November 2-3, 2018
McNamara Alumni Center

Course Description

This course will focus on controversial benign and malignant topics in colon and rectal surgery. Lectures and discussions will focus on surgical tips aimed at addressing challenging decisions and surgical situations. Sessions will also cover changing paradigms in a variety of areas such as anorectal diseases, pelvic floor disorders, colorectal cancer and benign colorectal disease, including inflammatory bowel disease. A major component of this course will be the opportunity to interact with faculty who use different protocols and have opposing points of view. These will be explored in the case-based debates throughout the course, aimed at provoking honest and informative discussions. Keynote speakers include Scott Steele, MD (Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio) and Karim Alavi, MD (UMass, Worcester, MA). New this year, each day will begin with an interactive “meet the professor” breakfast, which will allow attendees to discuss specific topics in an informal setting.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American College of Surgeons and University of Minnesota. The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 10.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The Department of Surgery and Minnesota Colon & Rectal Foundation would like to thank the following companies for providing exhibit support:

Gold Level
THD America

Silver Level
Applied Medical
Intuitive Surgical
Please visit our exhibitors in the Ski-U-Mah Room

Target Audience

This course is targeted to General and Colorectal Surgeons, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Gastroenterologists and GI Surgeons, Medical Oncologists, Radiations Oncologists, Radiologists, and Pathologists caring for patients with benign and malignant colorectal disorders.


We recommend staying at the nearby Graduate Hotel  You can either book online or call the hotel at 612-379-8888, press 1 for reservations.