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Proctology, what do you know?

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by Redneck, Jul 16, 2006.

  1. Disclaimer: I'm an MS0 so bare with me.

    I'm doing some of my usual Internet scrounging and stumble across information for a proctology residency. From what I have been able to gather most rectal care is done by fellowship trained Gastroenterologists from IM and surgery colo/rectal GS fellows. From what I can tell, there's only the one osteopathic program for proctology (and no allo). The above program description includes surgery, is that parallel to a Gastroenterologist or is this full cancerous colon extraction like a GS would do? What sort of group practice settings do these guys join? Do they fly solo? What type of salary do they pull? Do they follow up on inpatients or strictly outpatient? Who gives them referrals? From some of my digging it seems like back in the 80's there used to be a program in NJ. What happened to it? It also looked like it was 2 years of IM then 2 years of proctology, what caused the shift to a straight three year program? If there is only this one residency producing at most a resident a year, why is it still around? So what I'm wondering is the open ended question of what do you know about the field of proctology?
     
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  3. beastmaster

    beastmaster Senior Member
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    my understanding is that proctology adopted a name change (became colorectal surgery) to reflect its expanding scope and vision.
     
  4. goooooober

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    I know your scrubs will be brown.
     
  5. GregsAnatomy

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    There is a graduate of that proctology residency here in Fort Lauderdale, and he is double boarded in IM and proctology. His practice is pretty much exlusively devoted to gay men's health, if you know what I'm getting at....
     
  6. petstoreboy

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    What was formerly known as proctology is now known as colorectal surgery. I recently rotated with a colorectal surgeon this summer, and found out alot about this field and the differences b/t this and gastroenetrology.

    Gastrointerology is an internal medicine subspecialty that is concerned with all of the GI system, from esophagus to anus. Colorectal Surgery is of course a surgery subspecialty and is concerned only with the anus, rectum, and intestines.

    While gastroenterologists do the majority of routine colonoscopies, if they find something unusual, they refer to a colorectal surgeon. The colorectal surgeon will do any sort of bowel resection or other surgery required and will perform follow-up colonoscopies on these patients. Hemorrhoids, anal fistulas, and anal fistures are another larger part of the practice of a colorectal surgeon. These are all usually treated through out patient surgery. They usually get these referrals from primary care physicians or GI guys.

    The colorectal surgeons I worked with operated in a group of 4 physicians, and they reported that call was not too bad.

    I'm not sure about how many fellowships are offered in colo-rectal from the aoa, but you would first do a general surgery residency then a 3 yr fellowship.

     
  7. mocheese

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    sorry i am not sure i do know what you are getting at. could you please expand?......... :)
     
  8. Old_Mil

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    "Working Where The Sun Don't Shine"
    (The Colorectal Surgeon's Song)
    http://www.usenet-replayer.com/cgi/content/framebanner_3?http://www.usenet-replayer.com/6/0/3/9/1142899306.25.wave


    We praise the colorectal surgeon
    Misunderstood and much maligned
    Slaving away in the heart of darkness
    Working where the sun don't shine.
    Respect the colorectal surgeon
    It's a calling few would crave
    Lift up your hands and join us
    Let's all do the finger wave.

    When it comes to spreading joy
    There are many techniques
    Some spread joy to the world
    And others just spread cheeks.
    Some may think the cardiologist
    Is their best friend
    But the colorectal surgeon knows...
    He'll get you in the end!

    Why the colorectal surgeon?
    It's one of those mysterious things.
    Is it because in that profession
    There are always openings?

    When I first met a colorectal surgeon
    He did not quite understand;
    I said, "Hey it's nice to meet you
    But do you mind if we don't shake hands."

    He sailed right through medical school
    Because he was a whiz
    Oh but he never thought of psychology
    Though he read passages
    A doctor he wanted to be
    For golf he loved to play
    But this is not quite what he meant...
    By eighteen holes a day!

    Praise the colorectal surgeon
    Misunderstood and much maligned
    Slaving away in the heart of darkness
    Working where the sun don't shine!

    Yeah, I should be studying Pharm now.
     
  9. Burly B

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    there is actually one osteopathic "proctology" residency for osteopathic physicians. Otherwise, you could go the Surgery (colon and rectal) route.

    It is unfortunate that there is not more than just the one osteopathic proctology residency. I believe it is located in ohio. I believe it requires intern yr plus two more yrs for that one.
     
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    Yeah, there is a residency program in Dayton. It's a three year program (counting internship). I did a month rotation there and actually enjoyed it, I would consider it, if I didn't like ER and derm so much. It's a great lifestyle and a pretty interesting field. I've done a lot of research on it and if you have any question ask away.
     
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    Who would want that residency? Why would you wan't to spend your career in other people's rears?
     
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    You've obviously never been to burning man...
     
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    Dr. Mix-a-lot is the program director
     
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    Proctology, What a pain in the A$$. :rolleyes:

    Yeah I know its lame but someone was going to say it. In terms of salary I think they make 200+ but not sure (maybe someone can varify). I am surprised that their are so few residencies. I would see the field expanding in the future because of a nation wide effort to get people to do colonoscopies to catch colon cancer early.
     

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