81st Principals of Colon & Rectal Surgery Course

  • Accommodations
  • Registration
  • Accreditation
  • Objectives
  • Things To Do
  • Accommodations

    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

    Registration 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

    AccreditationAccreditation 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.

  • Objectives


    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!

Past Events

80th Principals of Colon & Rectal Surgery Course

November 2-3, 2018
McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

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.

Conference Program