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?