The Southern Illinois University Program in Colorectal Surgery is a collaborative educational program involving academic and private colorectal surgeons who joined together in a program designed to provide excellent postgraduate training in the current practice of colorectal surgery. The catchment area for the Southern Illinois University Program in Colorectal Surgery encompasses the southern two-thirds of Illinois and includes both urban and rural populations. The breadth of pathology seen by surgeons in the SIU Colorectal Program covers the entire spectrum of colorectal disease, from basic uncomplicated anorectal and colorectal problems in otherwise healthy people to complex and complicated anorectal and colorectal problems in people with multiple medical comorbidities.
The surgical faculty enjoys a good working relationship with other subspecialties who often participate in management of complex cases, including but not limited to: urology, gynecology, plastic surgery, radiation and medical oncology, gastroenterology, orthopedics, and enterostomal therapy/wound management. The Colorectal Surgery attending surgeons have trained at a number of different programs, allowing a breadth of experience for the trainee’s benefit. The SIU Colorectal Surgery Program utilizes two inpatient facilities and three outpatient facilities. The inpatient facilities allow the Colorectal Surgery resident to gain experience with working within two distinct healthcare systems – a private nonprofit healthcare system as well as a church-owned healthcare system.
Each inpatient facility is part of a larger regional healthcare system which incorporates inpatient and outpatient care elements. The culture within each system is also distinctly different. Experience with both will equip the Colorectal Surgery resident with skills that will aid his/her transition into a practice setting. Similarly, the two outpatient settings are distinctly different – one is an academic clinic setting, and the other a private office setting, and experience with both will allow the Colorectal Surgery resident to feel more comfortable when settling into the type of practice s/he chooses after completion of training.
There is a hospital-provided shuttle between the two hospitals which runs every ten minutes from 6 AM until 6:30 PM, decreasing the burden of having two inpatient sites. The shuttle ride between hospitals takes approximately three minutes door-to-door. The two outpatient settings are two blocks apart, placed on either side of the major inpatient facility.