least one clinical research project per year for submission to the annual meetings of the Canadian and American Societies of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. We have clinical research projects in clinical trials, epidemiology, and surgical education in the areas of colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel and anorectal diseases.

The non-clinical year will consist of enrollment in a Masters program for clinical epidemiology, clinical trials, or surgical education with thesis themes related to colorectal surgery. Further research and clinical experience will continue during this year.

International Medical Graduates

Before applying for the Colorectal Surgery Training Program, international medical graduates are required to have their training certificates approved as “eligible to sit the Canadian exam in general surgery” by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

More information:

Contact: Rocio Cabaleiro – Program Administrator.


Applicant’s Information

Applications will be accepted up to submission deadline of March 15.

We accept one fellow each year.

The application will include the following:

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Letter outlining career goals
  3. Three (3) letters of reference using this reference form

The application is sent to the UBC Program Director, Dr Terry Phang
Phone: 604-806-8711
Address: St Paul’s Hospital, 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC, V6Z 1Y6.