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Colorectal Research Fellowship
The Pediatric Colorectal Research Fellowship is a 1-2 year program that accepts two clinical fellows and one research fellow per year. During the fellowship, fellows conduct research on the treatment and long-term outcomes of patients with pediatric colorectal problems, which may also include surgical assistant responsibilities. Based on the fellow's interests, collaboration with our basic science colleagues in the area of tissue engineering will be encouraged and fostered.
The Division of Pediatric Colorectal & Pelvic Reconstruction at Children’s National Hospital formally integrates all specialties involved in providing complete care of the colon, rectum and pelvis in kids, including colorectal surgery, urology, gynecology and GI motility. This environment provides a unique experience for Pediatric Colorectal Research fellows.
Fellows will gain experience in advanced colorectal surgery and collaborating specialties. Fellows will participate in data collection and QI projects focused on colorectal and pelvic reconstruction surgery in pediatric patients, as well as the study of optimal curriculum
development for pediatric surgical education in the area of colorectal surgery. In addition, fellows are expected to submit at least five papers for publication.
In addition to research responsibilities, fellows will review colorectal, GI motility and urologic/gynecologic reconstruction cases in a clinic setting, as well as participate in a weekly collaborative meeting. Based on proper credentialing, fellows may function as a surgical assistants in the operating room.
Fellows will participate in the robust teaching conferences offered. Fellows will also participate in weekly meetings with the reconstructive and motility/fecal incontinence teams, in which case presentations and discussions will demonstrate case selection, operative planning, medical management and identification of complications and pitfalls in order to identify optimal approaches to solving colorectal problems.
Fellows will participate in research under the mentorship of the program director and designated research mentors. The program director will meet with fellows quarterly to review overall performance. A final summative evaluation will be provided at the conclusion of the program.
Learn more about the curriculum and meet the faculty and staff. Take a look at other training opportunities that the Division of Colorectal & Pelvic Reconstruction offers:
Eligible candidates should have completed at least two years of general surgery training at an ACGME-approved (or international equivalent) general surgical residency. If the candidate has not completed USMLE testing, then they must be certified and in good standing by the American Board of Surgical Assistants (ABSA).
International applicants must have completed or be in the process of completing their surgery training and obtain surgical assistant credentialing. Exceptions to this requirement must be approved by the Designated Institutional Official, the Program Director and the Senior Vice President of Human Resources in advance of the letter of offer.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should submit their curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation from pediatric surgeons with whom they have worked with via email or mail to:
Marc A. Levitt, M.D.
Division Chief, Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction
Children’s National Hospital
111 Michigan Avenue NW, Washington DC 20010