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Colon & Rectal Surgery Fellowship

Overview of the Colon & Rectal Surgery Fellowship Program

The Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center is a multifaceted practice that specializes in and cares for patients with diseases of the colon, rectum, and anus at several sites in Rochester, New York.  The Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery is part of the University of Rochester Department of Surgery and the University of Rochester School of Medicine. The division currently consists of 6 full-time academic surgeons who are diplomats of the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery or the Royal College of Surgeons.

The responsibilities of these positions include teaching the principles of colon and rectal surgery to both surgical residents and medical students during their clinical years.   This clinical practice encompasses patient care at several institutions including the Strong Memorial Hospital, Sawgrass Ambulatory Surgical Center and St. James Mercy Hospital.  In addition, we have a very busy outpatient clinic service at the Sawgrass Ambulatory Surgical Center which is constantly expanding outpatient care, as well as screening and therapeutic endoscopy services at the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery endoscopy unit.

Mission of the Colon & Rectal Surgery Fellowship Program

The primary goal of this residency program is to prepare the resident to function as a qualified practitioner of colon and rectal surgery at the high level of performance expected of a board-certified specialist demonstrating competence in surgical skill, cognitive decision making and clinical management of the preoperative, operative, and postoperative patient with surgical disorders of the colon, rectum and anus.    This level of performance is achieved by acquiring competence in the following 6 areas as defined by the ACGME: patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice.

Fellowship Information

Credentialing: This is a non ACGME accredited fellowship program.

Program Dates:
Length of Study: 12 Months
Start Date: August 1- July 31

Benefits: Fellows are eligible for benefits through the University of Rochester Medical Center. This includes employer supported health and dental insurance, long-term disability, pension plan, life insurance and paid time off. This benefit list is not all-inclusive, and applicants are directed to the human resources department at URMC for a complete description of benefits.

Eligibility Criteria

Prior to appointment in the program, residents must:

  • have successfully completed an ACGME- or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)- accredited residency program in surgery of not less than five years of progressive education; and,
  • be certified by the American Board of Surgery (ABS) or have completed the educational requirements to sit for the ABS qualifying examinations.

Application Process

Applications are accepted September – December

Interviews are held February- April

In applying for admission, the following materials must be submitted:

  • Letter of interest
  • Letter(s) of recommendation
  • Current resume with a summary of career goals, employment history, and extracurricular activities
     

Please submit all application materials to Christina Cellini, MD at the address listed below.

Acceptance into the colon & rectal fellowship program is provisional pending the candidate meeting all the conditions of employment of the University of Rochester.

Christina Cellini, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Assistant Professor of Surgery and Oncology
Program Director
Division of Colorectal Surgery
University of Rochester Medical Center
601 Elmwood Ave; Box SURG
Rochester, NY 14642
Phone: (585) 273-3678
Christina_Cellini@urmc.rochester.edu

Shannon Pessin 
Program Coordinator
Shannon_Pessin@urmc.Rochester.edu