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Proctology?

Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by Ligament, May 4, 2002.

  1. Ligament

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    Hey all,

    Anybody know anything about Proctology? I have never met a Proctologist and wonder what their lifestyle is like.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but as far as I know Proctology as a residency is only offered through Osteopathic institutions?

    Thanks!
     
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    I don't know anything about it other than they like to be called colorectal surgeons now. Let's get PC already....tee hee.
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif"> I don't know anything about it other than they like to be called colorectal surgeons now. Let's get PC already....tee hee.
    </font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Seriously...these docs get the ass end of everything. The least we can do is call them by their preferred title.

    :D
     
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    Colorectal Surgery is one of the 23 ABMS recognized boards, making it one of only 3 post-general surgery boards that has its own recognized board. (Plastics and Thoracic are the other two). To be eligible for a Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency, one must have already finished a general surgery residency.

    Lifestyle is what you make of it. Assuming you avoid Trauma call (since you are still a general surgeon as well) and do a 100% Colorectal work, lifestyle is reputed to be quite good.

    Try looking at <a href="http://www.fascrs.org/" target="_blank">http://www.fascrs.org/</a> for further information.
     
  6. Ligament

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    Ok, let me clarify.

    I am asking about Proctologists, not Colorectal Surgeons.

    It is my understanding that there are *Proctology* residencies available at Osteopathic institiutions. They are not called Colorectal surgery residencies and the name of the specialty college has Proctology in it, not colorectal surgery.

    I believe colorectal surgery is offered at allopathic institutions, and to be honest I dont know if the two specialties are equivalent.

    correct me if i'm wrong. thanks!
     
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    Ligament,
    I'll simplify this for you:
    In lay terms, proctologist = colorectal surgeon. This is the only context with which this term is generally(but not 100% exclusively apparently - see next paragraph) used here. Some other countries still refer to them as proctologists, but it refers to a surgeon & not a medical specialist.

    There is a kind of fringe osteopathic specialty in "proctology" (http://www.aoa-net.org/Certification/proctology.htm) whose role & qualifications (if you read the fine print) are kind of sketchy. This is more like gastroenterology by another name it sound like to me.
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Ligament:
    <strong>Hey all,

    Anybody know anything about Proctology? I have never met a Proctologist and wonder what their lifestyle is like.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but as far as I know Proctology as a residency is only offered through Osteopathic institutions?

    Thanks!</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">It turns out that there is an osteopathic residency in proctology. Two years + internship. From the AOA website:

    "For the purpose of clarification the following division of specialty practice is defined: The practice of proctology shall consist of and include the treatment of diseases and conditions originating within or affecting the anus, rectum, perianal and perirectal areas, and related or complicating conditions not including the use of major surgery."

    I think allopathic proctology somehow got absorbed into general surgery years ago.

    Looking at a few websites run by osteopathic proctologists, most of their practices seem to be devoted to laser hemorrhoid removal.
     
  9. Ligament

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    Yes! this is what I am talking about. thanks. now that we know what we are talking about, anybody know any Proctologists? thanks.

    It turns out that there is an osteopathic residency in proctology. Two years + internship. From the AOA website:
    "For the purpose of clarification the following division of specialty practice is defined: The practice of proctology shall consist of and include the treatment of diseases and conditions originating within or affecting the anus, rectum, perianal and perirectal areas, and related or complicating conditions not including the use of major surgery."
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    I will now readily concede that my earlier response was a result of my allopathic training and I have no idea about the osteopathic proctology specialty.

    Below is what I assumed you were talking about from <a href="http://www.abcrs.org/historyofboard.htm" target="_blank">http://www.abcrs.org/historyofboard.htm</a>
    which is the website for the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery (formerly the American Board of Proctology, hence the confusion)

    Sorry for the confusion.

    "The American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery was organized as the American Board of Proctology in 1934 and incorporated on August 13, 1935. It was the sixth Board to be organized and the tenth to be incorporated. In 1934 representatives of the American Proctologic Society (now The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons) sought approval of the American Board of Proctology from the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals and the Advisory Board for Medical Specialists (now the American Board of Medical Specialties.)

    In 1940 provision was made for certification of proctologists by the American Board of Surgery and a committee of proctologists known as the Central Certifying Committee in Proctology of the American Board of Surgery. On June 15, 1949, the Advisory Board for Medical Specialties and the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals granted the American Board of Proctology approval as a primary board. It thus became the eighteenth specialty board approved by these organizations.

    The Board announced to the Advisory Board of Medical Specialties on February 4, 1961, its intention to change its name to The American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Inc. and subsequently formally adopted the change of name at its regular meeting on April 15, 1961."
     

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