Required Conferences
Every Monday from 12:30 to 1:30 pm, our Patient Management Conference will be held at the Downtown office to review the management of interesting or challenging patients.This will include both prospective management, as well as evaluation of any adverse patient outcomes.It is expected that elective surgery will not be scheduled during that time. This is considered to be good preparation for oral exams in both General Surgery and in Colon and Rectal Surgery.

Journal Club will be held on the third Thursday of each month, usually at 6:00pm at a local establishment of higher learning.A reminder should be emailed to all those on the JC email list at least 2 weeks prior to the meeting, with the name of the sponsor and the place, so this can get on everyone’s calendar. The resident will be responsible for the review of five or six pertinent articles published during the prior month.The papers should be obtained in PDF format and distributed by email to the Journal Club email list at least a week prior to the conference, and discussion will be presented by the resident, with comments and perspective by the attendings.If, in the opinion of the resident, there are more than 5 articles which are of sufficient importance as to merit discussion, he or she should obtain these articles as well, and assign them to general surgery residents or members of the attending staff.Other residents, from Swedish and other hospitals, are encouraged to attend journal club, and if they do so, they are requested to present their analysis of one of the chosen articles. The colorectal resident is responsible for choosing articles, scheduling the Journal Club meetings, finding a venue and a financial sponsor, and corresponding with the sponsors. Assistance with this from the Program Director is available if requested.

Morbidity and Mortality Conference is held at Swedish Hospital every Thursday from 12:15-1:30pm and provides valuable lessons in the experience of our staff and others in the management of colorectal and other surgical disease. This is a mandatory conference.

GI Pathology / Tumor Board – Swedish Hospital – every 2nd and 4th Tuesday, 7-8am, A Floor Conference Room in the Arnold Building. This is a mandatory conference.

Other conferences of potential interest to the Fellow are as follows:

Swedish Medical Center
A. Weekly Continuing Medical Education conference (interdisciplinary “Grand Rounds”)-Thursday mornings at 7:30
B. Monthly Gastroenterology conference (with Pathology correlation)- Schedule varies, usually on Wednesdays
C. Basic Science Conference (for G.S. residents) - of interest when colorectal subjects are discussed
D. Selected Readings in General Surgery (for G.S. residents) - of interest when colorectal subjects are discussed.

Northwest Hospital
A. Bimonthly Continuing Medical Education conference (interdisciplinary “Grand Rounds”)-Tuesdays at 7:30am except July and August
B. Weekly Tumor Board (with Pathology correlation)-Wednesdays at 12:30pm

University of Washington Medical Center
Monthly Gastroenterology conference (with Pathology correlation)-as announced