81st Principles of Colon & Rectal Surgery Course

November 15-16, 2019
McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

Registration Now Open    Final Program

This course will focus on hot topics in benign and malignant colon and rectal surgery. Particularly, lectures and discussions will be focused on surgical tips aimed at addressing challenging decisions or surgical situations. 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 discussion.

Course Highlights

  • Breakfast sessions on minimally invasive TME, ERAS, pilonidal disease, and hereditary colorectal cancer syndromes. 
  • Full session dedicated to the management of both uncomplicated and complicated diverticulitis.
  • Fistula rounds: bring us your worst case.
  • Nightmare at the movies: complicated diverticulitis.
  • Modern management of colorectal cancer including combined liver resection and HIPEC, TNT, current role of local excision, laparoscopic and robotic TME, and organ preservation.
  • Cage match debate on what to do with a complete clinical response.


For those staying at the conference hotel, The Graduate, there is a tunnel connecting the hotel to the Alumni Center.  You can enter the tunnel from the 2nd floor of the hotel near the Think 5 room. Take the stairs or elevator there to the basement and follow the tunnel directly to the Alumni Center.

For those driving to campus, it will be a busy two days on campus, especially due to the MN High School State Swimming Tournament. It is highly recommended to get to campus and park before 9am both days. The most convenient parking option is in the adjacent University Avenue Ramp (1926 University Avenue SE).  Information about additional nearby parking lots can be found at http://www.pts.umn.edu/park/visitorparking.  You may also want to consider taking the light rail. The  East Bank stop on the Green Line is located about 1 block from the Alumni Center.

Check In

Please come to the registration desk located on The Commons to pick up your name badge and course materials.  Registration will open at 7:15am on Friday.  Please also check in at registration if you are registered to attend the Meet the Professors sessions. 


A block of sleeping rooms is available at the discounted rate of $160 plus taxes. Please make your reservations directly with the hotel by the cut-off date of October 16, 2019, and refer to the course by name to receive the discounted rate or book online. Reservations will be accepted on space and rate availability.

The Graduate Hotel
University of Minnesota East Bank Campus
615 Washington Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Telephone: 612-379-8888 or 1-800-822-6757


Registration is now open!

Registration Fee Category

Early Rate (Thru 9/30)

Regular Rate (10/1)




Other Healthcare Professional






Medical Industry Professional



UMN Resident/Fellow



Also, sign up now to reserve your place at the Meet the Experts breakfast sessions. Registration is free, but required (registration is limited to 1 session per day).

Friday (11/15)

  • Minimally invasive TME (after the RCT’s): where are we now? – George Chang, MD and David Larson, MD
  • Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocols: key components for success – Ian Paquette, MD and Marc Osborne, MD
  • Complex pilonidal disease: tips and tricks – Jeffrey A. Sternberg, MD and Charles O. Finne, MD

Saturday (11/16)

  • When should I refer patients for genetic testing? – Robert D. Madoff, MD and Olivia J. Michel, MSCGC
  • TAMIS and robotic Transanal excision: how do I get started? – David Larson, MD and Wolfgang B. Gaertner, MD
  • Precision therapy for colorectal cancer – George Chang, MD and Emil Lou, MD

Accreditation Statement 

In support of improving patient care, University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation Statements

American Medical Association (AMA)
The University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
This activity is awarded up to 11.75 ANCC contact hours.

Other Healthcare Professionals
Other healthcare professionals who participate in this CE activity may submit their statement of participation to their appropriate accrediting organizations or state boards for consideration of credit. The participant is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.

Evaluation/CEM Credits
You can access the course evaluation online at http://z.umn.edu/creval2019 . You must fill out this evaluation to receive CME credits, but we certainly welcome feedback from all attendees!




This course is for General and Colorectal Surgeons, Gastroenterologists, Medical Oncologists, Radiations Oncologists, Radiologists, and Pathologists caring for patients with benign and malignant colorectal disorders.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Recognize, diagnose and treat complex diseases of the anus, rectum and colon using evidence-based techniques.
  • Identify surgical and non-surgical interventions for pelvic organ disorders.
  • Describe appropriate management strategies for patients with IBD.
  • Diagnose and manage treatment options in patients with diverticulitis.
  • Discuss new and advanced options in the treatment of benign and malignant colorectal neoplasia.

Things to Do

A few highlights that are favorites of our faculty and stuff: 

Breweries: Minnesota is home to more than 100 breweries. Some of our favorites: BauhausIndeedSociable Cider WerksUtepils and Dangerous Man. Of course, always popular is the nearby Surly Beer Hall, which features a full menu in addition to 20+ beer options.

Restaurants: We aren’t ones to brag, but the Minneapolis foodie scene is seriously underrated. Here’s what Minneapolis-based chef and Bizarre foods host Andrew Zimmern recommended to those visiting for the 2018 Superbowl.

Sporting Events: Minneapolis/Twin Cities are one of the few cities in the country with a professional team in every major sport. The Minnesota Twins St. Paul SaintsMinnesota United and Minnesota Lynx play in the summer.  Then, the Minnesota VikingsTimberwolves and Wild keep us busy in the fall/winter.  We also cheer on our University of Minnesota Golden Gophers! Minneapolis and St. Paul are also known for some of the top sports venues in America: the Twins’ Target Field, Gopher Football’s TCF Bank Stadium, Wild’s Xcel Energy Center, and the Vikings’ new U.S. Bank Stadium, home to the 2018 Superbowl. Schedules will be updated as available!

Arts/Culture: The Twin Cities has the 2nd most theater seats per capita behind New York City, so it is no problem to find high-quality live theater on any given day.  The Guthrie Theater located just across the river from campus, is an excellent place to catch a show. Minnesota OrchestraHennepin Theater Trust and the Ordway are also top theater venues. Rather take in a museum? The Walker Art Center is one of the top five most visited modern art museums in the country. It’s sculpture garden features the Spoonbridge and Cherry, synonymous with Minneapolis.

Shopping: Minnesota is home to the first enclosed mall as well as the largest mall in America, so it’s safe to say we take shopping seriously. Minnesota also has no sales tax on clothing, which is no doubt one of the reasons people flock to places like Mall of America year round. We also like to support our local shops, especially those in the North Loop and ExcelsiorVogue agrees!

Need more ideas? This list will keep you busy!


Friday, November 15, 2019 - 7:00am to Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 12:00pm