American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery

20600 Eureka Road, Suite 600
Taylor, MI 48180
Phone: (734) 282-9400 www.abcrs.org

Colon and Rectal Surgery

A colon and rectal surgeon diagnoses and treats various diseases of the small intestine, colon, rectum, anal canal and perianal area including the organs and tissues related with primary intestinal diseases (liver, urinary and female reproductive system). This specialist treats conditions such as hemorrhoids, fissures (painful tears in the anal lining), abscesses and fistulaes (infections located around the anus and rectum). A colon and rectal surgeon diagnoses and treats problems of the intestine and colon such as cancer, polyps (precancerous growths) and inflammatory conditions.

Training required prior to initial board certification

Five (5) years training in General Surgery; one (1) year in colon and rectal surgery

Board eligible period (+practice requirement)

Seven (7) years (transition date: 12/31/2023)

Board eligible period (+practice requirement)

7 years (transition date: 12/31/2023)

Lifelong learning requirements

  • Complete 90 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™ every five years.
  • Over a five-year cycle, 50 of the 90 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ must include a Self-Assessment Activity.
    • CARSEP or SESAP are recommended; however, any accredited CME activity that provides AMA PRA Category 1 credits™, and a Self-Assessment component (with a passing score of greater than 75%), will be accepted for MOC Part II Self-Assessment.