Our Fellowship Program

At the Kendrick Colon and Rectal Center, we train the next generation of colorectal surgeons which allows them to learn the latest techniques and become board certified and keeps us at the forefront of colorectal surgery techniques. The Colon and Rectal Residency Program is the only one of its kind in Indiana.




Program Summary

The Indiana University School of Medicine Colon and Rectal Residency Program was established in 2008 through a partnership between Indiana University, St. Francis Hospitals and Kendrick Regional Center. The teaching staff comprises surgeons from Kendrick Colon & Rectal Center and IU Professors of Surgery. They include Drs. Dipen Maun (Program Director), Alyssa Fajardo, Michael Guzman, Bryan HolcombOlaf Johansen, Fred Lane, R. Barry Melbert, Tobi ReidyBruce Robb, Ben Tsai and Joshua Waters. Residents participate in all aspects of patient care and surgical cases under the direction of their assigned attending surgeon for the rotation. The following hospitals are part of the rotation schedule:

Franciscan Health

Franciscan Health -Indianapolis
8111 South Emerson Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46237

Franciscan Health -Mooresville
1201 Hadley Road, Mooresville, IN 46158

Indiana University Health Hospitals

IU Health University
550 University Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46202

IU Health North
11700 N. Meridian St., Carmel, IN 46032

Community Hospital South
1402 E. County Line Road South, Indianapolis, IN 46227

Educational Strategy:
The duration of the Indiana University (IU) Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency is one year, from August 1-July 31. The residency is divided into three rotations: the Indianapolis rotation, the Mooresville rotation, and the IU rotation. Each rotation is four weeks and is under the supervision of the surgical faculty. The Indianapolis rotation includes St. Francis Hospital Indianapolis.The primary surgical teaching faculty for the Indianapolis rotation is Dr. Fred LaneDr. Ben Tsai and Dr. Tobi Reidy . The Mooresville rotation includes St. Francis Hospital Mooresville, IU Health West Hospital, and Community South Hospital. The primary teaching faculty for the Mooresville rotation is Dr. Olaf Johansen, Dr. R. Barry Melbert and Dr. Dipen Maun. The IU rotation includes IU University Hospital, IU Health North Hospital, Eskenazi Health and Indianapolis Veterans Administration Medical Center. The primary teaching faculty for the IU rotation is Dr. Bruce Robb, Dr. Michael Guzman, Dr. Bryan Holcomb, Dr. Alyssa Fajardo, and Dr. Joshua Waters. This is a mentor-based program and the resident is supervised by teaching faculty. As this is an advanced level residency and the resident will be starting practice at the end of the program, the resident will be allowed to assume graduated responsibility during the program year.

Overall Program Goals and Objectives:

Colon and rectal surgery residents will develop essential knowledge, attitudes, and skills in the diagnosis, inpatient and outpatient operative care, pre- and postoperative evaluation and management, diagnostic and therapeutic colonoscopy of patients with colon and rectal surgical conditions. The residents will be expected to participate in presented weekly didactics according to the Colon and Rectal Core Competencies as well as subspecialty didactics including radiology, radiation oncology, oncology, anesthesiology, wound and stoma care, colon and rectal cancer center of excellence, infectious disease, survivorship program, and patient care ethics. Biweekly Tumor Board, Interesting Case Conference and Journal Club are all required conferences as well. The resident will have scheduled review of Colon and Rectal Surgery Educational Program (CARSEP) as well as Oral Board Review with teaching faculty. Research projects are coordinated and led by Dr. Ben Tsai, Medical Director of Research for Franciscan Alliance and research-related communication is conducted regularly between Dr. Tsai and the residents.

Utilizing the six competencies; Patient Care, Practice-Based Learning and Improvement, Professionalism, Medical Knowledge, Interpersonal Communication Skills, and Systems-based Practice, the resident will be evaluated every four weeks by teaching faculty to see if rotational objectives for graduated responsibility are met. The resident will be judged using key milestones on a twice yearly basis run by the Clinical Competency Committee. The didactics and conferences are evaluated using competency based forms. The Colon and Rectal Surgery In Training Exam (CARSITE) will be administered yearly as per the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery (ABCRS) and a passing score is expected. The resident will be able to sit for the Colon and Rectal Qualifying and Certifying Exam at the end of year. The residents are expected to present and/or publish an abstract or paper at a national or regional colon and rectal surgical meeting.
Brief Description of Rotation Specific Goals and Resident Rotation Schedule:

Indianapolis rotation: The major goal of the Indianapolis rotation is to allow residents to be involved in the care of complex colon and rectal surgical patients and to assist in clinical decision-making responsibilities with the surgical teaching staff. The resident will also gain experience in the use of the daVinci robotic system and learn its role in rectal surgery. Sacral Nerve Stimulation (SNS) for fecal incontinence will be taught and proctored so the resident will be competent, able to take the on-line course and be certified in practice.

Mooresville rotation: The major goal of the Mooresville rotation is to allow residents to be involved in a more rural population of colon and rectal surgical patients and assist in the clinical decision-making responsibilities. It will also include the anal and rectal physiology lab rotation so the resident can gain experience in endoanal and endorectal ultrasound, pudendal nerve evaluation, and anal and rectal manometry. The resident will also gain experience in transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM).

Indiana University (IU) rotation: The major goal of the IU rotation is to allow residentsí participation in inflammatory bowel disease, advanced open colon and rectal cancer cases requiring muscle flaps and advanced laparoscopic cases. The resident, with approval of attending surgeon, may participate in any procedure on the surgery schedule if needed to obtain core level surgical cases as required by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery.
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Application and Interviews

Our program participates in National Residency Match Program (NRMP) and Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). All applications must be submitted via ERAS and must include:
  • Curriculum vitae
  • ECFMG certificate, if applicable
  • USMLE and ABSITE Scores
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
Applications will not be reviewed until all of the information above is complete in the ERAS system. In addition to the information submitted in ERAS, you must also be in completion of an accredited general surgery residency by the start of coloretal residency, certified or eligible for certification by the American Board of Surgery and elgible for licensure in the state of Indiana. J-1 is the preferred visa at IU. Two colorectal residents will be selected each year for the training program. The deadline for submission of complete applications is August 4, 2017. Interviews are by invitation only and dates and times are limited.  Qualified applicants will be invited to interviews on a rolling basis. Our 2017 interview dates are September 8th and September 22nd. For additional information please contact: Melissa Sullivan, Fellowship Coordinator, Kendrick Colon Rectal Center, 317-834-9618 or melissa.sullivan@franciscanalliance.org.
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