Colon and Rectal Surgery
The Ferguson Clinic along with the Colorectal Surgery Fellowship Program was founded in 1959 and over 160 residents have completed the fellowship training at the Ferguson Clinic. The fellowship program is now managed through the Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners/Michigan State University (GRMEP/MSU).
The Colorectal Surgery Fellowship Program is a one year program with two resident positions each year. The majority of the clinical experience is at Spectrum Health Hospitals, Blodgett and Butterworth campuses. During the course of the year, the resident will have 2 month rotations dedicated to two colorectal surgery staff. The Ferguson Clinic, now partners with Spectrum Health Medical Group, consists of six staff members who are all board certified in colorectal surgery. Throughout the year, a PGY4 general surgery resident rotates through the service as well as MSU medical students; therefore there are many teaching opportunities for the residents.
The colorectal surgery fellowship year is a busy clinical year including a very broad operative experience, abundant endoscopy time and office hours available on a daily basis. The strength of the program is the balance of the clinical experiences, both in and out of the hospital setting, research opportunities and a very diverse patient population. The Ferguson Clinic is well known for anorectal diseases and treatment, but there is also an abundance of operative experiences with intra-abdominal and pelvic procedures as well as endoscopic procedures. We offer a large amount of laparoscopic surgeries and in the past our residents have graduated with at least 180 laparoscopic colon or rectal procedures each. We also currently offer experiences in robotic surgery, SILS, TEM procedures and pelvic floor evaluations and treatment, including InterStim.
The Colorectal Surgery Fellowship Program also has a very active research department that works in close association with GRMEP/MSU and also the Van Andel Institute. The research meetings occur on a monthly basis and we have had dedicated research fellows throughout the clinical year.
Graduates of the program have consistently been competent upon completion of the fellowship program and have secured both academic and private practice jobs.
The GRMEP/MSU Colorectal Surgery Fellowship program is a very balanced program that is committed to providing variety, experience, academics, and support systems throughout the year to help you confidently take the next step in your career with confidence.
Applications are accepted via ERAS. For additional information, please contact the Program Coordinator, Susan Grice at 616.391.3245.