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Proctology

Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by drewby, Jun 27, 2001.

  1. drewby

    drewby New Member

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    I am uncertain as to the path one must take to become a proctologist. Is this a branch of medicine with its own residency, or is it a specialized branch of surgery (colon/rectal surgery)? I have found information implying both, and I was just curious as to the facts.
    Thanks!
     
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  3. turtleboard

    turtleboard SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

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    "Proctology" is the old term for what is known today as Colorectal surgery, which is a surgical subspecialty. One becomes a colorectal surgeon by doing a five-year residency in General Surgery and then a two-year fellowship in colorectal surgery.

    Then you're allowed to get a special license plate in NY State reading "BADASSMD." :)
     

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